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12:05 PM ET, April 21, 2008

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google tops Microsoft, Apple in brand power  —  It seems Google has solidified its dethroning of Microsoft in at least one regard: the global power of its brand.  —  For the third year in a row, the search giant whose very name has been transformed into a verb, grabbed the top spot in a list …
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:   Google is the world's number one brand, research finds
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Twitter FAIL Day 3: Communications Breakdown  —  Quite a few of you saw my post from last night about Twitter's failure.  Quite a few of you have noticed that it's still going on.  We're about to enter day 3 of Twitter FAIL and still aren't getting a whole lot from Twitter about it.
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Reuters:
Skype offers unlimited long-distance plan  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Internet calling company Skype said on Monday that it would offer an unlimited long-distance calling service for customers who want to reach friends and family without computers or Internet access.
Discussion: The UberReview
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Forrester: Social networking will be biggest enterprise 2.0 priority by 2013; Smaller businesses reticent  —  Enterprise 2.0 will become a $4.6 billion industry by 2013 and social networking tools will garner the bulk of the money, according to a report by Forrester Research.
Discussion: deal architect
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Business Wire:
Blue Coat to Acquire Packeteer to Offer Comprehensive Solution for WAN Optimization  —  Acquisition Extends Leadership in WAN Optimization Market  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:BCSI - News), the leader in WAN Application Delivery and Secure Web Gateway …
Discussion: GigaOM and Tech Trader Daily
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Scott Moritz / Techland:   Blue Coat in $268M deal for Packeteer
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
First Look: New WD VelociRaptor Hard Drive Cruises Through Speed Tests  —  Western Digital's 10,000 rpm, 300GB high-performance hard drive chomps through the competition.  —  Western Digital picked an extremely appropriate name for its new 10,000 rpm (rotations per minute) hard drive.
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Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Asustek to Launch Eee PC With 10-inch Screen  —  Asustek plans to launch a new version of the Eee PC with a 10-inch screen, a top executive said Monday.  —  The company's CEO made the statement at the launch of the new Eee PC 900 with an 8.9-inch screen, in Taiwan.  The original Eee PC 701 carries a 7-inch screen.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
OpenID getting more usable, a tiny bit at a time  —  Webware has been covering the Web authentication standard OpenID since September 2006.  It's a powerful alternative to traditional name-and-password Web access control, but it's so completely different from the sign-on methods that people …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and The Real McCrea
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Microsoft: Finding flaws on our website is OK  —  Find out how to eradicate 99.7% of spam  —  ToorCon In a first for a major company, Microsoft has publicly pledged not to sue or press charges against ethical hackers who responsibly find security flaws in its online services.
Peter Judge / CNET News.com:
Office 2007 fails OOXML conformance test  —  Word documents generated by today's version of Microsoft Office 2007 do not conform to the Office Open XML standard under development by the International Organization for Standardization, according to tests run by a document standards specialist.
Business Wire:
BlackBerry Curve 8330 to Join Alltel Wireless' Smartphone Portfolio  —  Compact, Sleek Smartphone Available from Alltel May 1, 2008  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Alltel Wireless, America's largest network, today announced that the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330 smartphone …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Who Owns Sports Coverage?  —  Recently in Dallas, more than an hour before game time, Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was in the locker room grinding on the Stairmaster, surrounded by several reporters — their microphones deployed, heads tilted away to avoid flying droplets of sweat.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Citi Ups FY Q2 Ests; RBC Raises Price Target
Sheena Lee / eWeek:
Intel Gives Taiwan WiMax $500M Boost
Discussion: DailyTech
Ian / everwas:
The Lifestream Filter Will be the Next Great Algorithm War
Discussion: Lifestream Blog
Anil Dash / Six Apart News & Events:
At Your Service: The Next Evolution of Six Apart
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
A Web Shift in the Way Advertisers Seek Clicks
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Turning Off Internet In The Classroom Won't Make Lectures Any More Interesting
Discussion: Geek News Central
Jeff Muskus / New York Times:
New Wii Games Find a Big (but Stingy) Audience
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and Digg
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Super-rugged PC begs to be smashed
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Sprout: Now A Viral Distribution Platform for Web Services
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Boss Admits That The Patent Office Keeps Getting Flooded …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Eyes have it  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, in San Francisco
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
House Republicans Move To Increase H1B Visa Quota
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Etelos helps you take your ‘Apps on a Plane’ — and everywhere else, too
Claire Cain Miller / Forbes:
Google Isn't The Only One
Discussion: Bits
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
From Win32 to Cocoa: a Windows user's conversion to Mac OS X
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, /Message, TechBlog and Digg
USA Today:
China vaults past USA in Internet users