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10:20 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 …
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 …
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Nokia:
Music Almighty: Nokia unveils two new XpressMusic devices  —  Nokia, Espoo - Nokia today introduced two new music-enabled devices as additions to its XpressMusic range.  The new Nokia 5320 XpressMusic and Nokia 5220 XpressMusic offer a range of affordable music and entertainment experiences …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Sony BMG, Nokia merge music subscriptions, devices; Is this the future model?
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 …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter: grabbing defeat from the jaws of success
Discussion: BoomTown and Scripting News
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 …
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
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
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T first quarter on target; Wireless data access revenue strong  —  AT&T said Tuesday that it ended the first quarter with 71.4 million wireless subscribers and a retail churn of 1.2 percent.  —  The telecommunications giant detailed its wireless stats on its first quarter earnings report (statement).
Discussion: New York Times and Electronista
Rob Crumpler / BuzzBlog:
BuzzLogic Aquires ActiveWeave  —  Today is another big day at BuzzLogic.  We officially announced the exciting news that we have acquired the assets of Activeweave - the customers, technology, and incredible minds of Marc Meyer, now BuzzLogic's SVP of Products, and Jean Sini, BuzzLogic's new CTO.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
BlogRovr Acquisition by BuzzLogic Calls Data Portability Into Question
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft finally takes the beta tag off its Salesforce competitor  —  For the past couple of years, Microsoft has been crowing about its hosted CRM service that competes head-to-head with services from Salesforce.com.  It wasn't until today, April 22, however, that Microsoft's offering in this space became generally available.
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Microsoft:   Microsoft Announces General Availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Upcoming.org Founder Creates Fireball (Fire Eagle + DodgeBall + Twitter)  —  Remember DodgeBall, the early social mobile network that languished after Google bought it?  So does Leonard Lin, a founding member of Upcoming.org who recently left Yahoo, where he organized Hack Days.
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Felix / blog.plazes.com:   Plazes adds Fire Eagle Support
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” …
The Technium:
The Reality of Depending on True Fans  —  I have been researching new business models for artists working in the low end of the long tail.  How can one make a living in a micro-niche?  Is it even possible, particularly in this realm of no-cost copies?  I proposed the idea …
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Oosah: A Hub for Your Personal Online Media  —  Oosah is a self-described “media management system” with a simple-sounding intention: to serve as a one-stop shop for managing all of your online video, image, and audio files.  This idea doesn't make a whole lot of sense in isolation …
Discussion: Webware.com
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Photobucket shares interface, matches Flickr  —  Photobucket, is making a significant change aimed to weave the widely used photo-sharing site more tightly into the Web 2.0 fabric.  —  The company is releasing an application programming interface (API) for its site, said Chief Executive Alex Welch.
Discussion: Mashable! and CNET News.com
 
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft and Novell take open stab at China
Discussion: Open Source
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel cuts quad-core price by 50 percent
Discussion: CrunchGear, DailyTech, TechSpot and Digg
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Ex-Googlers working on stealth social search
Discussion: Mashable!
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
At Glasshouse event, Bebo's Michael Birch avoids AOL talk
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Close those browser tabs — Vysr offers platform for a ‘user-centric’ web
Discussion: Download Squad and Webware.com
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Tweeting for Companies 101
Discussion: Go Big Always
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
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Samsung chairman resigns in wake of indictment
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Throttling ISPs Exposed by Azureus
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.
Molly Wood / Crave: The gadget blog:
5 reasons my Zune is dead to me