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11:20 PM ET, April 1, 2008

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Furrier.org:
Breaking News: Google CIO Douglas Merrill Quits Becomes President of EMI  —  Update: People within EMI are saying that they are lining up mainstream media exclusives for tomorrow either NY Times or WSJ and want to kill all blog coverage.  —  More brain drain at Google.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Google Exec Bails: VP Leaves To Head EMI Group  —  Add another one to the list of Google employee departures: Google VP Engineering Douglas Merrill has resigned, a source says (and confirmed here), and will be joining UK and NY-based big music label EMI Group as President.
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google's CIO leaves search giant for job at EMI  —  Updated 5 p.m. PDT with more information and context.  —  Google Chief Information Officer Douglas Merrill is leaving Google to become president of EMI's digital unit, according to sources.  —  A Google spokesman confirmed that Merrill …
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google VP leaves — to help EMI, as it starts trying out free, ad-supported music
Discussion: Coolfer
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sprint's Samsung Instinct: At Last, a Decent iPhone Competitor  —  Samsung's Instinct may be the best stab at the coveted title of iPhone killah this CTIA.  The 3.1-inch touchscreen phone has localized haptic feedback, plus three hard navigation keys.  If it sounds familiar …
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Sprint Instinct: Could this thing beat the iPhone?  —  When I first saw the Instinct a few weeks ago I said “Finally.”  Finally, someone, somewhere, has created an interface and a device that follows the spirit and ease-of-use of the iPhone without resorting to wholesale mimicry.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The anatomy of an iPhone user (and why they want new form factors)  —  The average Apple iPhone user is an avid email reader (not writer) under age 30, browses the Web heavily and may carry a second phone.  Meanwhile, a lot of these folks would like a few physical tweaks to the iPhone.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Valleywag
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Today's iPhone Users are Young, Rich, and Technically Savvy  —  A recent survey of iPhone users put out by Rubicon Consulting entitled “The Apple iPhone: Successes and Challenges for the Mobile Industry,” reveals some interesting demographics about the typical iPhone user …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Stores Out of iPhones, Piper Says; 3G Soon?  —  Will Apple (AAPL) surprise everyone with an earlier-than-expected debut of the next generation iPhone?  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster raised that possibility today.  He writes in a research note that calls today to 20 Apple retail …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's … and GigaOM
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple iPhone Shortage!  20 Stores Sold Out. 3G Coming Soon?  —  Turns out the iPhone shortage isn't limited to New York Apple stores: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster called 20 Apple (AAPL) stores nationwide today — and all of them were sold out of iPhones.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's Office Open XML now an official ISO standard  —  Microsoft's embattled Office Open XML (OOXML) document format received ISO fast-track approval today after receiving support from approximately 86 percent of the national bodies that participated in the vote.
Discussion: Open Source
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Microsoft:
Ecma Office Open XML Document Format Appears to Win Approval as an ISO/IEC Standard
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple's U.S. consumer market share now 21 percent  —  The iPhone gets the most press and the iPod sells in the largest quantities, but it's the Macintosh that really drives Apple's growth, says Gene Munster.  —  In the second installment of a multipart report on Apple's …
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MacNN:   Apple's Mac marketshare hits 21% in US
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Smartphone Advancements to Improve Ability to Work and Play With One Phone  —  Company demonstrates new version of Internet Explorer Mobile with desktop-grade Web browsing, introduces updated Windows Mobile operating system.  —  Windows Mobile is improving smartphones …
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Associated Press:
Police: Couple covered up theft with Craigslist post  —  MEDFORD, Ore. — It wasn't a hoax or revenge that cost a Southern Oregon man many of his belongings when people responded to a Craigslist posting and nearly emptied his rural home, officers say: It was a pair of thieves covering their tracks.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Raw Feed
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Nokia N810 WiMAX Editon Tablet Now Offical  —  Nokia took the shroud off its WiMAX-capable N810 Tablet today, which promises 4g mobile broadband speeds for the hand-held internet tablet.  The updated N810 will use Sprint's Xohm service, and adds a new mobile dimension to the device, which was previously wi-fi only.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr's New Friend Finder: Data Portability or Privacy Violation?  —  Late last night Yahoo! owned photo sharing site Flickr launched a new feature - the ability to search your Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail contacts list for people on Flickr so you can add them as contacts.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Mobile operators avoid potential regulation  —  Updated 12:30 p.m. PDT with comment from the Open Internet Coalition.  —  LAS VEGAS—It seems mobile operators have dodged a regulatory bullet by promising to open up their networks on their own.  —  On Tuesday, Federal Communications …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
FCC chairman rejects Skype petition
Discussion: DSLreports
Inside AdSense:
Introducing AdSense for conversations  —  We're happy to announce the launch of AdSense for conversations, a new type of monetization solution that “puts the ‘context’ in contextual advertising”.  Now, in just a few simple steps, you can begin displaying ads that are relevant …
David Morgenstern / The Apple Core:
Has Microsoft lost its way on desktop computing?  —  Based on recent comments by top Redmond strategists, it appears that Microsoft has no credible vision for the future of desktop computing.  Apple appears to have skirted this strategic black hole and despite the distractions …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
All the April Fools' news that's fit to print  —  The word of the day is “prank.”  Unless maybe you're one of the ones who got taken in hook, line, and sinker, in which case it's “doh!”  —  If you haven't already noticed, today is April Fools' Day, but you probably have, since most pranksters seem to get an early start.
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
I'm skipping April Fools this year
 
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