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7:50 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.”
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Finance Chief Is Leaving  —  Facebook Inc.'s chief financial officer, Gideon Yu, is leaving the Internet company, which has begun a search for his replacement, said a person familiar with the matter.  —  Mr. Yu, who joined Facebook in 2007, was previously the chief financial officer of YouTube, now a Google Inc. unit.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Sure Does Have Trouble Keeping Execs  —  Facebook will soon have its third chief financial officer in less than two years, the company announced today via a leak to the Wall Street Journal.  Gideon Yu, the man who came back from Dubai empty handed, is out.  The hunt for his successor is starting now.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Netscape CFO Peter Currie Will Be New Facebook Financial …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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: CNET News, eWeek and Gizmodo
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple releases second beta of iPhone 3.0 Software to developers  —  Apple on Tuesday afternoon provided its vast developer community with a second beta release of iPhone Software 3., which arrived alongside a promise by the company to gradually open its live Push Notification service …
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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.
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 …
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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).
Discussion: Gizmodo, Cellpassion and Engadget
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Clearwire Offers iPhone WiMax Hot Spot
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: Apple 2.0
Jimbo Wales / Jimmy Wales:
Update on Wikia - doing more of what's working  —  If there is one thing that I've learned in my career, it is to do more of what's working, and less of what's not.  —  In past 24 months, Wikia.com has seen tremendous expansion.  Nielsen recently recognized Wikia.com as the fifth fastest …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Kill Off The Auto-Follow  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone sent out an Email earlier this afternoon to a number of users who had previously enabled ‘autofollowing’, stating that the company is planning to shut the feature down.  ‘Autofollowing’ allows users to automatically reciprocate …
Discussion: Library clips, Thanks:bobcaswell
Ravit Lichtenberg from / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Wrong with Facebook?  When Strategy Fails to Meet Execution  —  Over the last few weeks, Facebook has been rolling out its latest redesign.  Within days of the first changes, a polling application on Facebook showed that 94% of the 634,484 users who took the poll hate the redesign …
Discussion: Ustrategy and The Equity Kicker
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Samsung Mondi Is a 4.3-inch Touchscreen WiMax/Wi-Fi Mobile Internet Device  —  Samsung's Mondi is a WiMax and Wi-Fi MID that uses Samsung's TouchWiz UI on the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform.  The device has 4.3-inch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and comes with Opera 9.5.  Looks OQO-ey!
Gerd Leonhard / MediaFuturist:
Why Google's free music deal in China is so important, and what it may really mean  —  I have mentioned Google's music-related activities in China a few times during the past 2 years; and just yesterday this topic seems to have heated up considerably.  I think these developments are crucial and need further exploration.
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
PC World:
HP Confirms Considering Android in Netbooks  —  Hewlett-Packard confirmed Tuesday that it is testing Google's Android operating system as a possible alternative to Windows in some of its netbook computers.  —  Analysts said the move would allow HP to develop a low-cost netbook optimized …
Discussion: Unwired View, CNET News and Engadget
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.
Sprint:
Samsung Instinct s30, Exclusively from Sprint, Adds Attractive Styling, Instant Messaging, Improved Web Experience and Enhanced Open Development Capabilities to Popular Instinct  —  All the Best of Award-Winning Instinct, Including Visual Voicemail, Speech to Action with GPS Integration …
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
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Future Net Needs Fatter Airwaves, Report Finds  —  There's going to be gridlock in the airwaves in the future, with too many people trying to watch too many videos on too many smart phones over too little spectrum, according to a new report commissioned by the wireless industry.
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Apple's $500 or Microsoft's 81% tax?  —  Which do you prefer?  —  Even if it were true, Ballmer's “$500 Apple tax” comment is stupid: Microsoft's profits are way beyond Apple's.  And, get this: that $500 - if it was real - is a great investment.  Here's why.  —  Margin, margin, who's got the margin?
Discussion: MacNN
Washington Wire:
Sen. Kerry Promises ‘Aggressive’ Tech Agenda  —  Amy Schatz reports on the FCC and tech policy.  —  Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the newly resurrected Senate Communications, Technology and the Internet subcommittee, planned to tell cable executives tonight that his panel will be busy …
 
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Track Gmail Messages with Google Analytics
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Lunch.com brings yet another reviews site to the table
Discussion: Technologizer and ReadWriteWeb
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
Who's Messing With the Google Book Settlement? …