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1:05 PM ET, April 11, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gartner Says Vista Will Collapse.  And That's Why The Yahoo Deal Must Happen  —  Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald told a conference audience yesterday that Microsoft's Windows product is collapsing and must make radical changes to its operating system or risk becoming a has-been.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Matt Asay / CNET
“Windows is too monolithic,” declares Gartner, opening the door for Linux  —  “The Innovator's Dilemma” is finally catching up with Microsoft.  As Gartner analyst Michael Silver declares (and ZDNet's Larry Dignan captures), … That monolithic nature will become ever less relevant …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows is ‘collapsing,’ Gartner analysts warn
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:   Windows “Collapsing” - 2011 Tipping Point For Web Apps In The Enterprise
PC World:
Gartner Explains Why Windows Is Broken
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
New chip will let an iPod store 500,000 songs  —  A new storage technology will pave the way for MP3 players and other gadgets to store a hundred times more information  —  Mobile phones, iPods and other consumer devices may soon be able to hold a hundred times more information …
Discussion: Macsimum News, p2pnet, CrunchGear and GigaOM
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
IBM breakthrough means 500,000 song iPod  —  IBM is working on a new form of memory that promises future iPods could hold half a million songs the company has confirmed.  —  In two papers published in the April 11 issue of Science, IBM Fellow Stuart Parkin and colleagues at the IBM Almaden Research Center …
InfoWorld:   IBM lays claim to cheaper, faster memory
Virtual Earth:
The New Release of Live Maps and Virtual Earth 3D is now Live!  —  I'm so glad to finally announce that the latest version of Live Maps is online and ready for you to play with.  This ended up being a much bigger release than originally planned including three full sprints of development.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Launching ToDo List Product?  —  TechCrunch reader Nicolas Hoizey noticed a blog post on the official Google Docs Blog today written by Andrew Cheng, a Google Marketing Manager.  Hoizey sent us the NetNewsWire screen shot above (click for large view).  —  The post, based on the screen shot, appears to be a simple to do list.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
On the Menu at the Yahoo Top Managers Lunch Yesterday: Fear and AOL-oathing  —  For some reason, none of the half-dozen SVPs and EVPs I spoke to, who attended a lunch that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang held yesterday for several dozen top-level execs, wanted to tell me exactly what was on the menu …
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Did you sign Google's noncompete?  Good, you're fired  —  A recently departed DoubleClicker tells us that Google managers asked employees at the online ad company it acquired last month to sign one-year noncompete agreements.  Most agreed, thinking that it would spare their jobs — but then layoffs came a week later.
Mark Wilson /
Nike+ coming to iPhone and iPod Touch  —  I'm in Nike's HQ in Oregon where, apart from checking out the footwear it's fashioned for all 32 Olympic events (yes, including horse riding), I've had a chinwag with a Nike+ spokeperson to see where the running companion is headed following the arrival of miCoach.
Darmano / Logic+Emotion:
The Top 10 Made Up Words of Web 3.0  —  You won't find these in Wikipedia.  But someone had to write them down.  Inspired by Web jargon and making their first appearence on Twitter, I give you the Top 10 made up words of Web 3.0:  —  1. Socialstainable  —  The act of socially conscious …
Discussion: Darren Herman and Technology Live
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
The one thing Asterisk has been missing  —  If you're like most folk, setting up a PBX is something you'd rather avoid, especially when its an open source PBX that isn't known for its easy configuration and installation.  ISPBX aims to solve the pain with its drag-and-drop configuration tool, Cogoblue.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Vista's UAC security prompt was designed to annoy you  —  User Account Control is easily one of the most hated features of Windows Vista, according to readers.  The seemingly endless stream of UAC pop-ups, asking you to confirm this action or that action, just get in the way (and aren't particularly zippy, given the screen redraw).
Washington Post:
Murdoch's 2-Pronged Bid May Boost Yahoo
Discussion: BoomTown and Bits
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
MacHeist bundle is back, shipping retail box soon  —  Imagine my surprise when an individual from MacHeist, the sometimes controversial online software bundle mystery event-like thingie, approached me and showed me a promotional video alluding that the whole bundle was going retail—like, brick-and-mortar retail.
Discussion: MacUser
Business Wire:
GE Reports First Quarter 2008 Net EPS of $.43, down 2%, and Continuing EPS of $.44, down 8%; Revenues of $42.2 billion, up 8%; Orders of $24 billion, up 8%; Solid Industrial Earnings Offset by Financial Services  —  1Q 2008 Highlights  — Continuing earnings per share (EPS) of $.44 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Joseph Weisenthal /
Earnings: GE Q1 Earnings Down 8 Percent; NBC Revs Up 3 Percent …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
Devices That Track Every Precious Need  —  IT'S 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?  How about your pets?  And your car?  —  It is possible to get answers to all these questions instantly over your cellphone or computer, using the same technology that guides you from place to place on a road trip.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Discussion: CNET
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Discussion: DSLreports and GigaOM
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