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4:15 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
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?
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  —  As we wrote last night, the new Live Mesh service that just launched as an invite only “technology preview” is Microsoft's attempt to tie all of our data together.  Live Mesh synchronizes data across multiple devices (currently just Windows computers …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and last100
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Live Mesh - The Version You Can Understand
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.
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: IP Democracy
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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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Discussion: PC World and MacDailyNews
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
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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LaCie:
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Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Get Blown On Facebook  —  What is it with college kids and online video challenges?
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Pirated GTA IV Leaked Early Online
Discussion: TechSpot and CrunchGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Alert Thingy 1.3 Released: Single User Interface For Twitter And FriendFeed
Discussion: David Risley and sarahintampa
PR Newswire:
Tellme Makes On-the-Go Information a Word Away: Say It and Get It …
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Thieves set up data supermarkets
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Kai-Fu Lee on Cloud Computing
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New: Video Comments On All TechCrunch Blogs
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
WebMD: 2008 Ad Market Not Looking So Good; Stock Slammed
ClickZ:
Study: Majority Use Social Media to ‘Vent’ About Customer Care
Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
New Ultimate Extras Released
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T BlackBerry 8110 Unboxing
Discussion: CNET News.com and Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Trends: Twist
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
IBM turns server sideways for Web 2.0 build-out
Sean Percival:
Mahalo Adds Microformats
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
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Reuters:
The US calls on Russia to free Russian-American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva, who was jailed last week in what RFE/RL said was “a mockery of justice”

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