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2:30 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 …
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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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: Webware.com
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:   Full Text of Ray Ozzie Mesh Memo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Mesh Revealed …
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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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Apple disses Intel's Atom, buys PowerPC designer P.A. Semi
Discussion: BetaNews, Digital Trends and 9 to 5 Mac
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple buys P.A. Semi chip designer, Intel says wha?
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.
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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.
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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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Trading Down; Still Wondering If Earnings Will Force A Higher Bid?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
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.
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: GigaOM
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
IBM turns server sideways for Web 2.0 build-out  —  IBM has designed a new type of rack-mount server specifically for companies running heavily trafficked Web 2.0 sites such as Facebook and MySpace, the company announced Wednesday.  —  Called the iDataPlex, the server is designed to compete …
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:   IBM shakes up the server game with lean, cool iDataPlex
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.
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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.
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Discussion: PC World and Macsimum News
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Phenom X3 arrives: jury still out on advantage versus dual core  —  AMD's new triple-core processor (codenamed Toliman) is the next step in a series of product refreshes intended to improve the smaller CPU manufacturer's competitive standing against Intel.  The new Phenom X3 processors debut today …
Discussion: Computerworld and Electronista
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.
 
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Déjà vu: MSDN and TechNet subscribers get XP SP3 “early”
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
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Discussion: CNET News.com
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Bungee Labs Evolves to Compete With Salesforce, Oracle & Others
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple earnings cheat sheet: It's all about the Mac units
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