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8:30 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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Stores Out of iPhones, Piper Says; 3G Soon?
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
MacNN:   Apple's Mac marketshare hits 21% in US
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple encountering ongoing US-wide iPhone shortage
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Apple 2.0
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The anatomy of an iPhone user (and why they want new form factors)  —  The average Apple iPhone user is an avid email reader (not writer) under age 30, browses the Web heavily and may carry a second phone.  Meanwhile, a lot of these folks would like a few physical tweaks to the iPhone.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Today's iPhone Users are Young, Rich, and Technically Savvy  —  A recent survey of iPhone users put out by Rubicon Consulting entitled “The Apple iPhone: Successes and Challenges for the Mobile Industry,” reveals some interesting demographics about the typical iPhone user …
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
ChangeWave confirms iPhone battles BlackBerry
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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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.
Furrier.org:
Breaking News: Google CIO Douglas Merrill Quits Becomes President of EMI  —  Update: People within EMI are saying that they are lining up mainstream media exclusives for tomorrow either NY Times or WSJ and want to kill all blog coverage.  —  More brain drain at Google.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Google Exec Bails: VP Leaves To Head EMI Group
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
FCC chairman rejects Skype petition  —  LAS VEGAS - The Federal Communications Commission should reject a petition by eBay Inc.'s Skype division to require wireless operators to allow any device on their networks, the agency's chairman said Tuesday.  —  To applause, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told …
Discussion: DSLreports
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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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Nokia:
Mobility and broadband speeds unite as Nokia evolves the Internet experience  —  Nokia N810 Internet Tablet WiMAX Edition unleashes an open Internet experience, demonstrating the mobile future of web services  —  Espoo, Finland - Ushering in the next generation of wireless broadband devices …
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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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.
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.
David Morgenstern / The Apple Core:
Has Microsoft lost its way on desktop computing?  —  Based on recent comments by top Redmond strategists, it appears that Microsoft has no credible vision for the future of desktop computing.  Apple appears to have skirted this strategic black hole and despite the distractions …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
 
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
An Inconvenient Truth About Privacy
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Branson's Mars Mission: Prankster Or Pathfinder?
Discussion: Eric Lundquist
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: NPR's Digital Head Maria Thomas Leaving; Joining Etsy As COO
CNN:
T-Mobile and RIM Announce the BlackBerry Pearl 8120
Stephen Wade / Associated Press:
IOC: Beijing must open Internet during Olympics
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Will XP's ‘execution stay’ for emerging markets apply to other countries?
Discussion: InfoWorld and Ars Technica
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Embraces Data Center Containers
BBC:
Tomorrow's code  —  Bill Thompson puts out a call for more programmers.
 Earlier Items: 
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IBM ‘Blindsided’ by Federal Contract Suspension
Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
VC funding for open source hits an all-time high
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
‘Smart URL shortener’ Urlrurl rolls into beta
Discussion: Valleywag
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Filter Google Reader by Item Popularity With New AideRSS Plug-in
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
An Online Game So Mysterious Its Famous Sponsor Is Hidden
Discussion: Geek Gestalt
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
YouTube kills rickrolling once and for all