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5:25 PM ET, March 26, 2009

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype for iPhone to Be Released as Early as Next Week  —  Exclusive Heads up: A few months ago, I asked Skype CEO Josh Silverman when was he going to launch the iPhone version of the P2P voice and IM service that has now been downloaded more than 405 million times.  He smiled and said, “Stay tuned.”
The Official Google Blog:
Changes to our sales and marketing organizations  —  Google has grown very quickly in a very short period of time.  When companies grow that quickly it's almost impossible to get everything right—and we certainly didn't.  In some areas we've created overlapping organizations …
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Google to Lay Off 200 Employees  —  Make it official: Google's not immune from the bad economy and plummeting ad market.  We've been hearing for weeks that Google would have layoffs.  Google is cutting 200 employees today, the company now confirms.  —  Google executive Omid Kordestani …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Hottest tracks to cost $1.29 at iTunes starting April 7  —  The online music store, under pressure from record labels, is abandoning its 99-cent-only strategy.  —  The world's largest music store, Apple's iTunes, plans to boost the price of many hit singles and selected classic tracks to $1.29 on April 7 …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Music Industry Folks Worried About iTunes Variable Pricing
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 RC download page goes up early, coming in May  —  Details on the Windows 7 Release Candidate public download have leaked, straight from Microsoft.  —  It looks like someone flipped the switch a little early.  The Windows 7 Release Candidate download page on TechNet …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
BlackBerry to Launch TV Episode Service?  —  We've heard from multiple sources that RIM is planning to announce a full-episode television service for BlackBerry users as early as next week at CTIA.  —  Here's what we've heard so far:  — It will be an unlimited monthly subscription service for a fee
Rajat Mukherjee / The Official Google Blog:
Google, at your service  —  It used to be that creating a webpage was a pursuit reserved for the truly tech-savvy, requiring a geek's expertise in HTML, Java, or C++ coding.  —  These days, it's a different story.  Working with a hosting service has made things a great deal easier …
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Google Pushing Hard(er) To Get Webmaster Products Adopted
Business Week:
The Apps Battle Heats Up  —  Research in Motion will soon launch an online store to rival Apple's, with Nokia and Microsoft to follow  —  On Apr. 1, Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of Research in Motion (RIMM), is expected to take the stage at the wireless industry's annual trade show in Las Vegas …
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry App World to launch April 1st?
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple selling 8GB memory upgrade kits for 15" MacBook Pros [u]  —  It will cost you an arm and a leg, but Apple is now offering an official 8GB memory upgrade kit for the mid- and high-end models of its current 15-inch unbibody MacBook Pro family, AppleInsider has discovered.
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Controversy Erupts Over Possible MS Mobile App Fee  —  Microsoft may charge developers if they submit within a year more than five applications or application updates to the Windows Mobile Marketplace, a move that has some developers concerned that the store won't be able to compete with the iPhone App Store or the Android Market.
Discussion: Mobile Roar and IntoMobile
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
App Store refunds: Much ado about nothing
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Ars Technica
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times Plans Temporary Pay Cuts  —  Facing a steep drop in revenue, The New York Times Company plans to cut the pay of most employees by 5 percent for nine months, in return for 10 days' leave, and will lay off 100 people and make other budget cuts, executives said on Thursday.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
NYT Lays Off 100 On The Business Side; Cuts Salary For All Non …
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Fake Facebook group shows potential security issues, 1+ million gullible users  —  On Monday night I was up late surfing the Web when I noticed a problem (other than the fact that I was up late surfing the Web).  It was a Facebook problem, relative to a group invitation I received.
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Is Hunting for More Money  —  The social-networking site wants as much as $100 million in debt financing, sources say.  Facebook's accelerating user growth carries huge tech costs  —  Facebook, the fast growing social-networking Web site, is one of the many companies looking …
Discussion: Dealscape, Thanks:dmac1
Opera Press Room:
Opera announces the new Opera Mobile 9.7 at CTIA Wireless 2009 - a server-accelerated full Web experience for smartphones and mobile devices  —  Check out Opera's network-friendly solutions for carriers and mobile device manufacturers at Booth #6724 in Central Hall
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Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Questions and Answers: Conficker and April 1st  —  Q: I heard something really bad is going to happen on the Internet on April 1st!  Will it?  —  A: No, not really.  —  Q: Seriously, the Conficker worm is going to do something bad on April 1st, right?  —  A: The Conficker aka Downadup worm …
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Mobile Today:
Orange and Apple negotiations for laptop deal nearing completion  —  Discussions at final stages as dongle subsidy lands Apple  —  Orange will sell Apple laptops on its network from this summer, and will be the first company to subsidise Apple's laptops with mobile broadband.
Lane LiaBraaten / Social Web Blog:
Take your Google Contacts with you  —  Lots of websites ask you to invite your friends when you sign up, and for good reason; the web is more fun when you can share your experiences with other people.  However, too many of these sites access your list of friends by asking for your username …
Stevemar / Development Unfiltered:
Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability  —  From the moment we kicked off our cloud computing effort, openness and interop stood at the forefront.  As those who are using it will tell you …
Wall Street Journal:
Internet Industry Is on a Cloud  —  Ever since Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt publicly uttered the term “cloud computing” in 2006, a storm has been gathering over Silicon Valley.  —  Companies across the technology industry are jockeying to associate themselves with clouds.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple's WWDC 2009 dates announced: June 8-12  —  It's time to dust off your suitcase and Cocoa chops, because Apple has just announced the dates for its 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference.  —  WWDC '09 is set for June 8-12, and it will take place in the same Moscone West hall in San Francisco, CA.
PewResearch.org:
Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference  —  Wireless Connectivity Has Drawn Many Users More Deeply into Digital Life  —  Cast a glance at any coffee shop, train station or airport boarding gate, and it is easy to see that mobile access to the internet is taking root in our society.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Targeting Families  —  Facebook appears to have it out for the developers of large family applications on Facebook.  The company has created a new landing page where users can create groups specifically targeted to their family.  While there is nothing unique about the end product …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Unit Structures, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Bartz: Yahoo Has Tested 141 New Versions Of Its Homepage  —  Carol Bartz hasn't been shy about her lack of fondness for Yahoo's products (she has even confessed to using Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Maps).  So what's she doing about it now that she's running the company?
Economist:
Connecting up  —  Online-dating websites prosper in the recession  —  NOT many industries are doing well in the recession.  But along with discount retailers and pawnbrokers, online-dating sites such as eHarmony.com and OkCupid.com have seen business look up.  There are several theories to explain why.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For Java On AppEngine  —  Here's a juicy rumor (if you're a geek, this is good stuff): A source tells us that Google AppEngine, a platform for building and hosting web applications in the cloud, will begin letting developers write applications in Java in the near future.
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
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 Earlier Items: 
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Black Thursday at Big Blue [UPDATED]
Discussion: Careers and CNET News
Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
Google is taking us down the road to hell
Discussion: Infothought, Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More Reorging for AOL's Ad Unit, Platform-A: The Latest Memo
Stan M / Sony Insider:
New VAIO P Coming?  —  Remember that teaser (see pic above) …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
There's Something About Boxee
Guardian:
'You can fire us on a minute's notice'
Discussion: InfoWorld