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6:25 PM ET, April 2, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
The Discovery Engine Is Coming  —  A few weeks ago we started testing Twitter Search in the web interface for a subset of folks.  We had the search box way up near the top of the page and the results on a separate page.  It turns out that's not the awesome way to do it.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Confirms And Details New “Discovery Engine”
Discussion: Epicenter, Thanks:gspowart
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dissent Is Dead At Facebook, Employees Complain  —  Facebook and CFO Gideon Yu did not part ways because the company needs a CFO with public company experience.  A source familiar with Facebook admits that's just spin.  —  We don't know exactly why Facebook and Gideon parted ways …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Entire Facebook Goodbye-Gideon-We-Are-the-Money- Champions Memo  —  Dear Elliot Schrage:  —  BoomTown wins.  —  As Sheryl knows from experience, don't mess with the Swish.  Or Texas.  Or Zohan.  —  Just don't mess.  —  For everyone else, here is the entire memo that Facebook sent …
Discussion: Gawker and Silicon Alley Insider
Owen Thomas / Gawker:   Mark Zuckerberg's Status Update: Paranoid as Hell
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Is Here. Go Shorten Those URLs
Thanks:sinkercat
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.
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.
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 …
Jill Colvin / New York Times:
You've Got Voice Mail, but Do You Care?  —  WHEN Steve Hamrick left his last job as manager at a software corporation, he had at least 25 unheard messages in his office voice mailbox.  And that's not counting the unreturned calls on his cellphone or landline at home.  —  It's not that he doesn't like to talk.
Discussion: Gawker
Verizon:
Get to Games and Applications Directly From The Mobile Web on Verizon Wireless Phones  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — From CTIA WIRELESS 2009®, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless …
Discussion: Unwired View, Phone Arena and AppScout
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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 …
Bonnie Cha / CNET News:
Really?  I can't touch the Palm Pre?  Really!?!  —  Those are not my hands.  —  (Credit: Bonnie Cha/CNET)  —  OK, I know I just got done gushing about the third-party apps on the Palm Pre, and I didn't want to take anything away from that but there's something I need to get off my chest.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Report: IBM cuts price on Sun deal  —  IBM has reportedly cut its purchase price for Sun Microsystems to a range of $9 to $10 a share, with Sun apparently willing to accept the lower end of the range providing the deal will go through regardless of antitrust scrutiny, according to a report Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.
BBC:
Piracy law cuts internet traffic  —  Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country's new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest.  —  Sweden's new policy - the Local IPRED law - allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Releases All New Windows Live Client For Windows Mobile  —  Windows Live may seem like a failure in the eyes of many a TechCrunch reader, but there are a number of services that continue to thrive within the scope of a vast, mainstream audience.  Hence it's worth noting that Microsoft …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Launch Pad at Web 2.0 Expo: Crawlers in the sky  —  The mini-Demo conference at the Web 2.0 Expo is the Launch Pad, where five stat-up companies pitched to a small panel of experts (Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb, Matt Marshall of VentureBeat, and Anand Iyer of Microsoft) …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
Glue Gets Stickier With Conversations and Recommendations  —  AdaptiveBlue, creators of the contextual social network Glue, announced today the immediate availability of an updated version of their semantic browser extension that adds several powerful new features.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon launches Hadoop data crunching service  —  Amazon on Thursday announced a new cloud computing service that uses Hadoop, a free software framework, to crunch tons of data.  —  The service, called Amazon Elastic MapReduce, is designed for businesses, researchers and analysts trying …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opera Browser Chosen For “Mobile Office” Computer In Ford Pickup Trucks  —  Can the Web save the Big 3 automobile companies?  Probably not, but making Web-friendly vehicles could help to sell a few more cars.  Tech companies have increasingly been showcasing web applications for automobiles.
Discussion: BetaNews and Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, Mashable! and InformationWeek, Thanks:atul
eWeek:
Intel, GE Will Partner for Health Care IT, Invest $250 Million  —  Intel and General Electric plan on investing $250 million over the next five years in a joint partnership to develop health care IT technologies, including the Intel Health Guide, a box that allows users to check …
Discussion: Ars Technica and The Register
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Samsung Propel Pro Has the Looks, Needs a Better Keyboard  —  The Samsung Propel Pro is the enterprise-targeted followup to last year's Propel, and now has a redesigned keyboard, Windows Mobile 6.1 and wi-fi, to go along with a (literally) shiny new body.  —  Among other things …
Discussion: techeblog.com
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
NVIDIA's Franken-Mini is half HP, half Tegra, no Intel  —  And now, a little visit to the “Why not?” department: NVIDIA is showing off an HP Mini 1000 at CTIA that it has totally gutted, replacing the laptop's stock Atom-based circuitry with its own Tegra wares atop a bone-stock Windows CE build.
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 …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
File-Sharer Gets High-Profile Defender  —  Alleged file-sharer Joel Tenenbaum has a new ally in his battle against the record labels: Radiohead manager Brian Message.  —  Tenenbaum, a grad student currently being sued for allegedly sharing seven tracks on Kazaa, intends to have Message testify …
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
ASP.NET MVC 1.0  —  Two weeks ago at MIX we released ASP.NET MVC 1.0.  ASP.NET MVC is a free, fully supported, Microsoft product that enables developers to easily build web applications using a model-view-controller pattern.  ASP.NET MVC provides a “closer to the metal” web programming option for ASP.NET.
GamesIndustry.biz:
Crytek: Streaming games service viable in 2013  —  Developer Crytek has revealed to GamesIndustry.biz that is has researched the viability of a streaming videogame service similar to those currently being touted by OnLive and Gaikai.  —  However, the Crysis studio concluded that such a service …
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Distinction between PC and phone gets even blurrier
Discussion: Gearlog and Microsoft Watch
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Samsung's Android Phone Plans
Discussion: Google Android News …, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
Google CEO to keynote newspaper convention
David Martin / CNET News:
iPhone OS 3.0 beta 2 jailbroken
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Will Wright favors Web 2.0-like community-driven game design
Discussion: CNET News and web2expo.com
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Apple's iPhone, an Indian Flop, Prepares for China
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The NCAA Blows the Whistle on Twitter's “March Tweetness”
Discussion: ClickZ, Thanks:atul
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Record Labels In Germany Learning That YouTube Has The Leverage
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Rosetta Stone to Go Public, Ending IPO Dry Spell
Discussion: Between the Lines
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple cracks down on rogue app stores
Discussion: Macworld, NEWSFACTOR, mocoNews and iLounge
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Hulu encrypts its HTML to fend off Boxee . . . again
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Is Twitter Killing RSS?
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Stealth Webmail Product Definitely Happening (Internal Memo)
 

 
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