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10:45 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 …
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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 …
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Asus Eee PC 900 launching 5/12 in the U.S. at $549  —  The upcoming 9-inch version of the popular Asus Eee PC has already been spotted in Europe and Asia, but details about an American launch were scarce — until now.  —  Sources at Asus tell us the Eee PC 900, which we discussed in detail earlier …
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Boy Genius Report
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 …
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 …
CNN Web site targeted  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — CNN was targeted Thursday by attempts to interrupt its news Web site, resulting in countermeasures that caused the service to be slow or unavailable to some users in limited areas of Asia.  —  “CNN took preventative measures to filter traffic …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Managers Among 4,650 Losing AT&T Jobs  —  AT&T said Friday that it would eliminate the jobs of about 4,650 workers, trimming the managerial ranks in its fading home phone business after more than $100 billion in acquisitions.  —  The decision covers about 1.5 percent of the work force …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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Andrius / Unwired View:
Samsung W599, a dual CDMA/GSM phone
Discussion: Gadgetell and UberPhones
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Holy Facebook, Batman! Let's fight crime in Manchester, England!
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
When the Ex Blogs, the Dirtiest Laundry Is Aired
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Visual Search Engine Coming to iPhone in June
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gaming appearing recession proof as Wii, DS dominate sales
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Digg
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
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Begins Testing In-Flight Use of Cellphones
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Engadget
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Prioritize Your Feed Reading: Newsgator Integrates AideRSS
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Nice “News quote” feature
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
German Startup Community Makes Us Proud Once Again: Freundefeed
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Caris Ups Ests, Sees FY Q2 Results Beating Street
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Viral coefficient: What it does and does NOT measure
Windows Live Hotmail Technical Support Blog:
Microsoft Announces Changes for Accessing Hotmail with Outlook Express
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Fatigue: Over!  March Traffic Back On Track - Just Like Last Year
5 IT skills that won't boost your salary
Discussion: The Chronicle