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10:25 AM ET, March 30, 2009

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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Skype for iPhone: It's official  —  Months after teasing us at CES with an announcement of Skype's native VoIP client for the iPhone, the free Skype for iPhone will finally be available to download from the iTunes App Store sometime on Tuesday.  We got a chance to sit down with the application's …
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Skype announces service for iPhone, BlackBerry  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Skype, the Internet telephone unit of eBay Inc, is planning to launch its service for iPhone users on Tuesday and for BlackBerry in May as part of its effort to expand beyond desktop computers.
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Sneak Peek at Skype for iPhone, Available Tuesday  —  Skype is set to launch its iPhone application Tuesday bringing its much anticipated Net-based phone service to Apple's mobile platform.  With the Skype iPhone app users will be able to make free calls using Wi-Fi to other Skype users …
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype for iPhone - the screenshots
Thanks:evanwolf
Kirby Chien / Reuters:
Google launches free, legal music downloads in China  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Google Inc on Monday launched free downloads of licensed songs in China, while sharing advertising revenue with major music labels in a market rife with online piracy.  —  Lee Kai-Fu, president of Google in greater China …
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Telegraph:
University offers social media degree about Facebook Twitter and Bebo  —  A university is to offer a master's degree teaching students about social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Bebo.  —  The £4,400 MA in Social Media will also explain how to set up blogs and publish podcasts.
Aaron Barnhart / TV Barn:
“60 Minutes” freaks out over Conficker.  Where's John Hodgman when you need him?  —  I love “60 Minutes,” but sometimes it just makes you scratch your head.  Isn't anyone working there who has any sophistication when it comes to technology?  Lesley Stahl just finished a 15-minute freakout …
Discussion: GMSV and Computerworld Blogs
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CBS News:
The Conficker Worm: What Happens Next?
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Times Nukes Itself On Google  —  The New York Times has been demanding Google welfare, which would artificially promote the newspaper's stories in search results.  Yet inept Times webmasters just killed hundreds of thousands of their own Google hits.  —  The newspaper probably wouldn't need …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Lauren is Right: Macs Cost More Than PCs  —  [Editor's Note: This is one of two companion posts about Microsoft's newest “I'm a PC” commercial, featuring computer shopper Lauren.  At Apple Watch, “Microsoft Shatters Mac Pricing Myths” explains how the 60-second spot dispels the most common defenses for Mac pricing.]
Discussion: Apple Watch and Technovia
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Chrome for OS X: State of the Browser  —  The open source Google Chromium repository now has an OS X Cocoa shell.  We downloaded and compiled the latest OS X build of Google's browser, and we talked to the developers to get a sense of how long it will be before Mac users can get their hands on a working beta.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Do-It-Yourself Magazines, Cheaply Slick  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — For anyone who has dreamed of creating his own glossy color magazine dedicated to a hobby like photography or travel, the high cost and hassle of printing has loomed as a big barrier.  Traditional printing companies charge thousands …
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
New York Times:
Some Online Shows Could Go Subscription-Only  —  MILWAUKEE — In the last couple of years, the television industry has made a big push onto the Web, giving viewers hope that they might one day reach nirvana: every show ever made, available online for immediate free viewing.
Thanks:atul
Business Week:
Nokia Targets the U.S. Market  —  AT&T will carry Nokia's super-thin e71x smartphone for $100, posing a rival to the iPhone and BlackBerry as Nokia focuses on the U.S. market  —  Is Nokia ready to change its fortunes in the U.S. market?  The Finnish company has grown into the world's largest …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Hiring A Concierge To Pamper Celebrities.  Requires Schmoozing.  —  I don't care much for the celebrity culture, but clearly I'm in the minority judging by the amount of people who read gossip magazines and websites in order to get updates on every move their idols make.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Charles River Ventures Raises $320 Million For Its Fourteenth Fund  —  At a time when limited partners are being stingy with their venture dollars, Charles River Ventures just announced it raised $320 million for its fourteenth fund, Charles River Partnership XIV.  (The last fund it raised was $285 million in April, 2007).
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
European Newspapers Find Creative Ways to Thrive in the Internet Age
Discussion: PSFK and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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New Seed of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Surfaces
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 Earlier Items: 
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
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Jeff Crites / Brick and Click:
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Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
Conficker worm might originate from China
Reuters:
Action video games sharpen eyesight: U.S. study
Discussion: Nature and Crave
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Follow the Mobile User
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