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1:20 AM ET, March 27, 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
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, Coop's Corner and Compiler
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Discusses Firefox 3 and Microsoft's Public Embrace of Open Standards
Discussion: Compiler and Scripting News
Junyor / my.opera.com:
Opera and the Acid3 Test  —  We have some excellent news!  Lars Erik Bolstad, the Head of Core Technology at Opera Software, sent me the following information to share:
Lori Grunin / Webware.com:
Review: Adobe Photoshop Express  —  Adobe's VP of Hosted and Consumer Services refers to Photoshop Express as “the on-ramp to the Adobe digital-imaging franchise.”  Next exit Photoshop Elements?  Construction delays?  Slippery pavement ahead?  The mind reels with metaphorical possibilities.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP UMPC 2133 specs revealed, street date of April 7th?  —  We'd been hearing that HP's slick UMPC 2133 was going sport VIA processors, and now we've got some more info to back that up — we just received what appears to be a full spec list for the upcoming machine, and it's VIA C7-Ms all around …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
AMD releases Quad and Triple core Phenom processors  —  Today AMD announce the expansion of the CPU lineup by officially releasing quad-core and triple-core Phenom processors.  —  How best to sum up this new lineup?  I guess it's a case where that old phrase “something for everyone” actually fits the bill pretty well.
Discussion: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and TGDaily.com
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.
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 and ReadWriteWeb
Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
Wikipedia's school for scandal has plenty more secrets to reveal  —  Sex, money and Wikipedia have combined in recent weeks for a series of scandals.  It began as cofounder Jimmy Wales and conservative pundit Rachel Marsden ended a sexual relationship amid leaked private messages …
Discussion: Infothought
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Dash's Car Navigator Gives Smart Directions, If Others Participate  —  As smart as in-car navigation devices are, they could be smarter.  They could talk to each other via the Internet and share information on how fast traffic is moving on the roads they have just traveled.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AT&T Is Working on Its Own 3D Browser (Pogo).  What Are They Thinking?  —  It takes either a very brave or very foolish company to enter the browser wars.  But that is exactly what AT&T is doing—in a small way.  I was just shown a demo for Pogo, a 3D browser based on Mozilla that is in private beta …
Discussion: CrunchGear
 
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Email Consumes Us
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Intel Fellow Calls BS on White Space ‘Interference’ Claims
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Koolhaas Transforming House Is Worthy of Iron Man, Batman …
Discussion: Random Culture
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nielsen: Hulu Off To A Strong Start
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Parallels pads hosting play with ModernGigabyte buy
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
PC Spending Heads South
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Oracle profit up but shares tumble on sales miss
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows XP SP3 RC2 Refresh becomes available
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Apple forbids Windows users from installing Safari for Windows
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Dominates the Lifestream
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Verizon Asks FCC to Remove Cable Industry Obstacle to Consumer Choice …
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Bringing Outlook and Gmail Closer Together
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New Google Documents Menu
 

 
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