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3:50 PM ET, April 18, 2008

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies ‘Albany’ subscription trial for consumers
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Takes the Toll Road to Albany
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Comscore: The Google fallout  —  Google's first quarter earnings call didn't have much in the way of theatrics, but a serious brush back pitch was delivered to Comscore.  What should we make of Google CEO Eric Schmidt essentially throwing Comscore under the bus?
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Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Apple should call PayPal's bluff  —  PayPal is in another stand-off with Apple over EV SSL (Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer) certificates, but Steve Jobs & Co. may call the transaction service's bluff.  —  According to Ryan Naraine, PayPal is about to launch a whitepaper …
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BBC:
Paypal to block ‘unsafe browsers’
Discussion: Gadgetell and Digg
louisgray.com:
Most Bloggers Don't Deserve Any Ad Revenue  —  It's routinely shocking to me that so many bloggers think they should try and make a profit from their Web site.  —  Urged on by the success of mega blog networks like TechCrunch and spurred forward by stories from ProBlogger …
Jena McGregor / Business Week:
The World's Most Innovative Companies  —  Smart ideas for tough times: The 50 companies that make up our annual ranking nurture cultures that value creative people in good times and bad  —  Suddenly, innovation has a bull's-eye on its back.  As the recession debate shifts from “what if” …
Fred / A VC:
The Difference Between Wordpress and Facebook  —  Is about $14.8bn according to the publicly available information about the most recent financings of the two companies ($15bn for Facebook and $200mm for Automattic).  —  But consider this comscore chart of unique visitors over the past year.
Discussion: Changing Way and The Social Times
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Minimum Bids No Longer Fixed at $.10  —  How to manage your new Sponsored Search minimum bids  —  Starting today, minimum bids for some Sponsored Search keywords will no longer be fixed at $.10.  Throughout the next week, you may start noticing new minimum bids on some of your keywords.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Tweaks Its (Advertising) Algorithm
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Macworld:
Frankenmac!  What's in a Mac clone?  —  One man's search for the sum of a Mac's parts  —  A company called Psystar claims that it's selling a “generic Mac” for $549 (or $399 without OS X).  While such a move seems to violate Apple's end-user license agreement, it indicates just how the age-old topic …
Discussion: PC World and MacUser
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
So where are all these Mac clones?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Wrong Ways to Pitch RWW and One Great Way  —  Here at ReadWriteWeb we get piles and piles of pitches for coverage from companies all day long and they almost always come in by email.  You'll notice that only a tiny percentage of those pitches result in write-ups here.
Discussion: sarahintampa and The Blog Herald
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Twitpitch: The Elevator Pitch Hits Twitter
Andrew Donoghue / CNET News.com:
AT&T: Internet to hit full capacity by 2010  —  U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T has claimed that, without investment, the Internet's current network architecture will reach the limits of its capacity by 2010.  —  Speaking at a Westminster eForum on Web 2.0 this week in London, Jim Cicconi …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
After complaints, Apple tweaks Software Update for Safari  —  Following a storm of criticism, Apple has changed its Software Update software to mark a distinction between new programs, such as its Safari on Windows browser, and updates to existing ones.  —  Last month, Apple started …
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
iPhone sellers braced for hit on cheap handsets  —  Mobile operators with exclusive contracts to sell Apple's iPhone are bracing themselves for significant losses on unsold stock as they clear the shelves to make way for a new, faster version expected this summer.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Secret Merger Talks Between Technorati And b5media Blow Up  —  Blog search engine Technorati was days away from merging with blog network b5media when the whole deal blew up earlier this week, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.  —  Technorati has been searching …
Greg Billock / Official Google Video Blog:
Google Video gets a facelift  —  As part of our mission, we on the Google Video team want you to be able to search, browse and discover videos from across the web.  More than a year ago, we described our renewed focus on organizing all the web's video.  Today, in addition to expanding Google …
Android Developers Blog:
Android Developers Have Risen to the Challenge  —  Posted by Azhar Hashem, Product Marketing Manager for Android, Google Developer Products Team on 17 April 2008 at 9:47 PM  —  I'm thrilled to share the news that developers from over 70 countries submitted 1,788 entries to the Android Developer Challenge!
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and InfoWorld
 
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BBC shuts its internet service provider
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