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8:55 AM ET, April 14, 2008


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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Details On The Google-Salesforce “Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend” Alliance  —  On Monday, Google and Salesforce are officially announcing the complete integration of Google Apps (Docs, Calendar, Gmail, and Gtalk) and Salesforce's online enterprise apps.  TechCrunch broke the story last week.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google and Salesforce Join to Fight Microsoft  —  Google and, two of Microsoft's most conspicuous rivals, are expanding a 10-month-old collaboration in an effort to accelerate their sales of customer management and office software to businesses.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET
Google, Salesforce link up for business apps  —  It has hardly been a well-kept secret.  Now, and Google have made it official: they're linking up to offer Google Apps integrated with's CRM (customer relationship management) applications.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Chris Kanaracus / IDG News Service:
Salesforce Announces Integration With Google Apps
Discussion: InfoWorld and WebProNews
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:   Cloud Watching: Google and Band Together
Arn / MacRumors:
‘OpenMac’ Promises $399 Headless Mac... But Not From Apple  —  A company called Psystar has started advertising a $399 computer called “OpenMac” which claims to be a Leopard compatible Mac built from standard PC-parts.  For $399, you get a tower computer with the following specs:  — 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Mr. Philip J. Schoonover / PR Newswire:
Blockbuster Proposes Combination With Circuit City  —  Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI - News) today announced that it has offered to acquire Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC - News) for at least $6.00 per share in cash, subject to due diligence.  The offer was made in a letter sent …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Blockbuster sees media convergence; Offers to buy Circuit City  —  Here's a deal where 1 + 1 = 0.5: Blockbuster is offering to acquire Circuit City for “a least $6 a share.”  —  Blockbuster went public on Monday (statement) with an offer to buy Circuit City.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Acquired By Live Universe  —  Pageflakes, an Ajax home page service that originally launched in Germany in late 2005, has been acquired by Los Angeles based Live Universe, sources tell us.  The deal has not yet been announced, and both Live Universe and Pageflakes refuse to comment.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Clock Ticking On Pageflakes?
Discussion: WebGuild
Hackers exploit poor website code  —  Web designers making very old mistakes are letting malicious hackers hijack visitors to their sites, say experts.  —  Many of the loopholes left in the code created for websites have been known about for almost a decade say the security researchers.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
3G iPhone: What we know and what we don't  —  In the last several weeks, rumors and speculation about the upcoming 3G version of the iPhone have greatly multiplied.  The reasons for this sudden increase in noise could could be any number of things, but seasoned Apple-rumor-followers …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
TwitLinks: The Techmeme of Twitter?  —  Just launched today is a new Twitter mashup called Twitlinks.  This one aggregates the latest links posted to Twitter by tech industry pundits.  The end result is a homepage that kind of resembles Techmeme, only without the threading of topics.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter and inadequacy (er, the great friend divide)  —  I'm tracking the new “friend divide.”  What is it?  —  Well, compare your experiences on a number of services when you only have one friend vs., say, 500.  Look at  Have only one friend?  It really is empty looking and there's not much value.
First Centrino Atom computer coming in June  —  The first portable computer based on Intel's Centrino Atom chip package is coming in June, although it will be bigger and more expensive than such devices were expected to be.  —  Sharp will manufacture the D4 ultramobile PC …
Discussion: eWeek
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
What's interesting is what we say it is.  Really?  —  With the annual Web 2.0 conference only a week away, we're about to get bombarded with the latest avalanche of marketing hype about technologies that are supposed to change our lives.  And if past is prologue, I'm quite sure …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
No harm, no foul, no attorneys' fees for RIAA victim  —  A hotly contested file-sharing case involving a man whose adult daughter admitted to sharing files over LimeWire has been dismissed, much to the dismay of the defendant and despite an amicus brief (PDF) filed by the EFF.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Incredibly Shrinking Music Biz — EMI Shutting Down Some Asian Offices — EMI, one of the global music majors, is shutting down some of its offices in Asia.  Offices in Thailand and Singapore have already been shuttered, while regional headquarters in Hong King are ready for the grim reaper, Music 2.0 reports.
Discussion: Voices
Maths / Music 2.0:
EMI Closing Asian Offices - Major Labels' Global Foibles Exposed
Discussion: hypebot
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba Portege R500-12Q surfaces with 128GB SSD
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Third-Party Gmail Redesign Style
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AOL lands Verizon advertising deal
Discussion: eWeek
China 3G permits may take up to 2 more years: E&Y
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Ashley Highfield to leave BBC for Project Kangaroo
Discussion: PDA
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Microsoft may be barred from EU public procurement procedure
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Profile redesign pushed back several weeks
Discussion: BoomTown and Mashable!
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Storage Space, The Final Frontier
 Earlier Items: 
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Their passion is Windows XP
Discussion: broadstuff and Wired News
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: We're serious about Internet safety and privacy
Staci D. Kramer /
March Madness On Demand Stats: 4.7 Million Unique Video Player Users …
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Wi-Fi poised for pilot flights at 4 airlines
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Beaming Online Services Toward Blacks
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
YouTorrent Goes Legal, and Up For Sale
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Offline: If You Wanna Be A Phone Company, You Can't Go Dead

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Gavin MacFadyen, founder and director of London's Centre for Investigative Journalism and a supporter of WikiLeaks, has died

Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Fusion employees say executives held meetings in four offices discouraging unionization

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Internal memo: WSJ offers buyouts to all news employees globally in order to reduce layoffs

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