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4:00 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.)
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: LiveSide and Paul Mooney
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Microsoft unveils Live Mesh, but there are still some holes
Discussion: LiveSide and //steve clayton
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Details of Microsoft's ‘Live Mesh’ service
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Reveals a Web-Based Software System
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Redmond casts Mesh to catch developers
Discussion: CNET News.com
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   FAQ: Making sense of Live Mesh
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
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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 …
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: CenterNetworks
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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 and Mashable!
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Japan
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Hey Japan, meet Twitter — hope you like ads!
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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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo Toots Its Horn as It Falls Further Behind
Discussion: New York Times and Digital Daily
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft releases two more Ultimate Extras  —  Back in July 2007, Microsoft apologized for the lack of Ultimate Extras, but the line went dead after that.  Sure, Microsoft released a few things since, but Windows Vista Ultimate users had absolutely no idea what Microsoft was up to.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
I Want to Believe in Ultimate Extras
Discussion: Engadget
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
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
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 …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Making Money, the How-To Way  —  Learning how to turn a flashlight into a laser is not a top priority for most people.  Yet Kip Kedersha's step-by-step instructional video that teaches how to do just that has been seen online by more people (1.88 million) than live in Manhattan (about 1.6 million).
 
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