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3:30 AM ET, April 4, 2008


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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Seesmic Acquires Popular Twitter AIR Client Twhirl  —  San Francisco video/chat startup Seesmic has acquired Twhirl, a popular application created by German developer Marco Kaiser that allows users to access the Twitter service directly from their desktop, and also cross post to other services like Pownce and Jaiku.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
20 reasons why Seesmic acquired Twhirl  —  As TechCrunch just announced, Seesmic just acquired Twhirl.  And here are 20 ways it will benefit the Seesmic community  —Staying in touch with your friends using microblogging is much easier using a client than through your browser
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Rafe Needleman /
Video chat startup Seesmic acquires Twitter client Twhirl
Discussion: Digg
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store Top Music Retailer in the US  —  Apple® today announced that the iTunes® Store ( surpassed Wal-Mart to become the number one music retailer in the US, based on the latest data from the NPD Group*.  With over 50 million customers, iTunes has sold …
Google Public Policy Blog:
Cone of silence (finally) lifts on the spectrum auction  —  For three weeks at the end of January and early February, a small team of us holed up in double super secret “war rooms” in Mountain View, CA and Washington, D.C. to bid on Google's behalf in the FCC spectrum auction.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Ad network Federated Media raises $50M from Oak Hill Capital Partners, at $200M valuation  —  The ad network Federated Media has raised $50 million at a $200 million pre-money valuation from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners, I've heard from a source, with investment bank Savvian helping to broker the deal.
New York Times:
MySpace and Record Companies Create Music Site  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the latest effort by the ailing music industry to bolster its declining prospects, three of the four major music companies have struck a deal with MySpace to start an music Web site.  —  As part of the deal …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
The bubble to end all bubbles?  —  Are we in a bubble?  Far too late to be asking that question, says Chris Nolan, a former Valley newspaper gossip who now runs a startup, Spot-On.  She weighs in on the current market crisis and its effects on the tech business.
Chris Nolan / Spot-On:   No More Bubbles  —  Finally, they're talking regulation on Wall Street.
Tim / craigslist blog:
Finally: Craigslist Launches a Blog of Their Own  —  A month after we launched, the good people at craigslist launched their own blog.  Oh, and shortly thereafter, I received the following request from their CEO, Jim Buckmaster, to shut ours down: … This was my response:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fox Interactive Media To Miss Revenue Targets; Chief Revenue Officer Out Amid Reorganization  —  Amidst all the excitement over the MySpace Music announcement today is another story about the fate of parent company Fox Interactive Media.  FIM, the division of News Corp. that controls MySpace …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
South Park kills 10 YouTube memes for good  —  Viacom continues to pursue a $1 billion lawsuit against Google's YouTube for allowing video piracy.  On Viacom's Comedy Central, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone aren't helping their corporate parent's legal case.
Discussion: Digg
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook hires away Google's top chef  —  Is it “poaching” when a company steals a rival's chef?  At Google, executive chef Josef Desimone scrambled cruelty-free eggs by the truckload.  Now Facebook has hired him to replace steam-heated trays of takeout with the kind of free food Googlers are used to.
Michelle Meyers / CNET
Motorola to eliminate 2,600 jobs  —  Ouch.  —  Motorola took another hit Thursday in announcing, through a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that it will lay off 2,600 employees.  As a result, it will take a $104 million pretax charge in the first quarter of the year for severance costs.
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Camera for the Shot You Missed  —  When you're a professional gadget reviewer, you see plenty of cellphones, music players, camcorders and computers.  But in two weeks, Casio will offer an entirely new device for sale, the first of its kind: a time machine.  —  Now, the Exilim EX-F1 is not a time machine in the H. G. Wells sense.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level: Not Immune From Discrimination Lawsuit, Appeals Court Rules  —  Apartment hunting site cannot shield itself from an housing discrimination lawsuit by claiming it is just an internet forum, because the site requires users to answer questions about their gender …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Intel reveals Moorestown PC motherboard, possibly world's smallest
Discussion: The Tech Report, Tech Blog and Digg
Elizabeth White / Associated Press:
Dell CEO Says to Expect More Job Cuts
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Intel's new tech will render stolen laptops unbootable
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Mac Observer
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Internet provider fires shot across bows of music industry on piracy
Discussion: BBC NEWS
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Don Reisinger / CNET
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