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3:20 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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
As expected, MySpace unveils new music service
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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.
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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 and Deal Journal
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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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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Psst! Wanna save $110 on Windows Vista SP1?
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
It's official: upgrade hack included in Vista SP1
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Computerworld
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.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Dell: Layoffs bigger than expected
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Reuters:
Dell to cut more jobs than earlier targeted
Discussion: Digital Daily
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.
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.
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. :-)
louisgray.com:
FriendFeed's Increased Filtering Clears Deck of Unwanted Junk  —  Before the end of 2007, after making FriendFeed an integral part of my daily Web experience, I publicly posted a number of requested updates that would help make the social Web activity aggregation service even more of a must-visit site than it already was for me.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
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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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: April 3, 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: April 8, 2008  —  This is an advance notification of eight security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on April 8, 2008.
Discussion: Zero Day and eWeek
Sony:
SONY ROLLS OUT WORLD'S SMALLEST FULL HD CAMCORDER JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR SUMMER VACATION  —  The new pocket-sized Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam® camcorder's weighty high-definition capability will appeal to vacationers who prefer to “travel light.”  —  This diminutive camcorder weighs in at only ten ounces.
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
CBC News:
Hands off our network, Bell tells CRTC  —  BY PETER NOWAK — Bell Canada Inc. is calling on the courts to scrap mandated access by competitors to its network, a move that could jeopardize some smaller companies that sell phone and internet services.  —  The Montreal-based company …
Discussion: p2pnet and DSLreports
 
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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: Engadget
Yuki Noguchi / Post I.T.:
Sitting Down With ATT's De la Vega—And His Gadgets
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
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Kevin C. Tofel / New York Times:
Souping Up a Cellphone for Maximum Multitasking
Matt Peckham / Game On:
All Time High: 72% of U.S. Population Plays Video Games
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Slide Caught Posting Fake Positive Reviews For Their Own App
Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
People Â"probably wonÂ'tÂ" need discrete graphics cards anymore Intel
Discussion: Engadget
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Music exec leaves for start-up
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
IBM and Linden Partner on Enterprise-Class Second Life
Peter Glaskowsky / CNET News.com:
An Atom-powered Intel? Not a chance
Discussion: IDG News Service
 

 
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Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

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Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

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