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12:05 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 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).
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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: PC Magazine, PC World, Digits and Gearlog
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]
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
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  —  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: InfoWorld and The Open Road
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: Data Center Knowledge, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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.
Discussion: PR Newswire, CNET News and Digits
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.
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
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,” …
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: HipMojo.com and MarketingShift, Thanks:atul
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’.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Cuil Launches Timeline To Search Results  —  The Cuil Blog announced that for some queries, they will show a timeline box on the right column.  For searches such as Abraham Lincoln, Alan Turing, Michael Jordan, Great Depression, Madison Square Garden and others, you may get a timeline.
Discussion: Cuil Blog and The Noisy Channel
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Video Site Veoh Cuts Staff, Boots CEO, Bets on Browser Plug-in  —  Video site Veoh, one of the biggest and best-funded players in the “who will be the next YouTube” competition, is restructuring the company, laying off a good chunk of its staff, and replacing CEO Steve Mitgang with founder Dmitry Shapiro.
Peggy Fikac / MySanAntonio.com:
Budget ‘rider’ would bid ‘Hasta la vista’ to Windows Vista  —  READ  —  AUSTIN — It could be “Hasta la vista, baby” to state agency purchases of Microsoft's Windows Vista information technology under a proposed state budget provision.  —  The “rider” in the proposed two-year …
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 …
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:dannysammy
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
MySpace Music: What Went Wrong, and What's Being Done About It  —  The launch of MySpace Music six months ago was supposed to herald a new era, with the four major labels at long last embracing social media as a disruptive force of good and developing a business model which didn't repulse their customers.
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.
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
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