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3:30 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 …
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 …
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Colin Devroe / Hi, I'm Colin:
Twitter is definitely down, sorta  —  Over the past few days the number of Twitter statuses popping up from those I follow on Twitter have been scarce.  At first I thought it was because I was beta testing the latest version of Hahlo.  Then, I thought it was a problem with the API and so Twitterrific would also have the issue.
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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.
Google Code Blog:
Developer sandbox for iGoogle launches  —  Today, we're excited to open up a developer sandbox for iGoogle.  The sandbox includes support for OpenSocial, a common API designed to let you easily build social applications that run on a growing number of web containers.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hints of iGoogle Turning Into Its Own Social Network
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Prediction: Microsoft will leapfrog Vista, release Windows 7 early, and change its OS business  —  Microsoft is nothing if not responsive to its customers.  In fact, it's hyper-responsive.  That's why we've ended up with feature-bloat in both Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office as the company …
Discussion: GigaOM
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
It's official! Windows XP SP3 goes RTM today
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:
Smartphones out of stock across the board  —  Looking for a good smartphone?  Good luck.  Out of stock smartphones abound.  —  According to a research note by Tavis McCourt, an analyst at Morgan Keegan, there are “an increased number of Out of Stock (OOS) situations involving Palm, RIM, and Apple.”
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
RIM, Palm also seeing smartphone shortages?
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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.
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: STARTUP CHATTER and Contentinople
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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.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Ubuntu ‘reaping Linux dividend’  —  The public perception of open source software is changing fast, said Mark Shuttleworth, who leads distribution of the Ubuntu operating system (OS).  —  A new version of Ubuntu, a version of the Linux OS, is released on Thursday.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
3G iPhone confirmed in Italy without revenue sharing?  —  We've been avoiding the 3G iPhone rumor mongering as much as possible recently.  After all, we know it's coming as both AT&T and Apple have confirmed.  Now this: one of Italy's most respected newspapers, La Repubblica …
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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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Digital Studio Filmaka Leaves Beta And Awards User-Gens With Movie, TV Deals
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
New security blog on cloud computing
Discussion: Cloud Security
Christine Lu:
The Sports Network brought down by Chinese Hackers
Business Wire:
Nearly 20% of Mid- and High-End Mobile Devices Will Run a Linux …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
The industry's battle with downloaders has damaged trust
John Morris / The Core Truth:
AMD can't get to 45nm fast enough. A 12-core package?
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The Future of Books  —  With everything turning towards technology …
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Intel debuts Celerons, Core 2s, cuts prices
Peter Judge / CNET News.com:
Office 2007 fails OOXML conformance test
Jeff Muskus / New York Times:
New Wii Games Find a Big (but Stingy) Audience
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Tension Over Sports Blogging
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
First Look: New WD VelociRaptor Hard Drive Cruises Through Speed Tests
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Sprout: Now A Viral Distribution Platform for Web Services
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Microsoft: Finding flaws on our website is OK
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OpenID getting more usable, a tiny bit at a time
 

 
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