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2:15 PM ET, April 19, 2008

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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
PayPal Bans Browsers; Mac Love; Cell Phone Bans  —  * One company is taking dramatic steps in an attempt to reduce so-called phishing attacks, which trick people into giving away personal information by luring them to a fake Web site.  PayPal, the online payment system owned by eBay …
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Paypal denies Safari-blocking reports  —  News in brief: There's been multiple reports claiming PayPal plans to block Safari users from using its service on account of the browser's lack of built-in anti-phishing features.  —  The Safari block has been mooted as part of a package of moves …
Discussion: Macsimum News and Digital Daily
InfoWorld:
PayPal to block users with old browsers to stem phishing attacks
Discussion: Mashable!
Andrew / NotebookReview.com:
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 …
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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: The Boy Genius Report and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: TeleRead and TECH.BLORGE.com
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Response to Jean Hughes Robert on his comment about Ning  —  I got this comment left on my post about Ning being $500M from Jean Hughes Robert about my post on Ning: … Hey Jean  —  Thanks for the comment.  I'm glad you asked - cause what's obvious and apparent to me - may not be to the rest of you.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and ben barren
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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 …
Ryan McIntire / The Greener Grass:
Papyrus  —  With the growing popularity and widespread use of communication tools like texting, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, today's students are more connected than ever.  However, few educational solutions take advantage of these tools.  Some schools use software like Blackboard, but the interfaces are clunky and outdated.
Discussion: Engadget and GottaBeMobile
Bloomberg:
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: WebGuild and VoIP Watch
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.
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Ends Stealth Safari Installs Via Software Update For Windows  —  The latest version of the Software Update tool for Windows, version 2.1.0.110, 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 …
Discussion: Today @ PC World and MacRumors
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: Mashable!, TechCrunch and GigaOM
 
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Andrius / Unwired View:
Samsung W599, a dual CDMA/GSM phone
Discussion: Gadgetell and UberPhones
CNN:
CNN Web site targeted
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
 Earlier Items: 
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
AT&T WiFi portal for iPhone users shows up at Starbucks
Discussion: VoIP Watch, 1FPS and IntoMobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gillmor Gang Now Part Of TechCrunch Network
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
The Tubes, Captain! They Canna Take It! They're Coming Apart!
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gawker
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Begins Testing In-Flight Use of Cellphones
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Prioritize Your Feed Reading: Newsgator Integrates AideRSS
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ebay considers sale of Skype subsidiary