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11:20 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, Bits, VentureBeat, Gawker, Pulse2 and broadstuff, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 advise Facebook about financial matters until a new search for a CFO is found, sources said.
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 …
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 …
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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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
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 …
Discussion: Library clips, Thanks:bobcaswell
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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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
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
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
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 …
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
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 …
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Online fraud coming to social networks  —  Investigators are gearing up for the day Twitter and Facebook become tools for financial wrongdoing.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — When it comes to perpetrating market manipulation, insider trading and other financial fraud, wrongdoers …
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 and AltSearchEngines
 
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Tom Lowry / Business Week:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Lunch.com brings yet another reviews site to the table
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Discussion: eWeek and MacRumors
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Hulu Attracts Crowds but Not Ads
Discussion: MediaPost, ChannelWeb and NewTeeVee, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Reed / USA Today:
American to add Wi-Fi service to domestic flights
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
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