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12:30 PM 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 …
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.
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?
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:   Full Text of Ray Ozzie Mesh Memo
BBC:
Microsoft unveils its web vision
Discussion: Switched
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Reveals a Web-Based Software System
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Mesh: it's everything we told you about (and a lot more)
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?
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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 …
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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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Won't Raise Yahoo Bid; Doesn't Need Company  —  April 23 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steven Ballmer said the world's biggest software maker doesn't plan to raise its $44.6 billion offer for Yahoo! Inc.  —  “We are offering a lot of money,” Ballmer said today at a Microsoft conference in Milan.
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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.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Trading Down; Still Wondering If Earnings Will Force A Higher Bid?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
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
Discussion: Carsonified
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” …
 
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

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