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9:15 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.
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.
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: Gearlog and textually.org
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
MySpace Music leaves creators cold  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  What a pity that while raging against the (dying) major record label, keyboard warriors are content to see them gain more power over creators than ever before.  MySpace announced …
Discussion: p2pnet
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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: Guardian Unlimited and Digg
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Internet provider fires shot across bows of music industry on piracy  —  TalkTalk, the internet service-provider owned by Carphone Warehouse, has flatly rejected demands from the music and film industries that it should “police” the internet and cut off some broadband customers in an attempt to stem the flood of illegal file-sharing.
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Music versus TalkTalk - it's war...
Discussion: TorrentFreak and paidContent
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.
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.
Richard Thurston / The Register:
Creative climbs down over home brew Vista drivers  —  Daniel-K slams ‘arrogant and sarcastic’ company  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  A Brazilian developer threatened with legal action by Creative for making its soundcards work better with Vista has had his work reinstated on the company's website.
Discussion: Techdirt
eWeek:
Yahoo CEO: Gray Areas Make Foreign Business Tough  —  Talking at Georgetown University, Jerry Yang, Yahoo's CEO, said legal gray areas in foreign countries make doing international business difficult.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Jerry Yang, whose company helped identify …
Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Salesforce.com's Benioff bests SAP's Plattner in debate  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Two titans in the enterprise software business faced off Thursday at a Churchill Club event at the Computer History Museum here, and a bit of history was made.  —  The sage, 64-year-old Hasso Plattner …
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:
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 …
 
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Google's Android work far from finished
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Roommates.com Not Immune From Discrimination Lawsuit, Appeals Court Rules
Discussion: Techdirt and Mashable!
Chris Nolan / Spot-On:
No More Bubbles  —  Finally, they're talking regulation on Wall Street.
Discussion: Valleywag
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
John Markoff / Bits:
A 3-D Viewfinder for a Shoebox of Digital Photos
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Camera for the Shot You Missed
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store Top Music Retailer in the US