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9:35 PM ET, April 2, 2009

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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 …
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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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Is Here. Go Shorten Those URLs
Discussion: Scripting News, Thanks:sinkercat
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.
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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
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (969136)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Version: 1.0  —  Microsoft is investigating new reports of a vulnerability in Microsoft Office PowerPoint that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted PowerPoint file.
Discussion: Zero Day, MSRC and Network World
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Ryan Naraine / Threatpost Blog:   Microsoft issues PowerPoint zero-day warning
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.
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 …
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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.
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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.
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.
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
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 and Gearlog
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 …
DealBook:
I.B.M. Said to Be Near Deal for Sun at Lower Price  —  I.B.M. is close to a deal to acquire Sun Microsystems, a maker of computer servers and the creator of the Java programming language, for about $9.50 per Sun share, people familiar with the discussions told DealBook on Thursday.
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
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.
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Clearwire Chief Slams Wireless ‘Legacy Nonsense’  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Clearwire chairman Craig McCaw on Wednesday slammed the legacy systems of his wireless competitors, and championed his company's upcoming WiMAX offerings as a flexible solution.  —  “Our job was to design the perfect antidote …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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 …
alarm:clock:
China's ChangYou Shows Us How An IPO Is Done  —  Chinese online game site Changyou.com had a killer IPO today.  The market had a nice day for sure but its nonetheless impressive what ChangYou had done in our aweful IPO market.  Changyou.com is a spinoff of Chinese portal Sohu.com (NASDAQ: SOHU).
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and VentureBeat
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
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.
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
 
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Ryan Goldberg / New York Times:
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Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
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Samsung Propel Pro Has the Looks, Needs a Better Keyboard
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Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Skype's iPhone limits irk some consumer advocates
Discussion: CNET News and TECH.BLORGE.com
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The NCAA Blows the Whistle on Twitter's “March Tweetness”
Discussion: ClickZ, Thanks:atul
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Record Labels In Germany Learning That YouTube Has The Leverage