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6:30 PM ET, April 2, 2008


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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.
Firefox 3 Beta 5 Release Notes  —  Firefox 3 Beta 5 is a developer preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  These beta releases are targeted to Web developers and our testing community to gain feedback before advancing …
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: Macsimum News, Compiler and BlueBlog
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Firefox 3 Beta 5 released, RC1 Freezes April 8  —  As it races to the goal post, announced that beta 5 of Firefox 3 is available and that the code for release candidate 1 will be frozen on April 8.  —  Beta 5 offers big improvements over previous release including enhanced stability …
Discussion: TG Daily, Download Squad and Mashable!
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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 …
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) …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Expedia shares rally on takeover rumor
Discussion: CNET
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 …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel touts anti-theft tech for laptops
Discussion: ExtremeTech and Ubergizmo
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM: Fourth quarter revenue, earnings shine; Outlook strong  —  Research in Motion on Wednesday dispelled any concerns about its competitive stance with strong fourth quarter earnings and a better-than-expected first quarter outlook.  —  For the quarter ending March 1 …
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 and Valleywag
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Is sharing a folder copyright infringement?
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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.
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).
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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Coming up: the fingerprint-grabbing keylogger  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  A British researcher has developed a biometric keylogger of sorts that can capture fingerprints required to unlock building doors or gain access to computer networks or other restricted systems.
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 …
Discussion: geeksugar and 9 to 5 Mac
Brad Stone / Bits:
Comcast to Bring Speedier Internet to St. Paul  —  Minnesota sports teams are not known for coming in first.  But the Twin Cities are now out in front in at least one respect: Comcast plans to announce tomorrow that it is beginning the rollout of a new broadband Internet technology …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
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Discussion: Download Squad and IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
A new low for Motorola  —  Motorola's dismal week now includes …
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
Matt / Photo Matt:
OpenID and Spam
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface launching April 17th... with AT&T
Ben Hoyle / Times of London:
Internet book piracy will drive authors to stop writing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Skype Acquisition or Partnership Imminent?