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10:45 AM ET, April 23, 2008

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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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Mesh Revealed—Sync All Apps And All Files To All Devices (As Long As They're Windows)  —  Ray Ozzie first hinted at it during a keynote speech last March.  But tonight Microsoft is finally launching a preview beta of Live Mesh, a new Windows Live platform for syncing files and …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Ray Ozzie delivers with Live Mesh  —  Microsoft's fans are delivered to the promised land.  —  For three years now I've wondered “what is Ray Ozzie up to?”  And with this announcement you see just why he's Microsoft's CTO.  Yeah, there are about 100 smart people working on Microsoft's new …
Nic Fillingham / Channel 10:
Hands on with Live Mesh  —  Have you ever had to email yourself a file or found that you had four different versions of the same document on four different PC's?  Wouldn't it be awesome if you had a synchronized copy of all your important files on each of your devices and access to them at any time via nothing more than a web browser?
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Live Mesh - The Version You Can Understand  —  I've been reading the coverage of Microsoft Live Mesh, Microsoft's latest project uncovered at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, and I get the feeling that after all the buzzwords being thrown around, most people still won't understand what the hell this thing is really about.
Discussion: BetaNews and sarahintampa
BBC:
Microsoft unveils its web vision  —  Microsoft has lifted the lid on a new web service called Live Mesh, designed to connect a multiplicity of devices and applications online.  —  The service is seen by many as a key plank in the company's vision for the future of the web.
Discussion: Switched
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Mesh: it's everything we told you about (and a lot more)
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   The Ozzie Memo: Software is Dead, Long Live the Web
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 …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple buys P.A. Semi chip designer, Intel says wha?  —  Apple loves 'em some Intel right?  Sure, it was the Intel power-per-watt roadmap which Jobs cited as the reason to ditch IBM's PowerPC platform.  Analysts have since been tripping over themselves with speculation about future generation iPhones …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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 …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and The Blog Herald
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.
Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
It's time to stick a fork in the OLPC  —  Dana Blankenhorn yesterday called the OLPC project a failure for its inability to mass market a low-cost Linux laptop.  Dana's definition of failure, in this case, seems to be based on the quantity of XO laptops distributed.
Discussion: Open Source and Guardian Unlimited
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Sean Percival:
Mahalo Adds Microformats  —  At Mahalo we just rolled out rolled out Microformats for relevant search result pages.  So what does this mean, and what are Microformats?  Well, they are data classes that help machines and people identify and export information.
Discussion: Mashable!
Paul Buchheit:
The power of links and the value of global knowledge  —  Long, long ago, before Google, search engines evaluated and ranked web pages by considering each page in isolation, examining the size of the fonts, the contents of the meta tags, etc.  In some cases, it was even possible to “hijack” …
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 …
Discussion: The Social Times and Blogspotting
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson widens reach with its most affordable HSDPA phone yet and a stylish clamshell with global appeal  —  London, UK - 23 April 2008.  - Sony Ericsson today introduced two new HSDPA phones into its line-up; each clearly designed to take its range web-enabled phones in a different direction …
 
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Discussion: AMD
InfoWorld:
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