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9:45 AM ET, April 21, 2008

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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 …
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.
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Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Asus to Launch Eee PC With Intel's Atom in June
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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.
Discussion: The UberReview
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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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Blogging Software Firm SixApart Buys Social Media Agency Apperceptive  —  SixApart, the blogging software firm with products like MovableType, Typepad and Vox, is now moving up the value chain into offering advertising and consulting services, and has bought New York City-based social media creative agency, Apperceptive.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Launches Ad Network, Moves Into Services
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Six Apart acquires Apperceptive, fires up client-centric strategy
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Sunnyvale's VirtualLogix bringing virtualization to mobile phones  —  Maybe you've heard of virtualization for servers and computers, the stuff that helps hardware run more efficiently and handle multiple operating system.  But what about for mobile handsets?
Discussion: InfoWorld
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TwittEarth Makes Twitter A Global Experience  —  Twitter visualizations are nothing new, but they always provide a great way to waste some time.  The newest, TwittEarth, is eye-candy at its finest - a mesmerizing and mostly useless diversion that sticks you in space and whips you around …
Discussion: Compiler and Mashable!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Boss Admits That The Patent Office Keeps Getting Flooded By More And More Bad Patents  —  The head of the US Patent Office, Jon Dudas, the same guy who was just hyping up a educational curriculum for children falsely claiming that any inventor “needs” to get a patent …
 
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Keyed in  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Studio JV: Interview: Philippe Dauman, CEO, Viacom: 'Distribution …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Gannett Q1 Revs Fall 8.4 Percent; Income Falls 8.9 Percent
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Sprint sez BlackBerry Curve 8330 still on track for this month
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Microsoft and Novell Extend Reach of Interoperability Collaboration …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Eyes have it  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, in San Francisco
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
House Republicans Move To Increase H1B Visa Quota
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Evans:
Talking to Disqus' Daniel Ha
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Trying to Improve Online Shopping Atmosphere?
Neil McAllister on Software:
Microsoft Mulls Subscriptions, Ads for Office Apps
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gear Diary
Claire Cain Miller / Forbes:
Google Isn't The Only One
Bob Eggington / Guardian:
Bob Eggington on BBC online
Discussion: paidContent
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Mesh week: Ray Ozzie's biggest bet since Groove?
Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Twitter: Talk to us when things go bad
Discussion: ParisLemon and WinExtra
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Who Are The Top Tech Bloggers?