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5:25 AM ET, April 4, 2008

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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
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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.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:   Video chat startup Seesmic acquires Twitter client Twhirl
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store Top Music Retailer in the US  —  Apple® today announced that the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com) 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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: June 30 Windows XP cut-off set in stone  —  Microsoft made it official on April 3: There will be no new reprieves for Windows XP (other than on Ultra Low-Cost PCs).  —  Some customers and partners had been hoping the company might extend again the deadline for all PC makers …
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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.
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Chris Nolan / Spot-On:   No More Bubbles  —  Finally, they're talking regulation on Wall Street.
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 …
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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.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Mobile Phone Industry Takes Aim at the iPhone  —  LAS VEGAS — Last year, the wireless industry obsessed over the iPhone.  This year, the industry is buzzing about how to beat it.  —  Touch screens, the mobile Internet and devices packed with multimedia capabilities dominated the discussion …
Discussion: textually.org
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Conference of egos  —  In an environment that is meant to be the breeding ground that show cases the best of start ups the conferences that dot the calendars throughout Silicon Valley and the rest of the tech world the opening shots of a Tolkien One Conference to rule them all has been sounded.
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Internet Crime Complaint Center:
Reported Dollar Loss From Internet Crime Reaches All Time High  —  Washington, D.C. — According to the 2007 Internet Crime Report, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 206,884 complaints of crimes perpetrated over the Internet during 2007.  Of the complaints received …
Tim / craigslist blog:
Finally: Craigslist Launches a Blog of Their Own  —  A month after we launched craigslistblog.org, 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:
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
UI-First Software Development  —  We're currently in the midst of building the new web property I alluded to in a previous post.  Before I write a single line of code, I want to have a pretty clear idea of what the user interface will look like first.  I'm in complete agreement with Rick Schaut here:
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Fashion Designers Turning To Patents To Protect Their Designs (And Kill The Industry)  —  from the how-short-sighted-can-you-be dept  —  Five years ago we pointed out that the entertainment industry could take a wonderful lesson from the fashion industry.  After all, here was a highly competitive …
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.
 
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Roommates.com Not Immune From Discrimination Lawsuit, Appeals Court Rules
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Intel reveals Moorestown PC motherboard, possibly world's smallest
Discussion: The Tech Report and Tech Blog
Elizabeth White / Associated Press:
Dell CEO Says to Expect More Job Cuts
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Motorola to eliminate 2,600 jobs
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Making Available is Not Distribution, Says Court in London-Sire v. Doe
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Thomas Wilburn / Ars Technica:
Researchers squeeze 20-second clarinet solo into 1KB file
Michell Bak / Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog:
Exclusive: Unveiling Sony Ericsson ‘Paris’
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
How much trouble is Dell really in?