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4:45 PM ET, April 23, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amateur Hour Over At Twitter?  —  It doesn't really matter if Twitter's Chief Architect Blaine Cook was fired or resigned.  The important thing is that he's gone now, and this gives Twitter the opportunity to hire someone (or a team) who may actually be able to scale the nearly two year old service and keep it live.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Lead Architect Blaine Cook Out At Twitter  —  Blaine Cook, lead architect at red-hot, sometimes-down Twitter, has left the company.  In an email to SAI, Blaine describes his departure at an “amicable” one.  —  I left Twitter just over two weeks ago.  It's an amicable change …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Twitter-storm: Blaine leaves, blame flies  —  If you need any proof that Twitter is the hot topic in the blogosphere at the moment, all you have to do is look at the volume of blog posts about the service — and related services such as Tweetscan and Twist (Twitter trends) — on sites like TechCrunch.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast: AT&T's U-Verse is messing with our network  —  Back in the pre-fiber days, cable and phone companies competed for broadband and voice customers.  With Verizon and AT&T rolling out fiber networks, competition has come to the television set—and the fight sometimes gets ugly.
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Karl / DSLreports:
Sources: Comcast To Sever Involvement In Pivot …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Comcast Is Serious About Wireless
Discussion: DSLreports and IP Democracy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finishes Chat Integration, Makes This Blogger's Life Miserable  —  I made the mistake of leaving Facebook open on my desktop as I stepped out for the evening on Tuesday night.  I returned to a complete mess of Facebook Chat messages.  Some users got access to Facebook Chat as early as April 6.
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Facebook Chat Now Works For Everyone  —  I'm not an avid Facebook user, but I have been checking it every now and then for the promised chat application, and as of today it seems to finally be available for everyone.  And, although I have certain reservations about yet another web based chat application, I must say I love it.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FBI grilled again over computer upgrade woes  —  WASHINGTON—The FBI's legacy of botched computer upgrades is still haunting some politicians on Capitol Hill.  —  At a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, former committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:   FBI wants widespread monitoring of ‘illegal’ Internet activity
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:   FBI, politicos renew push for ISP data retention laws
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ten things to know about Microsoft's Live Mesh  —  Microsoft took the wraps off Live Mesh at 9 p.m. PDT on April 22, just ahead of the service's official debut at the Web 2.0 Expo this week.  —  (Here's a bunch of screen shots of what testers can expect to see when Microsoft kicks off its Live Mesh tech preview later this week.)
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Full Text of Ray Ozzie Mesh Memo
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and last100
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Ginormous Free Food Budget: $7,530 Per Googler, $72 Million A Year  —  Sick of hearing about the great, free, food at Google?  Skip this post.  Want to know how much it costs Google to pay for all that grub?  Read on.  —  Here's the math: Googlers in the U.S. get two meals a day free …
Royal Pingdom:
Google domain names - the funny, strange and surprising  —  Google owns a whole bunch of domain names other than the obvious ones like google.com, blogger.com and gmail.com.  We here at Pingdom decided to find out which ones, with some truly surprising results.  —  We only looked at .com domain names, and found thousands.
Forbes:
Apple Buys Chip Designer  —  Apple has agreed to spend $278 million in cash to buy a boutique microprocessor design company that could create a chip for its flagship iPhone, and possibly iPod products as well.  —  The 150-person chip company, P.A. Semi, was founded in 2003 by Dan Dobberpuhl …
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Microsoft mistakes Skype for a Trojan  —  Users of Microsoft Windows Live OneCare may have found their antivirus protection a little too proactive.  Over the weekend, OneCare informed some Skype users that the popular voice-over-IP application was infected with the Trojan Win32/Vundo.gen!  D.
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Villu Arak / Skype Security Blog:
Skype misidentified as malware
Discussion: InfoWorld
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Privacy Disaster At Twitter: Direct Messages Exposed (Update: GroupTweet Is Likely Culprit)  —  Twitter user Orli Yakuel, with 650 followers, had a nasty surprise this morning - her direct messages (private messages between two Twitter users) showed up in her normal Twitter stream …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Get Blown On Facebook  —  What is it with college kids and online video challenges?  There are plenty of startups catering to this strange video niche/fetish.  IBeatYou and Strutta (read our review) have dedicated their entire Websites to this activity.  And now Blowtorch Entertainment …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Laptop searches at the border: No reason?  No problem  —  Here's the scenario: you return from an overseas trip and find yourself facing US Customs officers in an airport.  They see your laptop, demand that you turn it on, then take it from you and start rifling through its contents.
Discussion: Business Technology
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Ballmer: Microsoft Can Live Without Yahoo  —  At least publicly, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer is totally unmoved by Yahoo's (NSDQ: YHOO) earnings.  Speaking in Milan, reports Bloomberg, Ballmer said: “We are offering a lot of money... If Yahoo's shareholders like it, that's great.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Interview: Microsoft's Rob Bennett defends DRM decision  —  Rob Bennett knew people were going to be angry.  —  Bennett is the Microsoft executive who notified former customers of the now defunct MSN Music service on Tuesday that the company would no longer issue DRM keys for their songs after August 31.
 
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CNN:
T-Mobile Android Phone Release Seen Bringing ‘Avalanche’
Discussion: Engadget, IntoMobile and Darla Mack
InfoWorld:
SANS: Pressure on vendors can prevent security woes
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
TV and the Web: Can Backchannelmedia Make You Lean Forward?
Matt Moore / Associated Press:
Publisher plans printed version of Wikipedia
LaCie:
LaCie Rugged Hard Disk Capacity Supersized to 500 Gigabytes
Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Behold WordPress, Destroyer of CPUs
Discussion: Blogging Pro
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Alert Thingy 1.3 Released: Single User Interface For Twitter And FriendFeed
PR Newswire:
Tellme Makes On-the-Go Information a Word Away: Say It and Get It …
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Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Thieves set up data supermarkets
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New: Video Comments On All TechCrunch Blogs
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
WebMD: 2008 Ad Market Not Looking So Good; Stock Slammed
MacGameStore.com:
Hoyle Casino 2008  —  This game is for Macintosh
Discussion: PC World and MacDailyNews
Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
New Ultimate Extras Released
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
And We Have A New DataPortability Logo
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
IBM turns server sideways for Web 2.0 build-out
Sean Percival:
Mahalo Adds Microformats
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Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023, and paying subscribers up 38% YoY to 33M

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC plans to lay off 500 more staff by March 2026 and reports a £263M operating deficit in 2023/24, up from £193M in 2022/23, projected to be £492M in 2024/25

Mike Scarcella / Reuters:
A US judge rules that Nina Jankowicz, a former Biden anti-disinformation official, could not back up her defamation claims against Fox News and parent Fox Corp

 
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