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11:40 AM ET, April 24, 2008


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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Turmoil Not Finished: Engineering VP Lee Mighdoll Out  —  Blaine Cook isn't the only high-profile engineer to leave Twitter in recent weeks.  Lee Mighdoll, brought on in early January as the startup's VP of engineering and operations, is also out.  —  “After three months …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Lee Mighdoll Out At Twitter, Business Plan Still MIA
Discussion: WebGuild and The Social
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Yahoo: Incoming-Duck and Cover!  —  And, as BoomTown wrote yesterday, so the war of attrition for Yahoo begins.  —  Not with a bang, but a whimper.  And so much whine, I am considering serving up a nice plate of cheese to all players.  —  But while the first moves by Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:   Microsoft could go it alone without Yahoo!
Colin Barr / Technology news:
Motorola phone sales tumble 39%  —  Messy quarter at Motorola  —  Motorola (MOT) continues to struggle.  The Schaumburg, Ill., handset maker posted a first-quarter continuing operations loss of $194 million, or 9 cents a share, compared with a year-ago loss of $218 million, or 9 cents a share.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola Q1 Dismal, Loss Widens, No Update On Spinoff (MOT)
Discussion: GigaOM
Apple: 200,000 iPhone developers so far  —  Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed that the company has signed up 200,000 developers for its iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) release thus far.  Oppenheimer also said that Apple is signing up more developers each week.
Discussion: InfoWorld, MacUser and iPhone Central
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Justice Dept looking at Google/Yahoo test  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possible antitrust implications of Google's two-week test with Yahoo to combine some of their Web search and advertising business, a source informed about the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.
New York Post:
BALLMER BLUSTER  —  M'SOFT CEO SAYS HE COULD WALK AWAY FROM A DEAL  —  Undaunted by Yahoo!'s solid earnings report, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer continued his overseas blustering tour yesterday by telling an Italian audience that his company is perfectly content to walk away from a deal.
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Web Two-Point Yawn . . . Conference Fizzle?  —  The Web 2.0 conference seems to be a dud.  But don't ask me too much about it because I've been out of town for a few days recently.  I've been at my favorite conference bar none: The New Comm Forum up in Sonoma county.
Aoife White / Associated Press:
Microsoft not ruling out Windows XP extension  —  LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, Belgium - Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer offered a glimmer of hope on Thursday to fans of the company's Windows XP operating system, saying the company may reconsider its decision to stop selling it soon.
Discussion: InfoWorld
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft could keep XP if customers want it: CEO
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Alexandra Kenin / Official Google Mobile Blog:
New mobile image ads  —  The mobile ads team is happy to announce the launch of mobile image ads.  These look like standard image ads for desktop web pages but they are smaller to fit on mobile screens and they run on the mobile content network.  Take a look at the mobile image ads example page to see samples.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
MySpace Apps Are Go For All Users  —  MySpace officially opened its Application Gallery to all users this morning after launching it in public beta last March.  In that time over 1,000 applications have been approved and added to the gallery and there have been over 2.1 million application installs across the site.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CNET and Yahoo Broadly Expand Editorial and Ad Relationship  —  When it reports its first quarter earnings this afternoon, CNET Networks will also announce a much expanded editorial and advertising relationship with Yahoo that will give the tech news site broad distribution on the highly trafficked Internet portal.
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Searching on a map just got a whole lot easier on Yahoo! Local  —  We have seen countless users struggle to find what they're looking for in a specific area or neighborhood using current local search and online maps products (ahem...ours included).  The results may be spread over too wide an area or not in a specific enough area.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The Heron has landed: Ubuntu 8.04 officially released  —  Version 8.04 of the Ubuntu Linux distribution was officially released today.  Ubuntu is released every six months with many new features and the latest versions of popular desktop software applications.
Discussion: Open Source
Tori Richards / Reuters:
Hacker testifies News Corp unit hired him  —  SANTA ANA, California (Reuters) - A computer hacker testified on Wednesday that a News Corp (NWSa.N) unit hired him to develop pirating software, but denied using it to penetrate the security system of a rival satellite television service.
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
LG Secret / KF750  —  The LG Secret is a new 5 megapixel camera-phone that can also shoot DivX video at 120fps.  At just 11.8mm thick, the LG Secret is the slimmest 5 megapixel camera phone on the market.  Photo and video editing features include facial editing and SmartLight …
Frank Reynolds / FindLaw Legal News:
New Backdating Suit Takes Another Bite at Apple, CEO Jobs  —  Yet another Apple Inc. shareholder has filed a lawsuit in California seeking to prove that the company's directors wasted more than $105 million on the extra value of backdated stock options granted to CEO Steve Jobs.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Mac Observer
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Lights.  Camera.  Cellphone Action.  —  Who says cellphones are good only for talking?  Today they are bringing together two unlikely brand names: Nokia and Spike Lee.  —  Mr. Lee, the director, is teaming up with Nokia, the cellphone maker, to direct a short film comprised …
Discussion: Beet.TV, and CinemaTech
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft earnings cheat sheet: Vista SP1 impact; Strong results …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Internet Ad Slowdown Hits WebMD
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Negroponte, developers at odds over future of OLPC platform
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Nintendo: Average Wii Sits on Shelf for Just an Hour
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Geezeo Takes Investment From With Option To Buy
Michael Peck / Wired News:
U.S. Spies Use Custom Videogames to Learn How to Think
Discussion: Slashdot
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Patrick Klepek / MTV Multiplayer:
Is Microsoft Hiring A ‘Halo’ Team For Peter Jackson This Week?  [UPDATED]
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ooma Not Dead Yet
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Tom / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Science fiction inspires DARPA weapon
Discussion: Gizmodo, Voices and Slashdot
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Slammed with DDOS Attacks from China
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SPOT watches, R.I.P.: 2004 - 2008
Sue Factor / Official Google Blog:
What makes a design “Googley”?
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
The I Hate Facebook Club Is Growing