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7:35 AM ET, April 21, 2008


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Rafe Needleman /
OpenID getting more usable, a tiny bit at a time  —  Webware has been covering the Web authentication standard OpenID since September 2006.  It's a powerful alternative to traditional name-and-password Web access control, but it's so completely different from the sign-on methods that people …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Asustek to Launch Eee PC With 10-inch Screen  —  Asustek plans to launch a new version of the Eee PC with a 10-inch screen, a top executive said Monday.  —  The company's CEO made the statement at the launch of the new Eee PC 900 with an 8.9-inch screen, in Taiwan.  The original Eee PC 701 carries a 7-inch screen.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Engadget
Richard Swinburne /
Inside the Eee PC 900
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Who Are The Top Tech Bloggers?  —  We've been analyzing historical TechMeme data to dig a little deeper than the leaderboard information on the site that shows top blogs over the trailing 30 days.  We're slicing the data in a number of ways and will publish in shortly on CrunchBase.
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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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews
Claire Cain Miller / Forbes:
Google Isn't The Only One  —  Recession?  What recession?  That was the attitude of many online advertising executives at the Ad:Tech conference in San Francisco last week.  —  Though the economic downturn is pummeling magazine, newspaper and television advertising, it's bolstering …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Enterprise 2.0 To Become a $4.6 Billion Industry By 2013  —  A new report released today by Forrester Research is predicting that enterprise spending on Web 2.0 technologies is going to increase dramatically over the next five years.  This increase will include more spending on social networking tools …
Discussion: BoomTown, broadstuff and ben barren
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Six Apart acquires Apperceptive, fires up client-centric strategy  —  Blogging software company Six Apart has announced a new “social media services” strategy that involves a new satellite office in New York, the acquisition of social-media consulting and development firm Apperceptive …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Launches Ad Network, Moves Into Services
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Etelos helps you take your ‘Apps on a Plane’ — and everywhere else, too  —  It's a little counterintuitive, but one of the most important frontiers in web development is getting offline — taking applications that have been built online and allowing them to run even when people aren't connected to the Internet.
USA Today:
China vaults past USA in Internet users  —  BEIJING — China, already the world leader in cellphone use, has surpassed the USA as the No. 1 nation in Internet users.  —  The number of Chinese on the Internet hit more than 220 million as of February, according to estimates from official Chinese statistics …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
From Win32 to Cocoa: a Windows user's conversion to Mac OS X  —  Making the switch  —  A couple of Gartner analysts have recently claimed that Windows is “collapsing”; that it's too big, too sprawling, and too old to allow rapid development and significant new features.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Skype to sell unlimited international calls for $9.95/month  —  NEW YORK - Skype, the Internet calling subsidiary of eBay Inc., is introducing its first plan for unlimited calls to overseas phones on Monday.  —  The plan will allow unlimited calls to land-line phones in 34 countries for $9.95 per month …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Mesh week: Ray Ozzie's biggest bet since Groove?  —  We've been telling you to get ready for this since last December, and this week, Ray Ozzie and the Windows Live Core team are preparing to unveil their first big project, Live Mesh.  We gave you the rundown on Live Mesh last week …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Microsoft: Finding flaws on our website is OK  —  Find out how to eradicate 99.7% of spam  —  ToorCon In a first for a major company, Microsoft has publicly pledged not to sue or press charges against ethical hackers who responsibly find security flaws in its online services.
Chris Williams / Associated Press:
HD enthusiasts crying foul over cable TV's crunched signals  —  MINNEAPOLIS - In Brent Swanson's basement home theater, there should be nothing drab about “Battlestar Galactica.”  He's got a high-end projector that beams the picture onto a wall painted like a silver screen, and speakers loom in the corners, flanking two big subwoofers.
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TwittEarth Makes Twitter A Global Experience
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Microsoft Mulls Subscriptions, Ads for Office Apps
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat, Novell: desktop Linux an enterprise thing—for now
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
UserVoice Offers A Better Way To Take Customer Suggestions
Nick / Rough Type:
Open source as corporate joint venture
Discussion: Whimsley and broadstuff
Om Malik / GigaOM:
On Facebook, Many SMS Apps Find Little Use
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David Browne / New York Times:
On the Internet, It's All About ‘My’  —  IT'S not you, it's me.
Discussion: The Stalwart
Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Twitter: Talk to us when things go bad
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Staying in the Orbit of Satellite Radio
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Mollom May Soon Offer Serious Competition To Akismet
Discussion: Mollom
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
My Life on Facebook as a Woman and Why Social Network Advertising Doesn't Work
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Recent Searches To Influence Google's Results
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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