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12:55 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 …
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 / blog:
Is Skype on the iPhone a big deal?
Discussion: BBC
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype for iPhone - the screenshots
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
TomTom will remove some Linux features in Microsoft settlement  —  Microsoft and portable navigation company TomTom have settled the dueling patent-infringement lawsuits that stirred up a big controversy over Linux in recent weeks, according to a joint news release issued this morning.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Ina Fried / CNET News:   Microsoft, TomTom settle patent dispute
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.]
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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" …
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) …
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
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.
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: and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 and TeleRead
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.
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: broadstuff, 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.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
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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
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Video Game Makers Challenged by the Next Wave of Media
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time For Cable Companies To Fix Their Awful User Interfaces
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Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
New Seed of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Surfaces
Discussion: Softpedia News and MacRumors
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Do-It-Yourself Magazines, Cheaply Slick
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai