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5:25 AM ET, April 11, 2008

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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows is ‘collapsing,’ Gartner analysts warn  —  The researchers damn Windows in current form, urges radical changes  —  Computerworld) Calling the situation “untenable” and describing Windows as “collapsing,” a pair of Gartner analysts yesterday said Microsoft Corp. must make radical changes …
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PC World:
Gartner Explains Why Windows Is Broken  —  Esther Schindler, CIO.com  —  In a session at the Gartner Emerging Trends conference this week, analysts Neil MacDonald and Michael Silver identified many reasons that Windows (and thus Microsoft) are in trouble.  —  Microsoft's operating system …
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Network World
Virtual Earth:
The New Release of Live Maps and Virtual Earth 3D is now Live!  —  I'm so glad to finally announce that the latest version of Live Maps is online and ready for you to play with.  This ended up being a much bigger release than originally planned including three full sprints of development.
Discussion: Webware.com and LiveSide
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
New Live Search Maps is Live  —  Just checked on maps.live.com and noticed a bunch of new features, and checked with the Virtual Earth / Live Maps blog and sure enough the new release is now live.  —  Denver in 3D (you really have to try it out, much improved!)  —  Man there's a lot of stuff here.
Discussion: Webware.com and Virtual Earth
Underwire / Wired:
Flickr Users Cry Mutiny Over New Video Feature  —  Flickr users are revolting.  Again.  —  Several groups protesting this week's addition of video to Yahoo's popular photo-sharing site have sprung up to object to the new feature.  —  One group, We Say No to Videos on Flickr …
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Did you sign Google's noncompete?  Good, you're fired  —  A recently departed DoubleClicker tells us that Google managers asked employees at the online ad company it acquired last month to sign one-year noncompete agreements.  Most agreed, thinking that it would spare their jobs — but then layoffs came a week later.
Sam / Go Big Always:
Twitter: A two-way social computer?  —  Ok, not Twitter but something Twitter-like.  Twitter is nice because it strips everything away and focuses 100% on people and the economy of interaction (140 characters in a box, the end).  —  Twitter as social network
DealBook:
Google C.E.O. Taps Quattrone as Adviser in Yahoo Battle  —  Update: Mr. Quattrone's firm, Qatalyst, has been officially hired by Google, people close to the company told DealBook.  —  Look who Google's turned to for help.  —  Frank P. Quattrone is advising Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Nvidia CEO goes on Intel rant  —  Nvidia CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang let rip with a diatribe against Intel at Nvidia's financial analyst day on Thursday.  Huang cited frustration with Nvidia's market share struggle with Intel and recent Intel comments stating that discrete graphics cards will become “unnecessary.”
Discussion: TG Daily and Engadget
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Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
The Social Press Release: Multimedia, Two-Way, Direct to the Public  —  The Social Press Release: Multimedia, Two-Way, Direct to the Public  —  Silicon Valley journalist/blogger Tom Foremski had had enough.  Two years ago, he wrote a poison pen letter to the PR industry in a blog post titled Die!
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Remains Favorite In Crowded Battle for Yahoo  —  Yahoo Inc.'s directors meet Friday to discuss alternatives to a Microsoft Corp. takeover, with many insiders still seeing a Microsoft deal — without the participation of News Corp. — as the most likely outcome.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Keeping Network Solutions from cashing in on your subdomains  —  Earlier this week, a report at TechCrunch pointed out that a number of subdomains at GotGame.com pointed to generic Network Solutions pages with spammy text links.  A number of observers across the Internet found other sites …
Discussion: The Register, WebProNews and Gadgetopia
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The PS3 Laptop: from Ben Heck to Engadget with love  —  Rewind back to late 2006.  The PS3 was launching alongside the Wii and geeky editors like ourselves were having a field day.  We'd already managed to convince our good pal Ben Heck to build another Xbox 360 laptop and the Wii Laptop …
Discussion: Tech Blog, PS3 Fanboy and technabob
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's Falco: Yes, We Might Merge With Yahoo; No, I Can't Say How Many Of You Will Be Fired  —  AOL CEO Randy Falco (TWX) sets employees at ease about that distracting AOL-Microsoft-Yahoo-News Corp chatter.  (YHOO) (MSFT).  No comment yet on how many thousands of AOLers will be fired if the Yahoo merger goes through.
Discussion: CNET News.com, Valleywag and GigaOM
Nikon Press Center:
NIKON “ZOOMS” IN ON PERFORMANCE WITH THE NEW COOLPIX P80, AN 18X ZOOM COMPACT CAMERA  —  Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the COOLPIX P80, a high-performance compact camera built to satisfy the needs of camera enthusiasts and family photographers alike.  The P80 harmoniously integrates …
Discussion: Gadgetell, DailyTech and CrunchGear
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Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Attention Flickr video haters: Try a free doughnut  —  First came Flickr video on Tuesday.  Then came the anti-Flickr-video outcry on Wednesday.  Now there's the anti-anti-Flickr-video outcry.  —  This last movement takes the highly facetious form of Flickr's new We Demand Donuts group.
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
In Defense Of Twitter (Not That It Needs Defending, But ... )  —  So Hugh Mcleod has deleted his Twitter account.  —  {First question new bloggers might have is “who is Hugh McLeod?”, in which case here are a things I've picked up: the dudehas been blogging for a long time …
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Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: GigaOM
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
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InfoWorld:
Europe rejects plan to criminalize file-sharing
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 Earlier Items: 
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
A Guide to Business Development 2.0
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Seven Tips for Making the Most of Your RSS Reader
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
BBC iPlayer ‘risks overloading the internet’
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicians fret over military gear resold on eBay, Craigslist
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Sorting out the whole Microsoft-Yahoo melee
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Ad Industry Bans Targeting People With Cancer; Ads to Widows and Orphans Allowed
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Aliph Jawbone 2 exposed
AppleInsider:
Filing: Apple conceptualized smart MVNO system ahead of iPhone
Discussion: Infinite Loop and mocoNews.net