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6:35 AM ET, April 3, 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 …
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Arrington: ‘Demo needs to die’  —  TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, in discussing the decision to place TechCrunch 50 at the same time as DemoFall said, ‘Demo needs to die.’  —  The scheduling of the TechCrunch 50 conference, which was announced Wednesday, has pit it directly against DemoFall …
Chrisshipley / The Guidewire:
Imitation Is Flattery? Or Just Bad for Entrepreneurs?
Discussion: ForbesOnTech
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple passes Wal-Mart, now #1 music retailer in US  —  Over the past few years, we have watched Apple climb the music sales chart courtesy of the iTunes.  Last month we learned that Apple passed Best Buy to become the number two retailer in the the US.  Now, Apple has ascended to the top of the charts …
Gizmodo:
Straight from AT&T Mobility CEO's Mouth: 3G iPhone Coming in “Months”  —  We're at an AT&T lunch, and AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega just dropped some meaty bits.  He had mentioned earlier in the event that he expected all of their smart integrated devices to be 3G in the next couple months.
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Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
AT&T Jumps on Board with Google's Android
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Associated Press:
AT&T Mobility chief warms to Google's Android cell-phone software
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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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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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 …
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Can Doug Merrill Save Music?  —  Could the surprising departure of Google Chief Information Officer Douglas Merrill be the salvation of the music industry?  —  Merrill was hardly your typical corporate CIO.  He seemed far more interested in the big philosophical issues of technology …
Discussion: Podcasting News
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Douglas Merrill, President, EMI Digital Business …
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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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Zillow Disrupts Lending Market With Mortgage Marketplace  —  Zillow, the site where you can find pricing estimates and other info about houses around the United States, aims to disrupt the online lending market with the launch of its Mortgage Marketplace.  —  The marketplace is a free service that hooks lenders up with borrowers.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 beta 5 portable edition available - safest way to try out FF3b5  —  Those folks at PortableApps are getting faster and faster.  Just a few hours after Firefox 3 beta 5 was released, the portable version was available for download.  Actually, it might have been available immediately …
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Mozilla:
Firefox 3 Beta 5 Release Notes
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IBM and Linden Lab to create enterprise-safe virtual worlds  —  Plenty of people are skeptical that enterprises will embrace virtual worlds as a venue for doing serious business.  IBM, on the other hand, is a total believer that 3-D worlds such as Second Life augur the future of online commerce.
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
IBM will host own private area on Second Life
Discussion: Gizmodo
Fred / A VC:
Battening Down The Hatches  —  Dean Takahashi, who I met yesterday, has a post that made techmeme about the numbers coming out on venture investing, IPOs, and M&A. To quote: … All of this is true.  There is no IPO market right now for venture backed companies to speak of.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
More rough data on venture exits last quarter, opportunities are early and elsewhere
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
FriendFeed's goal: More than just a feed aggregator  —  FriendFeed is a current Web 2.0 darling.  The service performs the increasingly valuable job of presenting, in one place, all the online activity of the friends you want to follow.  Twitter posts, blog entries, YouTube favorites …
Electronista:
Intel unveils 2G Classmate PC, to sell in US  —  Intel tonight used the second day of its Developer Forum to launch the second generation of its Classmate PC.  Considered one of the first to fit Intel's own “netbooks” class of portables, the new version gains a larger 9-inch screen as well as a more mature look than its predecessor.
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Intel:
Intel Unveils Second-Generation Intel-Powered Classmate PC …
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
Lester Haines / The Register:
Dead wife contacts Lancs man via SMS  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  A Lancashire man whose house has a chilling reputation for poltergeist activity claims he is being haunted by text messages from his dead wife, the Blackpool Gazette reports.
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) …
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 …
Sony:
SONY ROLLS OUT WORLD'S SMALLEST FULL HD CAMCORDER JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR SUMMER VACATION  —  The new pocket-sized Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam® camcorder's weighty high-definition capability will appeal to vacationers who prefer to “travel light.”  —  This diminutive camcorder weighs in at only ten ounces.
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News and Engadget
 
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
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