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7:15 PM ET, April 28, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name  —  So I was in Washington, D.C., this past weekend for a lovely wedding, traveling back to a city where I started my career and worked for 15 years after college.  —  And I conducted a little experiment among the more than 100 folks gathered for the wedding …
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Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name - Yet ?  —  Props to Kara Swisher for prompting me to open Ecto and work on a blog post, something I have not done in a long long time (almost 5 months since this announcement of my Seesmic investment).  I won't even apologize to my 122K RSS subscribers …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   What Twitter brings to the party
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Much Is Twitter Worth?  —  Yesterday CNET's Charles Cooper reported …
Discussion: The Social Web
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
If Microsoft goes fully hostile on Yahoo  —  [Revision 1.1; see change log at the end of the post.]  —  We have seen extensive press coverage of Microsoft's pursuit of Yahoo over the last few months, including notably excellent coverage from Silicon Alley Insider and the Wall Street Journal.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Another reason Microsoft should give up on Yahoo: Morale  —  Companies (at least publicly traded ones) are beholden to shareholders.  But they also are beholden to their employees.  And while most Softies are afraid to state for the record that they think Microsoft should abandon its takeover of Yahoo …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Microsoft faces critical decision over Yahoo
Discussion: paidContent.org
Apple:
Apple Updates iMac  —  Now with Faster Processors & Faster Graphics Option  —  Apple® today updated its all-in-one iMac® line with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and the most powerful graphics ever available in an iMac.  With prices starting at just $1,199 …
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Update: Apple upgrades iMac, gets Intel's Montevina CPU early, sort of  —  Cupertino (CA) - Apple today announced refreshed iMacs and is offering an unannounced Intel processor as part of the package: The systems can be ordered with a “special” processor that matches the specifications …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Video: Psystar in the Wild  —  It's alive.  Reader Patrick (Whiskeyfrown) is lucky enough to be using one of the few Psystar Open Computing machines that have made it into the wild, and he was generous enough to make a video showing the machine (including the connections in the back to the monitor to show that it's legit).
TimeWarner:
Warner Bros. Television Group Unveils New Digital Initiatives, Including the Launch of TheWB.com and KidsWB.com  —  The Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) today unveiled two new broadband destinations and other key components of its multiplatform digital media business strategy at a New York press conference.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
WB Network Returns as a Web Site
Discussion: paidContent.org and Reuters
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Morgan Stanley's March Internet Trends Report: Social Applications Dominating  —  Morgan Stanley's Internet Trends report from last month takes a big turn from previous reports - the focus is nearly 100% on social applications and how they are taking over the Internet (Yahoo apparently read it).
Discussion: The Social Times and AccMan Pro
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Massive Attack: Half A Million Microsoft-Powered Sites Hit With SQL Injection  —  A new SQL injection attack aimed at Microsoft IIS web servers has hit some 500,000 websites, including the United Nations, UK Government sites and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way, rc3.org and Slashdot
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Nathan McFeters / Zero Day:
Developers at fault? …
Discussion: TG Daily
TmoNews:
Jackpot!  Here comes the new Sidekick  —  Oh, so we have your attention now?  Well here is what we know.  It seems that there is either one device with two codenames, or two new Sidekick devices coming to T-mobile.  There is evidence for an upcoming device called the “SK Gekko” on July 27th …
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Rumor: New Sidekicks on the way  —  TmoNews seems to have the …
Discussion: Electronista
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni's Secret Project: Merge Outlook With Yahoo Mail  —  E-mail startup Xobni may or may not be in acquisition talks with Microsoft (they say no), but they do have a nifty project up their sleeves that Microsoft would be interested in, especially if its proposed Yahoo deal ever goes through.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
RIAA files copyright suit against Project Playlist  —  The recording industry has filed a lawsuit alleging that Project Playlist, the company that provides an embeddable music player most often used at MySpace and Facebook, has violated its copyright.  —  According to a copy of the complaint obtained …
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Intel lands Cray  —  Intel has busted into Cray, securing a deal with the high performance computing specialist to slot Xeon processors in future systems.  —  Cray's latest line of hardware remains centered around AMD's Opteron processors.  But now Intel will join the fold …
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel links with Cray for supercomputers, denting AMD
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and GMSV
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google forges ahead with next generation of image search  —  Search giant Google wants to push forward with a new, improved form of image search that's based on visual characteristics, not just text.  Last week, two of the company's scientists presented a paper outlining a system they're calling VisualRank.
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Lenovo's 11-inch IdeaPad now available  —  Lenovo first introduced its new consumer notebook line, IdeaPad, back at CES in January.  Now, the smallest—and arguably best-looking—of the bunch is set to ship to consumers very soon.  —  The U110, Lenovo's foray into consumer-oriented ultraportable notebooks …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Web Site Optimization:
Average Web Page Size Triples Since 2003  —  The size of the average web page has more than tripled since 2003.  From 2003 to 2008 the average web page grew from 93.7K to over 312K (see Figure 1), some 233% (Domenech et al.  2007, Flinn & Betcher 2008).  During the same five-year period …
DigiTimes:
Foxconn to assemble 3G iPhones with shipments to total 24-25 million units, says paper  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reportedly landed orders for the assembly of second-generation iPhones from Apple supporting 3G, with shipments to begin in June this year …
 
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Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
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Discussion: paidContent.org
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
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