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4:45 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 …
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Scott Moritz / Techland:
EBay looks for Skype payoff
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Skype Announces Unlimited Polish Grandmother-Connect
Discussion: eWeek
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
It's official!  Windows XP SP3 goes RTM today  —  The moment that Windows XP users have been waiting for.  Today Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) goes RTM.  —  What's in SP3?  —  Here's what you can expect from XP SP3:  — All previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates and hotfixes.
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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
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
XP SP3: It's About Freakin' Time
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hints of iGoogle Turning Into Its Own Social Network  —  Google has long used its personalized homepage, iGoogle, as a launching point for its foray into social-networking applications.  Any developer who builds an OpenSocial app, for instance, can make it work as a widget (er, gadget) on iGoogle.
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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.
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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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.
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?
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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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Electronista:
Smartphones in short supply, Apple recovering?
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chinese Hackers Take Down SportsNetwork  —  The SportsNetwork, a privately held sports website located in Hatboro, PA, has been under attack from hackers for about 24 hours.  Early Sunday the site was defaced with “Tibet was, is and will always be part of China” messages.
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Christine Lu:
The Sports Network brought down by Chinese Hackers
Discussion: Andrew Lih and Shanghaiist
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.
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Earnings? What Yahoo Earnings?
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