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2:15 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 …
Skype offers unlimited long-distance plan
Discussion: The UberReview
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
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 …
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
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 …
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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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?
Discussion: The Tech Report
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Q2 earnings: What to watch
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Discussion: eWeek, The Core Truth and TG Daily
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Blue Coat to Acquire Packeteer to Offer Comprehensive Solution for WAN Optimization
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Judge / CNET
Office 2007 fails OOXML conformance test
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA spent $2 million lobbying for tougher IP laws in 2007
Discussion: p2pnet
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
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
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
From Win32 to Cocoa: a Windows user's conversion to Mac OS X