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4:25 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 poised to capture largest one-day gain  —  Update at 10 a.m. PDT April 18: Google's gains have now reached 21 percent.  —  Google's shares soared 21 percent in morning trading Friday, poising the search giant to mark its largest-ever one-day gain.
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 / CNET News.com:
iPhones being sold at loss in Europe?
Discussion: Electronista
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mac shipments suspended from NYC Schools over WiFi flaw  —  Scheduled delivery of Apple computers to schools run by the New York City Department of Education have been temporarily suspended due to problems related to connecting to the DOE's wireless network infrastructure.
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Big Apple schools refuse Macs over Wi-Fi flaw
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL: Ramping Up Web Site For Young Women  —  Next up on AOL's Web launch slate: it looks like it's going to be a site for youngish women.  MediaPost noticed a job listing on JournalismJobs.com for “a new women's lifestyle site” seeking an editor with “at least five years of editing experience …
Discussion: Jezebel
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
AOL Plans Site Geared Toward Younger Women
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 …
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!
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 …
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 …
 
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Game Industry Had A Boffo March (Of Course)
Discussion: Electronista and WebProNews
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’
Lessig Blog:
Testifying @ FCC @ Stanford
Discussion: Sidecut Reports and GigaOM
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
NBC Universal to embed marketing messages in online shows
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA escapes sanctions, drops case against homeless man
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
BBC shuts its internet service provider
Discussion: paidContent and PDA
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Ballmer Tells Microsoft MVPs Vista is a “Work in Progress”
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (951306)
Heike / The Dark Visitor:
BREAKING: Upcoming Chinese hacker attack on CNN building steam
Tom Magrino / ZDNet:
Mayhem alert, ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ ships
Macworld:
Frankenmac! What's in a Mac clone?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Acquisition Confirmed
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
New Zappos: Shoes—and gadgets to boot
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Watch Restricted YouTube Videos