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9:40 PM ET, April 12, 2007

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PR Newswire:
Apple Statement  —  CUPERTINO, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple today released the following statement:  —  iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned.  We can't wait until customers get their hands …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple delays Leopard; blame the iPhone  —  Apple said its operating system upgrade Leopard won't be released in June as planned.  —  Why?  The iPhone has absorbed Apple's resources as it certifies it with AT&T/Cingular so it can ship in late June.  —  A Leopard delay wasn't totally unexpected.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple announces Leopard delays due to the iPhone  —  Apple has just issued a [press release] statement announcing that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been delayed until October.  The reason? iPhone: "we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team …
Philiped / Apple 2.0:   Apple: Leopard Release Delayed Until October
Om Malik / GigaOM:
First a lawsuit, now Vonage loses CEO  —  Michael Synder, chief executive officer of Vonage, came, saw and scurried away.  Vonage chief executive resigned this morning, in what seems to be an un-ending string of bad news for the Holmdel, NJ-based VOIP service provider.  Snyder was the CEO of Vonage for less than a year.
Discussion: Epicenter and Smith On VoIP
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Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
Founder takes over Vonage in big shift
Joe / Techdirt:   Sinking Vonage Ship Throws Captain Overboard
David Heinemeier Hansson / Loud Thinking:
Twitter trouble  —  Twitter is an amazing success story in terms of rapid user uptake and flattering press.  I had a chance to speak with the team a while back about the wild ride they've been on.  At that time they were fielding spikes of up to 11,000 requests per second across some 16 cores …
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Rafe Colburn / rc3.org:
Twitter developer: Rails performance blows  —  Interesting interview with Alex Payne from the Twitter development team.  He says that Twitter's scalability issues are in part due to the fact that Ruby and Rails are just slow.  Here's a taste: … I think this is true and important …
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Why Apple can't sell movies  —  While Apple's announcement of MGM adding content to the iTunes Store is undeniably good news, the announcement that more than 2 million movies have been sold since September 2006 is not.  Variety has come to an interesting conclusion for sales so far this year.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DRM, lock-ins, and piracy: all red herrings for a music industry in trouble  —  A British media research company has peered into the music industry's crystal ball, and the outlook for the next couple of years isn't so hot.  Global music sales will drop to $23 billion in 2009 …
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Valleywag:
KEVIN BURTON: A snooper snooped  —  A snooper snooped  —  Kevin Burton, founder of a Techmeme clone called Tailrank, has accused a Valleywag reporter of unethical behavior.  At a Palo Alto networking event last night, Valleywag's Megan McCarthy was spotted scrolling through the doughy entrepreneur's cellphone contact list.
Bloomberg:
Google's Acquisitions Chief Looking for `Crazy' Ideas (Update1)  —  Google Inc. looks for ideas that are ``really crazy'' when sizing up potential purchases, the Internet company's top dealmaker said.  —  ``We look at everything very carefully,'' Salman Ullah, Google's director of corporate development …
Angus Kidman / APC:
Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand  —  Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance to Vista and its compatibility problems.  —  By early 2008, Microsoft's contracts …
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Tony / Deep Jive Interests:   Bill, Sweet Jesus Say it Ain't So!
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Close To Acquiring Rivals.com; Price Could Reach Nine Figures  —  You're reading it here first: Yahoo is close to making its biggest sports acquisition after, well, the Broadcast.com deal: the college sports network Rivals.com, paidContent.org has learned.
Tina Wood / Channel 10:
Sprung: First (official) look at the Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard Update!  —  You might have heard some buzz ;) about a little thing called the spring dashboard update for Xbox 360!  You know I had to run right over to see what we'll be getting the week of May 7th.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Andrew Yoon / Joystiq:
Major Nelson talks Guitar Hero downloads, Halo 3
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can PhotoBucket Survive Without MySpace?  —  There was a lot of fingerpointing, denials, and "he said, she said" going on today as everyone digested the news that MySpace had blocked PhotoBucket's 40 million members from embedding videos into their MySpace pages.
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Paula Lehman / Business Week:   MySpace Plays Chicken with Users
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
It's Official: CBS Launches Own Distribution Network; Includes Domestic And International  —  As we reported first this morning, CBS has made a large number of new online deals and is grouping them together in what is being called the CBS Interactive Network.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Interview, Part 1: Quincy Smith, President, CBS Interactive …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's WriteWith Launches - Collaborative Blogging  —  We mentioned WriteWith in a roundup post last month on new Y Combinator startups.  They've created a group writing platform that falls somewhere between a blogging platform, a wiki, and an online Word clone.
Discussion: uncov and Business 2.0 Beta
Kotaku:
Isle of Rhodes Site: Unlock GoW 2 HD Mode!  New Countdown!  —  Leave it to those pokey little puppies at GameFAQs to figure out that IsleofRhodes.org wasn't the suckfest we first thought it to be.  On the story page of the website, after hitting proceed to bypass the video, there are hidden Greek letters.
Discussion: Joystiq, Game | Life, PSP Fanboy and digg
Nick Starr / The Boy Genius Report:
Samsung SCH-i760 gets FCC Nod  —  The Samsung SCH-i760 has been approved by the FCC, meaning we will be seeing it hit shelves of a certain CDMA carrier soon.  It will provide the Windows Mobile 6 experience, intergrating with your Office programs with ease.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell, Crave and CrunchGear
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
VIRIDIAN AND VIRTUAL SERVER TIMING UPDATES  —  As the person who oversees the development plans, teams and strategy for Microsoft's virtualization software on desktops and servers, I want to update everyone on the timing of our server virtualization offerings.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now a Rolling Stone Social Network
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Facebook unveils new site design amid growth surge
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Ask.com To Launch New Search Algorithm Code Named Edison
Matt / uncov:
YouOS: YouHave To Be Kidding Me
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony: 1,000,000:1 OLED TV on sale in 2007
Discussion: Digital World and digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Watching the Apple TV...
 Earlier Items: 
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Issues Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's acquisition strategy should think small (and mobile)
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
New Google Maps Feature - 2.5D Buildings
Kate Holton / Reuters:
EMI and Beatles settle royalty dispute
Discussion: MacUser and Gizmodo
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The World Of Wikis  —  WetPaint, a popular hosted Wiki solution …
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
To the average Joe, blogs aren't cutting it