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2:05 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 …
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 …
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.
Mathew /
Twitter failure: Call the irony squad
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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Nate Ahearn / IGN:
NYCC '08: Talking Gears 2 and So Much More
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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Acer making WiMax laptop for Sprint (InfoWorld)
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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
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3G iPhone confirmed in Italy without revenue sharing?
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Peter Judge / CNET
Office 2007 fails OOXML conformance test
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA spent $2 million lobbying for tougher IP laws in 2007
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Tension Over Sports Blogging
Claire Cain Miller / Forbes:
Google Isn't The Only One
Discussion: Bits
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Microsoft: Finding flaws on our website is OK
Rafe Needleman /
OpenID getting more usable, a tiny bit at a time
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