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1:20 PM ET, April 18, 2008

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louisgray.com:
Most Bloggers Don't Deserve Any Ad Revenue  —  It's routinely shocking to me that so many bloggers think they should try and make a profit from their Web site.  —  Urged on by the success of mega blog networks like TechCrunch and spurred forward by stories from ProBlogger …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Bitchmeme: Do blogs deserve ads?
Discussion: Webomatica
Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Beta of New All-in-One Service for Consumers  —  Q&A: Group Product Manager Bryson Gordon discusses “Albany” — a new service to help consumers be more protected, productive and connected and to stay current with essential software and security updates.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft readies ‘Albany’ subscription trial for consumers
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Takes the Toll Road to Albany
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Comscore: The Google fallout  —  Google's first quarter earnings call didn't have much in the way of theatrics, but a serious brush back pitch was delivered to Comscore.  What should we make of Google CEO Eric Schmidt essentially throwing Comscore under the bus?
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Google shares poised to capture largest one-day gain  —  Update at 10 a.m. PDT April 18: Google's gains have now reached 21 percent.  —  Google's shares soared 21 percent in morning trading Friday, poising the search giant to mark its largest-ever one-day gain.
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Google stock soars in after-market trading
Jena McGregor / Business Week:
The World's Most Innovative Companies  —  Smart ideas for tough times: The 50 companies that make up our annual ranking nurture cultures that value creative people in good times and bad  —  Suddenly, innovation has a bull's-eye on its back.  As the recession debate shifts from “what if” …
Fred / A VC:
The Difference Between Wordpress and Facebook  —  Is about $14.8bn according to the publicly available information about the most recent financings of the two companies ($15bn for Facebook and $200mm for Automattic).  —  But consider this comscore chart of unique visitors over the past year.
Discussion: Changing Way and The Social Times
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
After complaints, Apple tweaks Software Update for Safari  —  Following a storm of criticism, Apple has changed its Software Update software to mark a distinction between new programs, such as its Safari on Windows browser, and updates to existing ones.  —  Last month, Apple started …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Yet Another Google Video Redesign  —  Google Video redesigned its homepage and now only includes a list of “hot” videos.  “The Google Video home page allows you to browse and play hot videos directly from the home page, making it easier for you to discover popular, interesting videos from across the web.
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Greg Billock / Official Google Video Blog:
Google Video gets a facelift
Discussion: WebProNews and The Next Web
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Minimum Bids No Longer Fixed at $.10  —  How to manage your new Sponsored Search minimum bids  —  Starting today, minimum bids for some Sponsored Search keywords will no longer be fixed at $.10.  Throughout the next week, you may start noticing new minimum bids on some of your keywords.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Secret Merger Talks Between Technorati And b5media Blow Up  —  Blog search engine Technorati was days away from merging with blog network b5media when the whole deal blew up earlier this week, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.  —  Technorati has been searching …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, SYNTAGMA and ben barren
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
iPhone sellers braced for hit on cheap handsets  —  Mobile operators with exclusive contracts to sell Apple's iPhone are bracing themselves for significant losses on unsold stock as they clear the shelves to make way for a new, faster version expected this summer.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Watch Restricted YouTube Videos  —  I've noticed that an increasing number of YouTube videos are restricted to a limited number of countries, probably because the company that uploaded them doesn't have global distribution rights or because it wants to use different marketing strategies in other countries.
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
New Zappos: Shoes—and gadgets to boot  —  Sometime in the next few weeks, online shoe seller Zappos.com will launch a new user interface that could soon let consumers buy lipstick and MP3 players along with Birkenstocks and Nikes.  —  The company is preparing to do a soft launch of the new …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Wrong Ways to Pitch RWW and One Great Way  —  Here at ReadWriteWeb we get piles and piles of pitches for coverage from companies all day long and they almost always come in by email.  You'll notice that only a tiny percentage of those pitches result in write-ups here.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Andrew Donoghue / CNET News.com:
AT&T: Internet to hit full capacity by 2010  —  U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T has claimed that, without investment, the Internet's current network architecture will reach the limits of its capacity by 2010.  —  Speaking at a Westminster eForum on Web 2.0 this week in London, Jim Cicconi …
Discussion: DSLreports and GigaOM
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos want free wireless broadband on unused airwaves  —  A Silicon Valley Democrat in the U.S. Congress is proposing a new auction of unused radio spectrum, but with some ambitious strings attached: The winner would have to offer a free, wireless broadband network that reaches 95 percent of the American population within a decade.
 
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Matthew Broersma / CNET News.com:
Census for open-source apps kicks off
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Cat Keynes / The Register:
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Macworld:
Frankenmac! What's in a Mac clone?
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
IBM continues storage land grab with Diligent acquisition
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mac shipments suspended from NYC Schools over WiFi flaw
John Oates / The Register:
eBay ponders Skype bail out
Discussion: WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Acquisition Confirmed
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David Murphy / Maximum PC:
Dell Crystal  —  Dell's newest 22-inch display—one remarkable enough …
Android Developers Blog:
Android Developers Have Risen to the Challenge
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Carleen Hawn / FoundRead:
Why You Must Embrace Rejection to Succeed
Discussion: ben barren
BBC:
Paypal to block ‘unsafe browsers’
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
YouTube's filtering issues still not ‘moot’
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comes With Music may come with high price tag
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Windows Mobile 7 Could Be Too Little Too Late, But Might Come On Microsoft Hardware
Discussion: Crave, AppScout and PalmAddicts
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
The noise in Web 2.0 is mainly a Tech Elite's problem