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1:10 PM ET, April 1, 2009

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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Once-Mighty SGI Sold to Rackable for $25 Million  —  A collective shudder rippled through Silicon Valley on Wednesday morning, as Rackable Systems announced its purchase of Silicon Graphics Inc. for just $25 million in cash.  —  If you travel all the way back to 1997, SGI was pulling in close to $4 billion in revenue per year.
Discussion: Between the Lines and TechCrunchIT
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
Silicon Graphics Sells to Rackable Systems  —  UPDATES to correct purchase price to $25 million, not $25 billion.  —  Silicon Graphics has agreed to be acquired by Rackable Systems for about $25 million in cash, a merger of convenience for the two data and storage companies.
SGI:
Rackable Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire Silicon Graphics Inc.
Discussion: Digital Daily and insideHPC
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 …
Discussion: Twitterrati
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Chad Auld / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
Building Sideline: Lessons in YUI + Adobe AIR  —  Ever wonder what people are saying right now about your company, brand, service, product, etc?  Sideline, inspired by a recent internal hack project at Yahoo!, goes beyond the standard customer survey process to let you listen in real …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nomee Is An All-In-One Social Networking Aggregator And RSS Feed
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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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Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Review: BlackBerry App World [Update 2]  —  RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is slated to take the stage later today in Las Vegas at the CTIA show and all eyes will be focused on RIM's answer to Apple's App Store.  While we wished that RIM had held off on the launch of BlackBerry App World until …
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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).
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.”
Tom Daly / Dynamic Network Services Incorporated:
UltraDNS Outage Causes Multiple Website Failures  —  This morning, our Dynect Platform monitoring system noticed a problem, a big one.  From our global perspective, it appears that many online services, including amazon.com (the store, AWS, and S3), salesforce.com, advertisting.com, and petco.com, had some serious DNS troubles.
Discussion: Between the Lines and The Register
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
UltraDNS service knocked offline by attack
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
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 and CloudAve
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.
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 …
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
HP Is ‘Studying’ Android for PC Use
Discussion: MediaPost, Crave, BloggingStocks and eWeek
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.
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
MSI outs full specs of X-Slim X320 / X340 and Wind U123  —  While MSI has been teasing its Wind U123 and X-Slim X320 / X340 laptops for a little while now, we've yet to see the full specifications for each rig laid out.  Until now, of course.  Over at CTIA in Vegas, the company is revealing …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Payday for VCs plummets 65 percent in 1st quarter  —  With venture-backed companies failing to launch IPOs and with mergers and acquisitions lagging, liquidity for venture capitalists fell 65 percent in the first quarter and pushed them back to 2003 levels, according to a report released Wednesday by Dow Jones VentureSource.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Snap snaps to life, coming to US as S522  —  Since the Excalibur and Cavalier, HTC's shown an unhealthy aversion for the immensely popular portrait QWERTY format — until now, that is, with the introduction of the rumored 12mm-thick HTC Snap.  The Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone features …
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
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 …
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AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard roadmap; Pro app updates in pipeline
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James Sherwood / The Register:
GM in-car kit team says no to drive'n'Twitter tech
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The Power of Less at Web 2.0
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Jessica Davis / eWeek:
Intel Nehalem Xeon Processor Could Hurt Server Sales
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Ebay Launches Selling Manager Applications Beta
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Washington Post:
Senate Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
HP Making It Easier For Anyone To Be A Paper Magazine Publisher
Texas Politics:
Hasta la vista, Vista? (ANOTHER UPDATE)
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Gerd Leonhard / MediaFuturist:
Why Google's free music deal in China is so important, and what it may really mean
PC Pro:
Guardian wants Government to look at Google News
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Sure Does Have Trouble Keeping Execs
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Samsung Mondi Is a 4.3-inch Touchscreen WiMax/Wi-Fi Mobile Internet Device
Discussion: eWeek, Newlaunches.com, IntoMobile and Crave