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11:05 AM ET, April 21, 2008

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google tops Microsoft, Apple in brand power  —  It seems Google has solidified its dethroning of Microsoft in at least one regard: the global power of its brand.  —  For the third year in a row, the search giant whose very name has been transformed into a verb, grabbed the top spot in a list …
Reuters:
Skype offers unlimited long-distance plan  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Internet calling company Skype said on Monday that it would offer an unlimited long-distance calling service for customers who want to reach friends and family without computers or Internet access.
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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 …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Twitter FAIL Day 3: Communications Breakdown  —  Quite a few of you saw my post from last night about Twitter's failure.  Quite a few of you have noticed that it's still going on.  We're about to enter day 3 of Twitter FAIL and still aren't getting a whole lot from Twitter about it.
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
First Look: New WD VelociRaptor Hard Drive Cruises Through Speed Tests  —  Western Digital's 10,000 rpm, 300GB high-performance hard drive chomps through the competition.  —  Western Digital picked an extremely appropriate name for its new 10,000 rpm (rotations per minute) hard drive.
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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.
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.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
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 …
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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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Turning Off Internet In The Classroom Won't Make Lectures Any More Interesting  —  Just about two years ago, we wrote about some law professors who were threatening to ban computers in their classrooms because students just weren't paying attention.  While some apparently did so …
Discussion: Geek News Central
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Sprout: Now A Viral Distribution Platform for Web Services  —  Sprout - the impressive browser-based tool that debuted at DEMO in January and suddenly made it feasible for non-developers to create rich Flash-based widgets - has got even better with the release of v1.5.
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Scott Moritz / Techland:
Blue Coat in $268M deal for Packeteer
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Jeff Muskus / New York Times:
New Wii Games Find a Big (but Stingy) Audience
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Super-rugged PC begs to be smashed
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Patent Boss Admits That The Patent Office Keeps Getting Flooded …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Sprint sez BlackBerry Curve 8330 still on track for this month
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