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2:39 AM ET, April 3, 2008

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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:   Arrington: ‘Demo needs to die’
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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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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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 …
Fred / A VC:
Battening Down The Hatches  —  Dean Takahashi, who I met yesterday, has a post that made techmeme about the numbers coming out on venture investing, IPOs, and M&A. To quote: … All of this is true.  There is no IPO market right now for venture backed companies to speak of.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
More rough data on venture exits last quarter, opportunities are early and elsewhere
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
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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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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) …
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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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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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.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Google putting up fence and gate to keep execs from leaving  —  Squirrel Boy is in a friggin panic.  He's got execs bailing out left and right.  Yesterday it was his CIO and VP of engineering.  I talked to him last night and he's like, Dude, we give these idiots free lobster tails for lunch …
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 …
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
Noah Kagan / Noah Kagan's Okdork.com:
The Money Problem with Facebook / MySpace / hi5 Apps  —  As some of you may know I have been building web games for different social networks with some friends for the past few months.  I have noticed a downward trend in revenue with apps and wanted to highlight it here.
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: FriendFeed Watch and WinExtra
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) …
 
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Brad Reed / PC World:
FCC Chair Vows to Quash Skype Open-Access Petition
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Electronista:
Intel unveils 2G Classmate PC, to sell in US
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo Deep-Sixes The 9  —  Yahoo has discontinued production …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Dembot
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
WWDC 2008 session list revealed
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Report: online gaming not as popular as you think
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Settles With Universal Music, Launching “MySpace Music” (NWS)
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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