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7:20 PM ET, April 18, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Beta of New All-in-One Service for Consumers  —  Q&A: Group Product Manager Bryson Gordon discusses “Albany” — a new service to help consumers be more protected, productive and connected and to stay current with essential software and security updates.
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Windows Live Hotmail Technical Support Blog:
Microsoft Announces Changes for Accessing Hotmail with Outlook Express  —  A change is coming for users that access Hotmail with Outlook Express.  Outlook Express uses a protocol called DAV (Distributed Authoring and Versioning protocol) to access a Windows Live™ Hotmail® e-mail account.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies ‘Albany’ subscription trial for consumers  —  Microsoft is set to start testing privately a consumer Software + Service bundle code-named “Albany,” an all-in-one bundle of Office Home and Student, Windows Live OneCare, Office Live Workspace and various Windows Live services.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Google shares capture largest one-day gain  —  Update at 1:15 p.m. PDT April 18: Google ends trading day up 20 percent, capturing largest one-day gain  —  Update at 10 a.m. PDT April 18: Google's gains have now reached 21 percent.  —  Google's shares closed with a 20 percent gain Friday …
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Andrew Donoghue / CNET News.com:
AT&T: Internet to hit full capacity by 2010  —  U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T has claimed that, without investment, the Internet's current network architecture will reach the limits of its capacity by 2010.  —  Speaking at a Westminster eForum on Web 2.0 this week in London, Jim Cicconi …
Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Ning's Infinite Ambition  —  Brain Trust: Ning chairman Marc Andreessen (he built Netscape back in the day), with Bianchini, at the company's HQ in Palo Alto. |  It isn't just a site where users can build their own social networks — Ning is a model of how to create a perpetual growth machine.
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft confirms purchase of Farecast travel site  —  Microsoft bought Seattle-based airfare prediction and travel site Farecast earlier this month for around $115 million, according to a person familiar with the transaction.  —  A Microsoft spokeswoman would not comment on the terms of the deal …
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MitraSramana / Sramana Mitra on Strategy:   Google Strong, But Microsoft Pays Attention to Verticals
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Wrong Ways to Pitch RWW and One Great Way  —  Here at ReadWriteWeb we get piles and piles of pitches for coverage from companies all day long and they almost always come in by email.  You'll notice that only a tiny percentage of those pitches result in write-ups here.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
iPhone sellers braced for hit on cheap handsets  —  Mobile operators with exclusive contracts to sell Apple's iPhone are bracing themselves for significant losses on unsold stock as they clear the shelves to make way for a new, faster version expected this summer.
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Apple should call PayPal's bluff  —  PayPal is in another stand-off with Apple over EV SSL (Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer) certificates, but Steve Jobs & Co. may call the transaction service's bluff.  —  According to Ryan Naraine, PayPal is about to launch a whitepaper …
InfoWorld:
5 IT skills that won't boost your salary  —  Technical skills may never die, but areas of expertise wane in importance as technology advances force companies to evolve and IT staff to forsake yesterday's craft in favor of tomorrow's must-have talent.  —  “There is less need for system-side knowledge.
Discussion: The Chronicle
Android Developers Blog:
Android Developers Have Risen to the Challenge  —  Posted by Azhar Hashem, Product Marketing Manager for Android, Google Developer Products Team on 17 April 2008 at 9:47 PM  —  I'm thrilled to share the news that developers from over 70 countries submitted 1,788 entries to the Android Developer Challenge!
louisgray.com:
Most Bloggers Don't Deserve Any Ad Revenue  —  It's routinely shocking to me that so many bloggers think they should try and make a profit from their Web site.  —  Urged on by the success of mega blog networks like TechCrunch and spurred forward by stories from ProBlogger …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
BBC shuts its internet service provider  —  The BBC is closing its commercial internet service provider Beeb.net after nine years because of dwindling subscriber numbers.  —  Operated by the BBC's commercial wing, BBC Worldwide, the service offers web hosting, dial-up and broadband access …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, PDA and paidContent
Jena McGregor / Business Week:
The World's Most Innovative Companies  —  Smart ideas for tough times: The 50 companies that make up our annual ranking nurture cultures that value creative people in good times and bad  —  Suddenly, innovation has a bull's-eye on its back.  As the recession debate shifts from “what if” …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and GoNintendo
 
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ebay considers sale of Skype subsidiary
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Nice “News quote” feature
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
ReadBurner Goes Mobile
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
AOL Plans Site Geared Toward Younger Women
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL (TWX) Firing 100+ Platform A-ers Today
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Big Apple schools refuse Macs over Wi-Fi flaw
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
NBC Universal to embed marketing messages in online shows
Discussion: VentureBeat
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA escapes sanctions, drops case against homeless man
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Ballmer Tells Microsoft MVPs Vista is a “Work in Progress”
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Tom Magrino / ZDNet:
Mayhem alert, ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ ships
Greg Billock / Official Google Video Blog:
Google Video gets a facelift
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Frankenmac! What's in a Mac clone?
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