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7:00 PM ET, April 2, 2008

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google to Lay Off About 300 at DoubleClick  —  In the first sizable layoffs in its history, Google is cutting about 300 jobs from the American operations of DoubleClick, the advertising technology company that it acquired recently, according to a person with direct knowledge of Google's plans.
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Official Google Blog:
Selling Performics Search Marketing  —  Since we closed the acquisition of DoubleClick on March 11, we've been immersed in integration planning for each of our products and business units.  Recently we completed this process for the DoubleClick Performics businesses, and have decided to split …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google Selling Performics — Thanks, Google!
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 beta 5 now available for download  —  Please note: Firefox 3 Beta 5 is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback.  It includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed.
Discussion: Compiler, Macsimum News and BlueBlog
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
At CTIA, Yahoo unveils a smarter mobile search  —  Yahoo announced a new mobile search strategy Wednesday at the CTIA Wireless trade show in Las Vegas, centered on the latest iteration of its Yahoo OneSearch product.  —  In a keynote address by Marco Boerrie, the company's executive vice president of …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
MLB.TV strikes out with premium online video  —  Watching sports online is a growing trend.  After all, many people are fans of sports teams from all around the country yet don't live in the market where their games are broadcast.  Major League Baseball is having trouble keeping up with that growth …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
Google's Going to Do What?! … The rumor mills are turning at a feverish pace.  —  Various sources are predicting that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is about to hook up with eBay's (Nasdaq: EBAY) Skype.  And Google's M&A appetite may not stop there.  Shares of Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Reuters:
Expedia shares rally on takeover rumor
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Iancr / FISTFULAYEN:
Cool Change  —  Word is leaking out, so I may as well set the record straight...  After four years and three months, I'm leaving Yahoo! for another opportunity.  I'll be joining founders Peter Gotcher and Shamal Ranasinghe as the CEO at a still-mostly-stealth company called Topspin Media.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Loses Its Musical Soul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On The iPhone Shortage; Why Bernstein Does Not Buy The Theory That A 3G Phone Is Imminent  —  So here we are again, wondering about missing Apple (AAPL) iPhones.  —  The last time this became an issue, the question was why Apple's iPhone unit sales were so much higher than the sales …
Veronica Belmont:
Moving on to new projects  —  Hard to believe the time has already come, but soon enough I'll be moving on from Mahalo to embark on some exciting new projects!  Mahalo Daily has been a really amazing experience (and not just because I get to do things like fly a plane) …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Valleywag
Charlie Caroe / Telegraph Sport:
David Beckham century gift - a golden ipod  —  Former England captain David Beckham will be dancing for joy after his team-mates clubbed together to buy him a special something to celebrate him reaching the elite 100-cap club for his country.  —  Beckham, 32, who reached his century during …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel Makes a Push Into Pocket-Size Internet Devices  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intel plans to proclaim Wednesday in Shanghai that the next big thing in consumer gadgets will be the “Internet in your pocket.”  —  The challenge for the giant chip maker will be to prove that it is not too late …
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel touts anti-theft tech for laptops
Discussion: ExtremeTech and Ubergizmo
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple's new campus still a long way off  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs addresses the Cupertino City Council on April 18, 2006.  Image: City of Cupertino  —  According to city maps, the site of Apple's new campus will be bounded by Interstate 280, Wolfe Road, Pruneridge Avenue and Tantau Avenue.
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TechMeme Leaderboard's Top Ten: Six Months In  —  Gabe Rivera turned the world of ranking technology blogs upside down six months ago, seemingly overnight, with the debut of the TechMeme leaderboard, constituting the top 100 blog or news sources whose posts reached the popular site in the prior 30 day period.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
eBay Bans Auctions Of Digital Goods  —  from the another-market-mucked-up-by-digital- goods dept  —  We've pointed out more than a few times how digital goods muck up traditional markets that are based on the concept of scarcity, and it appears that eBay has come to the same conclusion.
Olaf de Senerpont Domis / Tech Confidential:
It's all about the exit...  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  The following is from Tech Confidential partner OC VC, a blog written by Marc Averrit, cofounder and managing partner at Okapi Venture Capital:  —  I've been spending a fair amount of my time these days working through exit scenarios …
Discussion: ben barren
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: sub-$200 WiFi touchscreen iPods from Apple by holidays  —  Investment bank Piper Jaffray said Wednesday it disagrees with the consensus on Wall Street that growth in Apple Inc.'s iPod business will screech to a halt this year, saying new products like a sub-$200 wireless touchscreen model …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Coming up: the fingerprint-grabbing keylogger  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  A British researcher has developed a biometric keylogger of sorts that can capture fingerprints required to unlock building doors or gain access to computer networks or other restricted systems.
 
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MobileTechNews:
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Discussion: Engadget
Brad Stone / Bits:
Comcast to Bring Speedier Internet to St. Paul
Discussion: DSLreports and Ars Technica
Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Orange France reveals number of iPhones sold
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Douglas Merrill, President, EMI Digital Business …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
FriendFeed's goal: More than just a feed aggregator
Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft: Lite-On NOT making Blu-ray drive
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Arguing Over Copyright While Books Disintegrate
Business Wire:
New Nike+ SportBand Expands the Nike+ Experience to Make Running Even Easier
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The New Opera Mini Arrives - Now 50% Faster Than Before
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
A new low for Motorola  —  Motorola's dismal week now includes …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
iPhone users: Think young and rich, not different
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Why AMD is set to go fabless
Matt / Photo Matt:
OpenID and Spam
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface launching April 17th... with AT&T
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Judge to RIAA: You can't sue over songs ‘made available’ via P2P