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4:55 PM ET, April 1, 2008

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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search for Mobile improvements announced at CTIA  —  This morning in Las Vegas, at the CTIA Wireless 2008 convention, Microsoft President - Entertainment & Devices Division Robbie Bach is announcing a set of new features for Windows Live Search for Mobile, available soon if you have WLS installed …
Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
Windows Mobile 6.1 unveiled
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget Mobile
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Sprint Instinct: Could this thing beat the iPhone?  —  When I first saw the Instinct a few weeks ago I said “Finally.”  Finally, someone, somewhere, has created an interface and a device that follows the spirit and ease-of-use of the iPhone without resorting to wholesale mimicry.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sprint's Samsung Instinct: At Last, a Decent iPhone Competitor  —  Samsung's Instinct may be the best stab at the coveted title of iPhone killah this CTIA.  The 3.1-inch touchscreen phone has localized haptic feedback, plus three hard navigation keys.  If it sounds familiar …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple's U.S. consumer market share now 21 percent  —  The iPhone gets the most press and the iPod sells in the largest quantities, but it's the Macintosh that really drives Apple's growth, says Gene Munster.  —  In the second installment of a multipart report on Apple's …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple iPhone Shortage! 20 Stores Sold Out. 3G Coming Soon?
InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Yahoo agree on buyout price  —  After much internal debate and industry speculation, Yahoo today agreed to be acquired by Microsoft, adding $2.6 billion to Redmond's original offer of $44.6 billion on Jan. 31.  —  The agreement was reached near midnight last night …
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
All the April Fools' news that's fit to print  —  The word of the day is “prank.”  Unless maybe you're one of the ones who got taken in hook, line, and sinker, in which case it's “doh!”  —  If you haven't already noticed, today is April Fools' Day, but you probably have, since most pranksters seem to get an early start.
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Unlikely to Raise Yahoo Offer  —  Microsoft Corp. is preparing to lay a long siege.  —  Two months after Microsoft made its $44.6 billion offer to acquire Yahoo Inc., the software maker has no plans to raise its bid, people close to the company say.
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Microsoft:
Ecma Office Open XML Document Format Appears to Win Approval as an ISO/IEC Standard  —  Final vote appears overwhelmingly in favor; input from 87 national bodies contributed to an improved specification.  —  After more than 14 months of intensive review, a Joint Technical Committee …
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft Open Format Standard Said to Get Global Approval
Discussion: Open Source and IDG News Service
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Gullible journalists agree to prank their readers  —  Nate Westheimer, a New York entrepreneur best known for holding a Silicon Alley popularity contest, attempted to persuade Valleywag to participate in an April Fools' joke.  We said we'd cover it, so here's the story: Right about now …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
‘Smart URL shortener’ Urlrurl rolls into beta
Discussion: Download Squad and Somewhat Frank
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr's New Friend Finder: Data Portability or Privacy Violation?  —  Late last night Yahoo! owned photo sharing site Flickr launched a new feature - the ability to search your Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail contacts list for people on Flickr so you can add them as contacts.
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Matthew Rothenberg / Flickr Blog:
Find Your Friends
Discussion: LachStock
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
ChangeWave confirms iPhone battles BlackBerry  —  The smartphone sector is gripped by a struggle for dominance that's emerging as between Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion's BlackBerry, according to the latest consumer survey from ChangeWave.  —  The survey asked 3,597 consumers to share …
Discussion: Electronista
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Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Smart Phone Wars: Apple vs. RIM vs. ...the Android Operating System?
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and iLounge
Inside AdSense:
Introducing AdSense for conversations  —  We're happy to announce the launch of AdSense for conversations, a new type of monetization solution that “puts the ‘context’ in contextual advertising”.  Now, in just a few simple steps, you can begin displaying ads that are relevant …
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
YouTube kills rickrolling once and for all  —  April 1, 2008: The day a meme died.  Go to YouTube.  Click on any of the Featured Videos entries.  Every one of them redirects to the same Rick Astley clip.  The gag is called “rickrolling,” a variant of duckrolling.
Discussion: theory.isthereason
Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
Lite-On developing BD-ROM drives for Xbox 360, sources say  —  Lite-On IT is developing built-in Blu-ray Disc-(BD) ROM drives for the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console, according to industry sources.  Lite-On declined to comment, citing client confidentiality.
InfoWorld:
Source: Windows XP to get reprieve for low-cost laptops  —  San Francisco - Microsoft plans to extend the availability of Windows XP for low-cost laptops beyond June 30, with an announcement expected later this week, according to a source familiar with the situation.
 
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Live from the CTIA Wireless 2008 Keynote
Discussion: TechCrunch
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
FCC chairman rejects Skype petition
Discussion: DSLreports
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Nokia N810 WiMAX Editon Tablet Now Offical
BBC:
Tomorrow's code  —  Bill Thompson puts out a call for more programmers.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Last.fm Gets CBS Radio Stations
Sharon Linsenbach / eWeek:
IBM ‘Blindsided’ by Federal Contract Suspension
Discussion: InfoWorld
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jana Consortium: CNET leadership has “presided over massive value destruction”
Discussion: paidContent.org and BoomTown
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Filter Google Reader by Item Popularity With New AideRSS Plug-in
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 Earlier Items: 
Pshapiro / Community Voices:
Google Seeks to Organize All of Human Ignorance
Discussion: ReporTwitters Blog
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google April Fool's Jokes Galore
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
An Online Game So Mysterious Its Famous Sponsor Is Hidden
Discussion: Geek Gestalt
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Who is Watching Hulu? Depends Who You Ask
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail April Fools Not Very Funny.  On the Upside, They Started A Wikipedia War
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Blog Comments Still Matter
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Live, from New York, it's...Mark Zuckerberg?
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Scribd now offering free document scanning [Update: it's real!]
Discussion: CyberNet and Mashable!