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1:45 PM 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.
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Is Skype on the iPhone a big deal?
Discussion: last100 and BBC
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft, TomTom settle patent dispute  —  Microsoft and TomTom have reached a settlement in their respective patent suits, the companies said Monday.  —  As part of the deal, as TomTom will pay Microsoft for coverage related to mapping patents and file-management patents that Microsoft claimed …
Discussion: eWeek and InfoWorld
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Microsoft:
Microsoft and TomTom Settle Patent Infringement Cases  —  Microsoft Corp. and TomTom N.V. today announced that they have settled the patent infringement cases brought by Microsoft before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the International Trade Commission …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:   TomTom will remove some Linux features in Microsoft settlement
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.]
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Copyright And Libel Questions Hit The Twitterverse  —  A few weeks back, someone pointed me to a Twitter message where one Twitter user was (jokingly) accusing another of copyright infringement for repeating a message.  While the situation was amusing, you knew it was only a matter of time until the question became more serious.
Discussion: The Independent
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Markcuban / blog maverick:
Are Tweets Copyrighted ?  —  Here is a question for all you legal scholars out there.
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose and MediaMemo
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 …
Western Digital Hard Drives:
WD ENTERS SOLID-STATE DRIVE MARKET WITH ACQUISITION OF SILICONSYSTEMS, INC.  —  Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC), a world leader in hard drive storage for computing and consumer electronics applications, today announced that it has completed a $65 million cash acquisition of SiliconSystems …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
MySpace Embraces Microsoft Platforms For Mobile And Web Applications  —  Two Microsoft-related announcements coming from struggling social networking giant MySpace today: the portal is adding support for Windows Mobile-run phones to its new mobile application, due this summer …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, CNET News and CrunchGear, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
IAB Reports Internet Advertising Grew 10 Percent Last Year; Outpacing TV  —  In an upbeat report this morning, the Interactive Advertising Bureau reported that internet advertising in the U.S. grew 10.6 percent to $23.4 billion.  And the $6.1 billion fourth quarter (up 2.6 percent) …
Discussion: Between the Lines and HipMojo.com
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
YouTube Plans Redesign to Highlight Premium Content  —  YouTube will soon unveil a redesign that clearly separates its premium and long-form programming from the user-posted videos that account for most of its activity.  —  According to two sources familiar with Google's plans for YouTube …
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Motorola, Cricket Launch QA4 Touch-Screen Phone  —  Cricket Wireless and Motorola today announced the low-cost carrier's highest-end phone so far, the Motorola Evoke QA4.  The QA4 will be Cricket's first touch-screen phone.  —  The Evoke is a somewhat oval-shaped slider phone (4.25" x 2" …
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
What would a new MacBook Mini look like?  Is this real?  —  Thanks to our Russian commenter meguxx, who passed along this little probably-Photoshopped - (but hopefully not) MacBook Mini.  Anyone with some Russian wanna break down the specs they list?  —  Update: We've gotten many more picts here.
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: Electricpig.co.uk and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Richard Jones / Last.fm:
Radio Announcement Revisited  —  Since our announcement last Tuesday about starting to charge users €3.00 per month for listening to the radio in countries other than the USA, UK and Germany, we've received a lot of feedback.  It's not a decision we've made lightly …
Discussion: Music Ally and Mashable!
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.
Dan Cohen / Gear Diary:
First Look... eSlick eReader  —  I had pre-ordered an eSlick eBook reader a few months ago.  When the Kindle 2 was announced I jumped on it, but decided to keep the eSlick in order to do a comparison.  Well it shipped last week, and after the slooooowest journey from the West Coast, it arrived yesterday.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, ITworld.com and TeleRead
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.
Discussion: Switched and broadstuff, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Dell launches colorful Inspiron line  —  Mini-towers have gotten a bad rap over the years but I love them.  They're economical, don't take up much space, and you can fit quite a bit of machine inside a case not much bigger than a shoebox.  The new Inspiron line starts at $299 and can be upgraded …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
European Newspapers Find Creative Ways to Thrive in the Internet Age  —  PARIS — As the death toll in the American newspaper industry mounted this month, the German publisher Axel Springer, which owns Bild, the biggest newspaper in Europe, reported the highest profit in its 62-year history.
Discussion: paidContent, Gawker and PSFK, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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 More Items: 
Josh / Bokardo:
Relationship Symmetry in Social Networks: Why Facebook will go Fully Asymmetric
Discussion: BookBlog, Thanks:atul
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Serious Threats to Sirius Radio
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Google Bombing and the IRS
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Take A Number: Federated Lines Up Twitter Campaigns
Discussion: Epicenter and MarketingVOX
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Facebook's growing infrastructure spend
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge, Thanks:atul
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Viral Distribution to Public Profiles With No Limits
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Video Game Makers Challenged by the Next Wave of Media
Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time For Cable Companies To Fix Their Awful User Interfaces
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Charles River Ventures Raises $320 Million For Its Fourteenth Fund
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
New Seed of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Surfaces
Discussion: Softpedia News and MacRumors
New York Times:
Some Online Shows Could Go Subscription-Only
Discussion: Screenwerk and NewTeeVee, Thanks:atul
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Do-It-Yourself Magazines, Cheaply Slick
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai