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1:45 AM ET, April 1, 2009

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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Finance Chief Is Leaving  —  Facebook Inc.'s chief financial officer, Gideon Yu, is leaving the Internet company, which has begun a search for his replacement, said a person familiar with the matter.  —  Mr. Yu, who joined Facebook in 2007, was previously the chief financial officer of YouTube, now a Google Inc. unit.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook CFO Gideon Yu Out; Fast-Growing Social Network Says It's Doing Fine Financially  —  Facebook CFO Gideon Yu (pictured here) is leaving Facebook, as the company announced internally today that it was replacing him and searching for a new CFO on the path to an eventual IPO.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Netscape CFO Peter Currie Will Be New Facebook Financial Adviser, Until New CFO Is Found  —  In a back-to-the-future move, former Netscape CFO Peter Currie will be the key adviser to Facebook about financial matters, until a new search for a CFO is found, sources said.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jimbo Wales / Jimmy Wales:
Update on Wikia - doing more of what's working  —  If there is one thing that I've learned in my career, it is to do more of what's working, and less of what's not.  —  In past 24 months, Wikia.com has seen tremendous expansion.  Nielsen recently recognized Wikia.com as the fifth fastest …
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Wales giving up on Wikia Search  —  Wikia is announcing on Tuesday that it is closing the Wikia Search product.  The service was intended to be a user-generated search engine, through which users could influence the rankings of results for all other users.  —  Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikia …
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Tracking Conficker: So far, it's a snoozer  —  It's already April 1 in Asia, where the plurality of infected Conficker PCs are apparently located.  Early reports on the Windows computer worm, which was supposed to start looking at 500 Internet domains for new instructions, show that not much is happening initially.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple releases second beta of iPhone 3.0 Software to developers  —  Apple on Tuesday afternoon provided its vast developer community with a second beta release of iPhone Software 3., which arrived alongside a promise by the company to gradually open its live Push Notification service …
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Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire Transforms Wi-Fi Devices with the CLEAR((TM)) Spot Personal Hotspot Accessory  —  The Combination of a CLEAR(TM) USB Modem with the CLEAR Spot Accessory Creates a True Mobile Broadband Connection for Wi-Fi-Enabled Devices  —  While many portable electronic devices now incorporate Wi-Fi …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Kill Off The Auto-Follow  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone sent out an Email earlier this afternoon to a number of users who had previously enabled ‘autofollowing’, stating that the company is planning to shut the feature down.  ‘Autofollowing’ allows users to automatically reciprocate …
Thanks:bobcaswell
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
CTIA: RIM Launches BlackBerry App World  —  BlackBerry App World will be available on all BlackBerrys with track balls, including Pearls, Curves, Flips, Bolds, and 8800 series phones.  —  Research In Motion launched the official BlackBerry App World application store today …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace, Citysearch Partner To Create MySpace Local  —  MySpace and Citysearch are jointly announcing a new MySpace property this morning called MySpace Local.  The site combines Citysearch business listings (including address, photos, menus, videos, maps and hours of location) from a thousand cities with the MySpace community.
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Evan Hessel / Forbes:
MySpace's Yelp Envy
Discussion: Pulse2
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Track Gmail Messages with Google Analytics  —  Last week, Google added a new feature in Google Apps that allowed educational institutes and organizations to track how people are interacting with Gmail messages.  —  Anyone with admin access in Google Apps can see basic visitor stats …
Discussion: Newsome.Org and TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:atul
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Report: HP considers Google Android for Netbooks  —  Hewlett-Packard is considering using Google's Android operating system on its low-cost Netbooks, an executive at the company told The Wall Street Journal.  —  In a story posted Tuesday, the Journal reported that Satjiv Chahil …
Reuters:
Firefox 3 becomes top browser in Europe -study  —  Microsoft last week lost European browser market leadership for the first time in years, when Mozilla's Firefox 3 took the top spot from Internet Explorer 7, Web analytics firm StatCounter said on Tuesday.  —  Mozilla Foundation's Firefox 3 …
Discussion: Download Squad
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Apple's $500 or Microsofts's 81% tax?  —  Which do you prefer?  —  Even if it were true, Ballmer's “$500 Apple tax” comment is stupid: Microsoft's profits are way beyond Apple's.  And, get this: that $500 - if it was real - is a great investment.  Here's why.  —  Margin, margin, who's got the margin?
Discussion: MacNN
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
More Layoffs Hit hi5  —  We've confirmed that hi5, the third largest social network in the world, is laying off employees today. hi5's VP of Marketing, Mike Trigg, wouldn't say how many employees were being let go but we've received multiple independent tips that the social network laid off 50% of its staff.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Signal vs. Noise:
Get Satisfaction, Or Else...  Get Satisfaction, a third-party customer service app/community, allows customers to offer feedback, make suggestions, get their questions answered, and generally get help with a product or service.  —  A good idea  —  Building support/community infrastructure is a pain point for a lot of companies.
Discussion: Demand Satisfaction!, Thanks:ldersh
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
Who's Messing With the Google Book Settlement?  Hint: They're in Redmond, Washington  —  Last October, Google settled the lawsuit brought against it by book publishers and authors concerning its massive book-scanning project.  The $125 million deal gives Google the right to store digital copies …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
TubeMogul Gets $3M for Video Distribution  —  Web video distribution and measurement startup TubeMogul just emailed to say it raised $3 million in Series A funding from Trinity Ventures.  The Emeryville, Calif.-based company has now raised a total of $5.2 million, including an earlier seed round.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
Ravit Lichtenberg from / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Wrong with Facebook?  When Strategy Fails to Meet Execution  —  Over the last few weeks, Facebook has been rolling out its latest redesign.  Within days of the first changes, a polling application on Facebook showed that 94% of the 634,484 users who took the poll hate the redesign …
Discussion: Ustrategy
Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs:
The 6 stages of Twitter media coverage hell  —  The Twitter microblogging service has received an absurd quantity of press in the mainstream media lately.  Everybody has been talking about it, from CNN, which has built entire shows around it, to The View, where each host tries to out do the others in how clueless she is about Twitter.
James Urquhart / CNET News:
IBM, Microsoft, others align on open clouds  —  IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, the IEEE/ISTO, and key members of the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum met recently to address how they could work with the community to drive cloud computing markets and technologies forward.
Jeff Widman / VentureBeat:
The changing face of usability testing: Optimal Workshop releases free service called Treejack  —  With the downturn in the economy, companies are trying to do more with less.  Some are outsourcing jobs, others are laying off contractors, and still others are firing all their consultants.
Amanda Kleha / Google Enterprise Blog:
Spam data and trends: Q1 2009  —  Editor's Note: The spam data cited in this post is drawn from the Google enterprise security and archiving security network.  For a discussion of what Google is doing to keep spam out of your Gmail inboxes on the consumer side, see this post.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
HP's latest effort at giving admins insight into the cloud  —  While early cloud services were sold as safe and carefree, in the real world, businesses are needing greater assurance their assets don't get lost out there.  —  The whole point of drawing the mass of interconnected processors …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Fiorina ‘seriously considering’ bid for Senate  —  WASHINGTON—In the realm of technology policy, Carly Fiorina has worn many hats—something other leaders may want to consider, she says.  —  She has held influence as a chief executive of a major company and as an economic adviser for Sen. John McCain …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Analyst: 32GB iPhone could debut in June  —  Updated at 9:15 a.m. PDT with comments from analyst Daniel Amir.  —  Apple is expected to begin production on a high-end iPhone with 32GB of flash memory and a low-end 3G version this spring, according to a research report released Tuesday by Lazard Capital Markets analyst.
 
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Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Online fraud coming to social networks
Tom Lowry / Business Week:
Time Warner Cable Expands Internet Usage Pricing
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Patrick Galbraith:
What is the official branch of MySQL?
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple, Dell, Intel Sued Over Encryption Patent
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Lunch.com brings yet another reviews site to the table
Discussion: Technologizer
Amy Barrett / Business Week:
Looking for an Angel  —  As if entrepreneurs needed more reason to conserve cash.
 Earlier Items: 
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to launch entry-level desktop platform before September
Discussion: TechSpot and The Tech Report
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Microsoft, the cash cow
Associated Press:
Unpaid bills? Good luck starting future laptops
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple almost ready with Nehalem-based Xserves
Discussion: eWeek
Chris Davies / Android Community:
Android tethering apps pulled from Market