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1:40 AM ET, April 22, 2008

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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
Discussion: Futuristic Play and Widgets Lab
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Start Pages: The Next Social Networks
Discussion: sarahintampa
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
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
XP SP3: It's About Freakin' Time
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
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)
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 …
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: Mashable!
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
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
Discussion: //steve clayton
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.
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.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Digg
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 …
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Weekend Web Weirdness  —  On Friday, we successfully deployed a new memcache project as part of our overall work to create a more scalable service.  After the deploy, we needed to move a lot of data with minimum impact on service quality.  To do this, we put together some code that moves data only as it is requested.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Publishes “Insider's Guide To Viral Marketing”  —  Facebook messaged the 4,600 fans of the FacebookPages Page with helpful hints on how to make your presence on Facebook go viral (by messaging all of your fans, for example).  A key piece of advice?  Use Facebook Ads:
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Shelfari Hopes to Bring Authors and Readers Together Over Wikis
Reuters:
Murdoch leaves door open to joint Yahoo bid
Discussion: Profy.Com and Beyond Binary
Paul Stamatiou:
Versatility Made Twitter What It Is Today
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
Microsoft Eyes New Business Models for Office Applications
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gear Diary
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: TMCnet
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Texas Instruments: Q1 In Line; Cautious On Q2; Stk Off
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Why ‘no Macs’ is no longer a defensible IT strategy
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacUser
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For AT&T, U-Verse Is Picking Up Steam
louisgray.com:
FriendFeedMachine Debuts New Approach to FriendFeed
Jamie Hunter / AndroidGuys:
Why The iPhone Is Poised to Crush Android
Discussion: CrunchGear
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Hacker Redirects Barack Obama's site to hillaryclinton.com
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Prediction: Microsoft will leapfrog Vista, release Windows 7 early …
Discussion: GigaOM
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
A Web Shift in the Way Advertisers Seek Clicks
 

 
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