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2:20 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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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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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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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,” …
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:
Some UltraDNS customers knocked offline by attack
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
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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.”
Canadian Press:
Family website specialist Kaboose sells its assets in two chunks for about $120M  —  TORONTO — Kaboose Inc. (TSX:KAB), a provider of family-oriented online media content, has agreed to sell all of its business in two chunks for about $120 million.  —  The Toronto-based company produces websites …
Discussion: Business Wire and Globe and Mail
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Disney Online Buys Kaboose Assets For $18.4 Million, Barclays …
Discussion: alarm:clock
BBC:
Worm attack chaos fails to strike  —  The chaos predicted by some as the Conficker worm updates itself have so far failed to materialise.  —  There had been concerns that the worm could trigger poisoned machines to access personal files, send spam, clog networks or crash sites.
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John Leyden / The Register:   Conficker botnet remains dormant - for now
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 …
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).
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
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
HP Is ‘Studying’ Android for PC Use  —  If Hewlett-Packard, the world's biggest PC maker, were to install Google's operating system on netbooks, Microsoft Windows could face strong competition  —  Move over, Microsoft.  Hewlett-Packard may give Google the entrée it needs to provide …
Discussion: Bits, MediaPost, Crave, BloggingStocks and eWeek
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nomee Is An All-In-One Social Networking Aggregator And RSS Feed  —  Startup Nomee aggregates social networks and websites into a free Adobe Air powered desktop application that helps you manage these networks and sites into a single interface.  The nomee personal all-in-one dashboard aggregates …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Offers a $50 Netbook and Bundled Broadband Package  —  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, AT&T and Liliputing
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 …
News Corporation:
News Corporation Establishes Digital Leadership Roles  —  Jonathan Miller named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Media Group and Chief Digital Officer for News Corporation  —  Peter Levinsohn named President New Media and Digital Distribution, Fox Filmed Entertainment
 
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Graeme Thickins / ReadWriteWeb:
How Tough Is It Today Being a VC?  10 Questions for Two Early-Stage Stars
Thanks:atul
Basheera Khan / TechCrunch Europe:
Yahoo Mobile launches across eight countries, 300 devices
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Newspapers Begin to Use Zillow
Discussion: TechFlash, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MediaPost:
Google Settles Lawsuit With Search Marketers
Discussion: CNET News
Associated Press:
YouTube blocks some music videos in Germany
AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard roadmap; Pro app updates in pipeline
Discussion: Ars Technica
James Sherwood / The Register:
GM in-car kit team says no to drive'n'Twitter tech
Discussion: Gizmodo and GPS Obsessed
 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Shiels / dot.life blog:
The Power of Less at Web 2.0
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Jessica Davis / eWeek:
Intel Nehalem Xeon Processor Could Hurt Server Sales
Discussion: Ars Technica
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Billion Dollar Charlie takes on the RIAA
Thanks:atul
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
HP Making It Easier For Anyone To Be A Paper Magazine Publisher
Texas Politics:
Hasta la vista, Vista? (ANOTHER UPDATE)
Thanks:dsilverman
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Sure Does Have Trouble Keeping Execs