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5:45 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
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.
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” …
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 …
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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InfoWorld:
5 IT skills that won't boost your salary  —  Technical skills may never die, but areas of expertise wane in importance as technology advances force companies to evolve and IT staff to forsake yesterday's craft in favor of tomorrow's must-have talent.  —  “There is less need for system-side knowledge.
Discussion: The Chronicle
Tom Magrino / ZDNet:
Mayhem alert, ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ ships  —  Say so long to those delay rumors.  While word has yet to come on whether Take-Two will accede to Electronic Arts' $2 billion acquisition offer, one scenario that will not occur is analysts' speculated delay of Grand Theft Auto IV.
 
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Viral coefficient: What it does and does NOT measure
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Fatigue: Over!  March Traffic Back On Track - Just Like Last Year
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft confirms purchase of Farecast travel site
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL (TWX) Firing 100+ Platform A-ers Today
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
CW to stop free streaming of ‘Gossip Girl’
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA escapes sanctions, drops case against homeless man
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
BBC shuts its internet service provider
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Ballmer Tells Microsoft MVPs Vista is a “Work in Progress”
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
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Microsoft Security Advisory (951306)
Greg Billock / Official Google Video Blog:
Google Video gets a facelift
Macworld:
Frankenmac! What's in a Mac clone?
Android Developers Blog:
Android Developers Have Risen to the Challenge
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Secret Merger Talks Between Technorati And b5media Blow Up