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11:15 PM ET, March 26, 2008

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CNET REORGANIZATION: INTERNAL MEMO FROM NEIL ASHE, CEO  —  We all recognize that we must continuously change to be successful, and we embrace change.  At the beginning of the year, we talked about our focus on category defining brands and the need to drive greater efficiencies in the business.
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Reuters:
Online media company CNET cutting 120 jobs  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online media company CNET Networks Inc said on Wednesday it will eliminate 120 jobs, or about 10 percent of its staff, in a restructuring to help it focus on long-term growth amid complaints from some investors.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
CNET Internal Memo: ‘Difficult Decisions’; Realignment; May Raise …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google February Paid Clicks Lousy (Again)*  —  A source says Comscore has finally released its February “US paid clicks” report for Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), et al.  We have not seen the report, but our source relays the following:  —  Google had 515mm US paid clicks in February, which is up only 3% year over year.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google U.S. search market share up, Yahoo down  —  Google's market share for Web search in the U.S. rose in February to 58.7 percent, up from January and the same period a year ago, while Yahoo's, at 17.6 percent, was down compared with the same periods, according to data released Wednesday by Nielsen.
Discussion: WebProNews and One Microsoft Way
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Motorola insider tells all about the fall of a technology icon  —  Last month we were contacted by the late Geoffrey Frost's personal adviser at Motorola; until Frost's death in 2005, Numair Faraz worked under the Motorola's former CMO — the man widely regarded as the father of the RAZR.
USA Today:
Amazon takes on Apple with copy-protection-free music  —  The music industry is finally comfortable selling digital music without copy protection, but the huge shift hasn't resulted in dramatically higher sales.  —  Instead, it produced something that major music labels have long sought: a strong No. 2 competitor to Apple.
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Finally, the $500 ultramobile with touch coming in May  —  At least that's what it sounds like from this report, outlining the product map for Asustek's low-cost computers.  —  Coming in May will be a new version of the Eee PC with an 8.9-inch touchscreen and possibly GPS capability, the report said.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
ASUS' 9-inch Eee PC 900 hits the FCC with full teardown …
Discussion: Gizmodo and UMPCPortal
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Live from Mozilla: Firefox for iPhone?  No.  —  Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla VP of engineering  —  I'm at a Mozilla “open house” sitting around a table with about 10 other bloggers.  Lots of history is being discussed here; the 10th anniversary of Mozilla will be celebrated on Monday (Firefox 1 came out two years after Mozilla started).
Discussion: Asa Dotzler and Coop's Corner
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Discusses Firefox 3 and Microsoft's Public Embrace of Open Standards
Discussion: Compiler and Scripting News
PC World:
Turn a Smart Phone into a Wi-Fi Hot Spot  —  Got a 3G smartphone with Wi-Fi?  Then you might be soon be able to use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting your notebook or any other Wi-Fi enabled device to the Internet.  —  North Carolina-based TapRoot Systems today announced …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Email Consumes Us  —  We live in a hyper-connected world, yet part of the blowback is the excessive communication that occurs -I fear it will only get worse over time.  —  Today, I spoke to an Executive at medium sized corporation who confessed that she cannot keep up with her email inflow.
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Facebook quietly launches “People You May Know”  —  A comparison of Facebook (Left) and LinkedIn's (Right) features  —  Facebook is launching a pretty cool new feature.  It's called “People You May Know” and it shows exactly what you would think it does...people who you may know, based on people who you are friends with.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Documents Menu  —  The Google Docs document editor has a new menu (see video), similar to the one spotted in a Google employee's presentation before.  Instead of the tabs, the menu is now more traditional, along the lines of what people know from their typical desktop applications from years ago.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Apple forbids Windows users from installing Safari for Windows  —  First they mock web security.  Then EULAs  —  In using Apple Software Update to slip his Safari browser onto millions of Windows PCs, Steve Jobs didn't just undermine “the security of the whole Web”.  He's made a mockery of end user licensing agreements.
iPod Observer:
iPO Reports - Gartner: Second Round of 10M 3G iPhones Possible  —  Apple may have ordered a second round of 10 million iPhones based on the 3G network, according to Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney.  Mr. Dulaney, who follows the iPhone for the research firm, based that on rumors he's become aware of in Asia.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
More Questions Than Answers About OpenSocial  —  The launch of the OpenSocial Foundation yesterday was probably more about preempting lawsuits than it is about anything else, but getting Yahoo!, Google and Newscorp all in the same room raised some eyebrows.  It also raises some big questions.
 
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HP UMPC 2133 specs revealed, street date of April 7th?
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Intel Fellow Calls BS on White Space ‘Interference’ Claims
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Koolhaas Transforming House Is Worthy of Iron Man, Batman …
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Opera and the Acid3 Test
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BitTorrent Bummer  —  BitTorrent throttling isn't just a concern for Comcast customers.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nielsen: Hulu Off To A Strong Start
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PC Spending Heads South
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows XP SP3 RC2 Refresh becomes available
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and PC World
Guinevere Orvis / last100:
Inside story: the making of a legal TV ‘torrent’
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Dominates the Lifestream
The Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile 6.1: Part 2
Verizon:
Verizon Asks FCC to Remove Cable Industry Obstacle to Consumer Choice …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Bringing Outlook and Gmail Closer Together
BBC:
Legal battle over Warcraft ‘bot’