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4:00 PM ET, April 22, 2008

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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.
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Tom Pfeiffer / Reuters:
Yahoo results won't affect Microsoft offer: Ballmer  —  SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) will hold firm on its $43.2 billion offer for Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research), regardless of whether Yahoo's quarterly results impress or disappoint investors …
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New York Post:
MICROSOFT AND MARKETS AWAIT YAHOO! EARNINGS  —  It's D-day for Jerry Yang and his beloved Yahoo!.  —  Not since the first quarter after the marriage of AOL and Time Warner has a quarterly earnings report had so much riding on it as Yahoo!'s does today.  —  With less then a week …
Greg Sandoval / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony BMG joins Nokia's unlimited music service  —  Comes With Music customers will have total access to the music of Alicia Keys as well as every other Sony BMG artist free for a full year.  —  (Credit: Sonybmg.com)  —  The concept behind Nokia's new music service “Comes with Music” …
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Robert Andrews / mocoNews.net:   Sony BMG Joins Nokia's Comes With Music Programme
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Home delayed again, Sony adds more users to closed beta  —  Sony has sent word that the closed beta of its online Home service for the PS3 has been expanded through the summer, pushing the open beta into the fall of this year.  The company does say whether more registrants will be invited into the beta, however.
Discussion: CNET News.com and TG Daily
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Sony Delays PlayStation Home Again; Open Beta For Community Now Planned This Fall
Discussion: VTOR
Reuters:
Sony to delay “Home” online service for PS3 again
Discussion: CyberNet and Silicon Alley Insider
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Apple looks toward iPhone chat app  —  At its iPhone SDK event last month, Apple touted an adaption of AOL's instant-messaging client for the iPhone.  Now comes news of Apple's own patent application for a chat feature.  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published the application …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple files for universal iPhone instant messaging patent
David / Signal vs. Noise:
Are you sure you want to be in San Francisco?  —  Techies, VCs, and the press are always swooning over the glory of the Bay area.  This is where all the excitement, the money, and the people are, they say.  And that's true to the extent that your great big idea fits the current cultural mold of that environment.
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 …
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
Centrify's Tom Kemp: Here's the map to avoiding Microsoft's patent minefield  —  On February 21 of 2008, just two months ago, Microsoft announced “strategic changes in technology and business practices to expand interoperability.”  These changes, which would be incorporated into a set of …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Tom Kemp's Centrify Blog:
Off-Topic: Mapping Microsoft Windows Server Protocols to Patents
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Intel Mash Maker: Mash-ups for the masses  —  Intel wants to make the whole Web editable, just like a single Wikipedia page.  —  The chip giant on Tuesday will make a beta available of Intel Mash Maker, a free browser extension that allows users to modify Web pages and combine information from different sources.
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.
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 and FierceWireless
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Netflix, consumer electronics partnerships near  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. online DVD rental company Netflix Inc on Monday said it expects to soon announce three partnerships, similar to its set-top box alliance with LG Electronics Inc, that will let subscribers watch films streamed directly from the Web to TVs.
Discussion: last100 and Engadget HD
InfoWorld:
FCC: Comcast blocking was widespread  —  Comcast's slowing of peer-to-peer traffic appeared to be more widespread than the company has disclosed, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday.  —  FCC chairman Kevin Martin, testifying before a Senate committee …
Gary Wolf / Wired News:
Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn?  Surrender to This Algorithm  —  The winter sun sets in mid-afternoon in Kolobrzeg, Poland, but the early twilight does not deter people from taking their regular outdoor promenade.  Bundled up in parkas with fur-trimmed hoods …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Digg
Dterry / Techland:
Web 2.0 goes to work  —  By Michael Copeland  —  On the eve of the latest and largest Internet gathering this year, O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Conference and Expo, Forrester Research dropped a report that concludes that companies will spend $4.6 billion on Web2-related technologies by 2013.
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and WebProNews
 
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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PC World:
LaCie Bumps Rugged Hard Disk up to 500GB
Discussion: Electronista
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Walter Bender Resigned from One Laptop Per Child!!
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Hands-on with the Lucky Dragon phone
Discussion: textually.org
Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Samsung SDI says its AMOLED production to reach economies of scale in 2009
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Engadget
Merissa Marr / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Nears Deal to Buy Newsday
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Q1 Solid, No Scary Recession Talk, No iPhone Update (T)
Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
SugarCRM on line one  —  Fair play to SugarCRM for landing …
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
The new byword in infosecurity: Don't embarrass the boss
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Wall Street Journal Editor Expected to Resign
Apple Developer Connection:
Aperture Supports Custom Editing
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Senator, Clear Channel dispute DOJ logic on XM/Sirius merger
Michell Bak / Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog:
Revealing Sony Ericsson G502
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft finally takes the beta tag off its Salesforce competitor
Discussion: Microsoft and Computerworld
The Technium:
The Reality of Depending on True Fans
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Tweeting for Companies 101
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Upcoming.org Founder Creates Fireball (Fire Eagle + DodgeBall + Twitter)