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3:24 AM ET, April 23, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Mesh Revealed—Sync All Apps And All Files To All Devices (As Long As They're Windows)  —  Ray Ozzie first hinted at it during a keynote speech last March.  But tonight Microsoft is finally launching a preview beta of Live Mesh, a new Windows Live platform for syncing files and …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ten things to know about Microsoft's Live Mesh  —  Microsoft took the wraps off Live Mesh at 9 p.m. PDT on April 22, just ahead of the service's official debut at the Web 2.0 Expo this week.  —  (Here's a bunch of screen shots of what testers can expect to see when Microsoft kicks off its Live Mesh tech preview later this week.)
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Ray Ozzie delivers with Live Mesh  —  Microsoft's fans are delivered to the promised land.  —  For three years now I've wondered “what is Ray Ozzie up to?”  And with this announcement you see just why he's Microsoft's CTO.  Yeah, there are about 100 smart people working on Microsoft's new …
Dan / Channel 9:
Ray Ozzie: Introducing Live Mesh  —  In his first Channel9 interview, Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's Chief Software Architect sits down with Jon Udell to talk about Live Mesh, a new technology and platform that enables synchronization and storage “to the cloud.”  You'll hear about the history of Live Mesh …
Discussion: Paul Mooney
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Microsoft unveils Live Mesh, but there are still some holes  —  There's been a lot of speculation about Live Mesh, Microsoft's tool for synchronizing data and applications across multiple computers and devices.  Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie announced the product in March, but details were pretty sparse.
Discussion: LiveSide and ReadWriteWeb
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Details of Microsoft's ‘Live Mesh’ service
Nic Fillingham / Channel 10:
Hands on with Live Mesh
Discussion: Channel 9
John Markoff / New York Times:   Microsoft Reveals a Web-Based Software System
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Redmond casts Mesh to catch developers
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   FAQ: Making sense of Live Mesh
Brad Stone / New York Times:
EBay Files Suit Against Craigslist  —  SAN FRANCISCO — All is not well in eBay's extended family.  —  EBay, based in San Jose, Calif., filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the state of Delaware against Craigslist, the online classified advertising company in which it owns a minority interest.
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Business Wire:
eBay Files Corporate Governance Suit to Protect its Investment in craigslist  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—In order to safeguard its four-year financial investment in craigslist, eBay (Nasdaq:EBAY - News)(www.ebay.com) today filed a lawsuit in the Court of Chancery of the State …
Jim / craigslist blog:
Tainted Love  —  Ebay has filed suit against craigslist and its board of directors:  —  http://news.ebay.com/releasedetail.cfm?  ReleaseID=305980  —  We are surprised and disappointed by Ebay's unfounded allegations, which came to us out of the blue, without any attempt to engage in a dialogue with us.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
eBay Finally Loses Cool: Sues Craigslist Over “Stake Dilution”
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Amanda Fehd / Associated Press:   Craigslist fires back, says eBay lawsuit smells fishy
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Twitter Japan launches, with ads  —  Twitter Japan launched Tuesday evening California time, and unlike the English-language version of the popular microblogging site, it will feature ads from the get-go.  —  In a conversation Tuesday evening, Joi Ito, of Digital Garage …
Discussion: The Last Podcast and ben barren
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Joi Ito's Web:
Twitter Japan is a go!  —  In January, my company Digital Garage invested in Twitter and announced plans to work together with Twitter to create a Japanese version of the service.  That service just went live.  —  It's still part of the main Twitter service, but the UI will be in Japanese.
Discussion: Geek Gestalt
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Hey Japan, meet Twitter — hope you like ads!
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Asiajin
Robert Sanzalone / CenterNetworks:
Live Report From Japan: Twitter Goes Live With Japanese Localization
Discussion: Mashable!
Forbes:
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   With Future iPhones In Mind Apple Buys A Chip Start-up
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
DRM sucks redux: Microsoft to nuke MSN Music DRM keys  —  Customers who have purchased music from Microsoft's now-defunct MSN Music store are now facing a decision they never anticipated making: commit to which computers (and OS) they want to authorize forever, or give up access to the music they paid for.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
My Dear John Letter from MSN Music
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's first quarter good; Not good enough for a higher Microsoft bid; Yang wants more  —  Updated: Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang said he was “open to all and any alternatives including a sale to Microsoft” following the company's first quarter results.  The brief comments indicate Yahoo hasn't ruled …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo Toots Its Horn as It Falls Further Behind
Discussion: New York Times and Digital Daily
Daniel / Disqus:
Connecting Conversations with Disqus and Plaxo  —  We're very excited to announce our integration with Plaxo, a step in the right direction regarding the defragmentation of comments and web discussion.  But, first, some background:  —  A little over a week ago, there was some chatter …
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The Real McCrea:
Who Owns This Conversation, Part Two
Discussion: Mashable! and SMS Text News
StreetInsider.com:
Sony Corporation of America to Acquire Gracenote  —  Sony Corporation of America (SCA) announced today that it has signed a merger agreement with Gracenote, Inc. Sony will pay approximately $260 million plus other contingent consideration.  —  “Gracenote is a global leader in technology …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Sony Buys Gracenote for $260M
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
I Want to Believe in Ultimate Extras … This afternoon, Microsoft PR sent e-mail about the release of new Ultimate Extras.  I rushed to Windows Update, but they weren't there.  Even when I find them—surely they will be available—how much extra will they be?
Discussion: Engadget
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:   Microsoft releases two more Ultimate Extras
Philip Linden / Official Second Life Blog:
Announcing our New CEO!  —  I said a month ago that I was looking for a new CEO to lead Linden Lab, and we've found one!  His name is Mark Kingdon, and his Second Life name is “M Linden”.  —  As you might imagine in a new leader of Linden Lab, there are lots of great things I could say about him …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google sued over advertising program  —  A lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court accuses Google of deceiving its customers into paying for ads they didn't expressly request.  —  When participating in Google's online auction-based advertising system, customers specify what they would be willing …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Search Wikia takes a step closer to the promise of ‘search meets Wikipedia’  —  When the guy behind Wikipedia launches a search engine, the world is going to watch.  And watch they did when Jimmy Wales unveiled Search Wikia in January — perhaps a little too closely.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Wikia Search Launches Major Enhancements to Search Alpha
 
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