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5:45 AM ET, April 2, 2008


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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.
Elinor Mills / CNET
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 …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Senior Executive Leaving Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Douglas Merrill, a vice president of engineering at Google, is leaving the Internet search company to become a president of digital at EMI Music, the recorded music division of EMI Group, according to an executive briefed on his move.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   EMI Gets New Digital Boss From Google (GOOG)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Another Google Exec Bails: VP Leaves To Head EMI Group
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Skype Acquisition or Partnership Imminent?  —  Something big is brewing between Google and Ebay's Skype, we've heard from multiple sources.  Actually, for weeks now there have been low level rumors of the two companies talking, but nailing down any details was difficult.
Rubicon Consulting:
The Apple iPhone: Successes and Challenges for the Mobile Industry  —  Quick Facts  —  The Apple iPhone is easily the most publicized new mobile device in recent memory.  But despite all the discussion about the product, there's relatively little hard information available to the public on its impact.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The anatomy of an iPhone user (and why they want new form factors)
Discussion: CNET
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Today's iPhone Users are Young, Rich, and Technically Savvy
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
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Apple Will Go Atomic  —  What will Steve Jobs do next?  —  Intel's plans may offer the best Rosetta stone for decoding the secretive Apple chief executive's intentions.  The latest clue came Monday in Shanghai at the Intel Developer Forum, where the chip maker detailed its new lineup of low-cost …
Discussion: CNET
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Video: Samsung Instinct UI walkthrough
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Tech Blog
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Surface finds home in AT&T stores  —  Here's an advance look at a story I wrote for Wednesday's paper.  The news is slated to be announced Wednesday at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas.  —  AT&T says it will start using Microsoft Corp.'s Surface computers in selected retail stores later …
Discussion: Forbes and TechCrunch
AT&T First to Introduce Microsoft Surface in Retail Stores …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and PalmAddicts
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.
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 …
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 …
Mobility and broadband speeds unite as Nokia evolves the Internet experience  —  Nokia N810 Internet Tablet WiMAX Edition unleashes an open Internet experience, demonstrating the mobile future of web services  —  Espoo, Finland - Ushering in the next generation of wireless broadband devices …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel Makes a Push Into Pocket-Size Internet Devices  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intel plans to proclaim Wednesday in Shanghai that the next big thing in consumer gadgets will be the “Internet in your pocket.”  —  The challenge for the giant chip maker will be to prove that it is not too late …
Ben Hoyle / Times of London:
Internet book piracy will drive authors to stop writing  —  Book piracy on the internet will ultimately drive authors to stop writing unless radical methods are devised to compensate them for lost sales.  —  This is the bleak forecast of the Society of Authors, which represents …
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
FCC Chairman says no to Skype, forced open access  —  FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin announced today he will oppose a petition by Internet phone provider Skype to open up the existing wireless carrier networks to outside devices saying the industry is making strides in doing that on their own.
Discussion: DSLreports and Skype Journal
Darren Waters / BBC:
BT advert trials were ‘illegal’  —  Trials of an online ad system carried out by BT involving more than 30,000 of its customers were potentially illegal, says a leading digital rights lawyer.  —  BT has said it trialled a prototype of Phorm, which matches adverts to users' web habits, in 2006 and 2007.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Polling Twitter: 4 Startups that Take the Pulse of the Twittersphere  —  We've argued in the past that Twitter can be a platform for serious discourse and our own Marshall Kirkpatrick famously stated last year that Twitter is even paying his rent (by which he meant that Twitter had become an invaluable tool in his blogging).
Mike Musgrove / Post I.T.:
Congress Goes Virtual in Online World Hearing  —  A Linden Labs worker put on her nicest black suit and her most formal pair of wings this morning, to help run a Congressional subcomittee hearing about online virtual worlds that was broadcast simultaneously in the company's own virtual world, Second Life.
James Hohmann / Los Angeles Times:   House panel takes a whirl in virtual world
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Amazon launches text-message shopping
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Some venture investors heading for the cellars, as larger economic problems loom
Discussion: New York Times
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Discussion: Phone Scoop
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New Cell Phones: Color Them Anything But Dull
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eBay pulls Vista laptop pwned in hacking contest
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Children flock to social networks
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Dan Moren / iPhone Central:
Ad infinitum: new iPhone commercials from Apple
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Industry Moves: NPR's Digital Head Maria Thomas Leaving; Joining Etsy As COO
David Morgenstern / The Apple Core:
Has Microsoft lost its way on desktop computing?
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Embraces Data Center Containers
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr's New Friend Finder: Data Portability or Privacy Violation?

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Jane Martinson / Guardian:
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