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4:05 AM ET, April 22, 2008

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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Web 2.0 Expo Preview: Torture by Information Overload  —  Now that the first burst of enthusiasm for social networking has died, people are realizing that web 2.0 is actually a huge time sink.  —  Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Plaxo may have helped foster community and communication …
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Web 2.0 is set for spending boom
Discussion: Wikinomics
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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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's New Social Network: iGoogle
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Start Pages: The Next Social Networks
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Daniel Terdiman / Webware.com:
Dilbert.com relaunches with Web 2.0 flavor  —  Dilbert.com has relaunched and now allows readers to write their own punch lines for strips, as well as a series of other new features.  —  (Credit: United Media/Scott Adams)  —  Update: I've added some comments from Scott Adams that came in by email after this posted.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter: grabbing defeat from the jaws of success  —  Amazing, Twitter has been half down all weekend long.  Dave Winer and others have been writing about it.  The problems have been covered on TechMeme and other places where one looks for interesting tech news.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Scripting News
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple files for universal iPhone instant messaging patent  —  Apple has set the groundwork for instant messaging on the iPhone and other touchscreen devices with an application for a patent on a universal interface for real-time text chat services.  —  Published in March …
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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Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Windows XP SP3: A quick, painless upgrade
Discussion: Beyond Binary and The Tech Report
PR Newswire:
Netflix Announces Q1 2008 Financial Results  —  Subscribers - 8.2 million Revenue - $326.2 million GAAP Net Income - $13.4 million GAAP EPS - $0.21 per diluted share  —  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Netflix Q1: Tanking On Guidance (NFLX)
Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Cloud Computing.  Available at Amazon.com Today.  —  Jeff Bezos' store in the sky is hard to beat for books, CDs, and a zillion other products.  It's also great for quick technology fixes.  Say you need a fat HP server for hosting the too-moronic-to-fail Facebook app you plan to launch next week.
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Nick / Rough Type:
AWS outgrows Amazon
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Molly Wood / Crave: The gadget blog:
5 reasons my Zune is dead to me  —  I really wanted to love my 80GB Zune.  I'd heard good things about its Wi-Fi and its FM radio, its software, the Zune Marketplace, its easy navigation, and its non-iPod-ness.  But then I got it, and now I hate it.  Here's why, in ascending order of annoyance.
Discussion: Podcasting News
TheStreet.com:
Jim Cramer's ‘Stop Trading!’:  Buy Apple  —  AAPL (The Telecom Connection PICK) MRK NOK RIMM  —  Buy Apple AAPL, Jim Cramer said on CNBC's “Stop Trading!” segment Monday.  —  Cramer said that there is a “grudging recognition” in the market, especially after Nokia's NOK cautious guidance …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Throttling ISPs Exposed by Azureus  —  Data collected by the BitTorrent client Azureus shows that Comcast might only be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to BitTorrent throttling ISPs.  Early findings show that customers from quite a few other Internet service providers experience an unusually high amount of TCP-resets.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Buzzlogic To Track Reading Habits With Acquisition of Activeweave (BlogRovR)  —  Keeping track of what people are reading about a company's products on blogs is an inexact science.  BuzzLogic will try to make it a little more exact with the acquisition of Activeweave, creator …
Reuters:
Murdoch leaves door open to joint Yahoo bid  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - News Corp's Rupert Murdoch left the door open on Monday to a joint bid with Microsoft Corp to buy Yahoo Inc, a day ahead of Yahoo's quarterly financial report.  —  In response to a reporter's question about his interest …
Discussion: Profy.Com, TechCrunch and Beyond Binary
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Mashups a hot item at Web 2.0 show  —  San Francisco - Mashups, which unite disparate data sources in quickly developed Web applications, are a hot topic at the Web 2.0 Expo conference in San Francisco this week, with companies including Serena Software, JackBe, and Kapow Technologies offering new products geared to mashup development.
Discussion: eWeek
John Tozzi / Business Week:
From Bricks and Mortar to Digital Music Master  —  As music merchants struggle to adapt their business models, one New York shop is embracing the Web  —  Josh Madell needs to invent a new business model, and soon.  The 37-year-old co-owner of Other Music, a New York retailer specializing …
Discussion: Coolfer
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Why ‘no Macs’ is no longer a defensible IT strategy  —  More users are demanding Macs in the enterprise.  Thanks to key computing shifts, supporting their appetite for Apple is now a straightforward option for IT  —  Once confined to marketing departments and media companies …
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
John Cox / Network World:
Municipal Wi-Fi 2.0  —  As large-scale, for-profit projects falter, innovative new models emerge  —  Municipal Wi-Fi is dead.  At least in terms of the model whereby cities award an exclusive contract to a service provider, who builds a citywide mesh network and hopes to make money selling broadband to consumers.
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InfoWorld:
The iPhone video threat: Can networks keep up?
Discussion: mocoNews.net
 
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