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2:05 AM ET, April 2, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm announces webOS SDK availability, Palm OS emulation for Pre, new cloud services  —  Well, it's not quite the release date and price you were hoping for, but it's definitely something.  Today Palm — via a short keynote at the Web 2. Expo — announced that the company would begin taking names …
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The Official Palm Blog:
The webOS developer community leaps ahead  —  Today, Palm expanded the Mojo SDK program for webOS, announcing that a broad group of developers will be provided with the software development kit to create applications for the Palm Pre phone (as well as other future devices running webOS).
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google uncloaks once-secret server  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google is tight-lipped about its computing operations, but the company for the first time on Wednesday revealed the hardware at the core of its Internet might at a conference here about the increasingly prominent issue of data center efficiency.
Discussion: rc3.org and Data Center Knowledge, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Hulu begins encrypting HTML content to thwart non-browser apps  —  It looks like Hulu's trying yet another ill-fated tactic to keep its content restricted to traditional browsers and off things like Boxee — TunerFreeMCE's Martin Millmore says Hulu's HTML is now encrypted at the source and then decrypted using Javascript on the client.
TechCrunch:
Is Twitter Turning Into MySpace?  —  Editor's note: The following guest post was written by Mrinal Desai, who was an early employee of LinkedIn before he co-founded CrossLoop, a startup funded by El Dorado and Venrock.  You can follow him on Twitter.  —  I try and test many social services …
Discussion: Bob Caswell, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Is Office Finally Coming To The iPhone?  —  I'm here at the Web 2.0 Expo keynote, where Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft Business Division, hinted that we may be seeing Microsoft Office make its way to the iPhone some time soon.  After his interviewer Tim O'Reilly caught him on the comment …
Discussion: The Register, CloudAve and TechFlash, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Offers a $50 Netbook and Bundled Broadband Package
Discussion: PC Magazine, Gearlog and Digits
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
First Impressions of the New BlackBerry App Store  —  There have long been third-party programs for the BlackBerry, but in light of Apple's enormous success with an easy, built-in App Store for the iPhone, Research in Motion today unveiled its own similar store, called BlackBerry App World.
Discussion: Local Mobile Search, Thanks:atul
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Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Review: BlackBerry App World [Update 2]
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Intel Turns Over Its Linux Operating System  —  Intel's short run as an operating system maker has come to an end.  —  On Thursday, the non-profit Linux Foundation plans to announce that it will take over the “stewardship” of the Moblin project from Intel.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Linux Foundation says it's time to ditch Microsoft's FAT
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Open Road
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Wired.com ‘Gutted’ in Conde Layoffs  —  More detail on the layoffs at Conde Nast Digital today (which is not an April Fool's joke, okay): Wired.com was reportedly hit hard.  Internal turf war?  —  SAI says that Wired.com was “gutted.”  We've heard the same, although exact numbers are hard to come by …
AdAge:
Microsoft Looks to JWT to Market New Search Engine  —  Web Giant Expected to Spend Up to $100 Million in Bid to Win Share From Google, Yahoo  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Can Microsoft market its way out of the search basement?  Probably not, but it's going to try, entrusting roster agency JWT …
New York Times:
Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready for the next stage in the personal computer revolution: ultrathin and dirt cheap.  —  AT&T announced on Tuesday that customers in Atlanta could get a type of compact PC called a netbook for just $50 …
Discussion: iTnews Australia and CNET News
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Sales of Start-Ups Plummet, Along With Prices  —  Venture-backed start-ups hoping to go public or get acquired had a tough first quarter, according to data released Wednesday.  —  So you'd think that with start-up valuations down, corporate acquirers could be jumping on opportunities.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Complex  —  “A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked.  The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work.  You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.”
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
iPod shuffle sales surge 50% as iPod touch maintains top slot  —  Sales of Apple's most affordable iPod shot up more than 50 percent a week after the company unveiled new, more compact models that shift the push controls from the player itself to the included pair of earphones.
PC World:
Verizon Wireless: More E-book Readers May Be Coming  —  Yardena Arar  —  Are e-book readers going to be the next big thing in wireless?  Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell McAdam said “four or five” of them are in various stages of development in the company's open development labs.
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Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
AT&T May Enter E-Book Market, Challenging Sprint Service for Kindle Reader
Discussion: TechFlash
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Verizon wants its software on mobile phones  —  LAS VEGAS - Verizon Wireless doesn't care who emerges from the coming mobile operating system wars because no matter who wins, Verizon will make sure its software runs on top of that operating system.  —  “I don't think I need to bet on an operating system …
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
More app stores in store as Nokia preps Ovi  —  As if there weren't enough iPhone apps, now we have too many App Stores from which to choose.  —  Research in Motion on Wednesday became the latest company to launch one, with its unveiling of App World for its BlackBerry phones at the CTIA wireless telecoms conference in Las Vegas.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Latest iPhone developer agreement bans jailbreaks  —  The latest revision of the iPhone SDK agreement that developers must sign forbids jailbreaking or creating apps for jailbroken phones.  —  The “iPhone Developer Program License Agreement” governs what iPhone developers can and cannot do.
Discussion: TechCrunch, The iPhone Blog and Gizmodo
Erik Palm / CNET News:
Net traffic down on first day of Swedish antipiracy law  —  This post was updated at 2:30 p.m. PDT Wednesday with new information about Internet traffic.  —  The same day a new antipiracy law went into effect in Sweden, Internet traffic took a dive and five audio book publishers went after an alleged illegal file sharer in court.
Discussion: Techdirt
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's cross-platform advertising strategy is a shambles  —  Google's cross-platform advertising strategy is looking pretty miserable right now.  —  Led until recently by former Google U.S. sales executive Tim Armstrong, this strategy sought to spread Google's influence beyond search advertising …
Discussion: Beyond Search, MarketingShift and HipMojo.com, Thanks:atul
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Gmail: Expect bigger changes in next 5 years  —  Five years ago, Gmail launched with a splash big enough that many thought it was an April 1 joke: an entire gigabyte of online storage.  —  Larger online e-mail rivals Hotmail and Yahoo Mail quickly matched that advantage, but in the meantime …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Receiving video MMS works on iPhone OS 3.0?  —  Ever since the iPhone 3.0 beta was released, only the lucky and skilled have managed to enable MMS on their iPhones.  It's not that it's impossible to do, you just have to know your way around the OS and do some modifications, enter settings, and that sort of stuff.
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Nokia dismisses prospects of WiMax as wireless standard  —  Nokia has dismissed the prospects of the WiMax wireless mobile standard, claiming it is doomed to meet the same fate as Betamax, the video format that lost out to VHS in a war over technology standards in the 1970s and 1980s.
internetnews.com:
eBay Gets Into the App Platform Game  —  Project Echo paves the way for eBay Selling Manager to become a platform where developers can build and sell their merchant tools.  —  eBay is a marketplace for buyers, sellers and ... developers?  —  Today, the online auction giant officially launched …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Facebook's Problem is the Management  —  Shockwaves were felt throughout Silicon Valley when the social networking site announced that one of its star hires, CFO Gideon Yu, had been fired.  Although Facebook claims that it is looking for someone with “public company experience,” …
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Cuil Launches Timeline To Search Results
Discussion: Cuil Blog and The Noisy Channel
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MySpace Music: What Went Wrong, and What's Being Done About It
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Skyping The New FCC  —  The Internet communications provider …
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Ferraro / Internet Evolution:
Third-Party Clients Causing Twitter Downtime
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:dannysammy
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Does Android on an HP Netbook Signal Trouble For Microsoft?
Discussion: ITworld.com, TechFlash and Electronista
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
IBM stands for 'I've Been Moved'
Graeme Thickins / ReadWriteWeb:
How Tough Is It Today Being a VC?  10 Questions for Two Early-Stage Stars
Thanks:atul