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10:55 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 …
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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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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Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Twitter: Talk to us when things go bad
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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, /Message, TechBlog and Digg
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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 …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
 
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Super-rugged PC begs to be smashed
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Mark Ward / BBC:
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Patent Boss Admits That The Patent Office Keeps Getting Flooded …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
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TwittEarth Makes Twitter A Global Experience
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Google Isn't The Only One
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HD enthusiasts crying foul over cable TV's crunched signals
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