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8:15 PM ET, April 12, 2007

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PR Newswire:
Apple Statement  —  CUPERTINO, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple today released the following statement:  —  iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned.  We can't wait until customers get their hands …
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple announces Leopard delays due to the iPhone  —  Apple has just issued a [press release] statement announcing that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been delayed until October.  The reason? iPhone: "we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Apple delays Leopard; blame the iPhone
Philiped / Apple 2.0:   Apple: Leopard Release Delayed Until October
Om Malik / GigaOM:
First a lawsuit, now Vonage loses CEO  —  Michael Synder, chief executive officer of Vonage, came, saw and scurried away.  Vonage chief executive resigned this morning, in what seems to be an un-ending string of bad news for the Holmdel, NJ-based VOIP service provider.  Snyder was the CEO of Vonage for less than a year.
Discussion: Epicenter and Smith On VoIP
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Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
Founder takes over Vonage in big shift
Joe / Techdirt:   Sinking Vonage Ship Throws Captain Overboard
David Heinemeier Hansson / Loud Thinking:
Twitter trouble  —  Twitter is an amazing success story in terms of rapid user uptake and flattering press.  I had a chance to speak with the team a while back about the wild ride they've been on.  At that time they were fielding spikes of up to 11,000 requests per second across some 16 cores …
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Rafe Colburn / rc3.org:   Twitter developer: Rails performance blows
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Why Apple can't sell movies  —  While Apple's announcement of MGM adding content to the iTunes Store is undeniably good news, the announcement that more than 2 million movies have been sold since September 2006 is not.  Variety has come to an interesting conclusion for sales so far this year.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DRM, lock-ins, and piracy: all red herrings for a music industry in trouble  —  A British media research company has peered into the music industry's crystal ball, and the outlook for the next couple of years isn't so hot.  Global music sales will drop to $23 billion in 2009 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
CBS To Announce Deals With AOL, MSN, Joost; In Talks With NBC U-News Corp: Report  —  CBS could announce as early as today deals to distribute its TV shows and other video programming via MSN, AOL and Joost, WSJ reports.  CBS would be the first major network to have such an arrangement with Joost.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Joost scores first deal with major broadcaster, CBS
Angus Kidman / APC:
Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand  —  Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance to Vista and its compatibility problems.  —  By early 2008, Microsoft's contracts …
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Tony / Deep Jive Interests:   Bill, Sweet Jesus Say it Ain't So!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can PhotoBucket Survive Without MySpace?  —  There was a lot of fingerpointing, denials, and "he said, she said" going on today as everyone digested the news that MySpace had blocked PhotoBucket's 40 million members from embedding videos into their MySpace pages.
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Paula Lehman / Business Week:   MySpace Plays Chicken with Users
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Close To Acquiring Rivals.com; Price Could Reach Nine Figures  —  You're reading it here first: Yahoo is close to making its biggest sports acquisition after, well, the Broadcast.com deal: the college sports network Rivals.com, paidContent.org has learned.
Business Wire:
Akamai Acquires Red Swoosh  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) announced today that it has acquired Red Swoosh, Inc. in an all-stock merger transaction.  The acquisition of Red Swoosh is valued at approximately $15 million, net of cash acquired.
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch and paidContent.org
Bloomberg:
Google's Acquisitions Chief Looking for `Crazy' Ideas (Update1)  —  Google Inc. looks for ideas that are ``really crazy'' when sizing up potential purchases, the Internet company's top dealmaker said.  —  ``We look at everything very carefully,'' Salman Ullah, Google's director of corporate development …
Andrew Yoon / Joystiq:
Major Nelson talks Guitar Hero downloads, Halo 3  —  We had an opportunity to chat with Microsoft mascot-in-training Major Nelson, early yesterday morning as the internet began its incredible, violent reaction against the pricing of the Guitar Hero downloadable tracks on Xbox 360.
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Tina Wood / Channel 10:
Sprung: First (official) look at the Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard Update!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Kotaku:
Isle of Rhodes Site: Unlock GoW 2 HD Mode!  New Countdown!  —  Leave it to those pokey little puppies at GameFAQs to figure out that IsleofRhodes.org wasn't the suckfest we first thought it to be.  On the story page of the website, after hitting proceed to bypass the video, there are hidden Greek letters.
Discussion: Joystiq, Game | Life, PSP Fanboy and digg
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
To the average Joe, blogs aren't cutting it  —  This month's state of the blogosphere survey by Technorati, the monitoring service, was greeted as if it were the online equivalent of the President's State of the Union address.  It undoubtedly reveals a fascinating array of statistics …
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The World Of Wikis  —  WetPaint, a popular hosted Wiki solution, announced this week that they are to provide person-to-person and private messaging between users of their Wiki network.  This means that Wetpaint Wiki users can now send single or multi-person private messages …
Discussion: New Media Strategies … and digg
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Ask.com To Launch New Search Algorithm Code Named Edison  —  Ask.com is set to launch a new search algorithm code named Edison.  The new algorithm will combine Teoma and Direct Hit, two search engine technologies that Ask.com purchased a few years back, to bring about a new algorithm, Edison.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
VIRIDIAN AND VIRTUAL SERVER TIMING UPDATES  —  As the person who oversees the development plans, teams and strategy for Microsoft's virtualization software on desktops and servers, I want to update everyone on the timing of our server virtualization offerings.
 
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Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Issues Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Preview of Pageflakes "Flurry" Release
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's acquisition strategy should think small (and mobile)
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New Google Maps Feature - 2.5D Buildings
Kate Holton / Reuters:
EMI and Beatles settle royalty dispute
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