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11:20 PM ET, April 21, 2008

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
It's official!  Windows XP SP3 goes RTM today  —  The moment that Windows XP users have been waiting for.  Today Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) goes RTM.  —  What's in SP3?  —  Here's what you can expect from XP SP3:  — All previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates and hotfixes.
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Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Windows XP SP3: A quick, painless upgrade
Discussion: Beyond Binary and The Tech Report
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
XP SP3: It's About Freakin' Time
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter: grabbing defeat from the jaws of success  —  Amazing, Twitter has been half down all weekend long.  Dave Winer and others have been writing about it.  The problems have been covered on TechMeme and other places where one looks for interesting tech news.
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Weekend Web Weirdness  —  On Friday, we successfully deployed a new memcache project as part of our overall work to create a more scalable service.  After the deploy, we needed to move a lot of data with minimum impact on service quality.  To do this, we put together some code that moves data only as it is requested.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Coop's Corner
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hints of iGoogle Turning Into Its Own Social Network  —  Google has long used its personalized homepage, iGoogle, as a launching point for its foray into social-networking applications.  Any developer who builds an OpenSocial app, for instance, can make it work as a widget (er, gadget) on iGoogle.
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PR Newswire:
Netflix Announces Q1 2008 Financial Results  —  Subscribers - 8.2 million Revenue - $326.2 million GAAP Net Income - $13.4 million GAAP EPS - $0.21 per diluted share  —  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Netflix Q1: Tanking On Guidance (NFLX)
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Hacker Redirects Barack Obama's site to hillaryclinton.com  —  A security weakness in Barack Obama's website has been exploited to redirect visitors to Hillary Clinton's website.  Visitors who viewed the Community Blogs section of the site were instead presented with Clinton's website …
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my.barackobama.com:
I am the one who “hacked” Obamas site.
Discussion: Computerworld
TheStreet.com:
Jim Cramer's ‘Stop Trading!’:  Buy Apple  —  AAPL (The Telecom Connection PICK) MRK NOK RIMM  —  Buy Apple AAPL, Jim Cramer said on CNBC's “Stop Trading!” segment Monday.  —  Cramer said that there is a “grudging recognition” in the market, especially after Nokia's NOK cautious guidance …
Molly Wood / Crave: The gadget blog:
5 reasons my Zune is dead to me  —  I really wanted to love my 80GB Zune.  I'd heard good things about its Wi-Fi and its FM radio, its software, the Zune Marketplace, its easy navigation, and its non-iPod-ness.  But then I got it, and now I hate it.  Here's why, in ascending order of annoyance.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Cloud Computing.  Available at Amazon.com Today.  —  Jeff Bezos' store in the sky is hard to beat for books, CDs, and a zillion other products.  It's also great for quick technology fixes.  Say you need a fat HP server for hosting the too-moronic-to-fail Facebook app you plan to launch next week.
Discussion: confused of calcutta
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Nick / Rough Type:   AWS outgrows Amazon
Jacqueline Marshall / About Skype:
Skype announces unlimited long-distance calls to over a third of the world's population  —  Luxembourg, 21st April, 2008 - Skype announced unlimited* calling today to over a third of the world's population with the launch of its new calling subscriptions.  The new subscriptions signal …
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Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Interview with Skype CEO Josh Silverman
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Web 2.0 Expo Preview: Torture by Information Overload  —  Now that the first burst of enthusiasm for social networking has died, people are realizing that web 2.0 is actually a huge time sink.  —  Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Plaxo may have helped foster community and communication …
Anil Dash / Six Apart News & Events:
At Your Service: The Next Evolution of Six Apart  —  Five years ago this week, we announced one of the biggest milestones in our company history, including the creation of TypePad and our transformation from two bloggers with a powerful platform to a company dedicated to bringing the power of blogging to the world.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
IdeaScale - Crowdsourcing R&D  —  The hot idea of the moment for large companies is to outsource their research and development efforts to their customers.  Who knows your product better than your most loyal fans?  If they can collectively agree on the best way to improve it, it must be good, right?
Discussion: TMCnet
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Dell, Starbucks, and the marketplace of ideas
Discussion: Guardian
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Prediction: Microsoft will leapfrog Vista, release Windows 7 early, and change its OS business  —  Microsoft is nothing if not responsive to its customers.  In fact, it's hyper-responsive.  That's why we've ended up with feature-bloat in both Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office as the company …
Discussion: GigaOM
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Throttling ISPs Exposed by Azureus  —  Data collected by the BitTorrent client Azureus shows that Comcast might only be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to BitTorrent throttling ISPs.  Early findings show that customers from quite a few other Internet service providers experience an unusually high amount of TCP-resets.
Discussion: IP Democracy
InfoWorld:
The iPhone video threat: Can networks keep up?  —  Be careful what you wish for.  The iPhone has realized the old promise of the mobile Web.  But it's not clear whether the wireless networks can handle the load.  —  With news that Apple's little cell phone now accounts for more mobile Web traffic …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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John Cox / Network World:   Municipal Wi-Fi 2.0  —  As large-scale, for-profit projects falter …
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Why ‘no Macs’ is no longer a defensible IT strategy  —  More users are demanding Macs in the enterprise.  Thanks to key computing shifts, supporting their appetite for Apple is now a straightforward option for IT  —  Once confined to marketing departments and media companies …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacUser
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For AT&T, U-Verse Is Picking Up Steam  —  UBS's John Hodulik, one of the best telecom analysts, has pegged AT&T as his top pick for this earnings seasons and is expecting some good tidings from Ma Bell.  What caught my eye in his note this morning was the progress made by AT&T's IPTV effort, U-Verse.
Discussion: DSLreports, NewTeeVee and VoIP Watch
Jamie Hunter / AndroidGuys:
Why The iPhone Is Poised to Crush Android  —  Here we are months away from the launch of the first Android hardware, and Google along with the Open Handset Alliance is gearing up for the war against Apple and the vaunted iPhone.  However, given the recent revelations regarding Google's approach …
Discussion: CrunchGear
 
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Paul Stamatiou:
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Daniel Terdiman / Webware.com:
Dilbert.com relaunches with Web 2.0 flavor
Discussion: Salon and TechBlog
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
Microsoft Eyes New Business Models for Office Applications
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gear Diary
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Legal injunction bars Dish Network from selling four models of DVRs
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Mashups a hot item at Web 2.0 show
Discussion: eWeek
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
In a first, China removes profit repatriation tax for U.S. investor
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon's Palm Centro in the flesh!
Discussion: IntoMobile and PalmAddicts
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
HopStop Hits 1.5 Million Visits Per Month; Announces Angel Financing
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Publishes “Insider's Guide To Viral Marketing”
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Texas Instruments: Q1 In Line; Cautious On Q2; Stk Off
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google resolve crumbles on ‘cookies’ pledge
InfoWorld:
Blue Coat to acquire Packeteer for $268 million
Discussion: The Register
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Spanning Sync plans Gmail Contact syncing for version 2.0
Discussion: PC World
louisgray.com:
FriendFeedMachine Debuts New Approach to FriendFeed
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphones out of stock across the board
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A Web Shift in the Way Advertisers Seek Clicks
 

 
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