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7:15 PM ET, April 1, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Smartphone Advancements to Improve Ability to Work and Play With One Phone  —  Company demonstrates new version of Internet Explorer Mobile with desktop-grade Web browsing, introduces updated Windows Mobile operating system.  —  Windows Mobile is improving smartphones …
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search for Mobile improvements announced at CTIA
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple's U.S. consumer market share now 21 percent  —  The iPhone gets the most press and the iPod sells in the largest quantities, but it's the Macintosh that really drives Apple's growth, says Gene Munster.  —  In the second installment of a multipart report on Apple's …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple iPhone Shortage!  20 Stores Sold Out. 3G Coming Soon?  —  Turns out the iPhone shortage isn't limited to New York Apple stores: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster called 20 Apple (AAPL) stores nationwide today — and all of them were sold out of iPhones.
MacNN:   Apple's Mac marketshare hits 21% in US
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple encountering ongoing US-wide iPhone shortage
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Apple Stores Out of iPhones, Piper Says; 3G Soon?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sprint's Samsung Instinct: At Last, a Decent iPhone Competitor  —  Samsung's Instinct may be the best stab at the coveted title of iPhone killah this CTIA.  The 3.1-inch touchscreen phone has localized haptic feedback, plus three hard navigation keys.  If it sounds familiar …
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Sprint Instinct: Could this thing beat the iPhone?  —  When I first saw the Instinct a few weeks ago I said “Finally.”  Finally, someone, somewhere, has created an interface and a device that follows the spirit and ease-of-use of the iPhone without resorting to wholesale mimicry.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The anatomy of an iPhone user (and why they want new form factors)  —  The average Apple iPhone user is an avid email reader (not writer) under age 30, browses the Web heavily and may carry a second phone.  Meanwhile, a lot of these folks would like a few physical tweaks to the iPhone.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Valleywag
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Today's iPhone Users are Young, Rich, and Technically Savvy
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
ChangeWave confirms iPhone battles BlackBerry
Discussion: Electronista
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Smart Phone Wars: Apple vs. RIM vs. ...the Android Operating System?
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and iLounge
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
All the April Fools' news that's fit to print  —  The word of the day is “prank.”  Unless maybe you're one of the ones who got taken in hook, line, and sinker, in which case it's “doh!”  —  If you haven't already noticed, today is April Fools' Day, but you probably have, since most pranksters seem to get an early start.
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Yahoo agree on buyout price  —  After much internal debate and industry speculation, Yahoo today agreed to be acquired by Microsoft, adding $2.6 billion to Redmond's original offer of $44.6 billion on Jan. 31.  —  The agreement was reached near midnight last night …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
I'm skipping April Fools this year
Microsoft:
Ecma Office Open XML Document Format Appears to Win Approval as an ISO/IEC Standard  —  Final vote appears overwhelmingly in favor; input from 87 national bodies contributed to an improved specification.  —  After more than 14 months of intensive review, a Joint Technical Committee …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Gullible journalists agree to prank their readers  —  Nate Westheimer, a New York entrepreneur best known for holding a Silicon Alley popularity contest, attempted to persuade Valleywag to participate in an April Fools' joke.  We said we'd cover it, so here's the story: Right about now …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
‘Smart URL shortener’ Urlrurl rolls into beta
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Download Squad
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr's New Friend Finder: Data Portability or Privacy Violation?  —  Late last night Yahoo! owned photo sharing site Flickr launched a new feature - the ability to search your Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail contacts list for people on Flickr so you can add them as contacts.
Inside AdSense:
Introducing AdSense for conversations  —  We're happy to announce the launch of AdSense for conversations, a new type of monetization solution that “puts the ‘context’ in contextual advertising”.  Now, in just a few simple steps, you can begin displaying ads that are relevant …
David Morgenstern / The Apple Core:
Has Microsoft lost its way on desktop computing?  —  Based on recent comments by top Redmond strategists, it appears that Microsoft has no credible vision for the future of desktop computing.  Apple appears to have skirted this strategic black hole and despite the distractions …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Unlikely to Raise Yahoo Offer  —  Microsoft Corp. is preparing to lay a long siege.  —  Two months after Microsoft made its $44.6 billion offer to acquire Yahoo Inc., the software maker has no plans to raise its bid, people close to the company say.
Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
VC funding for open source hits an all-time high  —  The first quarter of 2008 was the most successful quarter in history in terms of open source vendors raising venture capital funding, with the amount raised hitting $203.75m, up from $100.40m in the same quarter of 2007.  —  Yes, it is 1 April, and no I'm not joking.
 
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Darren Waters / BBC:
BT advert trials were ‘illegal’
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Teenage bot herder pleads guilty in New Zealand
Stephen Wade / Associated Press:
IOC: Beijing must open Internet during Olympics
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Will XP's ‘execution stay’ for emerging markets apply to other countries?
Discussion: InfoWorld and Ars Technica
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Embraces Data Center Containers
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Live from the CTIA Wireless 2008 Keynote
Discussion: TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
FCC chairman rejects Skype petition
Discussion: DSLreports
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Nokia N810 WiMAX Editon Tablet Now Offical
BBC:
Tomorrow's code  —  Bill Thompson puts out a call for more programmers.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Last.fm Gets CBS Radio Stations
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Filter Google Reader by Item Popularity With New AideRSS Plug-in
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
An Online Game So Mysterious Its Famous Sponsor Is Hidden
Discussion: Geek Gestalt
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail April Fools Not Very Funny.  On the Upside, They Started A Wikipedia War
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
YouTube kills rickrolling once and for all
Discussion: theory.isthereason
 

 
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