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6:00 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.  —  Beta 5 offers big improvements over previous release including enhanced stability …
Discussion: Download Squad, TG Daily and Mashable!
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en-us.www.mozilla.com:
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.
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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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 …
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Judge to RIAA: You can't sue over songs ‘made available’ via P2P  —  A federal judge in New York has dealt the Recording Industry Association of America a setback in its thousands of lawsuits over piracy on peer-to-peer networks.  —  In a widely anticipated decision, U.S. District Judge …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Is sharing a folder copyright infringement?
Discussion: Mashable!
Market Wire:
Research In Motion Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results for Fiscal 2008  —  Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NasdaqGS:RIMM - News)(Toronto:RIM.TO - News), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported results for the three months and fiscal year ended March 1 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM: Fourth quarter revenue, earnings shine; Outlook strong
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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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Details emerge on Lenovo's Atom-based handheld
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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 and Valleywag
Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
Pro Baseball Web Video Woes Continue  —  Major League Baseball's MLB.TV online broadcasting service encountered serious technical difficulties for the second straight day.  —  Major League Baseball's MLB.TV online broadcasting service encountered serious technical difficulties for the second straight …
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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) …
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Reuters:
Expedia shares rally on takeover rumor
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
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).
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 …
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, 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
MySpace Becoming a Portal to Artists' Own Networks
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Douglas Merrill, President, EMI Digital Business …
Business Wire:
New Nike+ SportBand Expands the Nike+ Experience to Make Running Even Easier
Iancr / FISTFULAYEN:
Cool Change  —  Word is leaking out, so I may as well set the record straight...
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype 3.8 Beta for Windows
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: sub-$200 WiFi touchscreen iPods from Apple by holidays
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The New Opera Mini Arrives - Now 50% Faster Than Before
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
A new low for Motorola  —  Motorola's dismal week now includes …
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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
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple's new campus still a long way off
Discussion: MacUser
Carleen Hawn / FoundRead:
Lessons of YCombinator: Things I'd do differently after 2 startups
Tim Turpin / Video Search Engine:
BLINKX INTRODUCES BBTV, FUSING HIGH-QUALITY, PREMIUM TV CONTENT …
Ben Hoyle / Times of London:
Internet book piracy will drive authors to stop writing
 

 
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