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9:35 AM ET, March 31, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Google's newest venture  —  Today we're excited to announce Google Ventures, Google's new venture capital fund.  This is Google's effort to take advantage of our resources to support innovation and encourage promising new technology companies.  By borrowing the best practices of top-tier …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google to Announce Venture Fund  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google, which has invested in many startups over the years, will announce on Tuesday that it is creating a venture capital arm whose main objective will be to turn a profit.  —  The group, called Google Ventures, is expected to invest up to $100 million over the next 12 months.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's New VC Fund Lacks Domain Name
Discussion: Mark Evans
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Skype works on AT&T's 3G on iPhone 3.0  —  We just found something very interesting.  When you install Skype on a 3.0 iPhone, you can use AT&T's connection to make and receive calls.  Skype treats the 3G line like any other internet connection.  The video is uploading now to youtube and will be posted as soon as it is there.
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Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Skype Available through Apple's App Store  —  Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners are now able to download the Skype application from Apple's App Store.  Skype CEO Durchslag said an iPhone app has been Skype users' “number one” request.  —  After a long wait, Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Review: Skype for iPhone. Verdict: Awesome.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Koller / PlayStation.Blog:
PlayStation 2 Will Be Available for Under $100  —  Hi everyone, the last time you heard from me, I talked about the huge milestone that PlayStation 2 achieved - reaching 50 million units sold in North America.  Today I'm excited to talk about another milestone in PlayStation 2's lifespan.
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Dan Reed / USA Today:
American to add Wi-Fi service to domestic flights  —  Being online while being airborne is fast becoming reality for U.S travelers.  —  American Airlines (AMR) is announcing on Tuesday that it's joining rival Delta Air Lines (DAL) in making Wi-Fi Internet connections available to most domestic passengers.
Discussion: DSLreports
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Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
In-flight wireless Internet to expand to hundreds of American Airlines planes
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Pirates Board Apple's iPhone App Store  —  The iPhone's App Store is becoming an increasingly juicy target for pirates, who have illegally cracked 20 percent of paid applications for free distribution.  —  Apple's App Store offers about 25,000 paid apps, and iPhone analytics company Medialets estimates …
Thanks:atul
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Twitting Point  —  Bill O'Reilly has the last word on Twitter for today.  He thinks the Twitterati is crushing talk radio, by sucking up all our listener time.  He thinks that's bad; I hope he's right and it drives Rush out of business.  It won't drive The View out of business …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Tinker Gives Twitter Its Long Awaited Events Firehose
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Authors have lost the plot in Kindle row  —  Amazon's Kindle 2 text-to-speech feature is not so much violating authors' copyright but rather basic consumer rights  —  The Amazon Kindle 2's release in February was attended by much fanfare and controversy: Kindle customers were delighted …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Interview: Gmail's product manager on Labs, beta, the future  —  Gmail is turning five soon, and it was given an experimental feature playground called Gmail Labs nearly a year ago.  For the anniversary, Ars Technica spoke with Gmail Product Manager Todd Jackson about the evolution of communication …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Next up for Microsoft's ‘real life’ Windows star: 7-Eleven ads  —  After setting the tech world abuzz with her criticism of Apple's Mac prices, the star of Microsoft's latest Windows ad will be featured next in promotional videos for 7-Eleven, according to a public Web site where she chronicles her burgeoning acting career.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What's the Password?  Only Your iPhone Knows  —  A few weeks ago, I wondered if people would start to use their cellphones to verify their identities when logging on to Internet sites.  I imagined a phone application similar to RSA's SecurID, the small gizmo many corporations issue to employees …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Banner Exchanges Come to the iPhone: AdMob Launches Download Exchange  —  AdMob, one of the world's largest mobile advertising networks, released its Download Exchange today.  In return for running ads for other apps, developers can now promote their own apps across AdMob's network of over 1,000 applications.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Replies Are Now Mentions  —  We're updating the Replies feature and referring to it instead as Mentions.  In your Twitter sidebar you'll now see your own @username tab.  When you click that tab, you'll see a list of all tweets referencing your account with the @username convention anywhere in the tweet …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
If bit.ly Is Worth $8 Million, TinyURL Is Worth At Least $46 Million  —  In a world where everything is being jammed into 140 characters or less, shorter is better.  That goes double (or is it half?) for lengthy URLs.  So-called URL shortening services are increasingly becoming indispensable to anyone who uses Twitter.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is a Shorter Web Address Worth Big Money? bit.ly Raises $2 Million
Spencer Ante / Creative Capital:
It's Official: Twitter Hires Ex-Google Designer Douglas Bowman  —  Turns out the Web rumors were true for once.  In a meeting last Friday afternoon in Twitter's San Francisco office, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone told me that the company had hired ex-Google Visual Design Lead Douglas Bowman to be the company's new creative director.
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
Ericsson Broadband Modules Slated for Dell, Lenovo, LG and Toshiba Laptops  —  Ericsson's new F3607gw mobile-broadband module will offer three significant benefits to Dell, Lenovo, LG and Toshiba laptops, in addition to connectivity to HSPA/GPRS/EDGE networks: support for Microsoft Windows 7 …
Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Status.net Could Point to the Future of Business Intelligence  —  Few companies have captured the world's attention online in recent years as much as Twitter has.  Rapid, structured, public communication between groups of people is not only a personal paradigm changer for many who have seriously explored …
Discussion: Control Yourself and Microblink
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Cheating husband caught on Google Street View  —  He didn't even say he was working late.  No, no. He said he was away on business.  —  However, his wife, bathing in uncontrollable suspicion, decided to do the only thing she could.  She dialed up the local detective agency.  Yes, Google Street View.
Discussion: Gawker
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc. and Getty Images Go Back to the Future With Life.com  —  Here's refreshingly retro take for a Web site launching in 2009: One that only features photos.  Lots and lots of really interesting photos.  —  Meet the new Life.com, a joint venture between Time Warner's Time Inc (TWX) and Getty Images that launches today.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook, Adobe Partner to Create Facebook Platform Libraries in Flash  —  Since the Facebook Platform launched, many top Facebook app and game developers have built their products in Flash.  A few innovative Facebook Connect implementations have been built in Flash too.
 
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Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Toshiba to buy Panasonic stake in LCD maker
Discussion: Electronista
Chandramouli Mahadevan / The Official Google Blog:
Email in Indian languages
Discussion: MediaNama, Thanks:atul
Wikileaks:
Western internet censorship: The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Couple sues Acer over sluggish Vista performance
Discussion: TG Daily and Pulse2
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
EHarmony's Same-Sex Dating Site Launches
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Kontra / counternotions:
What will the next iPhone be called?
Discussion: CrunchGear, Thanks:atul
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Disney, YouTube Announce Clips Deal For ESPN, Disney/ABC
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to kill Encarta later this year