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8:20 PM ET, April 16, 2008

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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 …
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:   Microsoft 1, blogosphere 0  —  Guys, the joke's on us.  Big time.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Internal Vista SP1 promo: “Rockin' Our Sales”
Discussion: TechCrunch
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?
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
eBay's first quarter, outlook solid
Discussion: Forbes
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
Skrentablog:   Microsoft “hits back” at Google with re-launch of 4-year old Newsbot
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.
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.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:   NBC Wants Anti-Piracy, Pricing From Apple
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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?
Google Analytics Blog:
Graduation Day for Website Optimizer and Urchin Software!  —  Today at the ad:tech conference in San Francisco, we very happily announced two launches.  If we could have shouted them from the rooftops, we would have.  Enjoy!  —  Website Optimizer now available as a standalone product!
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 …
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Introducing Zoho ‘Affordable’ CRM - Enterprise Edition
Business Wire:
IndexAtlas Announces Launch of $50 Million Art Industry Fund
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Real People Don't Have Time for Social Media
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Intuit getting into the hosted app business
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Pays Users $1 Million
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Free Analytics Suite Coming From Yahoo!
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
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
Rory Reid / CNET News.com:
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