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3:35 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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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 …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Macworld Expo Moves, Accepts Its Nickname  —  Here's the first hint of how IDG's Macworld Expo will change in the wake of Apple's decision to pull out of the show: It's moving from early January to February 9th-13th (which includes a Saturday-the show has been weekdays only).
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Philip Michaels / Macworld:
Macworld Expo moving to February in 2010
Discussion: Ars Technica, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.]
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter quakes as San Francisco shakes  —  Earthquake news and Twitter have long gone hand in hand.  Because it's an instant mass communication medium, it is simply one of the best way to find about breaking information quickly.  Today, an earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area …
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
Meet the Canadians who busted GhostNet  —  Researchers uncover explosive cyberspy network infecting more than 1,200 computers worldwide  —  Against the backdrop of humming computers in the underground lab in Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies, a screen flickered …
Discussion: CircleID
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CNN:
China analysts dismiss cyber-espionage claims
Discussion: CNET News and ZDNET.com.au
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" …
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Authors fight free books site Scribd for ‘pirating’ their work  —  Bestselling novels are reproduced without publishers' permission  —  Publishers and agents representing the authors J. K. Rowling and Ken Follett were battling last night to get free copies of their novels removed …
Discussion: TechCrunch and HipMojo.com
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.  (The entire report is embedded below).
Discussion: Between the Lines and HipMojo.com
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: Gizmodo and Electricpig.co.uk, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
MySpace Embraces Microsoft Platforms For Mobile And Web Applications  —  Two Microsoft-related announcements coming from social networking giant MySpace today: the portal is adding support for Windows Mobile-run phones to its new mobile application, due this summer, and bringing …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Netflix raising rates for Blu-ray subscribers by around 20 percent  —  Ruh roh.  In a move that will undoubtedly cause an incredibly raucous stir, only to fade away as movie renters realize that Netflix is still the best deal going, America's most adored by-mail rental service is hiking the price of Blu-ray rentals once again.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Using Social Media to Listen to Consumers  —  A Vocal Few Don't Represent the Majority but Could Signify a Larger Issue  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — If the social-media sphere attacks your brand, do “real people” hear the screams?  Not likely, according to surveys that indicate marketers …
Thanks:sbauman
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 …
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Sun, Intel Optimize Solaris for Nehalem  —  Sun Microsystems and Intel two years ago entered a joint development and marketing agreement to offer performance, scalability, power management and virtualization enhancements in Solaris on x86 systems.  Sun officials say that while some advancements already …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
David Richards / Smarthouse:
Big PS3 Announcement Tipped This Week  —  Sony Computer Entertainment is set to make a global announcement this week regarding the PS3 which has witnessed three months of declining sales with Tuesday, March 31 which is Wednesday in Australia set to be the big day.
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, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
‘Open cloud’ plan sparks dissent  —  A plan by IBM to launch an industry-wide ‘open’ cloud computing strategy has seemingly backfired amid accusations of closed deals.  —  Google pulled out after signing up and Amazon said it would not get involved.  —  Microsoft criticised the plan …
Discussion: CircleID
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo Net service comes to Samsung TVs
Discussion: last100
Associated Press:
Court won't revive Va. anti-spam law
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Journalists Jump Print's Sinking Ship For AOL Jobs
Josh / Bokardo:
Relationship Symmetry in Social Networks: Why Facebook will go Fully Asymmetric
Discussion: BookBlog, Thanks:atul
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Dell launches colorful Inspiron line
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
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Google Bombing and the IRS
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Take A Number: Federated Lines Up Twitter Campaigns
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Viral Distribution to Public Profiles With No Limits
Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time For Cable Companies To Fix Their Awful User Interfaces
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University offers social media degree about Facebook Twitter and Bebo
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
European Newspapers Find Creative Ways to Thrive in the Internet Age
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Do-It-Yourself Magazines, Cheaply Slick
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 

 
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