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5:05 PM ET, April 23, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amateur Hour Over At Twitter?  —  It doesn't really matter if Twitter's Chief Architect Blaine Cook was fired or resigned.  The important thing is that he's gone now, and this gives Twitter the opportunity to hire someone (or a team) who may actually be able to scale the nearly two year old service and keep it live.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Lead Architect Blaine Cook Out At Twitter  —  Blaine Cook, lead architect at red-hot, sometimes-down Twitter, has left the company.  In an email to SAI, Blaine describes his departure at an “amicable” one.  —  I left Twitter just over two weeks ago.  It's an amicable change …
Mathew /
Twitter-storm: Blaine leaves, blame flies  —  If you need any proof that Twitter is the hot topic in the blogosphere at the moment, all you have to do is look at the volume of blog posts about the service — and related services such as Tweetscan and Twist (Twitter trends) — on sites like TechCrunch.
Business Wire: Announces First Quarter Sales up 37% to $4.1 Billion; Electronics and Other General Merchandise Grows 56%; Media Grows 28%  —, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  Operating cash flow was $1.04 billion …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon earnings solid; Ups sales range  —  Amazon on Wednesday reported first quarter earnings of $143 million, or 34 cents a share, on revenue of $4.13 billion, up 37 percent from the year ago quarter.  The company also increased its sales range for the second quarter and 2008.
Discussion: New York Times and Techland
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finishes Chat Integration, Makes This Blogger's Life Miserable  —  I made the mistake of leaving Facebook open on my desktop as I stepped out for the evening on Tuesday night.  I returned to a complete mess of Facebook Chat messages.  Some users got access to Facebook Chat as early as April 6.
David Twiddy / Associated Press:
Cable companies pull out of joint venture with Sprint Nextel  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three of the nation's largest cable companies are quietly pulling the plug on a joint cell-phone venture with Sprint Nextel Corp., called Pivot.  —  Spokespeople for Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Karl / DSLreports:
Sources: Comcast To Sever Involvement In Pivot …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Comcast Is Serious About Wireless
Discussion: DSLreports and IP Democracy
Anne Broache / CNET
FBI grilled again over computer upgrade woes  —  WASHINGTON—The FBI's legacy of botched computer upgrades is still haunting some politicians on Capitol Hill.  —  At a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, former committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner …
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:   FBI, politicos renew push for ISP data retention laws
Anne Broache / CNET   FBI wants widespread monitoring of ‘illegal’ Internet activity
Apple Buys Chip Designer  —  Apple has agreed to spend $278 million in cash to buy a boutique microprocessor design company that could create a chip for its flagship iPhone, and possibly iPod products as well.  —  The 150-person chip company, P.A. Semi, was founded in 2003 by Dan Dobberpuhl …
Arun / Beyond3D:
Apple acquires PA Semi; Press proves lack of understanding.
Discussion: One More Thing
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Full Text of Ray Ozzie Mesh Memo  —  As we wrote last night, the new Live Mesh service that just launched as an invite only “technology preview” is Microsoft's attempt to tie all of our data together.  Live Mesh synchronizes data across multiple devices (currently just Windows computers …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ten things to know about Microsoft's Live Mesh
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Ginormous Free Food Budget: $7,530 Per Googler, $72 Million A Year  —  Sick of hearing about the great, free, food at Google?  Skip this post.  Want to know how much it costs Google to pay for all that grub?  Read on.  —  Here's the math: Googlers in the U.S. get two meals a day free …
Royal Pingdom:
Google domain names - the funny, strange and surprising  —  Google owns a whole bunch of domain names other than the obvious ones like, and  We here at Pingdom decided to find out which ones, with some truly surprising results.  —  We only looked at .com domain names, and found thousands.
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Microsoft mistakes Skype for a Trojan  —  Users of Microsoft Windows Live OneCare may have found their antivirus protection a little too proactive.  Over the weekend, OneCare informed some Skype users that the popular voice-over-IP application was infected with the Trojan Win32/Vundo.gen!  D.
Villu Arak / Skype Security Blog:
Skype misidentified as malware
Discussion: InfoWorld
Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results  —  Revenue Up 43 Percent Year-Over-Year  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 second quarter ended March 29, 2008.  The Company posted revenue of $7.51 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.05 billion, or $1.16 per diluted share.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast: AT&T's U-Verse is messing with our network  —  Back in the pre-fiber days, cable and phone companies competed for broadband and voice customers.  With Verizon and AT&T rolling out fiber networks, competition has come to the television set—and the fight sometimes gets ugly.
Justice Dept looking at Google/Yahoo deal-source  —  The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possible antitrust implications of Google's two-week search test with Yahoo, a source who was told of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.  —  The Justice Department is concerned that the test …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Get Blown On Facebook  —  What is it with college kids and online video challenges?  There are plenty of startups catering to this strange video niche/fetish.  IBeatYou and Strutta (read our review) have dedicated their entire Websites to this activity.  And now Blowtorch Entertainment …
Discussion: The Globe and Mail
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Privacy Disaster At Twitter: Direct Messages Exposed (Update: GroupTweet Is Likely Culprit)  —  Twitter user Orli Yakuel, with 650 followers, had a nasty surprise this morning - her direct messages (private messages between two Twitter users) showed up in her normal Twitter stream …
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Discussion: Blogging Pro
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET
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 Earlier Items: 
PR Newswire:
Tellme Makes On-the-Go Information a Word Away: Say It and Get It …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New: Video Comments On All TechCrunch Blogs
Hoyle Casino 2008  —  This game is for Macintosh
Discussion: PC World and MacDailyNews
Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
New Ultimate Extras Released
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Laptop searches at the border: No reason? No problem
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Ballmer: Microsoft Can Live Without Yahoo
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
IBM turns server sideways for Web 2.0 build-out
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