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10:10 AM ET, April 1, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
April Fools: YouTube Flails, Amazon Cloud Computing In A Blimp, 3D Chrome Browsing, Google Masters A.I.  —  Wow.  April Fools Is In full swing.  —  The Guardian goes all Twitter, ditching the printed version and the website.  “Experts say any story can be told in 140 characters.”
The Official Palm Blog:
Watch this space: No foolin'  —  We thought about running a harmless little April Fool's Day prank on the blog today.  Maybe leak a hint about a hush-hush rumor that Palm would be merging with that pomegranate juice company (the new company would have the ticker symbol POM-PALM, with a cheerleader as our corporate mascot, natch).
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Industry Shocked And Angered By Facebook CFO's Firing  —  The industry reaction to Facebook firing CFO Gideon Yu is surprise and anger.  —  The anger stems from the way the company announced his departure, saying it needs a CFO with public company experience.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Facebook Sure Does Have Trouble Keeping Execs
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Finance Chief Is Leaving
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Netscape CFO Peter Currie Will Be New Facebook Financial …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Slick Desktop AIR App For Monitoring Twitter  —  Yahoo has launched an Adobe AIR-powered desktop application called Sideline yesterday, once again validating the power of Twitter for real-time search.  After taking it for a spin, I have to say it looks and feels really nice …
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Sideline monitors Twitter, shows off Yahoo tools
Discussion: Pulse2 and WebWorkerDaily
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Tracking Conficker: So far, it's a snoozer [Update]  —  It's already April 1 in Asia, where the plurality of infected Conficker PCs are apparently located.  Early reports on the Windows computer worm, which was supposed to start looking at 500 Internet domains for new instructions, show that not much is happening initially.
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Neil J. Rubenking / PC Magazine:
Your Conficker To-Do List
Discussion: The Download Blog, eWeek and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Latest iPhone 3.0 Beta Allows 11 Pages of Apps (180 Apps)  —  Apple's second iPhone 3.0 beta that was seeded today offers the usual collection of bug fixes and improvements, but does introduce one new feature: users are now allowed 11 pages of apps (180 apps total) on your iPhone and iPod Touch.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Hey, Lauren!  Is Apple's 17-Inch MacBook Pro Expensive?  —  There's something about comparing the prices of Windows PCs and Macs that makes otherwise cool and collected people-Windows and Mac users alike-become profoundly emotional and partisan, until steam shoots out of their ears and their eyeballs turn bright red.
Discussion: The Toybox, CloudAve and Apple 2.0
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Billion Dollar Charlie takes on the RIAA  —  Ars sits down with “Billion Dollar Charlie” Nesson, the Harvard Law professor who's taking on the RIAA in federal court.  Winning his case would be great, but Nesson's thinking even bigger.  He wants nothing less than a national …
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:atul
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Clearwire Offers iPhone WiMax Hot Spot
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
CTIA: RIM Launches BlackBerry App World  —  BlackBerry App World will be available on all BlackBerrys with track balls, including Pearls, Curves, Flips, Bolds, and 8800 series phones.  —  Research In Motion launched the official BlackBerry App World application store today …
Washington Post:
Senate Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity  —  Rules for Private Networks Also Proposed  —  Key lawmakers are pushing to dramatically escalate U.S. defenses against cyberattacks, crafting proposals that would empower the government to set and enforce security standards for private industry for the first time.
Discussion: Cheap Hack
John Cook / TechFlash:
Struggling to find the best iPhone apps?  Mobui offers an answer  —  With more than 27,000 applications in Apple's iPhone store, it can be tough to keep up with all of the cool stuff.  After all, about 100 new applications have been added every day since the store was unveiled in July.
Discussion: The Register
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft launches new netbook-like Windows Server option  —  With a nod to the new economic realities pushing users towards lower-priced options, Microsoft took the wraps off its new low-end Windows Server release, known as Windows Server 2008 Foundation, on April 1.
Discussion: Microsoft, eWeek and The Register
PR Newswire:
Good Technology to Add iPhone Support to Good for Enterprise  —  CTIA Wireless 2009 — Good Technology today announced the upcoming availability of new iPhone security and device management capabilities in the Good for Enterprise(TM) 6.0 solution, a core component of Good Works(TM) …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zoho Chat opens to Google, AIM, and more  —  Zoho, a company offering a wide range of low-cost web applications for productivity and business, is launching version 2.0 of its instant messaging client, Zoho Chat.  The biggest change is both simple and absolutely crucial …
Discussion: CNET News, Zoho Blogs and ReadWriteWeb
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
HP Making It Easier For Anyone To Be A Paper Magazine Publisher  —  Two years ago, we noted (with some surprise) that at least some top execs at HP seemed to actually be focused on trying to move the company into the future rather than clinging to the past, as is so common with many companies.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
CTIA09: Hands-on with the latest build of the Android “Cupcake” firmware  —  We're in good ol' Sin City, fresh out of a pre-CTIA 2009 meeting with HTC.  While most of the hardware they brought to the party were things we'd seen at Mobile World Congress last month, they had one thing …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Android Phone Fans
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: Major Veoh restructuring, layoffs tomorrow  —  Online video service Veoh is said to be undergoing a major restructuring tomorrow, a source close to the company tells me, that could include large layoffs and a potential change to its product strategy.
Texas Politics:
Hasta la vista, Vista?  (ANOTHER UPDATE)  —  State Senate budget writers are playing Arnold Schwarzenegger when it comes to Microsoft's Windows Vista.  —  As in, “Hasta la vista, baby” to new agency purchases ofVista information technology under a budget provision added by Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen.
Thanks:dsilverman
PC Pro:
Guardian wants Government to look at Google News  —  The Guardian Media Group has asked the Government to examine Google News and other content aggregators, claiming they contribute nothing to British journalism.  —  In its written response to the preliminary Digital Britain report …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Track Gmail Messages with Google Analytics
Discussion: Newsome.Org and TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Kill Off The Auto-Follow
Discussion: Library clips, Thanks:bobcaswell
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Apple's $500 or Microsoft's 81% tax?
Discussion: MacNN
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
TubeMogul Gets $3M for Video Distribution
Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs:
The 6 stages of Twitter media coverage hell
Discussion: digg.com
Ravit Lichtenberg from / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Wrong with Facebook? When Strategy Fails to Meet Execution
Discussion: Ustrategy and The Equity Kicker