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4:45 PM ET, April 1, 2009

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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Once-Mighty SGI Sold to Rackable for $25 Million  —  A collective shudder rippled through Silicon Valley on Wednesday morning, as Rackable Systems announced its purchase of Silicon Graphics Inc. for just $25 million in cash.  —  If you travel all the way back to 1997, SGI was pulling in close to $4 billion in revenue per year.
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Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Review: BlackBerry App World [Update 2]  —  RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is slated to take the stage later today in Las Vegas at the CTIA show and all eyes will be focused on RIM's answer to Apple's App Store.  While we wished that RIM had held off on the launch of BlackBerry App World until …
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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.
Thanks:atul
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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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Industry Shocked And Angered By Facebook CFO's Firing
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Offers a $50 Netbook and Bundled Broadband Package  —  Updated: Holy price cuts, Ma Bell!  AT&T is rolling out a trial of subsidized netbooks in its Atlanta retail stores, where it will have some netbooks (or “mini laptops,” in AT&T speak) for $49.95 (on the high end you're gonna pay $250).
Discussion: Digits and Gearlog
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Slick Desktop AIR App For Monitoring Twitter  —  Yahoo has launched an Adobe AIR-powered desktop application called Sideline yesterday, once again validating the power of Twitter for real-time search.  After taking it for a spin, I have to say it looks and feels really nice …
Discussion: Download Squad
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Does Android on an HP Netbook Signal Trouble For Microsoft?  —  Google's Android may soon move beyond the limiting confines of the G1 smartphone and onto a much roomier machine: the netbook.  Hewlett Packard is experimenting with the OS in an attempt to gauge how useful it might be on those tiny computers.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Technologizer
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Some UltraDNS customers knocked offline by attack  —  NeuStar confirms ‘significant’ denial of service attack on Tuesday morning  —  NeuStar confirmed that some of its UltraDNS managed DNS service customers were knocked offline for several hours Tuesday morning by a distributed denial of service attack.
Discussion: CircleID and GigaOM
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Tom Daly / Dynamic Network Services Incorporated:
UltraDNS Outage Causes Multiple Website Failures
Discussion: Between the Lines and The Register
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Confirmed: Major Veoh restructuring, layoffs  —  Online video service Veoh is said to be undergoing a major restructuring tomorrow, a source close to the company tells me, that could include large layoffs and a potential change to its product strategy.  [Update: We've since confirmed the layoffs …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, paidContent.org and Xconomy
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Video Site Veoh Cuts Staff, Boots CEO, Bets on Browser Plug-in
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
WebOS to Support Palm OS Emulation!  —  I just finished getting a great Palm Pre app walkthrough from Palm (video coming soon!), but this couldn't wait for the upload to finish.  There was one app that Palm didn't want to talk about (but we suspect will be revealed tonight) the “Classic” …
Canadian Press:
Family website specialist Kaboose sells its assets in two chunks for about $120M  —  TORONTO — Kaboose Inc. (TSX:KAB), a provider of family-oriented online media content, has agreed to sell all of its business in two chunks for about $120 million.  —  The Toronto-based company produces websites …
Discussion: Business Wire and Globe and Mail
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Disney Online Buys Kaboose Assets For $18.4 Million, Barclays …
Discussion: alarm:clock
Basheera Khan / TechCrunch Europe:
Yahoo Mobile launches across eight countries, 300 devices  —  The mobile content service which Yahoo previewed at Mobile World Congress in February launched today across eight countries, available both as an iPhone app and a mobile content site optimised for 300 devices ‘with HTML-enabled mobile browsers’.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Payday for VCs plummets 65 percent in 1st quarter  —  With venture-backed companies failing to launch IPOs and with mergers and acquisitions lagging, liquidity for venture capitalists fell 65 percent in the first quarter and pushed them back to 2003 levels, according to a report released Wednesday by Dow Jones VentureSource.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
April Fools: YouTube Flails, Amazon Cloud Computing In A Blimp, 3D Chrome Browsing, Google Masters A.I.  —  Wow.  April Fools Is In full swing.  —  The Guardian goes all Twitter, ditching the printed version and the website.  “Experts say any story can be told in 140 characters.”
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Skyping The New FCC  —  The Internet communications provider is jockeying for influence with the new administration.  —  LAS VEGAS—Those in Washington and the wireless industry know that Skype, the popular Internet communications service, wields influence beyond its size.
Nicole Ferraro / Internet Evolution:
Third-Party Clients Causing Twitter Downtime  —  We weren't imagining things: Twitter's Fail Whale has been resurrected as of late, and it's your fault.  —  Well.  Maybe it isn't your fault, but according to Twitter's API lead, Alex Payne, the Twitter team has been keeping an eye on the mammal's return …
Thanks:dannysammy
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.
Maggie Shiels / dot.life blog:
The Power of Less at Web 2.0  —  The theme of this year's Web 2.0 Expo doesn't shy away from the fact that the economy looms large over the event.  —  “The Power of Less can mean how to get more done with fewer resources,” said conference co-chair Jennifer Pahlka.
Discussion: CNET News, Digits and bub.blicio.us
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Linux Foundation says it's time to ditch Microsoft's FAT  —  Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin says that Microsoft is hostile to open technologies and that product makers should ditch the company's patent-encumbered FAT filesystem.  —  The Linux Foundation …
Discussion: Jim Zemlin
Darren Murph / Engadget:
MSI outs full specs of X-Slim X320 / X340 and Wind U123  —  While MSI has been teasing its Wind U123 and X-Slim X320 / X340 laptops for a little while now, we've yet to see the full specifications for each rig laid out.  Until now, of course.  Over at CTIA in Vegas, the company is revealing …
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: The iPhone Blog
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Hey, Lauren!  Is Apple's 17-Inch MacBook Pro Expensive?  —  There's something about comparing the prices of Windows PCs and Macs that makes otherwise cool and collected people-Windows and Mac users alike-become profoundly emotional and partisan, until steam shoots out of their ears and their eyeballs turn bright red.
Discussion: CloudAve and The Toybox
 
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Nokia:
Nokia proves phones can't be too thin or too smart
Discussion: IntoMobile and Unwired View
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's cross-platform advertising strategy is a shambles
Discussion: MarketingShift, Thanks:atul
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
It's Official: Miller Joins News Corp. As Chief Digital Officer …
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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
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Newspapers Begin to Use Zillow
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