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8:30 PM ET, March 31, 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.
Discussion: Gawker, VentureBeat, Bits, Gawker, broadstuff and Pulse2, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Chris Davies / Android Community:
Android tethering apps pulled from Market  —  Google has reportedly pulled tethering apps from the Android Market.  According to at least one developer, who contributed to the WiFi Tether for Root Users app, Google are citing their distribution agreements with carriers as the prompt for removal:
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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.
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  —  The social network borrows a page from a competitor to compete with Facebook.  —  LOS ANGELES—Gathering inspiration from the rise of popular local ratings site Yelp, MySpace announced Tuesday that it is adding local business ratings tools to its social network.
Discussion: Pulse2
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 …
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.
Thanks:ldersh
Associated Press:
Unpaid bills?  Good luck starting future laptops  —  NEW YORK - As wireless carriers begin to subsidize computers that come with wireless Internet access, they're faced with a quandary: What do they do if the buyer stops paying his bills?  —  The company can cut off the computer's wireless access …
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 …
Patrick Oppmann / CNN:
Critics slam Microsoft bridge as waste of stimulus money  —  REDMOND, Washington (CNN) — Should a bridge that would connect two campuses at Microsoft's headquarters be funded with $11 million from the federal stimulus package?  —  Critics of using stimulus money for the bridge say it would give …
Discussion: The Register, Gizmodo and CNET News
Xavier / GottaBeMobile.com:
Google Android, ARM Processors Coming to HP Netbooks?  —  HP may begin selling netbooks with Google's Android operating system according to the Wall Street Journal.  HP's engineers are evaluating Android as a low-cost option, but there are no firm plans quite yet.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Report: HP considers Google Android for Netbooks
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: TeleRead
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook flick moves ahead, but Facebook not thrilled  —  I won't believe it for sure until we see grainy paparazzi shots of actor Michael Cera walking around on a movie set in a North Face fleece and Adidas flip-flops, but it looks like things are moving forward on the film based on the early days of Facebook.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and tinyComb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Hulu Attracts Crowds but Not Ads  —  News Corp.-NBC joint venture Hulu has surged in viewership, but advertisers are still leery, and content partners are pulling back  —  In the Super Bowl commercial calling Hulu “an evil plot to destroy the world,” 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin intones: “There's nothing you can do to stop it.”
Discussion: NewTeeVee, ChannelWeb and MediaPost, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Reed / USA Today:
American to add Wi-Fi service to domestic flights  —  Being online while being airborne is fast becoming reality for U.S travelers.  —  American Airlines (AMR) is announcing on Tuesday that it's joining rival Delta Air Lines (DAL) in making Wi-Fi Internet connections available to most domestic passengers.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Disney-Hulu Deal Done  —  A deal to bring Disney into the Hulu fold is “basically done,” a single source familiar with the discussions tells us.  —  PaidContent reported that if Disney were to do a deal, it would take a 30% stake in Hulu and become and equal partner to NBC Universal …
Discussion: The Register, VentureBeat and Pulse2
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple, Dell, Intel Sued Over Encryption Patent  —  The PACid Group named 19 tech companies in its lawsuit claiming infringement of its patent on generating encryption keys.  —  The PACid Group, a Houston company formed by inventors Guy L. Fielder and Paul N. Alito, on Monday filed …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Lunch.com brings yet another reviews site to the table  —  There aren't many new companies launching at this year's Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, which runs Tuesday through Friday.  One of the few that are is Lunch.com, which strives to get a little more juice out of user-generated publishing.
Discussion: Technologizer and ReadWriteWeb
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Troubled SeeqPod Files For Bankruptcy Protection  —  SeeqPod, the popular “playable media” search service that many music sites use as the foundation for their core offering, has filed a petition for Chapter 11 yesterday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of California.
Discussion: Pulse2
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.
Thanks:atul
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Authors have lost the plot in Kindle row  —  Amazon's Kindle 2 text-to-speech feature is not so much violating authors' copyright but rather basic consumer rights  —  The Amazon Kindle 2's release in February was attended by much fanfare and controversy: Kindle customers were delighted …
Discussion: TeleRead
Patrick Galbraith:
What is the official branch of MySQL?  —  This week, I'm finishing up my book “Developing Web Applications using Perl, memcached, MySQL and Apache”.  I just finished up Chapter 1, which is the first chapter where I discuss several things such as how much things have changed in the last ten years …
Amy Barrett / Business Week:
Looking for an Angel  —  As if entrepreneurs needed more reason to conserve cash.  On March 30 University of New Hampshire's Center for Venture Research released its survey on angel investing.  The bottom line: angel investors have tightened the purse strings.
Heidi N. Moore / Deal Journal:
IBM-Sun: Do They Have a Deal?  Does it Matter?  —  On Monday, the markets started to question whether International Business Machines and Sun Microsystems will really get a deal done.  —  It was on March 19 that The Wall Street Journal reported that IBM was in talks to acquire Sun Micro.
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Microsoft, the cash cow  —  The software giant may not be a high-powered growth machine anymore, but it offers financial strength and an attractive yield.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — With the stock market finally showing that it can go up as well as down, you might be wondering …
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Hal Halpin to game pubs: disclose DRM and standardize EULAs
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Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Online fraud coming to social networks
Sun-Times Media Group, Inc.:
Sun-Times Media Group Files for Voluntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy …
Tom Lowry / Business Week:
Time Warner Cable Expands Internet Usage Pricing
Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Networks In Motion To Launch First GPS App For BlackBerry App World
 Earlier Items: 
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
When Digital Media CEOs Lose It: Whose Portfolio Took The Biggest Hit In 2008
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple almost ready with Nehalem-based Xserves
Discussion: eWeek and MacRumors
John Koller / PlayStation.Blog:
PlayStation 2 Will Be Available for Under $100
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Twitting Point  —  Bill O'Reilly has the last word on Twitter for today.
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