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4:30 PM ET, April 29, 2008


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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
XP SP3 not generally available yet, after all  —  Microsoft has decided not to release Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 to Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center as planned on April 29.  The reason?  A last-minute compatibility issue with a Microsoft application — Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS).
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft releases the long-anticipated Windows XP SP3  —  As per the unofficial timeline, Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has finally hit the Release to Web (RTW) milestone.  The 300MB+ x86 standalone installer is available on the Microsoft Download Center in English, German, Spanish, and so on.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Now Available
Discussion: BetaNews, and Engadget
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Street Views To Step-By-Step Driving Directions  —  The Google LatLong Blog announced that you can now see street views turn-by-turn (when available) when you are seeking out driving directions via Google Maps.  —  For example, when driving from the Empire State Building to Times Square …
Discussion: AppScout
Andy Szybalski / Google LatLong:
Getting from A to B with Street View  —  Street View lets you virtually behold amazing sights like Yosemite's El Capitan and The World's Largest Rocking Chair without ever leaving your computer.  But if you're like me, occasionally you need to go somewhere in real life.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Parodies MacBook Air Ad For X300  —  Most parody videos are lame in the sense that they take one joke and stretch it to 60 seconds, but Lenovo's one joke actually works when properly executed.  Not to spoil anything, but it's a send-up of the MacBook Air in favor of Lenovo's own X300.
Discussion: DisplayBlog and GottaBeMobile
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000: Internal Spec Sheet Answers Your Questions  —  Enough with the speculation, the rumors, the spokespersons commenting on our blogging abilities — we're setting it all straight right here with this internal RIM doc we just got a hold of.  You might be thinking that cover page above …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google issues warning about phishing e-mails  —  Google is warning people about the dangers of phishing e-mails that ask for sensitive information and appear to come from a legitimate trusted source, like your bank, but are really scams to steal your data.  —  You would think that with all …
Ian Fette / Official Google Blog:   How to avoid getting hooked
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hans Reiser is fscked: jury delivers guilty verdict  —  Hans Reiser, the software developer credited with the creating the ReiserFS filesystem, has been found guilty of first-degree murder.  Jurors concluded that Reiser killed his estranged wife, who vanished suddenly in 2006.
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Wigix wants to kill eBay  —  Ever gone to eBay in search of something — an iPod, say — and had to comb through an endless array of half-literate, confusing and possibly inaccurate listings?  —  Or perhaps you're a seller on eBay, and angry at its policies?
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from cyberscene of crime  —  Microsoft has developed a small plug-in device that investigators can use to quickly extract forensic data from computers that may have been used in crimes.  —  The COFEE, which stands for Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Mac Messenger still trying to find its voice  —  Updated at 10:35 a.m. to note that the product has been released.  —  Microsoft released the latest version of its instant-messaging program for the Mac on Tuesday, though it still continues to trail its Windows counterpart when it comes to features.
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Rogers Telecom confirms it will offer iPhone in Canada  —  Apple will introduce the iPhone in Canada later this year, working with Rogers Telecom to bring the device to the country.  —  This news has been confirmed this morning in a short statement from the Canadian network operator.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Up For Grabs: $42 Billion of Newspaper Ad Revenue  —  How bad are things in the newspaper industry?  Don't ask.  After another jarring 3.5% decline over the past six months, print-paper circulation will drop to about 50 million this year—the lowest level since 1946 (62 years ago).
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Even if Twitter is Just a Geek Haven, It's Still Very Influential  —  There's been an interesting discussion over the last few days about Twitter's reach.  WSJ reporter Kara Swisher surveyed her dinner party and found out that no one there uses the micro-blogging site.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Hey!  Ho!  Time for Ballmer to Go?  —  The investment community likes Steve Ballmer.  He's competent, aggressive and occasionally crazy.  He's been at Microsoft's helm for eight years, during which time the technology landscape has drastically changed several times over.
Discussion: Coop's Corner and Bits
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Record labels fund music discovery site MOG [Updated]  —  Some of the early music discovery startups, like Imeem, Pandora, and iLike, now have many millions of people using their services every month.  MOG, a standalone desktop music player and music fan site perhaps most similar …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Can Web Apps Get Too Drunk on Aggregation?
Discussion: Regular Geek
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Updated: We Now Know 8 of Microsoft's 12 Proposed Yahoo Board Members
Discussion: CNET
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Copyright Law Killing The Documentary?
Discussion: CBC News
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
FeedBurner Moves to Google Accounts
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Too Much Twitter? Here's How To Shut 'Em Up
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
What I look for in Startups  —  During the past ten years …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Hitwise: Twitter traffic is, in fact, going up (but still not big)
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Vertical ad networks: What are they, and why did Cox just buy Adify for $300MM?
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Metacafe Founders Ditch, Reportedly Cash Out Their Shares For $5 Million
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Finally, Some Good News: A New Baby for Jerry Yang!
Discussion: PDA and Valleywag
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Showing Ranking Scores On AdWords?
Steve Guttenberg / Crave: The gadget blog:
HDtracks: Why settle for iTunes now that you can get CD quality music downloads?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yelp to businesses: Deal with our users yourselves!
TMZ's Levin in New User-Gen Site Launch
Michael Kanellos / CNET
New way to save energy: Disappearing ink
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: OQO hacked to run Leopard, now world's smallest Mac