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8:35 PM ET, April 18, 2008


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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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Social network creator Ning raising $70M at $560M valuation
Discussion: TechCrunch and
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
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 …
Andrew Donoghue / CNET
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   The Tubes, Captain! They Canna Take It! They're Coming Apart!
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.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
iPhones being sold at loss in Europe?
Discussion: Electronista
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Exclusive: Gillmor Gang joins TechCrunch  —  Here's some exclusive news: after being offline for over a year in a legal dispute (can't get into details) the Gillmor Gang is back and is part of TechCrunch!  Steve Gillmor is one of the most insightful minds in the technology space, and his …
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily, MacUser and MacDailyNews
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ebay considers sale of Skype subsidiary  —  Ebay will consider selling off its Skype internet phone subsidiary at the end of this year if it fails to find ways to use the fast-growing service to support its core e-commerce business, according to the company's chief executive.
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.
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!
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.
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL (TWX) Firing 100+ Platform A-ers Today  —  AOL's new Platform-A boss Lynda Clarizio is following through on her plan for a streamlined Platform A. The plan makes sense.  Unfortunately, it also involves firings.  —  A source says today is the day, puts the number of layoffs at “less than 500.”
Discussion: and Valleywag
Greg Sandoval / CNET
NBC Universal to embed marketing messages in online shows  —  In the latest example of how commercialism continues to creep into art, NBC Universal has plans to create programming designed to highlight a sponsor's products, the company said Friday.  —  The news shows will appear …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
German Startup Community Makes Us Proud Once Again: Freundefeed
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
AOL Plans Site Geared Toward Younger Women
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Viral coefficient: What it does and does NOT measure
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Fatigue: Over!  March Traffic Back On Track - Just Like Last Year
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft confirms purchase of Farecast travel site
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Big Apple schools refuse Macs over Wi-Fi flaw
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
BBC shuts its internet service provider
Microsoft Security Advisory (951306)
Tom Magrino / ZDNet:
Mayhem alert, ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ ships
Greg Billock / Official Google Video Blog:
Google Video gets a facelift
Jena McGregor / Business Week:
The World's Most Innovative Companies
Discussion: CenterNetworks and GoNintendo
Fred / A VC:
The Difference Between Wordpress and Facebook