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5:35 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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple blows through estimates; Ships 2.29 million Macs; Outlook light by design?  —  Apple in its fiscal second quarter shipped 2.29 million Macs to top even the most optimistic Wall Street projections.  —  Apple had been expected to ship 2.1 million Macs, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster …
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.
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Comcast Is Serious About Wireless  —  Hot on the heels of a report that Comcast will no longer offer Sprint's wireless service through Pivot, GigaOM has learned that the cable company is creating its own wireless division and has hired the former CTO of Telefonica O2 Europe, Dave Williams, as the unit's CTO.
David Twiddy / Associated Press:
Cable companies pull out of joint venture with Sprint Nextel
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Karl / DSLreports:
Sources: Comcast To Sever Involvement In Pivot …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FBI, politicos renew push for ISP data retention laws  —  FBI director Robert Mueller calls for new federal data retention laws forcing Internet companies to keep records of what their customers are doing, but without providing details.  Several politicians endorsed the idea during a hearing on Tuesday.
Discussion: Slashdot
Anne Broache / CNET   FBI grilled again over computer upgrade woes
Anne Broache / CNET   FBI wants widespread monitoring of ‘illegal’ Internet activity
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 …
Discussion: ben barren
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.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Behold WordPress, Destroyer of CPUs  —  Lately I've been delving into the WordPress ecosystem, as it seems to be the most popular blogging platform around at the moment.  I've set up two blogs with it so far.  In the process, I've gotten quite comfortable with the setup, interface, and overall operation of WordPress.
Discussion: Blogging Pro
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
So You're Launching a Platform: After Ubiquitous APIs - What's the Next Frontier?  —  We're here at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and are getting inundated with press releases about new APIs and developer platforms, many from companies we've never even heard of in the first place.
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
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Bill Gates Claims Open Source Means Nobody Can Improve Software
Discussion: Download Squad and Wired
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Penny Arcade, PVP Launch Live Shows
Justice Dept looking at Google/Yahoo deal-source
T-Mobile Android Phone Release Seen Bringing ‘Avalanche’
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
TV and the Web: Can Backchannelmedia Make You Lean Forward?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Alert Thingy 1.3 Released: Single User Interface For Twitter And FriendFeed
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Interview: Microsoft's Rob Bennett defends DRM decision
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Tellme Makes On-the-Go Information a Word Away: Say It and Get It …
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Privacy Disaster At Twitter: Direct Messages Exposed (Update …