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4:35 AM ET, April 19, 2008

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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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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Social network creator Ning raises $60M at $500M valuation  —  Make-your-own-social-network company Ning has raised a $60 million fourth round of funding.  —  Co-founded by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, Ning already raised a hefty third round of $44 million back in July.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Marc Andreessen's egg-shaped head, CEO's rack distract Fast Company writer from Ning's vanishingly small business  —  Here's what you really need to know about Ning, according to Fast Company writer Adam Penenberg.  Its chairman, Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen, has an egg-shaped head.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Exclusive: Gillmor Gang joins TechCrunch  —  Here's some exclusive news: after being offline for over a year in a legal dispute (can't get into details) the Gillmor Gang is back and is part of TechCrunch!  Steve Gillmor is one of the most insightful minds in the technology space, and his …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gillmor Gang Now Part Of TechCrunch Network  —  Journalist Steve Gillmor was a podcasting pioneer - In 2004 he began recording conversations with leading tech pundits about the issues of the day and posting them on IT Conversations.  The show, which he called the Gillmor Gang …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
The Tubes, Captain!  They Canna Take It!  They're Coming Apart!  —  Sen. Ted Stevens was right: The Internet is not a big truck.  It's “a series of tubes"-tubes that can be filled to capacity by “enormous amounts of material.”  And, according to AT&T, that's going to happen about two years from now.
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Meet The Mac-Clone Mystery Man  —  How's this for a deal.  At a fraction of the cost of a comparably equipped machine from Apple, a Web-based company dubbed Psystar is offering a computer you can have loaded up with just about any operating system you choose, including Apple's OS X Leopard.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ebay considers sale of Skype subsidiary  —  Ebay will consider selling off its Skype internet phone subsidiary at the end of this year if it fails to find ways to use the fast-growing service to support its core e-commerce business, according to the company's chief executive.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
German Startup Community Makes Us Proud Once Again: Freundefeed  —  You haven't arrived until your web application has a German clone, it seems.  Web innovation in that country too often distills down to “copy/paste innovation.”  —  And now, Freundfeed, which doesn't appear to be a joke.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
It's official: Venture investment declined in Q1  —  Venture investment fell 8.5 percent during the first three months of 2008 compared to the final quarter of 2007, according to the new MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Windows Live Hotmail Technical Support Blog:
Microsoft Announces Changes for Accessing Hotmail with Outlook Express  —  A change is coming for users that access Hotmail with Outlook Express.  Outlook Express uses a protocol called DAV (Distributed Authoring and Versioning protocol) to access a Windows Live™ Hotmail® e-mail account.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Nice “News quote” feature  —  Google just announced a cool addition to Google News.  If you search for a person's name on Google News, you can see statements where that person has been quoted by a news source.  For example, search on Google News for [Arnold Schwarzenegger] and you'll see
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 …
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Viral coefficient: What it does and does NOT measure  —  It's easy to overemphasize viral user acquisition  —  I've recently been receiving a deluge of e-mail related to viral marketing - in particular, people sometimes represent it as a “magic bullet” to solving their startup's problems.
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gaming appearing recession proof as Wii, DS dominate sales
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Digg
Bloomberg:
Managers Among 4,650 Losing AT&T Jobs
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
AT&T WiFi portal for iPhone users shows up at Starbucks
Discussion: 1FPS, VoIP Watch and IntoMobile
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Begins Testing In-Flight Use of Cellphones
Discussion: Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Prioritize Your Feed Reading: Newsgator Integrates AideRSS
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Caris Ups Ests, Sees FY Q2 Results Beating Street
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Fatigue: Over!  March Traffic Back On Track - Just Like Last Year
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL (TWX) Firing 100+ Platform A-ers Today
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Big Apple schools refuse Macs over Wi-Fi flaw
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
CW to stop free streaming of ‘Gossip Girl’
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
BBC shuts its internet service provider
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Ballmer Tells Microsoft MVPs Vista is a “Work in Progress”
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Wrong Ways to Pitch RWW and One Great Way
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
iPhone sellers braced for hit on cheap handsets