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3:55 PM ET, April 19, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Encyclopedia Britannica Now Free For Bloggers  —  Encyclopedia Britannica often is used in 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
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Exclusive: Pictures of Psystar's corporate home; Clone maker's store is open  —  As this Psystar saga turns-the alleged Mac clone maker is either an overwhelmed legitimate business, a scam or something in between-it's helpful to have some feet on the street.
Discussion: One More Thing and Hardware 2.0
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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
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.
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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
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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 …
InfoWorld:
PayPal to block users with old browsers to stem phishing attacks
Discussion: Ars Technica and Mashable!
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Yahoo! BrowserPlus: The rumour is true  —  Awhile back I heard a rumour that Yahoo! had a “Gears-like” project that was cancelled.  I thought this was a shame, as having Yahoo! pushing the browser would be a great thing, and I wished that we could all join forces and push together.
Discussion: Profy.Com
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Who Did Six Apart Acquire?  —  San Francisco-based blogging startup Six Apart has made a significant acquisition, we heard today from someone with knowledge of the deal.  “Significant” in the sense of a possible strategic shift for the company, if not in terms of deal size.  It will be announced in the next few days.
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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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
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Ends Stealth Safari Installs Via Software Update For Windows
Discussion: Today @ PC World
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Visual Search Engine Coming to iPhone in June
 Earlier Items: 
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: VoIP Watch, 1FPS and IntoMobile
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
It's official: Venture investment declined in Q1
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch and GigaOM
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
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ebay considers sale of Skype subsidiary
 

 
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Sharyl Attkisson releases video of apparent computer hack

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