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10:55 PM ET, April 7, 2008

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple notebook lines to see major design changes, sources say  —  Apple Inc.'s existing MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks will be the last of their breed, as both product families are destined for major design changes upon their next refresh, AppleInsider has learned.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Search engines warned over data  —  Search engines should delete personal data held about their users within six months, a European Commission advisory body on data protection has said.  —  The recommendation is likely to be accepted by the European Commission and could lead to a clash with search giants like Google, Yahoo and MSN.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook to Settle Thorny Lawsuit Over Its Origins  —  Facebook is close to putting an uncomfortable and embarrassing legal episode behind it.  —  A person briefed on the status of dueling lawsuits between Facebook and the competing site ConnectU said on Sunday that Facebook was finalizing …
Wei Luo / Google LatLong:
All the news that's fit to print on a map: The New York Times in Google Earth  —  I read a lot of news by surfing the Internet, as do many of my colleagues and friends, and I've always dreamed of a way to browse news based on geography.  What's happening in Paris today?  What are the top headlines in Japan?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
“Deep Integration” Between Google Apps and Salesforce to Be Announced Next Monday  —  Salesforce will be making a whole bunch of partner announcements at an event in San Francisco next Monday.  We've been informed that the on-demand enterprise software company will begin reselling Google's …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Enterprise Apps
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Gartner lays odds on Microsoft in ads over Google in enterprise
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
5 factors that determine your advertising CPM rates  —  An interesting post at Techcrunch: Pubmatic Data Suggests Small Sites Command Higher Rates For Remnant Ads Than Large Sites.  —  I love seeing this cross-site ad monetization data, since it's rare to get your hands on it unless you work for an ad network.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pubmatic Data Suggests Small Sites Command Higher Rates For Remnant …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foreclosures Shown On Scary, Encroaching Heat Maps  —  If you want to see in stark colors exactly how the mortgage credit crisis is spreading across the country, go to real estate search site HotPads and look at the foreclosure heat maps in your area.  These are map mashups that take foreclosure data …
Microsoft Update Product Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite KB937287  —  Back in February, we posted about the release of a couple of prerequisites for Windows Vista Service Pack 1.  While several million customers installed the updates successfully, you may have read that a few customers experienced an endless reboot cycle …
Smoritz / Techland:
AMD swings the ax after sales shortfall  —  AMD (AMD) will slash jobs by 10% amid a sales shortfall for the first quarter, which ended a week ago.  The chipmaker says it saw a drop in demand across all its business segments during the quarter.  —  The company expects to book $1.5 billion …
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
AMD laying off 10% of workforce, cuts revenue estimates
Business Wire:
Yahoo!'s Board of Directors Responds to Latest Microsoft Letter  —  The Board of Directors of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter to Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation.  —  Dear Steve:
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mossberg: 3G iPhone coming in 60 days  —  Uncle Walt says the iPhone will be able to download Web pages even faster in 60 days.  —  (Credit: CNET Networks)  —  Uncle Walt thinks a 3G iPhone will arrive within the next 60 days.  —  Walt Mossberg, the legendary technology columnist …
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Time.com's Top 25 Blogs — the one-page-version  —  As easy on editors as mindless lists are in print, they're even better online.  Time.com has perfected the art with its “first annual blog index,” cashing in the magazine's tastemaking reputation on a crassly effective pageview-generating effort.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
TechCrunch, VentureBeat in merger talks  —  We hear Michael Arrington is in advanced talks to acquire VentureBeat, a smaller tech blog which, like Arrington's TechCrunch, is trying to expand from the niche of covering startups.  When Arrington issued a rant about the dangers …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
HP Provides Unlimited Online Storage with Upline  —  Hewlett-Packard has just officially announced the release of HP Upline, a consumer online storage service that can be used for both backup and file sharing purposes.  —  The online storage space has been heating up lately with the release of Dropbox …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's US Search Market Dominance Hits All Time High  —  Traffic analysts Hitwise released new numbers today finding that Google's marketshare in US searches rose last month to an all time high of 67% of searches performed.  Yahoo! Search (20%), MSN Search (5.25%) and Ask.com (4%) trail far behind but aren't insignificant either.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google hopes to house Web software on App Engine  —  Google plans to launch a service called App Engine Monday evening that the company hopes will attract programmers and eventually companies needing an expandable foundation for online applications.  —  App Engine, free to the first 10,000 people …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IT cost cutting 101  —  It's a sad commentary on IT spending …
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Yakov / Quintura blog:
Will Yandex Take on Google?  —  The leading Russian search …
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Phorm's All-Seeing Parasite Cookie
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Nokia readies iPhone response
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InfoWorld:
Desktop virtualization field welcomes two new players
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Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Microsoft creates ‘instant backing band’ for singers
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
AMP!: Is Yahoo! Breaking Up the Advertising Atom?
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What does your TweetCloud say about you?
Sramana Mitra / Sramana Mitra on Strategy:
The Real VCs of Silicon Valley?
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS:
Time Machine via AirPort Disk Is Unsupported, Apple Says
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Breaking! TailRank Exposes Massive Number Of Blogs Hacked
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Thin Intel Netbook to vie with MacBook Air?
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista