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2:00 AM ET, April 22, 2009

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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?
Discussion: TechCrunch and NEWS.com.au
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Now You Can Change What Google Says About You
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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) …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Carol Bartz Still Looking For Wow, Drops F-Word During First Quarter Earnings Call.
Discussion: BoomTown and paidContent.org
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo to lay off 675 after profit slides 78%
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Oracle expected to slash thousands of Sun Microsystems jobs  —  Sun Microsystems, the quintessential Silicon Valley company known more for creating ahead-of-the-curve products than its ability to sell them, is now on the chopping block.  —  Oracle, which has reshaped the business technology industry …
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Don Clark / Digits:
Sun's Schwartz Tries to Reassure His Troops in Email  —  Many current and former employees of Sun Microsystems are lamenting Oracle's deal to buy the computer maker.  But Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's chief executive, told employees Monday in an internal email that the transaction is …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:mrinaldesai
CNET News:
Gates: Cyberattacks a constant threat  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that the United States is “under cyberattack virtually all the time, every day” and that the Defense Department plans to more than quadruple the number of cyber experts it employs to ward off such attacks.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
TWC to Customers: You Don't Want Tiers, You Don't Get Super-fast Broadband  —  Well, I hope all of you who complained about Time Warner Cable's plans for metered broadband are happy.  Shortly after the cable company pulled its metered broadband trials, it's also rethinking its deployment …
Discussion: Engadget
Seth H. Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
First Google Android Netbooks spotted  —  Certainly this can't be it.  The first Google Android netbook should certainly be more monumental than this $100 device from SkyTone.  Guanzhou, China-based Skytone is famous for making Skype headsets and ultra low cost children's computers.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live To Add More Social Network Partners (Digg, MySpace, Facebook, Last.fm And More)  —  Microsoft's social networking strategy around Windows Live gets a little more meat on the bone today.  In November they announced a new strategy that brings in activity streams, FriendFeed/Plaxo style, into a Windows Live home page.
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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.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
CNN Shows Its Thin Skin  —  In the latest example of a big media company complaining about a YouTube clip, CNN has demanded that the video-sharing site remove a video that incorporates some footage from the network.  —  The problem for CNN is that the clip, posted by the group Founding Bloggers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Core MySpace Executive Team “Definitely Out.”  Expect Announcement Soon.  —  An update to my post earlier today that News Corp., under new CEO of Digital Media Jonathan Miller, is looking to replace MySpace CEO and cofounder Chris DeWolfe.  We've confirmed that things are actually moving …
Dai / Google Analytics Blog:
Attention Developers: Google Analytics API Launched!  —  A Google Analytics API has long been one of our most widely anticipated features.  Today we're pleased to announce that the Google Analytics Data Export API beta is now publicly available to all Analytics users!  —  What's so exciting about an API?
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Could Comcast Build an App Store?  —  By embedding Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE)'s Flash on customer set-top boxes, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) could enable third-party developers to build applications for its set-top boxes — which could even pave the way for an iPhone-like application store.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Light Reading, Thanks:hveng
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sony Pictures is on YouTube, Hulu, but not Joost anymore  —  At the same time Sony Pictures prepared to post some of its TV shows and films onto YouTube, the studio's material quietly began disappearing from Joost.  —  Earlier this month, Joost CEO Mike Volpi, who is attempting to engineer …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Rise of An Underground Facebook Profile Market  —  Over the past few days there has been increasing buzz about a market for Facebook public profiles.  I've even received a few emails on the topic, one individual who was asking me about reasonable rates for purchasing public profiles.
Discussion: Rocketboom
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 …
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.
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Congress to probe P2P sites over ‘inadvertent sharing’  —  The main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has reopened a probe of Lime Wire and other peer-to-peer file-sharing companies over the issue of “inadvertent sharing.”  The move comes nearly two months …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Post I.T.
 
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James Rogers / TheStreet.com:
Seagate Swings to Sizable Loss
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Should Ad Networks Pay Publishers For Stolen Content? …
Discussion: paidContent.org, Digits and Content Bridges, Thanks:atul
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
LivingSocial Becomes the Largest Facebook Application Ever
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SF Mayor Gavin Newsom Tweets His Way Into The Race For California Governor
Discussion: Digital Daily and VentureBeat
Orlando Sentinel:
Lose your job? Tell your Facebook, Twitter friends
Discussion: Etan on Tech
 Earlier Items: 
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
EBay: Back To Basics  —  CEO John Donahoe is expected to bring …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Stephanie Gaskell / NY Daily News:
U.S. Army uses Facebook page, tweets to declare war on Ashton …
Bill Ray / The Register:
€25K for an old Nokia handset?
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Expands DOCSIS 3. In Bay Area …
Discussion: GigaOM
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
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 

 
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Mark Harris / New York Times:
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
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