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4:55 PM ET, April 3, 2008

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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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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 …
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 …
David Card / JupiterResearch:
MySpace Music Announces...Well, a Joint Venture
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Extended Availability of Windows XP Home for ULCPCs  —  Q&A: Michael Dix, General Manager of Windows Client Product Management, discusses Microsoft's commitment to deliver Windows to customers for a new category of devices known as ultra low-cost personal computers (ULCPCs).
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft will extend life of Windows XP—again
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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 …
Discussion: ClickZ
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Business Wire:
Craigslist Revenue in 2008 May Top $80 Million, Could Reach $100 Million
Mylene Mangalindan / Business Technology:
The Threat of “Free”  —  Businesses sometimes are quick …
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: There is No Tipping Point, Blog Readers Are Skeptical
Discussion: All Facebook
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.
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.
Chrisshipley / The Guidewire:
Imitation Is Flattery?  Or Just Bad for Entrepreneurs?  —  There are a dozen other, perhaps more important and insightful, posts I'd rather be writing today.  But, alas, my friends at TechCrunch put a wall in my path today and I just can't ignore it, despite counsel from perhaps wiser advisers to do just that.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch v DEMO Smackdown!  Calacanis Blasts IDG, Offers Shipley a Job
Discussion: The Guidewire
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.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Psst!  Wanna save $110 on Windows Vista SP1?  —  Microsoft still letting buyers still ‘upgrade’ to Vista without XP or 2000  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. continues to give its tacit blessing for consumers to exploit a technical loophole that allows them to upgrade to Vista with Service Pack 1 …
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Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
It's official: upgrade hack included in Vista SP1
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Photoshop, Lightroom, and Adobe's 64-bit roadmap  —  As you've probably seen, among the great features in the Lightroom 2.0 beta is its ability to run 64-bit-native on Mac (Intel, 10.5.x) and Windows (Vista 64).  If you think it feels great to beat Aperture to the punch here, you're right. :-)
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Slide Caught Posting Fake Positive Reviews For Their Own App  —  Multiple fake reviews for the Funwall App on Facebook have been deleted after it was discovered that the reviews came from employees of Slide, the apps owner.  —  Fake reviews seem to be part of the norm these days …
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iMac stocks dwindle - new models soon?  —  iMac stocks across Apple's reseller chains are running down, suggesting the company is closing in on a refresh for its range of all-in-one desktops.  —  If whispers emerging from Apple partners are to be believed, the product upgrade may not be immediate …
Discussion: TG Daily and LoopRumors
DigiTimes:
iPhone used less for talk, more for Web and music, says iSuppli  —  US iPhone owners are spending their time enjoying all its capabilities - voice, data communications and multimedia entertainment - rather than exclusively using it for traditional voice calls, according to a latest consumer survey by research firm iSuppli.
 
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David Pogue / New York Times:
A Camera for the Shot You Missed
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
I Couldn't Resist...Youtube vs Broadcast.com 10 years ago
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can You Hear Me Now? Not So Well In SF, LA & NY
Discussion: dailywireless.org
GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony to cut production costs further
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy and GamePro.com
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: RBC Says iPhone Shortage Reflects Strong Demand
Discussion: Macsimum News
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2008
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Pwonage iPhone Unlocking and Hacking Tool Now Available, Works Great
Justin Yu / Crave: The gadget blog:
LaCie introduces first external hard drive with eSATA interface
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Bauers / bbPress Blog:
bbPress 0.9 released  —  The bbPress team is happy to release bbPress 0.9 for download.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel's second generation Classmates land; Does OLPC need to play catch-up?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Launches Official Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Take That, Google! MapQuest Snags OnStar Deal
Discussion: prwallstreet.com
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Ars Book Review: “Here Comes Everybody” by Clay Shirky
CBC News:
Hands off our network, Bell tells CRTC
Discussion: p2pnet
Sony:
SONY ROLLS OUT WORLD'S SMALLEST FULL HD CAMCORDER JUST IN TIME …
 

 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
A&E Networks agrees to pay $250M for a 10% share of Vice Media, valuing it at $2.5B

Ethan / My heart's in Accra:
Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Hot playlist-focused music service 8tracks raises $1.28M

 
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