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5:55 AM ET, April 22, 2008

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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: BoomTown
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter May Not Have To Care About Uptime Any Longer  —  We used to speculate that Twitter's persistent downtime and overall poor service quality could result in a Friendster-type nose dive.  But after a three day weekend outage I realized that in the last two months a subtle shift occured …
Discussion: Scripting News
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's New Social Network: iGoogle
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Start Pages: The Next Social Networks
Discussion: sarahintampa
Jennifer Guevin / CNET News.com:
Netflix profits up 36 percent  —  Online DVD rental service Netflix announced Monday that profits for the first quarter this year were up 36 percent, due in part to an increase in its subscriber base.  —  Netflix reported it had 8,243,000 total subscribers at the end of the quarter, which ended March 31.
Discussion: VentureBeat and MarketWatch
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Netflix Q1: Tanking On Guidance (NFLX)
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 …
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.
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 …
Felix / blog.plazes.com:
Plazes adds Fire Eagle Support  —  Good news: Plazes now works with the Fire Eagle! (learn more here)  —  In case you didn't know, Fire Eagle is a location broker recently released by the guys around Tom Coates over at the Yahoo Brickhouse.  (Here's a helpful post on GigaOm).
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Upcoming.org Founder Creates Fireball (Fire Eagle + DodgeBall + Twitter)
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
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   BlogRovr Acquisition by BuzzLogic Calls Data Portability Into Question
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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Paul J. Gough / Reuters:
NBC has news for MySpace  —  NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC News and MSNBC.com will provide political news and other content to social networking site MySpace.  —  Terms of the deal weren't announced Monday.  But NBC, MSNBC and MSNBC.com's text and video will populate the “Decision '08” …
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: chartreuse and Podcasting News
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.
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 …
 
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Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
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Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung chairman resigns in wake of indictment
Discussion: TechRadar.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Shelfari Hopes to Bring Authors and Readers Together Over Wikis
Reuters:
Murdoch leaves door open to joint Yahoo bid
John Tozzi / Business Week:
From Bricks and Mortar to Digital Music Master
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Versatility Made Twitter What It Is Today
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Microsoft Eyes New Business Models for Office Applications
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Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Interview with Skype CEO Josh Silverman
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Mashups a hot item at Web 2.0 show
Discussion: eWeek
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
In a first, China removes profit repatriation tax for U.S. investor
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
HopStop Hits 1.5 Million Visits Per Month; Announces Angel Financing
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
IdeaScale - Crowdsourcing R&D  —  The hot idea of the moment …
Discussion: broadstuff, TMCnet and Guardian
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Publishes “Insider's Guide To Viral Marketing”
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Why ‘no Macs’ is no longer a defensible IT strategy
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
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FriendFeedMachine Debuts New Approach to FriendFeed
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

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Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

 
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