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3:26 PM ET, April 29, 2008

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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.
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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).
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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 …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Blackberry 9000 Already for Sale, Sorta Kinda
Discussion: Electronista and BlackBerry Cool
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?
Discussion: CNET News.com, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Is Wigix an eBay Killer?
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.
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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.
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Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
Reiser FS: The open source file system fallout
Discussion: Open Source
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Yahoo to outsource Messenger phone calls to Jajah  —  NEW YORK - Yahoo Inc. is outsourcing the Internet telephone functions of its instant messaging program to the startup Jajah.  —  Jajah will connect the calls to and from users of Yahoo Messenger and handle billing and customer care, the startup said Tuesday.
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AOL and Yahoo make IM VoIP moves
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Vertical ad networks: What are they, and why did Cox just buy Adify for $300MM?  —  Adify exits for $300MM exit  —  Some of you may have read about the acquisition of Adify by Cox for $300MM.  It's been covered in PaidContent, Silicon Alley Insider, and scores of other places.
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
For Gamers, the Craving Won't Quit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The troubled economy and rising prices for food and gas won't keep fast-twitch video gamers from splurging on their latest must-have diversion, Grand Theft Auto IV.  —  During the next two weeks, some five million couch jockeys …
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Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Microsoft mounts Eastern offensive with Xbox 360 price cuts
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yelp to businesses: Deal with our users yourselves!  —  Yelp, the business reviews site famed for a vociferous user base willing to be brutally honest about the quality of their local restaurants, bars, bookstores, dog groomers, adult gift shops, and what-have-you, has launched a new service …
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: CNET News.com and Bits
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: OQO hacked to run Leopard, now world's smallest Mac  —  While greeted with heaps of initial skepticism, forum jockeys over at OQO Talk now seem convinced that a junior member by the name of TRF has successfully hacked the OQO to run OS X Leopard.  Adding a video filmed by Mr. Blurry Cam didn't hurt the cause.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Finally, Some Good News: A New Baby for Jerry Yang!  —  While BoomTown can be a bit, shall we say, sharp-tongued about Yahoo (YHOO), the company Jerry Yang co-founded, when it comes to anyone's baby we go all sentimental.  —  Thus, everyone at AllThingsD.com extends its warm congratulations …
Discussion: PDA and Valleywag
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: Google LatLong and CNET News.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Metacafe Founders Ditch, Reportedly Cash Out Their Shares For $5 Million  —  The co-founders of once-hot video startup Metacafe, Arik Czerniak (pictured with his son) and Ofer Adler, have left the company and cashed out their shares for $5 million, according to an article in the Israeli paper The Marker (in Hebrew).
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Steve Guttenberg / Crave: The gadget blog:
HDtracks: Why settle for iTunes now that you can get CD quality music downloads?  —  Even hardcore audiophiles have to face the music—brick and mortar record stores are fading fast—and it's starting to look like the CD is on its way out.  Sure, no card carrying audiophile …
 
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