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5:40 PM ET, March 31, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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 it as replacing him and was searching for a new CFO on the path to an eventual IPO.
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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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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.
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.
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Google's newest venture  —  Today we're excited to announce Google Ventures, Google's new venture capital fund.  This is Google's effort to take advantage of our resources to support innovation and encourage promising new technology companies.  By borrowing the best practices of top-tier …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's New VC Fund Lacks Domain Name
Discussion: Google Watch
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
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 and CNET News
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Pirates Board Apple's iPhone App Store  —  The iPhone's App Store is becoming an increasingly juicy target for pirates, who have illegally cracked 20 percent of paid applications for free distribution.  —  Apple's App Store offers about 25,000 paid apps, and iPhone analytics company Medialets estimates …
Discussion: Technologizer, Apple 2.0 and iLounge, Thanks:atul
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:   iPhone Pirating App Attacks Rival Pirate App Store
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, MediaPost and ChannelWeb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 and Macsimum News
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.
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.
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.
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 …
John Koller / PlayStation.Blog:
PlayStation 2 Will Be Available for Under $100  —  Hi everyone, the last time you heard from me, I talked about the huge milestone that PlayStation 2 achieved - reaching 50 million units sold in North America.  Today I'm excited to talk about another milestone in PlayStation 2's lifespan.
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 …
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.
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
Rik Ferguson / Counter Measures:
Poisoned Downad/Conficker Removal Searches...  Reminder: For a FREE tool to remove Conficker (and every other malware in the current pattern file) use Trend Micro's SysClean available here.  —  As soon as the good news breaks that it is possible to use tools such as the network scanning tool nmap …
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 …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
When Digital Media CEOs Lose It: Whose Portfolio Took The Biggest Hit In 2008  —  A couple of weeks ago, we ranked digital-media CEOs by the size of paychecks.  But many of these titans derive most of their wealth not from salary, bonus or options, but from their holdings in the companies they run.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, InfoWorld, HP and Computerworld Blogs
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 …
 
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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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook flick moves ahead, but Facebook not thrilled
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Google Shutters Video AdSense Program
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 Earlier Items: 
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple almost ready with Nehalem-based Xserves
Discussion: eWeek and MacRumors
Eric Ward / Search Engine Land:
Twitter: Incredibly Valuable Or Utterly Useless As A Link Building Tool?
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Twitting Point  —  Bill O'Reilly has the last word on Twitter for today.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Next up for Microsoft's ‘real life’ Windows star: 7-Eleven ads
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Boing Boing Gadgets
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What's the Password? Only Your iPhone Knows