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10:45 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.
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Is Skype on the iPhone a big deal?
Discussion: BBC
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: mocoNews
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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.
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 and PSFK, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nokia:
Nokia releases a new software update for Nokia 5800 XpressMusic  —  Update includes a wide range of new features and improvements  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has announced a software update to the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic to further improve the performance and add new functionalities to the device.
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time For Cable Companies To Fix Their Awful User Interfaces
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
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Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
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Discussion: Newlaunches.com and SlashGear
Dan Cohen / Gear Diary:
First Look... eSlick eReader
Discussion: Engadget, ITworld.com and Gizmodo
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
New Seed of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Surfaces
Discussion: MacRumors and Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Is Microsoft Set to Abandon its Top-Down Zune Approach?
Jeff Crites / Brick and Click:
We're All Geeks Now  —  I was on Twitter, as I frequently am …
Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
Conficker worm might originate from China
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Tech savvy teenager takes Lexington transit in new directions
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Screenshots of Windows 7 build 7070 leak, RC-Escrow coming
 

 
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