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4:15 AM ET, April 2, 2008

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Furrier.org:
Breaking News: Google CIO Douglas Merrill Quits Becomes President of EMI  —  Update: People within EMI are saying that they are lining up mainstream media exclusives for tomorrow either NY Times or WSJ and want to kill all blog coverage.  —  More brain drain at Google.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google's CIO leaves search giant for job at EMI  —  Updated 5 p.m. PDT with more information and context.  —  Google Chief Information Officer Douglas Merrill is leaving Google to become president of EMI's digital unit, according to sources.  —  A Google spokesman confirmed that Merrill …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Google Exec Bails: VP Leaves To Head EMI Group  —  Add another one to the list of Google employee departures: Google VP Engineering Douglas Merrill has resigned, a source says (and confirmed here), and will be joining UK and NY-based big music label EMI Group as President.
Discussion: Coolfer
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Senior Executive Leaving Google
Discussion: Techdirt
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   EMI Gets New Digital Boss From Google (GOOG)
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sprint's Samsung Instinct: At Last, a Decent iPhone Competitor  —  Samsung's Instinct may be the best stab at the coveted title of iPhone killah this CTIA.  The 3.1-inch touchscreen phone has localized haptic feedback, plus three hard navigation keys.  If it sounds familiar …
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Associated Press:
Police: Couple covered up theft with Craigslist post  —  MEDFORD, Ore. — It wasn't a hoax or revenge that cost a Southern Oregon man many of his belongings when people responded to a Craigslist posting and nearly emptied his rural home, officers say: It was a pair of thieves covering their tracks.
Discussion: The Raw Feed
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Craigslist Thieves Caught
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Skype Acquisition or Partnership Imminent?  —  Something big is brewing between Google and Ebay's Skype, we've heard from multiple sources.  Actually, for weeks now there have been low level rumors of the two companies talking, but nailing down any details was difficult.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Apple Will Go Atomic  —  What will Steve Jobs do next?  —  Intel's plans may offer the best Rosetta stone for decoding the secretive Apple chief executive's intentions.  The latest clue came Monday in Shanghai at the Intel Developer Forum, where the chip maker detailed its new lineup of low-cost …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's Office Open XML now an official ISO standard  —  Microsoft's embattled Office Open XML (OOXML) document format received ISO fast-track approval today after receiving support from approximately 86 percent of the national bodies that participated in the vote.
Discussion: New York Times and Open Source
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Microsoft:
Ecma Office Open XML Document Format Appears to Win Approval as an ISO/IEC Standard
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The anatomy of an iPhone user (and why they want new form factors)  —  The average Apple iPhone user is an avid email reader (not writer) under age 30, browses the Web heavily and may carry a second phone.  Meanwhile, a lot of these folks would like a few physical tweaks to the iPhone.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Today's iPhone Users are Young, Rich, and Technically Savvy
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Stores Out of iPhones, Piper Says; 3G Soon?  —  Will Apple (AAPL) surprise everyone with an earlier-than-expected debut of the next generation iPhone?  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster raised that possibility today.  He writes in a research note that calls today to 20 Apple retail …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple encountering ongoing US-wide iPhone shortage
Inside AdSense:
Introducing AdSense for conversations  —  We're happy to announce the launch of AdSense for conversations, a new type of monetization solution that “puts the ‘context’ in contextual advertising”.  Now, in just a few simple steps, you can begin displaying ads that are relevant …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Nokia N810 WiMAX Editon Tablet Now Offical  —  Nokia took the shroud off its WiMAX-capable N810 Tablet today, which promises 4g mobile broadband speeds for the hand-held internet tablet.  The updated N810 will use Sprint's Xohm service, and adds a new mobile dimension to the device, which was previously wi-fi only.
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
FCC Chairman says no to Skype, forced open access  —  FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin announced today he will oppose a petition by Internet phone provider Skype to open up the existing wireless carrier networks to outside devices saying the industry is making strides in doing that on their own.
Discussion: DSLreports and Skype Journal
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Mike Musgrove / Post I.T.:
Congress Goes Virtual in Online World Hearing  —  A Linden Labs worker put on her nicest black suit and her most formal pair of wings this morning, to help run a Congressional subcomittee hearing about online virtual worlds that was broadcast simultaneously in the company's own virtual world, Second Life.
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James Hohmann / Los Angeles Times:   House panel takes a whirl in virtual world
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Smartphone Advancements to Improve Ability to Work and Play With One Phone  —  Company demonstrates new version of Internet Explorer Mobile with desktop-grade Web browsing, introduces updated Windows Mobile operating system.  —  Windows Mobile is improving smartphones …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Polling Twitter: 4 Startups that Take the Pulse of the Twittersphere  —  We've argued in the past that Twitter can be a platform for serious discourse and our own Marshall Kirkpatrick famously stated last year that Twitter is even paying his rent (by which he meant that Twitter had become an invaluable tool in his blogging).
Ben Hoyle / Times of London:
Internet book piracy will drive authors to stop writing  —  Book piracy on the internet will ultimately drive authors to stop writing unless radical methods are devised to compensate them for lost sales.  —  This is the bleak forecast of the Society of Authors, which represents …
Discussion: Ars Technica, open and paidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joi Ito Takes Lead At Creative Commons  —  The five year old Creative Commons nonprofit organization announced a new CEO this afternoon as founding CEO Lawrence Lessig steps down: Joi Ito.  —  The organization is devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others …
Discussion: bytes|genes and Creative Commons
 
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PC World:
New Cell Phones: Color Them Anything But Dull
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
eBay pulls Vista laptop pwned in hacking contest
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GamesIndustry.biz:
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Discussion: Joystiq, PS3 Fanboy and Kotaku
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Surface finds home in AT&T stores
Discussion: Forbes and TechCrunch
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Children flock to social networks
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Dan Moren / iPhone Central:
Ad infinitum: new iPhone commercials from Apple
Discussion: MacUser, Infinite Loop and iLounge
Laura Marquez / ABCNEWS:
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David Morgenstern / The Apple Core:
Has Microsoft lost its way on desktop computing?
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Darren Waters / BBC:
BT advert trials were ‘illegal’
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Embraces Data Center Containers
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr's New Friend Finder: Data Portability or Privacy Violation?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple's U.S. consumer market share now 21 percent