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6:05 PM ET, April 1, 2008

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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?  —  Turns out the iPhone shortage isn't limited to New York Apple stores: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster called 20 Apple (AAPL) stores nationwide today — and all of them were sold out of iPhones.
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
ChangeWave confirms iPhone battles BlackBerry
Discussion: Electronista
MacNN:   Apple's Mac marketshare hits 21% in US
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Smart Phone Wars: Apple vs. RIM vs. ...the Android Operating System?
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and iLounge
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Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
Windows Mobile 6.1 unveiled
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gadgetell
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 …
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.
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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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: Somewhat Frank and Download Squad
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Mobile operators avoid potential regulation  —  Updated 12:30 p.m. PDT with comment from the Open Internet Coalition.  —  LAS VEGAS—It seems mobile operators have dodged a regulatory bullet by promising to open up their networks on their own.  —  On Tuesday, Federal Communications …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
FCC chairman rejects Skype petition
Discussion: DSLreports
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Will XP's ‘execution stay’ for emerging markets apply to other countries?  —  Speculation continues to swirl as to when and whether Microsoft will extend the June 30, 2008, cut-off date on which many PC makers will be expected to cease bundling Windows XP with new PCs.
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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.
Darren Waters / BBC:
BT advert trials were ‘illegal’  —  Trials of an online ad system carried out by BT involving more than 30,000 of its customers were potentially illegal, says a leading digital rights lawyer.  —  BT has said it trialled a prototype of Phorm, which matches adverts to users' web habits, in 2006 and 2007.
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 …
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.
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
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Nokia N810 WiMAX Editon Tablet Now Offical  —  Nokia took the shroud off its WiMAX-capable N810 Tablet today, which promises 4g mobile broadband speeds for the hand-held internet tablet.  The updated N810 will use Sprint's Xohm service, and adds a new mobile dimension to the device, which was previously wi-fi only.
 
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David Morgenstern / The Apple Core:
Has Microsoft lost its way on desktop computing?
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple encountering ongoing US-wide iPhone shortage
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Infinite Loop
CNN:
T-Mobile and RIM Announce the BlackBerry Pearl 8120
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Teenage bot herder pleads guilty in New Zealand
Stephen Wade / Associated Press:
IOC: Beijing must open Internet during Olympics
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Embraces Data Center Containers
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Live from the CTIA Wireless 2008 Keynote
Discussion: TechCrunch
BBC:
Tomorrow's code  —  Bill Thompson puts out a call for more programmers.
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Online:
Can Ovi improve on the walled garden?
Discussion: last100 and mocoNews.net
Sharon Linsenbach / eWeek:
IBM ‘Blindsided’ by Federal Contract Suspension
Discussion: InfoWorld
Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
VC funding for open source hits an all-time high
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Filter Google Reader by Item Popularity With New AideRSS Plug-in
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail April Fools Not Very Funny.  On the Upside, They Started A Wikipedia War