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10:50 AM ET, April 22, 2008


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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple files for universal iPhone instant messaging patent  —  Apple has set the groundwork for instant messaging on the iPhone and other touchscreen devices with an application for a patent on a universal interface for real-time text chat services.  —  Published in March …
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT joins Nokia Comes With Music  —  Music bundle on Nokia devices to include SONY BMG content  —  London, United Kingdom / Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced that SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT has officially joined Nokia Comes With Music, a revolutionary …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Eee!  A New Cellphone!  —  These are topsy-turvy times for electronics makers.  —  Since the Eee PC burst onto the world's electronics scene last fall, the $400 nearly palm-sized laptop has been a phenomenon.  Its Taiwan-based manufacturer, ASUS, says it has shipped 1 million units worldwide through …
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter May Not Have To Care About Uptime Any Longer  —  We used to speculate that Twitter's persistent downtime and overall poor service quality could result in a Friendster-type nose dive.  But after a three day weekend outage I realized that in the last two months a subtle shift occured …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter: grabbing defeat from the jaws of success
Discussion: BoomTown and Scripting News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T first quarter on target; Wireless data access revenue strong  —  AT&T said Tuesday that it ended the first quarter with 71.4 million wireless subscribers and a retail churn of 1.2 percent.  —  The telecommunications giant detailed its wireless stats on its first quarter earnings report (statement).
Business Wire:
AT&T Ramps Revenue Growth, Delivers Strong First-Quarter Results  — $0.57 reported earnings per diluted share, up 26.7 percent versus $0.45 in the year-earlier first quarter  — $0.74 adjusted earnings per diluted share, up 13.8 percent from $0.65 in the first quarter of 2007
Rob Crumpler / BuzzBlog:
BuzzLogic Aquires ActiveWeave  —  Today is another big day at BuzzLogic.  We officially announced the exciting news that we have acquired the assets of Activeweave - the customers, technology, and incredible minds of Marc Meyer, now BuzzLogic's SVP of Products, and Jean Sini, BuzzLogic's new CTO.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
BlogRovr Acquisition by BuzzLogic Calls Data Portability Into Question
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft finally takes the beta tag off its Salesforce competitor  —  For the past couple of years, Microsoft has been crowing about its hosted CRM service that competes head-to-head with services from  It wasn't until today, April 22, however, that Microsoft's offering in this space became generally available.
Microsoft:   Microsoft Announces General Availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Founder Creates Fireball (Fire Eagle + DodgeBall + Twitter)  —  Remember DodgeBall, the early social mobile network that languished after Google bought it?  So does Leonard Lin, a founding member of who recently left Yahoo, where he organized Hack Days.
Felix /   Plazes adds Fire Eagle Support
Daniel Terdiman / relaunches with Web 2.0 flavor  — has relaunched and now allows readers to write their own punch lines for strips, as well as a series of other new features.  —  (Credit: United Media/Scott Adams)  —  Update: I've added some comments from Scott Adams that came in by email after this posted.
Paul J. Gough / Reuters:
NBC has news for MySpace  —  NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC News and will provide political news and other content to social networking site MySpace.  —  Terms of the deal weren't announced Monday.  But NBC, MSNBC and's text and video will populate the “Decision '08” …
The Technium:
The Reality of Depending on True Fans  —  I have been researching new business models for artists working in the low end of the long tail.  How can one make a living in a micro-niche?  Is it even possible, particularly in this realm of no-cost copies?  I proposed the idea …
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 …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Ex-Googlers working on stealth social search  —  Nathan Stoll, former product lead of Google News, has been quietly working on a new social search service he started with the help of two other Google refugees, CNET has learned.  The site, called Mechanical Zoo, is poised to launch in beta next month.
Discussion: Mashable!
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Photobucket shares interface, matches Flickr  —  Photobucket, is making a significant change aimed to weave the widely used photo-sharing site more tightly into the Web 2.0 fabric.  —  The company is releasing an application programming interface (API) for its site, said Chief Executive Alex Welch.
Discussion: Mashable! and CNET
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft and Novell take open stab at China
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Brooke Crothers / CNET
Intel cuts quad-core price by 50 percent
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At Glasshouse event, Bebo's Michael Birch avoids AOL talk
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