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2:00 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
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Mark Evans:
Attention, Digital Peasants: the iPhone is Coming
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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
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?
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Microsoft mounts Eastern offensive with Xbox 360 price cuts  —  If the game industry were a game of Risk, Microsoft would be moving its pieces towards Asia.  The company has announced today a bevy of Xbox 360 price cuts in Asian regions in the hopes of securing more ground on the global gaming front.
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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 and Slashdot
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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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Now Available  —  SP3 is finally available for download.  —  Last week, DailyTech reported that Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP was released to manufacturing (RTM).  At the time, Microsoft's Chris Keroack noted that consumers should expect to get their hands on the update April 29.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Online Ad Network Adify Sold To Cox For $300 Million Plus Earnout  —  Adify, the white-label online ad network, has been sold to an unlikely buyer, Cox [Communications] Enterprises, for about $300 million and earn out, we have learned and confirmed from sources.
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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.
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 …
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.
Chris Winfield / Search Engine Land:
Twitter Wrote This Column For Me  —  By now you have probably seen a bunch of talk about Twitter.  And after all of this talk you might be still thinking: OK, so what the heck is Twitter really and why should I care?  How is it going to help my business at the end of the day?
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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Could Apple be preparing the way for Mac gaming?  —  Yesterday's refresh of the iMac line is interesting, not because of the bump in speed that the refresh itself offers but because of the direction that Apple is going in.  Is Apple preparing the way for gaming on the Mac?
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 …
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).
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Music labels fund music discovery site MOG
Discussion: TechCrunch and Boing Boing
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Finally, Some Good News: A New Baby for Jerry Yang!
Discussion: PDA and Valleywag
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Hey! Ho! Time for Ballmer to Go?
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Ken Belson / NYT:
Verizon Takes a Step Into City's TV Market
Jason Harris / GigaOM:
SlingPlayer Mobile Clients Get an Update — SlingPlayer Mobile …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: Social Media Challenging Traditional Media
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Showing Ranking Scores On AdWords?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Micron: Lehman Sees Boost To NAND Market As Apple Ramps Up 3G iPhone …
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Designing for the Social Web: the Book
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TMZ's Levin in New User-Gen Site Launch
Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
TomTom debuts ONE 130/130S and XL 330/330S entry-level GPS
Discussion: Electronista
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Blackberry 9000 Already for Sale, Sorta Kinda
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Record labels take aim at a clever playlist ‘sharing’ operation
Discussion: VC Ratings, p2pnet and The Register
BBC:
Does online video threaten the net?
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Silicon Alley Insider creates start-up valuation index
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Pixar Backdating Scandal Reverberates At Google (GOOG)
 

 
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