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12:20 AM ET, April 3, 2009

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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Status Update: Paranoid as Hell  —  Is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hunting leakers?  His internal memo about CFO Gideon Yu's departure got forwarded to bloggers.  Perhaps he was hoping that would happen, and not just so his spin would get out.
Discussion: All Facebook
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Facebook Fallout: Is it time for Zuckerberg to go?  —  For the record, I've never officially met Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook.  But I've met guys who are probably like him.  Young.  Smart.  Rich.  Full of great ideas.  And, yeah, probably a little bit full of himself, too.
Discussion: Gawker
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dissent Is Dead At Facebook, Employees Complain
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Entire Facebook Goodbye-Gideon-We-Are-the-Money- Champions Memo
Ibrahim Bokharouss / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Gmail search made easier (and lazier)  —  On the Gmail team, we believe finding the right email among thousands of messages can be as important as finding the right web page across the billions of web pages out there.  So with the aim of making search in Gmail easier …
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:   Gmail Search Autocomplete Makes Searching Your Inbox a Breeze
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google In Late Stage Talks To Acquire Twitter  —  Here's a heck of a rumor that we've sourced from two separate people close to the negotiations: Google is in late stage negotiations to acquire Twitter.  We don't know the price but can assume its well, well north of the $250 million valuation …
Thanks:atul
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
DiggBar Launches Today!  —  Hey everyone -  —  Starting today, we'll begin rolling out a new product we are calling the DiggBar.  Before we dive into the details, check out this short video overview:  —  The DiggBar allows you to...  - Digg directly on the destination site: No more awkward toggling between the story page and Digg.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With DiggBar, Digg wants to be central to sharing content on the web — and it could work  —  The main problem I have with Digg these days is that I have to go to digg.com to use it.  Sure, there are other ways to see stories on the site, such as RSS.  But if you want to Digg a story, you have to go to the site.
New York Times:
I.B.M. Reportedly Will Buy Rival Sun for $7 Billion  —  I.B.M. appears on the verge of acquiring Sun Microsystems, a longtime rival in the computer server and software markets, for nearly $7 billion.  —  The two companies have been negotiating for weeks, ironing out terms of an agreement …
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Libby Purves / Times of London:
Village mob thwarts Google Street View car  —  Angry villagers formed a human chain to thwart the progress of a Google Street View car that was in the process of taking photographs of their homes.  —  Police were called to Broughton in Buckinghamshire yesterday, after furious villagers blocked …
Ryan Naraine / Threatpost Blog:
Microsoft issues PowerPoint zero-day warning  —  Microsoft has issued an advisory to warn about an under-attack zero-day vulnerability affecting its PowerPoint software.  —  According to the pre-patch advisory, the flaw allows remote code execution if a user opens a booby-trapped PowerPoint file.
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Dan Stober / Stanford News:
Free Stanford course on developing iPhone software  —  Want to know how to write programs for the iPhone and iPod touch?  Beginning this week, a Stanford computer science class on that buzzworthy topic will be available online to the general public for free.  —  The 10-week course, iPhone Application Programming, is a hot ticket.
Holly Stewart / IBM Internet Security Systems …:
Counting Confickers  —  Now that the ambiguity about what is going to happen on April 1 (nothing) is behind us, the next question that seems to be on everyone's mind is how many infections are really out there.  We've been holding off on releasing our numbers because we keep seeing the numbers climb considerably each day.
Discussion: ITworld.com
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Public market buys ChangYou's virtual goods model, stock up after IPO  —  In a public market vote of confidence on the business of virtual goods, Chinese game-maker ChangYou (CYOU) has gone public on NASDAQ today and its stock is currently up around 25 percent on heavy trading.  Why?
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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alarm:clock:
China's ChangYou Shows Us How An IPO Is Done
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Forbes
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Blows The Doors Off  —  BlackBerry maker RIM (RIMM) beat its preannounced Christmas quarter results, and Q1 looks very strong.  Most important: RIM says gross margins will improve this quarter, a key concern.  Shares jumped 20% after hours.  —  Investors had been concerned that RIM's margins …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre Apps Hands On: Hardly Lightweight, Looking Great  —  We're nearing the still unknown release date for the Palm Pre, and new details are slowly surfacing.  Sprint demoed the Pre's WebOS apps at CTIA, including PalmOS Emulator, Google Maps and Pandora.  These look fantastic.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Distinction between PC and phone gets even blurrier  —  Speaking at the CTIA Wireless convention in Las Vegas this morning, Microsoft's Robbie Bach started not by touting Windows Mobile but by talking about computers — specifically, netbooks.  His comments, via webcast …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gearlog and Microsoft Watch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Technorati Lays Off Another 10 Percent Of Employees  —  Blog search engine Technorati has laid off close to 10 percent of its staff, or 4 employees in its PR, engineering and general admin areas.  The company's CEO, Richard Jalichandra confirmed the layoffs.
Thanks:atul
Robb Topolski / Public Knowledge:
AT&T Quietly Updates its Wireless Plans  —  Quietly, last night, AT&T revised its wireless plans.  In the latest changes to the service terms, it looks like AT&T is trying to exempt its own video services but metering services like the Slingbox or other video web sites.  See, this change (changes emphasized):
Discussion: GigaOM and NewTeeVee
Nick / Rough Type:
Google lifts its skirts  —  Yesterday was a remarkable day for the small, slightly obsessed band of Google data-center watchers of which I am one.  Around each of the company's sprawling server farms is a high metal fence patrolled by a particularly devoted squad of rent-a-cops, who may or may not be cyborgian in nature.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Zune wants your living room, finally to go international?  —  According to two job postings, Microsoft is targeting the living room with the Zune and is looking to expand the Zune Marketplace to international markets.  —  Microsoft recently published two job postings that hint at two separate …
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Microsoft To Officially Become a Monopoly in Russia  —  Yesterday Russian anti-monopoly authorities informed us about the fact that they intend to officially include Microsoft in the register of monopolies doing business in the country.  To be listed as a monopoly, a company needs to hold …
Discussion: CNET News
Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire to Launch WiMAX Innovation Network to Silicon Valley Developers  — “WiMAX Innovation Network” to Accelerate 4G Mobile Broadband Development, Initially Covering More Than 20 Square Miles -  —  Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR) today announced a major step toward application development …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft and the Corporate Identity Crisis  —  Do the people who run computers for big companies have an identity crisis?  That was the impression I got after spending an hour Wednesday with Bob Muglia, the president of Microsoft's server and tool business.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Samsung's Android Phone Plans  —  The handset maker plans to launch three “Google” phones this year.  —  Despite a fanatical amount of interest from the tech media and early adopters, Samsung has mostly kept quiet about its plans to develop phones using Google's mobile platform, Android.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Piracy Puts Film Online One Month Before Open  —  In a case of piracy that some analysts called unprecedented, untold thousands of people watched a version of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” online Wednesday, a full month before its scheduled theater release.  —  The film's distributor …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft helps keep Koobface virus off Facebook  —  Microsoft is working with Facebook to keep the persistent Koobface virus off the popular social networking site, the companies said on Thursday.  —  “In working with Facebook, we were able to add detection of Koobface …
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's “Garyvee” Vaynerchuk Gets A Book Deal  —  Web wine guru branches into the print world  —  HarperStudio has signed a seven-figure, 10-book deal with Gary Vaynerchuk, a 33-year-old Belarusian-born wine retailer from New Jersey, who, except for a talk show appearance here and there …
 
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Ryan Goldberg / New York Times:
Virtual Leagues Fold, Forcing Gamers to Find Actual Jobs
Sharon Jayson / USA Today:
For teens, a friend online is usually a friend offline, too
Discussion: Techdirt
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Clearwire Chief Slams Wireless ‘Legacy Nonsense’
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Vodafone HTC Magic delayed
Discussion: Phone Arena and MobileCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yelp Focuses On Mobile, New And Improved iPhone App Coming Soon
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Launch Pad at Web 2.0 Expo: Crawlers in the sky
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
NVIDIA's Franken-Mini is half HP, half Tegra, no Intel
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opera Browser Chosen For “Mobile Office” Computer In Ford Pickup Trucks
Discussion: Gizmodo and BetaNews
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Skype's iPhone limits irk some consumer advocates
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The NCAA Blows the Whistle on Twitter's “March Tweetness”
Discussion: ClickZ, Thanks:atul
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