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6:35 PM ET, March 26, 2009

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype for iPhone to Be Released as Early as Next Week  —  Exclusive Heads up: A few months ago, I asked Skype CEO Josh Silverman when was he going to launch the iPhone version of the P2P voice and IM service that has now been downloaded more than 405 million times.  He smiled and said, “Stay tuned.”
The Official Google Blog:
Changes to our sales and marketing organizations  —  Google has grown very quickly in a very short period of time.  When companies grow that quickly it's almost impossible to get everything right—and we certainly didn't.  In some areas we've created overlapping organizations …
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Google to Lay Off 200 Employees  —  Make it official: Google's not immune from the bad economy and plummeting ad market.  We've been hearing for weeks that Google would have layoffs.  Google is cutting 200 employees today, the company now confirms.  —  Google executive Omid Kordestani …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Hottest tracks to cost $1.29 at iTunes starting April 7  —  The online music store, under pressure from record labels, is abandoning its 99-cent-only strategy.  —  The world's largest music store, Apple's iTunes, plans to boost the price of many hit singles and selected classic tracks to $1.29 on April 7 …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Music Industry Folks Worried About iTunes Variable Pricing
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 RC download page goes up early, coming in May  —  Details on the Windows 7 Release Candidate public download have leaked, straight from Microsoft.  —  It looks like someone flipped the switch a little early.  The Windows 7 Release Candidate download page on TechNet …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Is Hunting for More Money  —  The social-networking site wants as much as $100 million in debt financing, sources say.  Facebook's accelerating user growth carries huge tech costs  —  Facebook, the fast growing social-networking Web site, is one of the many companies looking …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Dealscape, Thanks:dmac1
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
BlackBerry to Launch TV Episode Service?  —  We've heard from multiple sources that RIM is planning to announce a full-episode television service for BlackBerry users as early as next week at CTIA.  —  Here's what we've heard so far:  — It will be an unlimited monthly subscription service for a fee
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple's WWDC 2009 dates announced: June 8-12  —  It's time to dust off your suitcase and Cocoa chops, because Apple has just announced the dates for its 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference.  —  WWDC '09 is set for June 8-12, and it will take place in the same Moscone West hall in San Francisco, CA.
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Rajat Mukherjee / The Official Google Blog:
Google, at your service  —  It used to be that creating a webpage was a pursuit reserved for the truly tech-savvy, requiring a geek's expertise in HTML, Java, or C++ coding.  —  These days, it's a different story.  Working with a hosting service has made things a great deal easier …
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Google Pushing Hard(er) To Get Webmaster Products Adopted
Opera Press Room:
Opera announces the new Opera Mobile 9.7 at CTIA Wireless 2009 - a server-accelerated full Web experience for smartphones and mobile devices  —  Check out Opera's network-friendly solutions for carriers and mobile device manufacturers at Booth #6724 in Central Hall
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple selling 8GB memory upgrade kits for 15" MacBook Pros [u]  —  It will cost you an arm and a leg, but Apple is now offering an official 8GB memory upgrade kit for the mid- and high-end models of its current 15-inch unbibody MacBook Pro family, AppleInsider has discovered.
Discussion: Gizmodo, 9 to 5 Mac, Gearlog and MacRumors
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
App Store refunds: Much ado about nothing  —  While Apple's App Store policies have indeed been the source of frustration for many an iPhone developer, the overblown concerns over refund charges on Thursday do not rise to that level.  —  Contrary to earlier reports at TechCrunch and other outlets …
Discussion: Ars Technica and mocoNews
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Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Controversy Erupts Over Possible MS Mobile App Fee
Discussion: Mobile Roar
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times Plans Temporary Pay Cuts  —  Facing a steep drop in revenue, The New York Times Company plans to cut the pay of most employees by 5 percent for nine months, in return for 10 days' leave, and will lay off 100 people and make other budget cuts, executives said on Thursday.
Discussion: Bits, paidContent.org and MediaMemo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   NYT Lays Off 100 On The Business Side; Cuts Salary For All Non …
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Fake Facebook group shows potential security issues, 1+ million gullible users  —  On Monday night I was up late surfing the Web when I noticed a problem (other than the fact that I was up late surfing the Web).  It was a Facebook problem, relative to a group invitation I received.
Business Week:
The Apps Battle Heats Up  —  Research in Motion will soon launch an online store to rival Apple's, with Nokia and Microsoft to follow  —  On Apr. 1, Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of Research in Motion (RIMM), is expected to take the stage at the wireless industry's annual trade show in Las Vegas …
Lane LiaBraaten / Social Web Blog:
Take your Google Contacts with you  —  Lots of websites ask you to invite your friends when you sign up, and for good reason; the web is more fun when you can share your experiences with other people.  However, too many of these sites access your list of friends by asking for your username …
visiblemeasures.com:
Visible Measures Raises $10 Million in Series C Financing  —  Latest Funding Positions Firm for Further Growth  —  Boston, March 26, 2009 — Visible Measures, the independent third-party measurement firm for Internet video publishers, advertisers, and viral marketers, announced today …
Wall Street Journal:
Internet Industry Is on a Cloud  —  Ever since Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt publicly uttered the term “cloud computing” in 2006, a storm has been gathering over Silicon Valley.  —  Companies across the technology industry are jockeying to associate themselves with clouds.
Mobile Today:
Orange and Apple negotiations for laptop deal nearing completion  —  Discussions at final stages as dongle subsidy lands Apple  —  Orange will sell Apple laptops on its network from this summer, and will be the first company to subsidise Apple's laptops with mobile broadband.
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Bartz: Yahoo Has Tested 141 New Versions Of Its Homepage  —  Carol Bartz hasn't been shy about her lack of fondness for Yahoo's products (she has even confessed to using Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Maps).  So what's she doing about it now that she's running the company?
Economist:
Connecting up  —  Online-dating websites prosper in the recession  —  NOT many industries are doing well in the recession.  But along with discount retailers and pawnbrokers, online-dating sites such as eHarmony.com and OkCupid.com have seen business look up.  There are several theories to explain why.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Obama administration to tighten regulation on VCs?  —  Venture capitalists may soon be facing more stringent reporting requirements, according to testimony from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today about the Obama administration's plans to overhaul the country's financial regulations.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone App Store: 30,000 apps, but slowing  —  Eight months after it opened with 500 applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, Apple's (AAPL) App Store is set to hit 30,000 apps some time Thursday, according to the count maintained by 148Apps, which updates its list automatically.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Targeting Families  —  Facebook appears to have it out for the developers of large family applications on Facebook.  The company has created a new landing page where users can create groups specifically targeted to their family.  While there is nothing unique about the end product …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Unit Structures, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Stevemar / Development Unfiltered:
Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  From the moment we kicked off our cloud computing effort, openness and interop stood at the forefront.  As those who are using it will tell you …
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Said to Be Planning to Offer Netbooks Some Time This Year  —  Verizon Wireless will start selling a so-called netbook as early as next quarter, stepping up competition with AT&T Inc. for the cheap personal computers, according to a person close to the project.
Discussion: TheStreet.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For Java On AppEngine  —  Here's a juicy rumor (if you're a geek, this is good stuff): A source tells us that Google AppEngine, a platform for building and hosting web applications in the cloud, will begin letting developers write applications in Java in the near future.
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Clear skies ahead for WiMax, LTE in 2009 and 2010
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Carol Bartz's Yahoo Paying More Attention To Mobile
Discussion: Industry Standard and mocoNews
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Questions and Answers: Conficker and April 1st
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Google: IPv6 is easy, not expensive
Discussion: CircleID
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
The Pirate Bay to roll out secure €5 per month VPN service
Discussion: The Tech Report
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
The Obsession With Twitter's Business Model
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
SynthaSite no more — website builder now called Yola
Discussion: The Social
 Earlier Items: 
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Entrepreneurs Find Gold in Gadget Startups
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple filing details safe touch-screen navigation system
Discussion: Fast Company and GPS Obsessed
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Black Thursday at Big Blue [UPDATED]
Discussion: Careers and CNET News
Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
Google is taking us down the road to hell
Discussion: Infothought, Thanks:atul
PewResearch.org:
Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference
Stan M / Sony Insider:
New VAIO P Coming?  —  Remember that teaser (see pic above) …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
There's Something About Boxee