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1:25 PM ET, April 21, 2008

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Jacqueline Marshall / About Skype:
Skype announces unlimited long-distance calls to over a third of the world's population  —  Luxembourg, 21st April, 2008 - Skype announced unlimited* calling today to over a third of the world's population with the launch of its new calling subscriptions.  The new subscriptions signal …
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Skype offers unlimited long-distance plan
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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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Twitter failure: Call the irony squad
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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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Metrics and Grains of Salt  —  Perhaps Internet metrics should come with a warning label: “handle with care.”  —  Stock in the measurement firm comScore slid in after-hours trading on Thursday after Google reported surprisingly strong first quarter earnings.  Why the decline?
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Anil Dash / Six Apart News & Events:
At Your Service: The Next Evolution of Six Apart  —  Five years ago this week, we announced one of the biggest milestones in our company history, including the creation of TypePad and our transformation from two bloggers with a powerful platform to a company dedicated to bringing the power of blogging to the world.
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.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
A Web Shift in the Way Advertisers Seek Clicks  —  Tyler Townsend, a digital media manager who plans online advertising for travel clients at Ypartnership, an agency in Orlando, had $150,000 to spend on behalf of a Caribbean island's visitors bureau.  And this client did not care about branding — it wanted action.
Los Angeles Times:
Sony to launch online video service for PlayStation 3  —  VIDEO: Sony's service would be provided through the online PlayStation Network.  Above, a tech show in Singapore in March.  —  The company is attempting to stage a comeback in digital entertainment distribution.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Sprout: Now A Viral Distribution Platform for Web Services  —  Sprout - the impressive browser-based tool that debuted at DEMO in January and suddenly made it feasible for non-developers to create rich Flash-based widgets - has got even better with the release of v1.5.
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.
Jeff Muskus / New York Times:
New Wii Games Find a Big (but Stingy) Audience  —  Nintendo sits atop the home video-game market.  Its Wii, though less technologically advanced than Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Sony's PlayStation 3, continues to outsell those machines and is now in more than 20 million homes.
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.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Motorola invests in virtual mobiles  —  Can't pick an OS?  Have them all  —  Find out how to eradicate 99.7% of spam  —  Motorola has invested in mobile virtualisation provider VirtualLogix, creating the possibility of a handset that can switch between different OSs almost as quickly as Motorola declares support for them.
 
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Jemima KIss  —  Ongoing battles between the entertainment industry …
John Morris / The Core Truth:
AMD can't get to 45nm fast enough. A 12-core package?
Discussion: The Tech Report and Gadgetell
Darren Waters / BBC:
Ubuntu ‘reaping Linux dividend’
InfoWorld:
Acer making WiMax laptop for Sprint (InfoWorld)
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Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Prediction: Microsoft will leapfrog Vista, release Windows 7 early …
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
NBC News to Help Teach Tools of Digital Reporting
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Q2 earnings: What to watch
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Intel debuts Celerons, Core 2s, cuts prices
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
3G iPhone confirmed in Italy without revenue sharing?
Peter Judge / CNET News.com:
Office 2007 fails OOXML conformance test
Ian / everwas:
The Lifestream Filter Will be the Next Great Algorithm War
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Tension Over Sports Blogging
Claire Cain Miller / Forbes:
Google Isn't The Only One
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
OpenID getting more usable, a tiny bit at a time
Calum MacLeod / USA Today:
China vaults past USA in Internet users