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10:20 AM ET, April 2, 2008

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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.
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Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Google to Buy Skype?  —  Rumors are out again that Ebay's albatross. aka Skype, may soon be unloaded to Google.  The deal could be valued at as much as $6 billion: … Complaints with Skype isn't anything new.  Rumors have been ripe for sometime that Ebay had to do somthing with the P2P VoIP system.
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 …
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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 News.com
Intel:
New Intel® Centrino® Atom™ Processor Technology Ushers in ‘Best Internet Experience in Your Pocket’  —  With 45nm High-K Transistor Formula as Centerpiece, Execs at Shanghai Intel Developer Forum Outline ‘Milliwatts to Petaflops’ Hi-Tech Plans  —  Intel Corporation today introduced five …
Discussion: UMPCPortal, Engadget, I4U News and Crave
Furrier.org:
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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google's CIO leaves search giant for job at EMI
Michelle Quinn / Los Angeles Times:
A top Google techie joins EMI
Discussion: WebProNews
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Senior Executive Leaving Google
iso.org:
ISO/IEC DIS 29500 receives necessary votes for approval as an International Standard  —  ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology - Office Open XML file formats, has received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC International Standard.  —  Approval required at least 2/3 …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Official: OOXML approved as international standard
Discussion: Open Source and Reuters
Kevin J. O’Brien / New York Times:
Reversing Loss, Microsoft Wins Open-Format Designation
Discussion: IT News Digest and InfoWorld
Darren Waters / BBC:
Children flock to social networks  —  More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds in the UK have a profile on a social network, research shows.  —  Most sites, such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook, set a minimum age of between 13 and 14 to create a profile but none actively enforce the age requirement.
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Social networks - will the government crack down?  —  Last week we had the Byron review, today we have Ofcom research on children and social networking and on Friday the Home Office will publish what it calls “Good Practice Guidance for the Providers of Social Networking and Other User Interactive Services”.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
UK.gov demands 999 ads on social networking sites  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  Social networking websites could be forced to advertise the 999 emergency number under government plans to make the internet a safer place for kids to surf.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches SMS Buying Service  —  Amazon has launched Amazon TextBuyIt, a service that allows Amazon customers to purchase items via mobile phone text message.  —  To use the service, customers text the name of a product, its description, or its UPC or ISBN number to Amazon (262966).
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Amazon launches text-message shopping
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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 …
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.
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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: CrunchGear, TechCrunch and The Raw Feed
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Is sharing a folder copyright infringement?  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  A US Judge on Monday upheld the view that sharing copyrighted music is infringement.  It's a defeat for defendant Denise Barker and the Electronic Frontier Foundation …
 
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft-Yahoo deal ‘preaction’
Discussion: CNET News.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP sets succession plan; Apotheker named co-CEO
Discussion: PR Newswire and AccMan Pro
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Samsung Unveils Mobile Application for Second Life
VIA Technologies Inc / VIA Technologies, Inc. News:
New VIA VX800 Series Chipsets to Extend VIA Leadership in Ultra Mobile Market
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Lenovo's Ideapad U8 MID teases with Intel's Atom
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Blinkx Launches Yet Another Online TV Service
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Some venture investors heading for the cellars, as larger economic problems loom
Discussion: New York Times
Reuters:
Motorola to stop Singapore mobile phone production
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Video: Samsung Instinct UI walkthrough
Dan Goodin / The Register:
eBay pulls Vista laptop pwned in hacking contest
Discussion: IDG News Service
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Surface finds home in AT&T stores
Discussion: Forbes, TechCrunch and CrunchGear
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Polling Twitter: 4 Startups that Take the Pulse of the Twittersphere
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Magnify Gives Birth to VidyUp: First Release Based on YouTube's New APIs
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joi Ito Takes Lead At Creative Commons
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Stores Out of iPhones, Piper Says; 3G Soon?
 

 
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