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9:50 PM ET, April 2, 2008

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google to Lay Off About 300 at DoubleClick  —  In the first sizable layoffs in its history, Google is cutting about 300 jobs from the American operations of DoubleClick, the advertising technology company that it acquired recently, according to a person with direct knowledge of Google's plans.
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Official Google Blog:
Selling Performics Search Marketing  —  Since we closed the acquisition of DoubleClick on March 11, we've been immersed in integration planning for each of our products and business units.  Recently we completed this process for the DoubleClick Performics businesses, and have decided to split …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Announcing The TechCrunch50 Conference: September 8-10, San Francisco  —  Mark your calendars for the second annual TechCrunch launch conference, co-produced between TechCrunch and Jason Calacanis: TechCrunch50 at the San Francisco Design Center on September 8-10, 2008.
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Trouble in conference land: TechCrunch50, DEMO happening at the same time  —  The dates are out for the next TechCrunch conference, and surprise: TechCrunch50, in its second year, will be held on almost the exact same dates as venerable — or some might say vulnerable — tech-startup conference DEMO …
Discussion: SheGeeks, Zoli's Blog and The Guidewire
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
TechCrunch 50 scheduled to overlap with Demo  —  For years, the Demo conferences—one in the spring and another in the fall—have dominated the mindshare of the technology press and venture capitalists eager to see the hottest start-ups and new products at their public unveilings.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses Its Musical Soul  —  Yahoo Music Vice President Ian Rogers has resigned to join a new stealth music startup called Topspin Media as CEO.  —  This is a blow to Yahoo - Rogers is one of the few music industry insiders who have a clear vision for what the future of music should be.
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Iancr / FISTFULAYEN:
Cool Change  —  Word is leaking out, so I may as well set the record straight...  After four years and three months, I'm leaving Yahoo! for another opportunity.  I'll be joining founders Peter Gotcher and Shamal Ranasinghe as the CEO at a still-mostly-stealth company called Topspin Media.
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 beta 5 now available for download  —  Please note: Firefox 3 Beta 5 is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback.  It includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed.
Discussion: Compiler, Macsimum News and BlueBlog
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Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
Google's Going to Do What?! … The rumor mills are turning at a feverish pace.  —  Various sources are predicting that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is about to hook up with eBay's (Nasdaq: EBAY) Skype.  And Google's M&A appetite may not stop there.  Shares of Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
At CTIA, Yahoo unveils a smarter mobile search  —  Yahoo announced a new mobile search strategy Wednesday at the CTIA Wireless trade show in Las Vegas, centered on the latest iteration of its Yahoo OneSearch product.  —  In a keynote address by Marco Boerrie, the company's executive vice president of …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast launches 50Mbps broadband... for $150 per month  —  Comcast has been promising that DOCSIS 3.0 goodness would be coming to its customers this year, and the cable giant is about to make good.  Starting tomorrow, Comcast's new “extreme high-speed” Internet tier will be available …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Comcast to Bring Speedier Internet to St. Paul
Charlie Caroe / Telegraph Sport:
David Beckham century gift - a golden ipod  —  Former England captain David Beckham will be dancing for joy after his team-mates clubbed together to buy him a special something to celebrate him reaching the elite 100-cap club for his country.  —  Beckham, 32, who reached his century during …
Veronica Belmont:
Moving on to new projects  —  Hard to believe the time has already come, but soon enough I'll be moving on from Mahalo to embark on some exciting new projects!  Mahalo Daily has been a really amazing experience (and not just because I get to do things like fly a plane) …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Valleywag and Mashable!
escoBam / RADAR:
TINA BROWN TO PARTNER WITH BARRY DILLER ON NEWS AGGREGATION SITE  —  Former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown has more than her much-ballyhooed bio of Bill and Hillary Clinton coming down the pipeline: Radar has learned that the erstwhile “Queen of Buzz” is partnering …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On The iPhone Shortage; Why Bernstein Does Not Buy The Theory That A 3G Phone Is Imminent  —  So here we are again, wondering about missing Apple (AAPL) iPhones.  —  The last time this became an issue, the question was why Apple's iPhone unit sales were so much higher than the sales …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple's new campus still a long way off  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs addresses the Cupertino City Council on April 18, 2006.  Image: City of Cupertino  —  According to city maps, the site of Apple's new campus will be bounded by Interstate 280, Wolfe Road, Pruneridge Avenue and Tantau Avenue.
 
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Josh McHugh / Wired News:
VCs Adjust to Facing More Competitors for Fewer Companies.
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Battening Down The Hatches  —  Dean Takahashi, who I met yesterday …
Associated Press:
AT&T Mobility chief warms to Google's Android cell-phone software
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Settles With Universal Music, Launching “MySpace Music” (NWS)
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How We Tweet: The Definitive List of the Top Twitter Clients
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The Money Problem with Facebook / MySpace / hi5 Apps
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For Some Advertisers, ‘Google Slap’ Means Plummeting Revenues
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
MLB.TV strikes out with premium online video
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: sub-$200 WiFi touchscreen iPods from Apple by holidays
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iPhone users: Think young and rich, not different
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