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4:05 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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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Apple disses Intel's Atom, buys PowerPC designer P.A. Semi
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple buys P.A. Semi chip designer, Intel says wha?
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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
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 - Memo obtained by BBR shows mutual decision to part ways...  Sources within Comcast tell us that the company has decided to stop offering Sprint Pivot wireless service to new and existing customers starting this week, though an official announcement has yet to be made.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Comcast Is Serious About Wireless
Discussion: 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.
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 …
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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
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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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Alert Thingy 1.3 Released: Single User Interface For Twitter And FriendFeed
Discussion: David Risley and sarahintampa
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Interview: Microsoft's Rob Bennett defends DRM decision
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New: Video Comments On All TechCrunch Blogs
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Trends: Twist
Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Slow Slog for Amazon's Digital Media
Paul Buchheit:
The power of links and the value of global knowledge
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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