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9:05 AM ET, April 19, 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 raises $60M at $500M valuation  —  Make-your-own-social-network company Ning has raised a $60 million fourth round of funding.  —  Co-founded by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, Ning already raised a hefty third round of $44 million back in July.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Marc Andreessen's egg-shaped head, CEO's rack distract Fast Company writer from Ning's vanishingly small business  —  Here's what you really need to know about Ning, according to Fast Company writer Adam Penenberg.  Its chairman, Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen, has an egg-shaped head.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gillmor Gang Now Part Of TechCrunch Network  —  Journalist Steve Gillmor was a podcasting pioneer - In 2004 he began recording conversations with leading tech pundits about the issues of the day and posting them on IT Conversations.  The show, which he called the Gillmor Gang …
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.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Meet The Mac-Clone Mystery Man  —  How's this for a deal.  At a fraction of the cost of a comparably equipped machine from Apple, a Web-based company dubbed Psystar is offering a computer you can have loaded up with just about any operating system you choose, including Apple's OS X Leopard.
Andrew /
Asus Sets Eee PC 900 U.S. Launch for May 12th  —  Asus informed us this evening that the Eee PC 900 will hit the store shelves in the U.S. on May 12th.  The Linux and Windows XP loaded version of this 8.9" version of the Eee PC will both cost $549.  —  The Eee PC 900 has already been released …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
It's official: Venture investment declined in Q1  —  Venture investment fell 8.5 percent during the first three months of 2008 compared to the final quarter of 2007, according to the new MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Encyclopedia Britannica Now Free For Bloggers  —  Encyclopedia Britannica is used in often case studies as a definitive example of how new technology can disrupt a business.  Everything was great for the nearly 250 year old privately held company until the Internet came around and category five hurricaned on their parade.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Ends Stealth Safari Installs Via Software Update For Windows  —  The latest version of the Software Update tool for Windows, version, now clearly lists software that can be downloaded via the service and groups the updates together.  —  Apple has revised the way it sends software updates …
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
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Begins Testing In-Flight Use of Cellphones  —  PARIS — François Germain, a BP executive, was one of the first passengers to put Air France's pilot program allowing cellphone calls in flight to the test.  The results last week were not quite as he hoped.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Engadget
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gaming appearing recession proof as Wii, DS dominate sales
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Managers Among 4,650 Losing AT&T Jobs
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
AT&T WiFi portal for iPhone users shows up at Starbucks
Discussion: 1FPS, VoIP Watch and IntoMobile
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
The Tubes, Captain! They Canna Take It! They're Coming Apart!
Discussion: Valleywag and Digg
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Viral coefficient: What it does and does NOT measure
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Microsoft Announces Changes for Accessing Hotmail with Outlook Express
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Facebook Fatigue: Over!  March Traffic Back On Track - Just Like Last Year
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