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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]
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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
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
WebOS to Support Palm OS Emulation!  —  Update: Dieter has posted up his Palm Pre 3rd Party App Video Walkthrough!  At the 9:25 minute mark is where you'll see Dieter attempt to touch the “Classic” icon, and asks what that is, and the guy tells him that they'll talk about that later.
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 …
Discussion: InfoWorld, CNET News and Jim Zemlin
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Intel Turns Over Its Linux Operating System  —  Intel's short run as an operating system maker has come to an end.  —  On Thursday, the non-profit Linux Foundation plans to announce that it will take over the “stewardship” of the Moblin project from Intel.
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 …
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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PC World:
Verizon Wireless: More E-book Readers May Be Coming  —  Yardena Arar  —  Are e-book readers going to be the next big thing in wireless?  Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell McAdam said “four or five” of them are in various stages of development in the company's open development labs.
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Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
AT&T May Enter E-Book Market, Challenging Sprint Service for Kindle Reader
Discussion: TechFlash
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 …
Discussion: Bob Caswell, Thanks:atul
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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Confirmed: Major Veoh restructuring, layoffs
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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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 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 …
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’.
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: TechCrunch and The iPhone Blog
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Gmail: Expect bigger changes in next 5 years  —  Five years ago, Gmail launched with a splash big enough that many thought it was an April 1 joke: an entire gigabyte of online storage.  —  Larger online e-mail rivals Hotmail and Yahoo Mail quickly matched that advantage, but in the meantime …
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
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
iPod shuffle sales surge 50% as iPod touch maintains top slot  —  Sales of Apple's most affordable iPod shot up more than 50 percent a week after the company unveiled new, more compact models that shift the push controls from the player itself to the included pair of earphones.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google uncloaks once-secret server  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google is tight-lipped about its computing operations, but the company for the first time on Wednesday revealed the hardware at the core of its Internet might at a conference here about the increasingly prominent issue of data center efficiency.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Peggy Fikac / MySanAntonio.com:
Budget ‘rider’ would bid ‘Hasta la vista’ to Windows Vista  —  READ  —  AUSTIN — It could be “Hasta la vista, baby” to state agency purchases of Microsoft's Windows Vista information technology under a proposed state budget provision.  —  The “rider” in the proposed two-year …
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
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: HipMojo.com and 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: Digits, CNET News and bub.blicio.us
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
MySpace Music: What Went Wrong, and What's Being Done About It  —  The launch of MySpace Music six months ago was supposed to herald a new era, with the four major labels at long last embracing social media as a disruptive force of good and developing a business model which didn't repulse their customers.
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
IBM stands for 'I've Been Moved'  —  Amid thousands of U.S. layoffs, a plan to relocate some workers abroad has some questioning the company's motives.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Shifting U.S. jobs overseas is nothing new for technology giant International Business Machines Corp. …
Erik Palm / CNET News:
Net traffic down on first day of Swedish antipiracy law  —  This post was updated at 2:30 p.m. PDT Wednesday with new information about Internet traffic.  —  The same day a new antipiracy law went into effect in Sweden, Internet traffic took a dive and five audio book publishers went after an alleged illegal file sharer in court.
 
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Super Talent Technology:
Super Talent Develops 2048 GB PCIe RAID SSD with 1.3 GB/sec Throughput
Discussion: DailyTech and The Tech Report
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Faltering economy boosting Netbooks
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Bill would create national cybersecurity adviser
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 …
Graeme Thickins / ReadWriteWeb:
How Tough Is It Today Being a VC?  10 Questions for Two Early-Stage Stars
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Newspapers Begin to Use Zillow
Discussion: TechFlash, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
April Fools: YouTube Flails, Amazon Cloud Computing In A Blimp …