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9:10 PM ET, April 16, 2008

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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Psystar Exposed: Looks Like a Hoax  —  After the Guardian did their own investigation into the Mac clone maker Psystar yesterday, we decided to take it a step further and see if they actually exist, in the physical sense.  How could a company so brazenly challenge Apple and have little to no record of actually being a company?
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Microsoft 1, blogosphere 0  —  Guys, the joke's on us.  Big time.  —  Bloggers have been chortling all day over a goofy video made for Microsoft's sales team that made its way onto YouTube.  —  The video, “Rocking Our Sales,” by “Bruce ServicePack and the Vista Street Band,” is painfully lame.
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Internal Microsoft Vista Video is as Painful as Videos Get  —  You've gotta wonder how, in a company the size of Microsoft, there's not a single person who has the balls to step up and say “Hey, you know what?  This Vista music video we're making for the sales department …
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  —  Delivered Second Consecutive $2-Billion Plus Quarter  —  Completed Approximately $1 Billion in Stock Repurchases  —  Acquired Fraud Sciences Ltd.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today reported financial results …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
SixApart's BlogIt Could Be the Start of Something Big  —  SixApart launched BlogIt by TypePad last night, a Facebook app that lets you post to SixApart blogs and other blogging software like WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr, to your Facebook Newsfeed and to Twitter all from one place.
Discussion: David Recordon's Blog
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  As further evidence of the growing interest in Macs among enterprise customers, IBM's Research Information Services launched an internal pilot program designed to study the possibility of moving significant numbers of employees to the Mac platform.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Valleywag Fires Writer Who Criticized Valleywag  —  Apparently everything and everyone is fair game at Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag.  Or, almost everything.  Write a post criticizing Valleywag itself, and two weeks later you're out of a job.  —  Writer Jordan Golson is the person …
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Valleywag
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service  —  In their ever continuing battle to free the Internet, The Pirate Bay has now launched an uncensored blogging service, called Baywords.  The service is intended to be a safe haven for bloggers who want to be able to write whatever they want …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
NBC to Apple: Build antipiracy into iTunes  —  SAN FRANCISCO—NBC Universal would like to have its TV shows distributed once again through Apple's iTunes service, a top executive said Wednesday, but he called for antipiracy measures to help protect his business' revenue.
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft hits back at Google with Live Search News  —  As a part of its Rome release, Microsoft's Live Search team has launched Live Search News, a direct competitor to Google News.  —  At this time, Live Search News looks like a simplified version of Google News.
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Live Search News tries to combine Google News and Techmeme
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Google ‘Gamed’ Airwave Sale, Republican Lawmakers Say  —  Google Inc. manipulated a U.S. government spectrum auction by bidding just enough to trigger rules that will open a nationwide set of airwaves to any device and then walking away, Republican lawmakers said.
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Mac vs. PC: The Ultimate Lab Test for New Desktops & Laptops  —  This computer rivalry has been elevated to a cultural divide on par with Pepsi versus Coke.  Taking it beyond personal taste, PM crunches the numbers—with some surprising results (and detailed benchmark scores).  —  Photographs by Lendon Flanagan
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Intuit getting into the hosted app business  —  Intuit is announcing today its entry into the growing app platform market.  Like Salesforce has done, Intuit's new QuickBase Developer Program will let developers create and sell add-on Web apps that tap into the company's core product: QuickBooks.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Salesforce. Intuit Opens Up QuickBase To Developers
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mac shipments outpace market in Q1  —  Apple's Mac business outgrew the overall PC market in the U.S. by a significant margin in the first quarter, according to research from IDC and Gartner released Wednesday.  —  Check out my colleague Erica Ogg's post for the overall news …
Discussion: eWeek, Gartner and Tech Trader Daily
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IDC:
U.S. Growth Slips, But Worldwide PC Shipments Remain Healthy, According to IDC
Discussion: InformationWeek
Cade Metz / The Register:
Comcast proposes P2P ‘bill of rights’  —  Defeat 99.7% of all Spam!  —  As the FCC continues to investigate its choke hold on BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic, Comcast has proposed a “bill of rights and responsibilities” for P2P users and internet service providers.
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Portfolio.com:
Comcast Sends Its Regrets
Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
Introducing Google Earth 4.3  —  The Google Earth team is proud to announce the latest version of Google Earth is available today at http://earth.google.com.  The release of Google Earth 4.3 (beta) greatly advances our vision of offering a realistic, 3D model of the world by giving users a higher quality, more immersive experience.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Decline and Fall of Tech on Digg  —  If you're a fan of digg, you've probably been noticing that tech stories are becoming less and less a feature of the social news site.  The reason?  Digg is attempting to attract a large mainstream user base.  Just how low has tech sunk in digg?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Real People Don't Have Time for Social Media  —  Let's be honest here: we're all a bunch of social media addicts.  We're junkies.  Whether it's a new Twitter app, a new Facebook feature, or a new social anything service, we're all over it.  But we may not be the norm.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows Vista update ‘kills’ USB devices  —  Defeat 99.7% of all Spam!  —  Microsoft has admitted it is investigating reports that a recent Windows Vista security update causes havoc with some USB devices, but the software giant is yet to provide a fix for the cock-up.
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Another Failed Harvard Social Network Takes ‘Legal Action’ Against Facebook
Discussion: Valleywag and VentureBeat
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
How Social Networking Could Kill Web Search as We Know It
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
GNTV: A Talk with the Twitter Guys
Discussion: Pat Phelan
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Your Session Has Timed Out  —  How many times have you returned …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Pays Users $1 Million
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Free Analytics Suite Coming From Yahoo!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
IMAP Support Disappears From Gmail [Updated]
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Gaming Network Buys Facebook Market Share
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
How long does it take to recover from a Google ‘blacklisting’?
Discussion: WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
When Everyone Talks About Weakness At Google, Wall Street Buys the Stock
Steven Swartz / Market Wire:
“Free Open Source Software Is Costing Vendors $60 Billion,” …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Procrastinate much? …
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Security is No Match for Chocolate and Good Looking Women
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