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5:25 PM ET, April 18, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Beta of New All-in-One Service for Consumers  —  Q&A: Group Product Manager Bryson Gordon discusses “Albany” — a new service to help consumers be more protected, productive and connected and to stay current with essential software and security updates.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies ‘Albany’ subscription trial for consumers  —  Microsoft is set to start testing privately a consumer Software + Service bundle code-named “Albany,” an all-in-one bundle of Office Home and Student, Windows Live OneCare, Office Live Workspace and various Windows Live services.
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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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Google shares capture largest one-day gain  —  Update at 1:15 p.m. PDT April 18: Google ends trading day up 20 percent, capturing largest one-day gain  —  Update at 10 a.m. PDT April 18: Google's gains have now reached 21 percent.  —  Google's shares closed with a 20 percent gain Friday …
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.
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
iPhones being sold at loss in Europe?
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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
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
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Big Apple schools refuse Macs over Wi-Fi flaw  —  The New York City school system has refused to accept any more iMac shipments until Apple fixes a Wi-Fi flaw, according to a report.  —  MacNN is reporting that the city's Department of Education has instructed Dell Managed Services …
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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 …
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 …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
BBC shuts its internet service provider  —  The BBC is closing its commercial internet service provider Beeb.net after nine years because of dwindling subscriber numbers.  —  Operated by the BBC's commercial wing, BBC Worldwide, the service offers web hosting, dial-up and broadband access …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, PDA and paidContent
Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Ning's Infinite Ambition  —  Brain Trust: Ning chairman Marc Andreessen (he built Netscape back in the day), with Bianchini, at the company's HQ in Palo Alto. |  It isn't just a site where users can build their own social networks — Ning is a model of how to create a perpetual growth machine.
 
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
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Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
InfoWorld:
5 IT skills that won't boost your salary
Discussion: The Chronicle
MitraSramana / Sramana Mitra on Strategy:
Google Strong, But Microsoft Pays Attention to Verticals
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
CW to stop free streaming of ‘Gossip Girl’
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Ballmer Tells Microsoft MVPs Vista is a “Work in Progress”
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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