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3:20 PM ET, April 21, 2009

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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
Business Wire:
The New York Times Company Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times Company announced today a first-quarter 2009 operating loss of $61.6 million compared with operating profit of $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2008.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times Ad Sales Plummet 28.4%
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaMemo
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google rolls out search changes  —  Google has launched two experimental products it hopes will change the way users search for pictures and news.  —  A feature known as Similar Images uses a picture rather than text to find other matching images.  —  Timeline presents information already available …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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.
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PC Pro:
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.
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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 …
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 …
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Web IM In Hotmail  —  Web IM is coming to Hotmail.  It became available to users in France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and starting today it will roll out to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA.  If your country is not in this list yet, don't fret!
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
With Oracle's acquisition of Sun, Larry Ellison's empire grows  —  This time, there were no jokes about Larry Ellison wanting to kill a rival's dog — or the rival.  This time, unlike Oracle's bids for PeopleSoft and BEA Systems, there was no hint of hostility.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone OS 3.0 to feature voice control and feedback  —  Various voice-related features, under the codename “Jibbler,” have been discovered in the version of SpringBoard set to ship with the next update to Apple's mobile operating system.  —  Sources speaking to Ars have discovered evidence …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mayo Clinic, Microsoft deepen health record ties  —  The Mayo Clinic on Tuesday said it will build a personal health record service based on Microsoft's HealthVault technology.  —  The product, Mayo Clinic Health Manager, will initially focus on general pediatric and adult health issues, immunization records, pregnancy, and asthma.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Bartz Picks Balogh to Tear Down ‘Wall of Shame’ of Failed Products  —  Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz said last month that she created a “wall of shame” for products she isn't happy with.  She's counting on her top technology executive to fix them.
Discussion: Beyond Search
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 …
New Zealand Herald:
MSN website hacked  —  Visitors to the msn.co.nz website are being re-directed to a site that includes a photograph of Microsoft boss Bill Gates with pie on his face.  —  The site usually carries news stories.  —  However hackers have changed the name servers which means that visitors …
Discussion: Zero Day and AppScout
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
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.
Discussion: CNET News
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sharp's Mebius PC-NJ70A packs LCD trackpad for the whiz-bang crowd  —  And you thought Apple's button-less “glass trackpad” was hot stuff.  Sharp has just let loose details on its thoroughly Japanese Mebius PC-NJ70A, which sadly packs an exceptionally boring list of internal components …
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Considers Building An Ad Network  —  As its been speculated, but never confirmed, Facebook is considering building an ad network on the back of Facebook Connect — but not for at least another six months, an advertising industry source who's discussed the issue with Facebook tells us.
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) …
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 trademarked a third search brand name too—Sift.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ USA Today CEO Forum: Barry Diller: IAC-AOL Deal Makes Sense But Too Intricate  —  Updated Some 300 business undergrads and MBA students at Washington University in St. Louis were treated to the Barry Diller show Monday afternoon, when the IAC (NSDQ: IACI) chairman and CEO was interviewed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Digg's Kevin Rose: The State of The Union  —  Last week I sat down with Digg founder Kevin Rose to get the Digg “State of the Union.”  The company, now more than four years old, has continued to grow incredibly since launching in late 2004 and regularly innovates with new products.
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
€25K for an old Nokia handset?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
CNBC Is Ridiculous: Macs Come With Photoshop, PCs Need $600 Extra …
Discussion: BusinessWeek, Gawker, MacNN and digg.com
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Mobile to Launch App Store This Year
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
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Mel Martin / TUAW:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone. What's the deal?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Switched
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
We've got the goods on BlackBerry OS 5.0
Discussion: IntoMobile, SlashGear and Ubergizmo
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Search Giant Google Makes Its Case for Display Advertising
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Wenda Harris Millard Steps Down as MSLO's Media Head and Co-CEO …
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Ignore Twitter? Major brands learn they'd better respond — and quick
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
How Not to Conduct an Online Poll
Paul Meller / Computerworld:
Microsoft gains familiar ally in IE antitrust battle in Europe
Wall Street Journal:
Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project
Discussion: PC World and Beyond Search, Thanks:mrinaldesai