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8:45 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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Netscape CFO Peter Currie Will Be New Facebook Financial …
Discussion: Gawker and 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: The Download Blog, 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.
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
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: CNET News, Gizmodo, Cellpassion and Engadget
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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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
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Clearwire Offers iPhone WiMax Hot Spot
Nokia:
Nokia introduces Nokia Point & Find, a new way to connect with information and services on the go  —  New platform enables businesses to engage with consumers in real time with relevant content  —  San Francisco, CA, USA - Nokia introduces an innovative service concept that enables people …
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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 …
Discussion: A VC
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
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
Antoine Blua / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Iran, Russia, Georgia Singled Out As Threatening Internet Freedom  —  A new study is warning that the rights of people who use the Internet are increasingly at risk, with governments — both repressive and democratic — expanding their ability to monitor, censor, and punish Internet users.
 
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Discussion: TechFlash and eWeek
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
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Apple's $500 or Microsoft's 81% tax?
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs:
The 6 stages of Twitter media coverage hell
Evan Hessel / Forbes:
MySpace's Yelp Envy
Discussion: Pulse2, paidContent.org and Screenwerk
Ravit Lichtenberg from / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Wrong with Facebook? When Strategy Fails to Meet Execution
Discussion: Ustrategy and The Equity Kicker
Jimbo Wales / Jimmy Wales:
Update on Wikia - doing more of what's working