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8:45 AM ET, April 22, 2008

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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple files for universal iPhone instant messaging patent  —  Apple has set the groundwork for instant messaging on the iPhone and other touchscreen devices with an application for a patent on a universal interface for real-time text chat services.  —  Published in March …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter May Not Have To Care About Uptime Any Longer  —  We used to speculate that Twitter's persistent downtime and overall poor service quality could result in a Friendster-type nose dive.  But after a three day weekend outage I realized that in the last two months a subtle shift occured …
Discussion: Scripting News
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter: grabbing defeat from the jaws of success  —  Amazing, Twitter has been half down all weekend long.  Dave Winer and others have been writing about it.  The problems have been covered on TechMeme and other places where one looks for interesting tech news.
Discussion: BoomTown
Daniel Terdiman / Webware.com:
Dilbert.com relaunches with Web 2.0 flavor  —  Dilbert.com has relaunched and now allows readers to write their own punch lines for strips, as well as a series of other new features.  —  (Credit: United Media/Scott Adams)  —  Update: I've added some comments from Scott Adams that came in by email after this posted.
Felix / blog.plazes.com:
Plazes adds Fire Eagle Support  —  Good news: Plazes now works with the Fire Eagle! (learn more here)  —  In case you didn't know, Fire Eagle is a location broker recently released by the guys around Tom Coates over at the Yahoo Brickhouse.  (Here's a helpful post on GigaOm).
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Upcoming.org Founder Creates Fireball (Fire Eagle + DodgeBall + Twitter)
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Eee!  A New Cellphone!  —  These are topsy-turvy times for electronics makers.  —  Since the Eee PC burst onto the world's electronics scene last fall, the $400 nearly palm-sized laptop has been a phenomenon.  Its Taiwan-based manufacturer, ASUS, says it has shipped 1 million units worldwide through …
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Web 2.0 Expo Preview: Torture by Information Overload  —  Now that the first burst of enthusiasm for social networking has died, people are realizing that web 2.0 is actually a huge time sink.  —  Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Plaxo may have helped foster community and communication …
Business Wire:
AT&T Ramps Revenue Growth, Delivers Strong First-Quarter Results  — $0.57 reported earnings per diluted share, up 26.7 percent versus $0.45 in the year-earlier first quarter  — $0.74 adjusted earnings per diluted share, up 13.8 percent from $0.65 in the first quarter of 2007
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Close those browser tabs — Vysr offers platform for a ‘user-centric’ web  —  The days of keeping multiple browser tabs open as you jump between websites is over, says Vysr chief executive Guda Venkatesh.  The Palo Alto, Calif. startup is launching RoamAbout — its platform for online services …
Discussion: Webware.com and Download Squad
Paul J. Gough / Reuters:
NBC has news for MySpace  —  NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC News and MSNBC.com will provide political news and other content to social networking site MySpace.  —  Terms of the deal weren't announced Monday.  But NBC, MSNBC and MSNBC.com's text and video will populate the “Decision '08” …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
BlogRovr Acquisition by BuzzLogic Calls Data Portability Into Question  —  The innovative OPML browser plug-in BlogRovr is announcing tonight that it has been acquired by PR monitoring and ad sales startup BuzzLogic.  It's a victory for all the startups who face hostile questions about …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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Nokia:
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT joins Nokia Comes With Music  —  Music bundle on Nokia devices to include SONY BMG content  —  London, United Kingdom / Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced that SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT has officially joined Nokia Comes With Music, a revolutionary …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's New Social Network: iGoogle  —  Google has a social network: orkut, but it's only successful in Brazil and India, without gaining too much traction in the US.  With the launch of OpenSocial, an API for writing social gadgets, it was clear that iGoogle will play an important role in Google's second attempt to socialize.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Start Pages: The Next Social Networks
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and sarahintampa
Molly Wood / Crave: The gadget blog:
5 reasons my Zune is dead to me  —  I really wanted to love my 80GB Zune.  I'd heard good things about its Wi-Fi and its FM radio, its software, the Zune Marketplace, its easy navigation, and its non-iPod-ness.  But then I got it, and now I hate it.  Here's why, in ascending order of annoyance.
Discussion: chartreuse and Podcasting News
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Ex-Googlers working on stealth social search  —  Nathan Stoll, former product lead of Google News, has been quietly working on a new social search service he started with the help of two other Google refugees, CNET News.com has learned.  The site, called Mechanical Zoo, is poised to launch in beta next month.
Discussion: Mashable!
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Tweeting for Companies 101  —  Why Twitter?  —  Twitter can be an amazingly powerful platform for connecting to your community as well as driving traffic to the various properties you want people to go.  Having an event?  Tweet it out!  Launched a new bag?  Tweet it out!
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Windows XP SP3: A quick, painless upgrade  —  On Monday, Microsoft released to manufacturers (RTM) the final code for Windows XP SP3.  The upgrade provides support for WPA2 and the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) used in Windows Vista, among other things.
Discussion: Beyond Binary and The Tech Report
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel cuts quad-core price by 50 percent
Discussion: CrunchGear, DailyTech, TechSpot and Digg
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
At Glasshouse event, Bebo's Michael Birch avoids AOL talk
BBC:
Security firms scrutinise Phorm
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Grou.ps: All Your Collaboration Tools In One Place
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung chairman resigns in wake of indictment
Jennifer Guevin / CNET News.com:
Netflix profits up 36 percent
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Web 2.0 is set for spending boom
Discussion: Wikinomics
John Tozzi / Business Week:
From Bricks and Mortar to Digital Music Master
Discussion: Coolfer
 Earlier Items: 
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
Microsoft Eyes New Business Models for Office Applications
Discussion: CrunchGear
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Interview with Skype CEO Josh Silverman
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Mashups a hot item at Web 2.0 show
Discussion: eWeek
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Throttling ISPs Exposed by Azureus
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Publishes “Insider's Guide To Viral Marketing”
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google resolve crumbles on ‘cookies’ pledge
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Why ‘no Macs’ is no longer a defensible IT strategy
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Cloud Computing. Available at Amazon.com Today.