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3:50 PM ET, April 20, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Signs Letter Of Intent To Acquire Xobni  —  Two independent sources tell us that the Microsoft/Xobni deal is moving along and that the two companies signed an acquisition LOI in the last week.  I have not yet been able to track down the price, but a previous offer of sub-$20 million was supposedly rejected by Xobni.
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Whipping up a batch of effective communications  —  Randall Stross in the NYTimes writes about how prominent bloggers get overwhelmed by email and how its nothing new.  Of course, journalists empathize with this condition, so its perhaps over emphasized at large.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Struggling to Evade the E-Mail Tsunami  —  E-MAIL has become the bane of some people's professional lives.  Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch, a blog covering new Internet companies, last month stared balefully at his inbox, with 2,433 unread e-mail messages, not counting 721 messages awaiting his attention in Facebook.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
If Twitter Breaks in the Woods and No One Can Tweet About It, Is It Really Broken?  —  I noticed a few people thinking the same thing as me today: is everyone taking a break from Twitter?  People do get burnt out from the web after all and it was a pretty nice weekend day in a lot of cities.
Jonathan Skillings / CNET
Twitter hiccups through a semi-outage  —  The Twitter community may not be paying much heed to your posts this weekend, but it's not your fault.  —  The company behind the messaging service and Web 2.0 darling acknowledged late Saturday that some back-end changes had been failing to show tweets from a number of people.
Discussion: Get Satisfaction and Mashable!
Richard Swinburne /
Inside the Eee PC 900  —  I know, we've probably been all Eee'd out for a few months; well, at least until Atom gets here.  But there was this niggling itch to break stuff, and it was sitting there, and this is bit-tech after all...  Where can we find that extra 16GB of SSD storage?
The Social Map Is All About Me  —  Written by Mark Sigal, a digital media and Internet platform entrepreneur who has done eight startups, four of them as a co-founder.  —  Call me a cynic, but there has to be more to the Web 2.0 story than accessorizing my Facebook page with one-dimensional pseudo applications.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Join The Web Content Conservation Movement  —  The other day Erick Schonfeld wrote a post about how he's feeling even more overwhelmed by new web content steams like Twitter and FriendFeed, and how he's desperately in need of a better filter.  I certainly agree with Erick's clarion call …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
When Monetizing ISP Traffic Goes Horribly Wrong  —  In seeking to further monetize Web site traffic on their networks, a number of major Internet service providers may be inadvertently exposing their customers to a greater risk of online attack from identity thieves, according to research released today.
Discussion: DSLreports, InfoWorld, toorcon and WebGuild
Dan Goodin / The Register:
ISP typo pimping exposes users to fraudulent web pages
Discussion: Security to the Core
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
Social Networking Advertising - It Will Be Even Harder than we Think  —  I've had a few experiences in the past few weeks that continue to bolster my belief that monetizing social networks and communities will continue to be a lot harder than people think.  —  1. I posted a question on Twitter …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo-Microsoft: Playing the Yahoo Earnings Chess Game  —  Next week is crucial for the Yahoo-Microsoft takeover battle.  Yahoo's earnings report will likely shift the balance of negotiating power one way or the other—forcing Yahoo (YHOO) into a fire sale or forcing Microsoft (MSFT) …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Search for Mapped Web Pages in Google Maps  —  Google Maps added the map view available at Google Experimental Search.  Google extracts the most important locations from web pages and lets you see the search results on a map.  To restrict your search to web pages, you need to click on …
Discussion: Mashable! and Google Maps Mania
Will Apple open a store in Second Life?  —  On April 17, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere .  Apple's patent generally relates to improving the experiences that online-shoppers may have at an online Apple Store, sometime in the future.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Apple Store To Go Virtual?  That's the theory of MacNN, at least …
Discussion: Geek News Central and Digg
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Packed House At Y Combinator Startup School  —  Today marked the fourth year of Y Combinator's startup school, and judging by the overflowing auditorium that persisted throughout the event, it was a runaway success.  A crowd of over 650 developers, writers, and entrepreneurs packed Stanford's …
Discussion: Feedonomics
John C Abell / Epicenter:
World Domination, or at Least a Couple of Bucks
Discussion: Gabor's Blog
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: Gizmodo, Hardware 2.0 and p2pnet
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft admits it sent Office nag to all WSUS servers
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
ReadWriteWeb Turns 5  —  On 20 April, 2003, ReadWriteWeb was born.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
MySpace viral channels: notifications coming April 30, invitations coming late May
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Who Did Six Apart Acquire?
Discussion: CNET
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Yahoo! BrowserPlus: The rumour is true
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch and Profy.Com