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8:55 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 …
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.
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype for iPhone - the screenshots  —  Splash screen:  —  Connecting:  —  Contact list:  —  Contact profile:  —  Recent conversations:  —  A chat:  —  Calling:  —  In a call, speaker on:  —  In conference call:  —  Conversation history:  —  My profile:  —  Set profile picture:
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 …
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: Computerworld Blogs
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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:, 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: PSFK and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
IBM Twisting Arms In Support Of ‘Open’ Cloud Computing  —  As expected, IBM's (IBM) so-called “Open Cloud Manifesto” — basically an appeal to the industry to make their cloud computing components work together around common standards — is officially out this morning (it leaked late last week).
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Is the Open Cloud Manifesto Doomed?
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Disney Finalizing Deal For Clips On YouTube; Full-Episode Talks …
Discussion: MediaMemo, MediaFile and ClickZ, Thanks:atul
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
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Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Tech savvy teenager takes Lexington transit in new directions
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Mouthy Billionaire Mark Cuban Fined for Using Twitter
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Screenshots of Windows 7 build 7070 leak, RC-Escrow coming