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8:45 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 …
Discussion: Outside the Lines and Mashable!
Michelle Quinn / Los Angeles Times:
A top Google techie joins EMI
Discussion: WebProNews
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Senior Executive Leaving Google
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Official: OOXML approved as international standard  —  Microsoft slips into robe, smokes fat cigar  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  The ISO/IEC confirmed this morning that Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) has been approved as an international standard …
Discussion: Reuters and Matusow's Blog
Kevin J. O’Brien / New York Times:
Reversing Loss, Microsoft Wins Open-Format Designation
Discussion: IT News Digest and InfoWorld
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's Office Open XML now an official ISO standard
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
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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 …
Rubicon Consulting:
The Apple iPhone: Successes and Challenges for the Mobile Industry  —  Quick Facts  —  The Apple iPhone is easily the most publicized new mobile device in recent memory.  But despite all the discussion about the product, there's relatively little hard information available to the public on its impact.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Today's iPhone Users are Young, Rich, and Technically Savvy
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The anatomy of an iPhone user (and why they want new form factors)
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Amazon launches text-message shopping  —  SEATTLE - Amazon.com Inc.'s brick-and-mortar competitors have yet another reason to fear the Web: a new service that lets shoppers compare prices and buy things with a few quick taps on their cell phones.  —  Amazon TextBuyIt, which launched late Tuesday …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches SMS Buying Service
Discussion: Mashable!
Darren Waters / BBC:
Children flock to social networks  —  More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds in the UK have a profile on a social network, research shows.  —  Most sites, such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook, set a minimum age of between 13 and 14 to create a profile but none actively enforce the age requirement.
Discussion: TechnoLlama, Web Strategy and IT Facts
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: TechCrunch and The Raw Feed
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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 …
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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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Gene Munster: Sold Out iPhones Suggest New iPhone Coming
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Surface finds home in AT&T stores  —  Here's an advance look at a story I wrote for Wednesday's paper.  The news is slated to be announced Wednesday at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas.  —  AT&T says it will start using Microsoft Corp.'s Surface computers in selected retail stores later …
Discussion: Forbes and TechCrunch
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Microsoft:
AT&T First to Introduce Microsoft Surface in Retail Stores …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and PalmAddicts
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Video: Samsung Instinct UI walkthrough  —  One ultra-glossy phone plus a dozen or so overly ornate chandeliers is a recipe for video disaster, and indeed, we managed to capture the beautiful outline of said chandeliers in far more detail than we ever intended here.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Tech Blog
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Some venture investors heading for the cellars, as larger economic problems loom  —  Despite a one-day rise in the stock market, the macro-economic outlook is stormy, and confidence is falling among venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.  —  Last fall's housing slowdown has led to turmoil among Wall Street banks.
Discussion: New York Times
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Blinkx Launches Yet Another Online TV Service  —  After Joost, Babelgum, iPlayer, Livestation, Vuze et al comes yet another online TV platform.  Web video search index Blinkx is branching farther out in to distribution by launching its own version - hybrid P2P player Blinkx Broadband TV (BBTV).
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
 
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