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9:30 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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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
XP SP3: It's About Freakin' Time
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Windows XP SP3: A quick, painless upgrade
Discussion: Beyond Binary and The Tech Report
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.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Start Pages: The Next Social Networks
Discussion: sarahintampa
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: CNET News.com and ParisLemon
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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
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)
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo
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
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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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 …
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
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Web 2.0 Expo Preview: Torture by Information Overload
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
In a first, China removes profit repatriation tax for U.S. investor
InfoWorld:
The iPhone video threat: Can networks keep up?
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon's Palm Centro in the flesh!
Discussion: IntoMobile and PalmAddicts
Geoff Gasior / The Tech Report:
Western Digital's VelociRaptor VR150 hard drive
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
HopStop Hits 1.5 Million Visits Per Month; Announces Angel Financing
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
IdeaScale - Crowdsourcing R&D  —  The hot idea of the moment …
Discussion: TMCnet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Publishes “Insider's Guide To Viral Marketing”
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google resolve crumbles on ‘cookies’ pledge
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Spanning Sync plans Gmail Contact syncing for version 2.0
Discussion: PC World
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For AT&T, U-Verse Is Picking Up Steam
louisgray.com:
FriendFeedMachine Debuts New Approach to FriendFeed
Business Wire:
Nearly 20% of Mid- and High-End Mobile Devices Will Run a Linux …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphones out of stock across the board
Jeff Muskus / New York Times:
New Wii Games Find a Big (but Stingy) Audience
 

 
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