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8:00 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 …
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Daniel Terdiman / Webware.com:
Dilbert.com relaunches with Web 2.0 flavor  —  Dilbert.com 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.
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.
Discussion: BoomTown
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter May Not Have To Care About Uptime Any Longer
Discussion: Scripting News
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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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Start Pages: The Next Social Networks
Discussion: sarahintampa and AppScout
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 …
Felix / blog.plazes.com:
Plazes adds Fire Eagle Support  —  Good news: Plazes now works with the Fire Eagle! (learn more here)  —  In case you didn't know, Fire Eagle is a location broker recently released by the guys around Tom Coates over at the Yahoo Brickhouse.  (Here's a helpful post on GigaOm).
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Upcoming.org 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 Upcoming.org who recently left Yahoo, where he organized Hack Days.
Jennifer Guevin / CNET News.com:
Netflix profits up 36 percent  —  Online DVD rental service Netflix announced Monday that profits for the first quarter this year were up 36 percent, due in part to an increase in its subscriber base.  —  Netflix reported it had 8,243,000 total subscribers at the end of the quarter, which ended March 31.
Discussion: MarketWatch and VentureBeat
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
BlogRovr Acquisition by BuzzLogic Calls Data Portability Into Question  —  The innovative OPML browser plug-in BlogRovr is announcing tonight that it has been acquired by PR monitoring and ad sales startup BuzzLogic.  It's a victory for all the startups who face hostile questions about …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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Paul J. Gough / Reuters:
NBC has news for MySpace  —  NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC News and MSNBC.com will provide political news and other content to social networking site MySpace.  —  Terms of the deal weren't announced Monday.  But NBC, MSNBC and MSNBC.com's text and video will populate the “Decision '08” …
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
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Tweeting for Companies 101  —  Why Twitter?  —  Twitter can be an amazingly powerful platform for connecting to your community as well as driving traffic to the various properties you want people to go.  Having an event?  Tweet it out!  Launched a new bag?  Tweet it out!
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 …
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: chartreuse and 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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Close those browser tabs — Vysr offers platform for a ‘user-centric’ web  —  The days of keeping multiple browser tabs open as you jump between websites is over, says Vysr chief executive Guda Venkatesh.  The Palo Alto, Calif. startup is launching RoamAbout — its platform for online services …
Discussion: Webware.com and Download Squad
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
At Glasshouse event, Bebo's Michael Birch avoids AOL talk
Amanda Fehd / Associated Press:
Sony reportedly negotiating PS3 video distribution
BBC:
Security firms scrutinise Phorm
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Grou.ps: All Your Collaboration Tools In One Place
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung chairman resigns in wake of indictment
Discussion: TechRadar.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Shelfari Hopes to Bring Authors and Readers Together Over Wikis
Reuters:
Murdoch leaves door open to joint Yahoo bid
John Tozzi / Business Week:
From Bricks and Mortar to Digital Music Master
Discussion: Coolfer
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Stamatiou:
Versatility Made Twitter What It Is Today
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Interview with Skype CEO Josh Silverman
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Publishes “Insider's Guide To Viral Marketing”
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Why ‘no Macs’ is no longer a defensible IT strategy
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Cloud Computing. Available at Amazon.com Today.
louisgray.com:
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