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6:00 PM ET, April 1, 2009

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Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
First Impressions of the New BlackBerry App Store  —  There have long been third-party programs for the BlackBerry, but in light of Apple's enormous success with an easy, built-in App Store for the iPhone, Research in Motion today unveiled its own similar store, called BlackBerry App World.
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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 …
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.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Offers a $50 Netbook and Bundled Broadband Package  —  Updated: Holy price cuts, Ma Bell!  AT&T is rolling out a trial of subsidized netbooks in its Atlanta retail stores, where it will have some netbooks (or “mini laptops,” in AT&T speak) for $49.95 (on the high end you're gonna pay $250).
Discussion: Digits and Gearlog
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AT&T:
AT&T Offers Mini Laptops, ‘Internet at Home and On the Go,’ and Onsite Tech Support from Retail Stores  —  Select AT&T Stores Trial Promotional Mini Laptop Pricing, Complimentary ConnecTech® Consultations; ‘Internet at Home and On the Go’ Broadband Service
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Does Android on an HP Netbook Signal Trouble For Microsoft?  —  Google's Android may soon move beyond the limiting confines of the G1 smartphone and onto a much roomier machine: the netbook.  Hewlett Packard is experimenting with the OS in an attempt to gauge how useful it might be on those tiny computers.
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
WebOS to Support Palm OS Emulation!  —  I just finished getting a great Palm Pre app walkthrough from Palm (video coming soon!), but this couldn't wait for the upload to finish.  There was one app that Palm didn't want to talk about (but we suspect will be revealed tonight) the “Classic” …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Facebook's Problem is the Management  —  Shockwaves were felt throughout Silicon Valley when the social networking site announced that one of its star hires, CFO Gideon Yu, had been fired.  Although Facebook claims that it is looking for someone with “public company experience,” …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Industry Shocked And Angered By Facebook CFO's Firing
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Linux Foundation says it's time to ditch Microsoft's FAT  —  Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin says that Microsoft is hostile to open technologies and that product makers should ditch the company's patent-encumbered FAT filesystem.  —  The Linux Foundation …
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Intel Turns Over Its Linux Operating System
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Receiving video MMS works on iPhone OS 3.0?  —  Ever since the iPhone 3.0 beta was released, only the lucky and skilled have managed to enable MMS on their iPhones.  It's not that it's impossible to do, you just have to know your way around the OS and do some modifications, enter settings, and that sort of stuff.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Complex  —  “A complex system that works is invariably found …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Video Site Veoh Cuts Staff, Boots CEO, Bets on Browser Plug-in  —  Video site Veoh, one of the biggest and best-funded players in the “who will be the next YouTube” competition, is restructuring the company, laying off a good chunk of its staff, and replacing CEO Steve Mitgang with founder Dmitry Shapiro.
Discussion: Contentinople
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Some UltraDNS customers knocked offline by attack  —  NeuStar confirms ‘significant’ denial of service attack on Tuesday morning  —  NeuStar confirmed that some of its UltraDNS managed DNS service customers were knocked offline for several hours Tuesday morning by a distributed denial of service attack.
Discussion: CircleID
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Tom Daly / Dynamic Network Services Incorporated:
UltraDNS Outage Causes Multiple Website Failures
Discussion: The Register and Between the Lines
TechCrunch:
Is Twitter Turning Into MySpace?  —  Editor's note: The following guest post was written by Mrinal Desai, who was an early employee of LinkedIn before he co-founded CrossLoop, a startup funded by El Dorado and Venrock.  You can follow him on Twitter.  —  I try and test many social services …
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MediaPost:
Google Settles Lawsuit With Search Marketers  —  Google has agreed to a settlement of up to $20 million in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of search marketers who alleged that the company served more ads than they had agreed to pay for.  —  The lawsuit stemmed from a dispute about the meaning of …
Nicole Ferraro / Internet Evolution:
Third-Party Clients Causing Twitter Downtime  —  We weren't imagining things: Twitter's Fail Whale has been resurrected as of late, and it's your fault.  —  Well.  Maybe it isn't your fault, but according to Twitter's API lead, Alex Payne, the Twitter team has been keeping an eye on the mammal's return …
Thanks:dannysammy
Basheera Khan / TechCrunch Europe:
Yahoo Mobile launches across eight countries, 300 devices  —  The mobile content service which Yahoo previewed at Mobile World Congress in February launched today across eight countries, available both as an iPhone app and a mobile content site optimised for 300 devices ‘with HTML-enabled mobile browsers’.
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 …
Network World:
CSIRO defeats HP in US court over Wi-Fi royalties  —  Computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard has effectively ended a four-year-old court case against Australian scientific agency the CSIRO, which claimed its wireless computer technology is worth billions of dollars in royalties.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's cross-platform advertising strategy is a shambles  —  Google's cross-platform advertising strategy is looking pretty miserable right now.  —  Led until recently by former Google U.S. sales executive Tim Armstrong, this strategy sought to spread Google's influence beyond search advertising …
Discussion: MarketingShift, Thanks:atul
Maggie Shiels / dot.life blog:
The Power of Less at Web 2.0  —  The theme of this year's Web 2.0 Expo doesn't shy away from the fact that the economy looms large over the event.  —  “The Power of Less can mean how to get more done with fewer resources,” said conference co-chair Jennifer Pahlka.
Discussion: CNET News, bub.blicio.us and Digits
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 Krazit / CNET News:
Verizon wants its software on mobile phones  —  LAS VEGAS - Verizon Wireless doesn't care who emerges from the coming mobile operating system wars because no matter who wins, Verizon will make sure its software runs on top of that operating system.  —  “I don't think I need to bet on an operating system …
Discussion: Associated Press
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Latest iPhone developer agreement bans jailbreaks  —  The latest revision of the iPhone SDK agreement that developers must sign forbids jailbreaking or creating apps for jailbroken phones.  —  The “iPhone Developer Program License Agreement” governs what iPhone developers can and cannot do.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
 
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
MySpace Music: What Went Wrong, and What's Being Done About It
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Gmail: Expect bigger changes in next 5 years
Nokia:
Nokia proves phones can't be too thin or too smart
Discussion: IntoMobile and Unwired View
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
It's Official: Miller Joins News Corp. As Chief Digital Officer …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Skyping The New FCC  —  The Internet communications provider …
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
IBM stands for 'I've Been Moved'
Graeme Thickins / ReadWriteWeb:
How Tough Is It Today Being a VC?  10 Questions for Two Early-Stage Stars
Thanks:atul
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Newspapers Begin to Use Zillow
Discussion: TechFlash, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Billion Dollar Charlie takes on the RIAA
Discussion: p2pnet and Recording Industry vs …, Thanks:atul
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Hey, Lauren! Is Apple's 17-Inch MacBook Pro Expensive?
Discussion: The Toybox and CloudAve