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8:15 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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
End-of-Quarter Layoffs Hit Amazon, IBM, Google, and The New York Times  —  With the end of the first quarter of the 2009 almost here, even the strongest companies companies are making last-minute layoffs to shave costs.  Today, layoffs were announced across the tech sector, from IBM to Google to Amazon.
Discussion: Bits and Associated Press, Thanks:yasunishida
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Google to Lay Off 200 Employees
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 …
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 …
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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Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Controversy Erupts Over Possible MS Mobile App Fee  —  Microsoft may charge developers if they submit within a year more than five applications or application updates to the Windows Mobile Marketplace, a move that has some developers concerned that the store won't be able to compete with the iPhone App Store or the Android Market.
Discussion: Mobile Roar
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
App Store refunds: Much ado about nothing
Discussion: Ars Technica and mocoNews
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft ad: 'I'm just not cool enough to be a Mac person'  —  Microsoft has new consumer PC ads out, set to begin airing on March 26 during March Madness basketball.  —  I just checked out a preview of one of the spots over on www.windows.com.  The 60-second ad is all about “Lauren,” …
Discussion: TechFlash and Neowin.net, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Epicenter, Thanks:atul
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Kicking Butt Without Steve Jobs  —  Assuming Steve Jobs returns in late June, as scheduled, his medical leave is approaching its halfway point.  So how's Apple doing in his absence?  Very well, we'd say — almost as if he hadn't left.  — Apple has rolled out several product updates …
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider
PewResearch.org:
Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference  —  Wireless Connectivity Has Drawn Many Users More Deeply into Digital Life  —  Cast a glance at any coffee shop, train station or airport boarding gate, and it is easy to see that mobile access to the internet is taking root in our society.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Carol Bartz's Yahoo Paying More Attention To Mobile  —  One of many changes at Yahoo (YHOO) since Carol Bartz took over as CEO: Its mobile unit is working closer with other business units as the company makes mobile a bigger priority than it was under Jerry Yang.
Discussion: mocoNews, AdAge and Industry Standard
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Samsung's First Wimax Device Spotted  —  Today Samsung shared details on the unannounced SWD-M100 Mondi mobile Wimax device for the Clear network.  According to Samsung, the Mondi has a touch screen and can access the Internet via Clear's mobile Wimax network.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone App Store: 30,000 apps, but slowing  —  Shortly before 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, eight months after it opened with 500 applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, Apple's (AAPL) App Store passed the 30,000 mark, according to the count maintained by 148Apps, which updates its list automatically.
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Questions and Answers: Conficker and April 1st  —  Q: I heard something really bad is going to happen on the Internet on April 1st!  Will it?  —  A: No, not really.  —  Q: Seriously, the Conficker worm is going to do something bad on April 1st, right?  —  A: The Conficker aka Downadup worm …
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
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Full SMS Service for Vodafone UK Customers!  —  Extending the power of the real-time network globally through the simple technology of SMS is a driving goal for Twitter.  Anyone in the world can update Twitter via SMS but receiving tweets on your mobile has been restricted to North America.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
The Pirate Bay to roll out secure €5 per month VPN service  —  The Pirate Bay is planning to launch a paid VPN service for users looking to cover their tracks when torrenting.  The new service will be called IPREDator, named after the Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive …
 
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Rod Humble / thesims3.ea.com:
The Sims 3 Copy Protection
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and VG247
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Link Ads for TV, YouTube
Thanks:atul
Jeff / Jeffrey Veen:
Announcing Wikirank: Tracking what's popular on Wikipedia
Discussion: Epicenter, Thanks:atul
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Making it Official: Government Agencies Sign Agreements with YouTube …
Discussion: fcw.com and Nextgov.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Clear skies ahead for WiMax, LTE in 2009 and 2010
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Said to Be Planning to Offer Netbooks Some Time This Year
Discussion: CNET News and TheStreet.com
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Obama administration to tighten regulation on VCs?
Economist:
Connecting up  —  Online-dating websites prosper in the recession
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times Plans Temporary Pay Cuts
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple filing details safe touch-screen navigation system
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Fast Company
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Targeting Families
Discussion: Unit Structures and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
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