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2:55 PM ET, April 29, 2008

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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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
iPhone coming to Canada; 7.4 million subscribers available
Discussion: DVICE
canada.com:   Rogers says iPhone coming before year-end
Mark Evans:   Attention, Digital Peasants: the iPhone is Coming
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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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?
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Is Wigix an eBay Killer?
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 …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Blackberry 9000 Already for Sale, Sorta Kinda
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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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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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Online Ad Network Adify Sold To Cox For $300 Million Plus Earnout
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
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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InfoWorld:
AOL and Yahoo make IM VoIP moves
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.
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt, CrunchGear and Slashdot
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 …
Merissa Marr / Wall Street Journal:
Blockbuster Is in Talks on Taking Stake in Viacom-Led TV Channel  —  Blockbuster Inc. is in talks about taking a stake in the new Viacom Inc.-led premium television channel that plans to compete with HBO, Showtime and Starz, according to people familiar with the situation.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
New way to save energy: Disappearing ink  —  Think of it as the future of today's paper.  —  The Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and parent company Xerox are experimenting with a type of paper and a complimentary printer that would produce documents that fade away after 16 to 24 hours.
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
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 …
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: Bits
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Record labels fund music discovery site MOG  —  Some of the early music discovery startups, like Imeem, Pandora, Last.fm and iLike, now have many millions of people using their services every month.  MOG, a desktop music player plugin and music fan site perhaps most similar to social network-focused iLike …
Discussion: Boing Boing
 
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
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Spyware targets frustrated GTA IV gamers
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