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1:00 PM ET, April 21, 2008


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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.
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 …
Skype offers unlimited long-distance plan
Discussion: The UberReview
Anne Broache / CNET
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?
Discussion: Contentinople
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.
Discussion: deal architect
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
NBC News to Help Teach Tools of Digital Reporting  —  Straying far afield from its core business of reporting the news, NBC News is getting into the education business.  —  Readers of media-related Web sites have been bombarded with ads promoting NBC News's partnership with the New York Film Academy.
Discussion: Lost Remote
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 and The Real McCrea
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Ansley Berrones / Yanko Design:
The Future of Books  —  With everything turning towards technology …
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Prediction: Microsoft will leapfrog Vista, release Windows 7 early …
Discussion: GigaOM
Los Angeles Times:
Sony to launch online video service for PlayStation 3
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Q2 earnings: What to watch
Intel debuts Celerons, Core 2s, cuts prices
Discussion: eWeek, The Core Truth and TG Daily
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
3G iPhone confirmed in Italy without revenue sharing?
Business Wire:
Blue Coat to Acquire Packeteer to Offer Comprehensive Solution for WAN Optimization
Peter Judge / CNET
Office 2007 fails OOXML conformance test
 Earlier Items: 
Ian / everwas:
The Lifestream Filter Will be the Next Great Algorithm War
Discussion: Lifestream Blog
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Turning Off Internet In The Classroom Won't Make Lectures Any More Interesting
Discussion: Geek News Central
Jeff Muskus / New York Times:
New Wii Games Find a Big (but Stingy) Audience
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Tension Over Sports Blogging
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Sprout: Now A Viral Distribution Platform for Web Services
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Claire Cain Miller / Forbes:
Google Isn't The Only One
Discussion: Bits
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
From Win32 to Cocoa: a Windows user's conversion to Mac OS X
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TechBlog, /Message and Digg
Calum MacLeod / USA Today:
China vaults past USA in Internet users