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8:00 PM ET, April 3, 2008

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New York Times:
MySpace and Record Companies Create Music Site  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the latest effort by the ailing music industry to bolster its declining prospects, three of the four major music companies have struck a deal with MySpace to start an music Web site.  —  As part of the deal …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: June 30 Windows XP cut-off set in stone  —  Microsoft made it official on April 3: There will be no new reprieves for Windows XP (other than on Ultra Low-Cost PCs).  —  Some customers and partners had been hoping the company might extend again the deadline for all PC makers …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft will extend life of Windows XP—again  —  MIAMI—As I predicted last week, Microsoft has decided to extend the life of Windows XP, although only for a limited class of machines.  —  Microsoft said on Thursday that it will continue to allow Windows XP Home edition to be sold …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple passes Wal-Mart, now #1 music retailer in US  —  Over the past few years, we have watched Apple climb the music sales chart courtesy of the iTunes.  Last month we learned that Apple passed Best Buy to become the number two retailer in the the US.  Now, Apple has ascended to the top of the charts …
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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store Top Music Retailer in the US  —  Apple® today announced that the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com) surpassed Wal-Mart to become the number one music retailer in the US, based on the latest data from the NPD Group*.  With over 50 million customers, iTunes has sold …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch v DEMO Smackdown!  Calacanis Blasts IDG, Offers Shipley a Job  —  Now that TechCrunch and Jason Calacanis have scheduled their TechCrunch50 start-up celebration conference at the same time as IDG's DEMO start-up celebration conference, the allegations are flying:
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
You only get to lose your virginity once
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Carlacthompson / The Guidewire:
Let's Get Real: Business is Not Personal
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
Study: ‘Influencers’ Possess Less Clout  —  IN THE WORLD OF SOCIAL media, so-called “influencers” might have less clout than some marketers think.  —  According to a new study from Canadian research firm Pollara, self-described social media users put far more trust in friends and family online …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Trust in Peers Trumps the “A-List,” Study Finds  —  There's an ongoing debate online and in marketing circles as well over who “matters”: the super node influencers or basically anyone that a particular peer group looks to for information, entertainment, inspiration and more.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Study: There is No Tipping Point, Blog Readers Are Skeptical
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Craigslist Valuation: $80 Million in 2008 Revenue, Worth $5 Billion  —  As we prepare to release our SAI 25: World's Most Valuable Startups list, we're running through some final valuation numbers.  One company that is a shoo-in for the list is Craigslist (yes, it has been around a while …
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Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Trademark Dispute Pits Apple vs. The Big Apple  —  The Big Apple has a new logo, and Apple says: Drop dead.  —  At issue is the emblem for New York City's GreeNYC campaign, which has started to appear around the city on bus shelters, hybrid gasoline-electric taxicabs and even Whole Foods shopping bags.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Launches Official Blog  —  Craigslist launches their official blog today at blog.craigslist.com.  Previously founder Craig Newmark would get the word out via his personal blog, but now Craigslist has it's own voice.  The blog is lacking a RSS feed and has only rudimentary comments, but it is a true blog nonetheless.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   How to Enjoy Craigslist's New Blog, Born Without an RSS Feed
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Camera for the Shot You Missed  —  When you're a professional gadget reviewer, you see plenty of cellphones, music players, camcorders and computers.  But in two weeks, Casio will offer an entirely new device for sale, the first of its kind: a time machine.  —  Now, the Exilim EX-F1 is not a time machine in the H. G. Wells sense.
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
How much trouble is Dell really in?  —  Is it just me or was Dell on top of the world a few years ago?  Not only was it pummeling just about every other PC manufacturer in the industry, its online business was buzzing and its business integration was better than ever.  And then it all came crashing down.
Andy Golding / Google News Blog:
Psst...secrets of Google News exposed!  —  Often publishers ask us why Google News didn't include one of their articles, or skipped the image associated with an article.  In the search for answers, we've noticed that there's a lot of confusion about how we include and rank articles.
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
South Park kills 10 YouTube memes for good  —  Viacom continues to pursue a $1 billion lawsuit against Google's YouTube for allowing video piracy.  On Viacom's Comedy Central, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone aren't helping their corporate parent's legal case.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenID Status Check: A Guide to Getting and Using Your OpenID  —  You've heard a lot about OpenID, the decentralized framework for authenticating users across the web.  OpenID is convenient for end users, allowing them to login to numerous web sites using one set of credentials - their OpenID.
 
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Google Public Policy Blog:
Cone of silence (finally) lifts on the spectrum auction
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Nickelodeon Adding Virtual Worlds
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
The bubble to end all bubbles?
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: RBC Says iPhone Shortage Reflects Strong Demand
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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2008
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Psst! Wanna save $110 on Windows Vista SP1?
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Ars Book Review: “Here Comes Everybody” by Clay Shirky
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iMac stocks dwindle - new models soon?
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