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8:15 AM ET, April 3, 2008

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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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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 …
Discussion: BoomTown
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 …
Chrisshipley / The Guidewire:
Imitation Is Flattery?  Or Just Bad for Entrepreneurs?  —  There are a dozen other, perhaps more important and insightful, posts I'd rather be writing today.  But, alas, my friends at TechCrunch put a wall in my path today and I just can't ignore it, despite counsel from perhaps wiser advisers to do just that.
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 …
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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Intel:
Intel Unveils Second-Generation Intel-Powered Classmate PC — ‘Netbook’ for Worldwide Education Markets  —  New Strategic Investment, Software Certification Service also Disclosed at Shanghai IDF  —  Intel Corporation unveiled a new design of the Intel-powered classmate PC today at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai.
Discussion: Crave, Gadget Lab, Engadget and UMPCPortal
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Electronista:
Intel unveils 2G Classmate PC, to sell in US
Discussion: Forbes
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.
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.
Mylene Mangalindan / Business Technology:
The Threat of “Free”  —  Businesses sometimes are quick to dismiss the threat of “free” Internet-based companies.  But these organizations may actually turn out to be competitors, as a new examination of Craigslist's revenue shows.  —  Popular online-classifieds Web company Craigslist …
Discussion: WebProNews
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
AT&T Jumps on Board with Google's Android  —  AT&T was absent from the initial list of mobile service providers that said they'd sell phones with Android, Google's open source mobile operating system, but the operator is changing its tune after a recent meeting with the search giant.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Associated Press:
AT&T Mobility chief warms to Google's Android cell-phone software
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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, Gadget Lab, Engadget and I4U News
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
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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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 …
 
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Discussion: CNET News.com and Engadget
Ashley Highfield / BBC Internet Blog:
“Hidden Costs” of Watching TV Online?
InfoWorld:
IT heresy revisited: Let users manage their own PCs
Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Google putting up fence and gate to keep execs from leaving
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Google's Going to Do What?! … The rumor mills are turning at a feverish pace.
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