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Brian Stoler / The Official Google Blog:
Search for “me” on Google  —  It's no secret that from time to time many of us have searched on Google for our name or someone else's.  When searching for yourself to see what others would find, results can be varied and aren't always what you want people to see — whether it's someone else with your name …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hoping To Improve People Search, Google Launches “Profile Results”  —  Ever searched for yourself on Google and come away dissatisfied, especially if someone else you share a name with seems to dominate the results?  Ever looked for someone else and been disappointed that you couldn't find the person you wanted?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Now You Can Change What Google Says About You
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Cutting 5% Of Staff  —  Here come Carol Bartz's cuts: As part of its Q1 earnings report, Yahoo (YHOO) said it's cutting 5% of its staff.  Most Yahoos on the chopping block will find out within two weeks.  —  At the end of December, Yahoo had 13,600 employees.
Discussion: eWeek and AppScout
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  —  Company Exceeds Midpoint of Operating Cash Flow Outlook Range  —  Maintains Strong Balance Sheet with $3.7 Billion in Cash and Marketable Debt Securities  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO - News) …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Update on Yahoo-Microsoft Talks: “Hot and Heavy”  —  Microsoft and Yahoo have been busily ferreting away on talks about search and advertising partnership possibilities in what one person close to the situation described as “hot and heavy.”  —  But exactly how hot and how heavy depends …
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Step Up Talks With Yahoo on Partnership to Fight Google
Discussion: Beyond Search
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Oprah Effect on Twitter  —  Oprah Winfrey, the icon that can turn any book or product into a best seller, posted her first Tweet on Friday on her show.  There's been much debate among loyal Twitter users about whether this spells the end for Twitter's coolness, as soccer moms sign up in droves.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
MySQL 5.4 gets bigger anyway, encroaching on new parent Oracle's turf  —  When Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced his acquisition of Sun Microsystems yesterday morning, he didn't mention MySQL at all — his company's principal competitor in the small systems database space.
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Don Clark / Digits:
Sun's Schwartz Tries to Reassure His Troops in Email
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Living with the limits of Windows 7 Starter Edition  —  If you've read anything about Windows 7 Starter Edition, your first reaction was probably the same as mine: Is Microsoft nuts?  This ultra-cheap edition is intended for use on netbooks, but its biggest restriction sounds like a complete deal-breaker …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Yet Another Microsoft Search Brand—This Time For Phones?  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has grabbed headlines for trademarking two possible new names for Live Search—Bing and Kumo.  But paidContent found that the company has quietly applied to trademark a third search brand name too—Sift.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft trademarks two more names: Sift and Swivel
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google joins effort for 3D Web standard with new plugin, API  —  Google has released a new open source browser plugin that provides APIs for displaying rich 3D graphics in Web content.  Google hopes that the plugin will help to advance a collaborative effort to create open standards for bringing 3D to the Web.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AMD: Tough first quarter; Ready for Intel encroachment for thin, light notebooks  —  Advanced Micro Devices reported a first quarter net loss of $416 million, or 66 cents a share, on revenue of $1.17 billion, down 21 percent from a year ago.  However, CEO Dirk Meyer said Tuesday that AMD is …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: pirates biggest music buyers.  Labels: yeah, right  —  Those who download illegal copies of music over P2P networks are the biggest consumers of legal music options, according to a new study by the BI Norwegian School of Management.  Researchers examined the music downloading habits …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon Video on Demand HD on Roku Video Player hands-on  —  Roku hooked us up with an early preview of Amazon Video on Demand in HD for its Video Player, and while we didn't have much time to poke around, but what we saw was mostly impressive.  Video took a little longer to buffer in than Amazon SD …
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BT blocks off Pirate Bay  —  Updated at 1.10pm: BT and other mobile broadband providers are blocking access to The Pirate Bay, as part of a “self-regulation” scheme.  —  BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent tracker site are met with a “content blocked” message.
Orlando Sentinel:
Lose your job?  Tell your Facebook, Twitter friends  —  Last week, Sarah Bryant was too upset to call anybody after she was fired from her call-center job of three years.  Instead, she sat down at her computer and posted “I got fired” on her Twitter and Facebook profiles.
Discussion: Etan on Tech
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Mark Penn's fuzzy pro-blogging stats  —  I did a lot of digging around in the numbers around blogging for my book, so I'm on alert when I read a piece like Mark Penn's look at pro blogging in the Wall Street Journal, which is getting lots of attention this morning.  A little skepticism is definitely in order.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Expands DOCSIS 3.0 In Bay Area - New community launches include Palo Alto and San Mateo  —  Comcast gave us a nudge this morning to note that the nation's largest cable company is continuing their expansion of faster DOCSIS 3.0 technology into the Bay Area.
Discussion: GigaOM
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
LivingSocial Becomes the Largest Facebook Application Ever  —  Just over a week ago I wrote that LivingSocial has become the top Facebook application.  The company has continued to expand their lead and as of today have become the largest Facebook application ever based on monthly active users.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mark Sullivan / PC World:
Comcast Cable TV is Coming to Laptops This Year  —  Comcast's Fancast.com will host paid cable content free of charge for existing Comcast subscribers, beginning later this year, Comcast Exec says.  —  Recommends  —  Comcast will soon make its cable TV content available to its subscribers on the Internet …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Cost of Downloading All Those Videos  —  In an article in today's New York Times, I wrote about the controversy over the now-abandoned plan by Time Warner Cable to impose additional fees on customers who upload and download more than a set quota.  —  AT&T continues to test a similar plan …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
CNBC Is Ridiculous: Macs Come With Photoshop, PCs Need $600 Extra to ‘Perform As Well As a Mac’  —  Regular people are probably confused by the re-inflamed Mac vs. PC ad war, which now focuses on price.  Never fear, CNBC's Jim Goldman breaks down the true cost of PCs.  Wait, Macs come with Photoshop?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Think Big!  Could Sun/ORCL Trigger IBM/SAP Combo?  —  Ah, spring is the air.  (In Silicon Valley, where the temps this week have soared into the 90s, it actually feels more like August.)  And the natives are in the mood for love.  —  So far this week, we've seen Sun Microsystems (JAVA) …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Craigslist rival uses Twitter to expose dangers of CL's red-light district  —  Craigslist may be the leader in online classified ads but lately, the popular site has seen a run of negative publicity for its red-light district - accused of being a breeding ground for under-age prostitution, drug trading and, now, a murder.
Discussion: CNET News and Boston Herald
 
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MSN website hacked
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google rolls out search changes
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