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2:05 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.
Gary Morgenthaler / Business Week:
Apple's OS Edge Is a Threat to Microsoft  —  A recent upgrade to the Mac operating system moves Apple closer to challenging Microsoft for overall computing dominance, even in the corporate market  —  The 20-year death grip that Microsoft has held on the core of computing is finally weakening—pried loose with just two fingers.
Discussion: The Mac Observer, MacDailyNews and Digg
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: p2pnet, Macsimum News, CrunchGear and GigaOM
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:   IBM breakthrough means 500,000 song iPod
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
IBM creates working racetrack memory device
Discussion: TeleRead and Slashdot
InfoWorld:   IBM lays claim to cheaper, faster memory
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 …
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Oracle Warns of Critical DB Server Vulnerabilities  —  The database server giant plans to issue patches for at least 41 vulnerabilities across hundreds of product lines.  —  Database server giant Oracle Corp. plans to ship a major security update on Tuesday, Apr. 15 to cover more than 40 vulnerabilities in a wide range of products.
Discussion: Zero Day
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
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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Minimum Bid Change Happening Next Week  —  As expected Yahoo told me that you can expect some of your minimum bids to change as soon as early next week.  So if you are running ad campaigns on Yahoo Search Marketing, and your quality is not up to Yahoo's level, then your minimum bid may spike up.
Discussion: Cartoon Barry Blog
USA Today:
More cities offer WiFi on buses  —  CINCINNATI — Tim Harrington sits aboard the express bus from Mason, Ohio, to Cincinnati, his computer propped in his lap.  He logs on, picks through his e-mail and begins his workday during the 30-to-40-minute rush-hour trip.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
AMD CTO Phil Hester out, no replacement named  —  Updated throughout at 10:30am PT after speaking with AMD.  —  AMD's chief technology officer, Phil Hester, has resigned his post atop the company's engineering efforts.  —  According to a flash report from The Wall Street Journal, Hester will not be replaced.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Washington Post:
Murdoch's 2-Pronged Bid May Boost Yahoo
Discussion:, BoomTown and Bits
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
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The New E-spionage Threat  —  A BusinessWeek probe of rising attacks …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
EU Parliament Warns Against ISP Monitoring In Music Piracy Fight
Discussion: TechnoLlama, hypebot and Mashable!
Fuad Abazovic / Fudzilla:
Microsoft to open Apple-like retail shops
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Stats: Obama Still Winning On the Web
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Vista's UAC security prompt was designed to annoy you
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
The one thing Asterisk has been missing
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
MacHeist bundle is back, shipping retail box soon
Discussion: MacUser
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Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
Why “how” is the most important question open source vendors can answer
Discussion: CNET
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PR industry: Still grasping for a clue
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Lightroom 1.4.1 and Camera Raw 4.4.1
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
Devices That Track Every Precious Need
Discussion: Slashdot
Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
Retailers Fined for Digital TV Offenses
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Stating The Obvious: Unlimited Data Plans Increase Usage
Discussion: DSLreports and GigaOM
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The PS3 Laptop: from Ben Heck to Engadget with love
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Twitter: A two-way social computer?

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