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12:56 AM ET, April 3, 2008

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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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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.
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:   TechCrunch 50 scheduled to overlap with Demo
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.
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) …
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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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 beta 5 now available for download
Discussion: Compiler, Macsimum News and BlueBlog
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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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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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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Associated Press:
AT&T Mobility chief warms to Google's Android cell-phone software
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: WinExtra and FriendFeed Watch
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 …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Settles With Universal Music, Launching “MySpace Music” (NWS)  —  News Corp.'s MySpace (NWS) has settled a long-running copyright lawsuit with Universal Music Group, a deal that gives the social network the go-ahead to launch its own music joint venture.  Also on board: Sony-BMG and Warner Music Group (WMG).
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Los Angeles Times:
MySpace music venture to take on iTunes
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
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) …
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo Deep-Sixes The 9  —  Yahoo has discontinued production …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Dembot
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WWDC 2008 session list revealed
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MLB.TV strikes out with premium online video
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eBay Bans Auctions Of Digital Goods
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