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1:15 PM ET, April 21, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Metrics and Grains of Salt  —  Perhaps Internet metrics should come with a warning label: “handle with care.”  —  Stock in the measurement firm comScore slid in after-hours trading on Thursday after Google reported surprisingly strong first quarter earnings.  Why the decline?
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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Forrester: Social networking will be biggest enterprise 2.0 priority by 2013; Smaller businesses reticent  —  Enterprise 2.0 will become a $4.6 billion industry by 2013 and social networking tools will garner the bulk of the money, according to a report by Forrester Research.
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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.
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.
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.
Uriel Maimon / Speaking of Security …:
Older and wiser  —  Today (the date I'm writing this entry) is my birthday.  Birthdays are a time of quiet contemplation for me (and quiet desperation for my mother).  As I think about the past year and the progress I've made (things are looking good for my long-term goal of spending …
Los Angeles Times:
Sony to launch online video service for PlayStation 3  —  VIDEO: Sony's service would be provided through the online PlayStation Network.  Above, a tech show in Singapore in March.  —  The company is attempting to stage a comeback in digital entertainment distribution.
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Motorola invests in virtual mobiles  —  Can't pick an OS?  Have them all  —  Find out how to eradicate 99.7% of spam  —  Motorola has invested in mobile virtualisation provider VirtualLogix, creating the possibility of a handset that can switch between different OSs almost as quickly as Motorola declares support for them.
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.
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.
Jeff Muskus / New York Times:
New Wii Games Find a Big (but Stingy) Audience  —  Nintendo sits atop the home video-game market.  Its Wii, though less technologically advanced than Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Sony's PlayStation 3, continues to outsell those machines and is now in more than 20 million homes.
 
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Turning Off Internet In The Classroom Won't Make Lectures Any More Interesting
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Tension Over Sports Blogging
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