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11:55 AM ET, April 1, 2009

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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 …
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Sideline monitors Twitter, shows off Yahoo tools
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily and Pulse2
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.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
Silicon Graphics Sells to Rackable Systems  —  UPDATES to correct purchase price to $25 million, not $25 billion.  —  Silicon Graphics has agreed to be acquired by Rackable Systems for about $25 million in cash, a merger of convenience for the two data and storage companies.
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Tracking Conficker: So far, it's a snoozer [Update]  —  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.
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John Leyden / The Register:
Conficker botnet remains dormant - for now
Discussion: Guardian
Neil J. Rubenking / PC Magazine:
Your Conficker To-Do List
Discussion: The Download Blog, eWeek and Gizmodo
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.”
The Official Palm Blog:
Watch this space: No foolin'  —  We thought about running a harmless little April Fool's Day prank on the blog today.  Maybe leak a hint about a hush-hush rumor that Palm would be merging with that pomegranate juice company (the new company would have the ticker symbol POM-PALM, with a cheerleader as our corporate mascot, natch).
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Industry Shocked And Angered By Facebook CFO's Firing  —  The industry reaction to Facebook firing CFO Gideon Yu is surprise and anger.  —  The anger stems from the way the company announced his departure, saying it needs a CFO with public company experience.
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, The Toybox and Apple 2.0
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft launches new netbook-like Windows Server option  —  With a nod to the new economic realities pushing users towards lower-priced options, Microsoft took the wraps off its new low-end Windows Server release, known as Windows Server 2008 Foundation, on April 1.
Arn / MacRumors:
Latest iPhone 3.0 Beta Allows 11 Pages of Apps (180 Apps)  —  Apple's second iPhone 3.0 beta that was seeded today offers the usual collection of bug fixes and improvements, but does introduce one new feature: users are now allowed 11 pages of apps (180 apps total) on your iPhone and iPod Touch.
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Struggling to find the best iPhone apps?  Mobui offers an answer  —  With more than 27,000 applications in Apple's iPhone store, it can be tough to keep up with all of the cool stuff.  After all, about 100 new applications have been added every day since the store was unveiled in July.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
HP Is ‘Studying’ Android for PC Use  —  If Hewlett-Packard, the world's biggest PC maker, were to install Google's operating system on netbooks, Microsoft Windows could face strong competition  —  Move over, Microsoft.  Hewlett-Packard may give Google the entrée it needs to provide …
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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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zoho Chat opens to Google, AIM, and more  —  Zoho, a company offering a wide range of low-cost web applications for productivity and business, is launching version 2.0 of its instant messaging client, Zoho Chat.  The biggest change is both simple and absolutely crucial …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Snap snaps to life, coming to US as S522  —  Since the Excalibur and Cavalier, HTC's shown an unhealthy aversion for the immensely popular portrait QWERTY format — until now, that is, with the introduction of the rumored 12mm-thick HTC Snap.  The Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone features …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Billion Dollar Charlie takes on the RIAA  —  Ars sits down with “Billion Dollar Charlie” Nesson, the Harvard Law professor who's taking on the RIAA in federal court.  Winning his case would be great, but Nesson's thinking even bigger.  He wants nothing less than a national …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: Major Veoh restructuring, layoffs tomorrow  —  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.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
HP Making It Easier For Anyone To Be A Paper Magazine Publisher  —  Two years ago, we noted (with some surprise) that at least some top execs at HP seemed to actually be focused on trying to move the company into the future rather than clinging to the past, as is so common with many companies.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
CTIA: RIM Launches BlackBerry App World  —  BlackBerry App World will be available on all BlackBerrys with track balls, including Pearls, Curves, Flips, Bolds, and 8800 series phones.  —  Research In Motion launched the official BlackBerry App World application store today …
Jessica Davis / eWeek:
Intel Nehalem Xeon Processor Could Hurt Server Sales  —  Intel's Nehalem Xeon processor launch could potentially make Intel a leader in the hardware virtualization space and spur more virtualization projects, but it's not likely to sell any more server hardware.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nomee Is An All-In-One Social Networking Aggregator And RSS Feed  —  Startup Nomee aggregates social networks and websites into a free Adobe Air powered desktop application that helps you manage these networks and sites into a single interface.  The nomee personal all-in-one dashboard aggregates …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Ubergizmo
Tom Daly / Dynamic Network Services Incorporated:
UltraDNS Outage Causes Multiple Website Failures  —  This morning, our Dynect Platform monitoring system noticed a problem, a big one.  From our global perspective, it appears that many online services, including amazon.com (the store, AWS, and S3), salesforce.com, advertisting.com, and petco.com, had some serious DNS troubles.
Discussion: Network World and The Register
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: bub.blicio.us
 
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James Sherwood / The Register:
GM in-car kit team says no to drive'n'Twitter tech
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Gizmodo
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Ebay Launches Selling Manager Applications Beta
Discussion: PC World and TechCrunchIT
PR Newswire:
Good Technology to Add iPhone Support to Good for Enterprise
Discussion: Between the Lines
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
CTIA09: Hands-on with the latest build of the Android “Cupcake” firmware
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Android Phone Fans
Washington Post:
Senate Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity
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Antoine Blua / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Iran, Russia, Georgia Singled Out As Threatening Internet Freedom
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Texas Politics:
Hasta la vista, Vista? (ANOTHER UPDATE)
Thanks:dsilverman
Gerd Leonhard / MediaFuturist:
Why Google's free music deal in China is so important, and what it may really mean
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Guardian wants Government to look at Google News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Sure Does Have Trouble Keeping Execs
Washington Wire:
Sen. Kerry Promises ‘Aggressive’ Tech Agenda
Discussion: A VC
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Kill Off The Auto-Follow
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