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5:00 PM ET, April 2, 2008

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Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Firefox 3 Beta 5 released, RC1 Freezes April 8  —  As it races to the goal post, Mozilla.org announced that beta 5 of Firefox 3 is available and that the code for release candidate 1 will be frozen on April 8, the open source project announced on Wednesday  —  Beta 5 offers big improvements …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 beta 5 now available for download  —  Please note: Firefox 3 Beta 5 is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback.  It includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed.
Discussion: Compiler and BlueBlog
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 beta 5 released
Discussion: CNET News.com, TechSpot and Lifehacker
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 …
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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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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 …
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).
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Dawn Kawamoto / Webware.com:   Amazon rings up shopping via text-message
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
A new low for Motorola  —  Motorola's dismal week now includes an offer for its phone unit that confirms its place in the bargain basement of the tech marketplace.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Motorola may have just had its worst week ever.  —  It started with a joyless plan to jettison the mobile phone business last Wednesday.
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John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
India's Videocon Eyes Motorola's Phone Business
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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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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The New Opera Mini Arrives - Now 50% Faster Than Before  —  Today, Opera released a new version of their mobile web browser, Opera Mini.  This latest version, Opera Mini 4.1 beta preview, offers some new features, but most notably, it claims to be 50% faster than Opera Mini 4.0 when it first launched in November of 2007.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On The iPhone Shortage; Why Bernstein Does Not Buy The Theory That A 3G Phone Is Imminent  —  So here we are again, wondering about missing Apple (AAPL) iPhones.  —  The last time this became an issue, the question was why Apple's iPhone unit sales were so much higher than the sales …
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) …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Valleywag and LAist
louisgray.com:
TechMeme Leaderboard's Top Ten: Six Months In  —  Gabe Rivera turned the world of ranking technology blogs upside down six months ago, seemingly overnight, with the debut of the TechMeme leaderboard, constituting the top 100 blog or news sources whose posts reached the popular site in the prior 30 day period.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
eBay Bans Auctions Of Digital Goods  —  from the another-market-mucked-up-by-digital- goods dept  —  We've pointed out more than a few times how digital goods muck up traditional markets that are based on the concept of scarcity, and it appears that eBay has come to the same conclusion.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface launching April 17th... with AT&T  —  No, Microsoft hasn't suddenly transformed its 30-inch, multi-touch Surface into a big-ass cellphone.  It has, however, chosen AT&T to launch the world's first Surface into retail.  Shoppers in New York, Atlanta, San Antonio …
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 …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: sub-$200 WiFi touchscreen iPods from Apple by holidays  —  Investment bank Piper Jaffray said Wednesday it disagrees with the consensus on Wall Street that growth in Apple Inc.'s iPod business will screech to a halt this year, saying new products like a sub-$200 wireless touchscreen model …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple's new campus still a long way off  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs addresses the Cupertino City Council on April 18, 2006.  Image: City of Cupertino  —  According to city maps, the site of Apple's new campus will be bounded by Interstate 280, Wolfe Road, Pruneridge Avenue and Tantau Avenue.
Discussion: MacUser
Tim Turpin / Video Search Engine:
BLINKX INTRODUCES BBTV, FUSING HIGH-QUALITY, PREMIUM TV CONTENT WITH THE INTERACTIVE POWER OF THE WEB  —  Video Search Leader Delivers First Broadband TV Offering to Integrate Video into the Fiber of the Web for Full-screen, Online Television  —  blinkx, the world's largest video search engine …
Carleen Hawn / FoundRead:
Lessons of YCombinator: Things I'd do differently after 2 startups  —  Editor's Note: Serial founder Tony Wright recently completed a 3-month stint at the incubator YCombinator, where, in November 2007, he and two partners launched RescueTime, which hawks free software to help individuals …
 
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Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft: Lite-On NOT making Blu-ray drive
Charlie Caroe / Telegraph Sport:
David Beckham century gift - a golden ipod
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Frengo Launches Mobile Open Social Toolkit
Discussion: CNN, Computerworld and 901am
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Arguing Over Copyright While Books Disintegrate
Business Wire:
New Nike+ SportBand Expands the Nike+ Experience to Make Running Even Easier
Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
Pro Baseball Web Video Woes Continue
Iancr / FISTFULAYEN:
Cool Change  —  Word is leaking out, so I may as well set the record straight...
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
Reuters:
Expedia shares rally on takeover rumor
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
iPhone users: Think young and rich, not different
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Why AMD is set to go fabless
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
A Lonelygirl Stars in a New Web Series
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Not “notable” enough for Wikipedia? Biographicon wants you
Discussion: The Chronicle
Matt / Photo Matt:
OpenID and Spam
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
How our digital lives are spreading out
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Creative Commons gains $4 million grant, loses CEO Lessig
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
What PR won't fix  —  No amount of PR and no number of company blogs …
 

 
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