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6:05 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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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
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
XP SP3: It's About Freakin' Time
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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I am the one who “hacked” Obamas site.
Discussion: Computerworld
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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Google Code Blog:
Developer sandbox for iGoogle launches  —  Today, we're excited to open up a developer sandbox for iGoogle.  The sandbox includes support for OpenSocial, a common API designed to let you easily build social applications that run on a growing number of web containers.
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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Mark Evans:
Skype: The Sexier Story is Growth
Discussion: iLocus, Ars Technica and Searchviews
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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
New security blog on cloud computing
Discussion: Cloud Security
Nick / Rough Type:   AWS outgrows Amazon
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netflix: Q1 Revs, EPS In Line; Ups '08 Rev View, Cuts EPS …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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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Janet Meiners / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Six Apart Launches Blog Ad Network, Blog Services
Colin Devroe / Hi, I'm Colin:
Twitter is definitely down, sorta  —  Over the past few days the number of Twitter statuses popping up from those I follow on Twitter have been scarce.  At first I thought it was because I was beta testing the latest version of Hahlo.  Then, I thought it was a problem with the API and so Twitterrific would also have the issue.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphones out of stock across the board  —  Looking for a good smartphone?  Good luck.  Out of stock smartphones abound.  —  According to a research note by Tavis McCourt, an analyst at Morgan Keegan, there are “an increased number of Out of Stock (OOS) situations involving Palm, RIM, and Apple.”
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Electronista:
Smartphones in short supply, Apple recovering?
Discussion: One More Thing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chinese Hackers Take Down SportsNetwork  —  The SportsNetwork, a privately held sports website located in Hatboro, PA, has been under attack from hackers for about 24 hours.  Early Sunday the site was defaced with “Tibet was, is and will always be part of China” messages.
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Christine Lu:
The Sports Network brought down by Chinese Hackers
Discussion: Andrew Lih and Shanghaiist
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
A Web Shift in the Way Advertisers Seek Clicks  —  Tyler Townsend, a digital media manager who plans online advertising for travel clients at Ypartnership, an agency in Orlando, had $150,000 to spend on behalf of a Caribbean island's visitors bureau.  And this client did not care about branding — it wanted action.
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 …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Google is named world's most powerful brand by Millward Brown research  —  Google has topped a list of the world's most powerful brands, with new research estimating its value to be $86bn (£43bn).  —  WPP-owned research company Millward Brown puts Google at number …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Metrics and Grains of Salt  —  Perhaps Internet metrics should come with a warning label: “handle with care.”  —  Stock in the measurement firm comScore slid in after-hours trading on Thursday after Google reported surprisingly strong first quarter earnings.  Why the decline?
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
 
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Ubuntu ‘reaping Linux dividend’
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