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5:45 PM ET, April 2, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
The Discovery Engine Is Coming  —  A few weeks ago we started testing Twitter Search in the web interface for a subset of folks.  We had the search box way up near the top of the page and the results on a separate page.  It turns out that's not the awesome way to do it.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Confirms And Details New “Discovery Engine”
Thanks:gspowart
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Twitter Search Engine Revised
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dissent Is Dead At Facebook, Employees Complain  —  Facebook and CFO Gideon Yu did not part ways because the company needs a CFO with public company experience.  A source familiar with Facebook admits that's just spin.  —  We don't know exactly why Facebook and Gideon parted ways …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Entire Facebook Goodbye-Gideon-We-Are-the-Money- Champions Memo  —  Dear Elliot Schrage:  —  BoomTown wins.  —  As Sheryl knows from experience, don't mess with the Swish.  Or Texas.  Or Zohan.  —  Just don't mess.  —  For everyone else, here is the entire memo that Facebook sent …
Dan Stober / Stanford News:
Free Stanford course on developing iPhone software  —  Want to know how to write programs for the iPhone and iPod touch?  Beginning this week, a Stanford computer science class on that buzzworthy topic will be available online to the general public for free.  —  The 10-week course, iPhone Application Programming, is a hot ticket.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE: RIM Blows The Doors Off  —  BlackBerry maker RIM (RIMM) beat its preannounced Christmas quarter results, and Q1 looks very strong.  Most important: RIM says gross margins will improve this quarter, a key concern.  Shares up 20% after hours.  —  LIVE coverage of RIM's earnings call right now: Scroll down.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and CNET News, Thanks:atul
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With DiggBar, Digg wants to be central to sharing content on the web — and it could work  —  The main problem I have with Digg these days is that I have to go to digg.com to use it.  Sure, there are other ways to see stories on the site, such as RSS, but if you want to Digg a story, you have to go to the site.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Is Here. Go Shorten Those URLs
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's “Garyvee” Vaynerchuk Gets A Book Deal  —  Web wine guru branches into the print world  —  HarperStudio has signed a seven-figure, 10-book deal with Gary Vaynerchuk, a 33-year-old Belarusian-born wine retailer from New Jersey, who, except for a talk show appearance here and there …
Jill Colvin / New York Times:
You've Got Voice Mail, but Do You Care?  —  WHEN Steve Hamrick left his last job as manager at a software corporation, he had at least 25 unheard messages in his office voice mailbox.  And that's not counting the unreturned calls on his cellphone or landline at home.  —  It's not that he doesn't like to talk.
Discussion: Gawker
Nick / Rough Type:
Google lifts its skirts  —  Yesterday was a remarkable day for the small, slightly obsessed band of Google data-center watchers of which I am one.  Around each of the company's sprawling server farms is a high metal fence patrolled by a particularly devoted squad of rent-a-cops, who may or may not be cyborgian in nature.
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
Glue Gets Stickier With Conversations and Recommendations  —  AdaptiveBlue, creators of the contextual social network Glue, announced today the immediate availability of an updated version of their semantic browser extension that adds several powerful new features.
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Bonnie Cha / CNET News:
Really?  I can't touch the Palm Pre?  Really!?!  —  Those are not my hands.  —  (Credit: Bonnie Cha/CNET)  —  OK, I know I just got done gushing about the third-party apps on the Palm Pre, and I didn't want to take anything away from that but there's something I need to get off my chest.
Verizon:
Get to Games and Applications Directly From The Mobile Web on Verizon Wireless Phones  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — From CTIA WIRELESS 2009®, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless …
Discussion: Phone Arena and AppScout
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BBC:
Piracy law cuts internet traffic  —  Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country's new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest.  —  Sweden's new policy - the Local IPRED law - allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Report: IBM cuts price on Sun deal  —  IBM has reportedly cut its purchase price for Sun Microsystems to a range of $9 to $10 a share, with Sun apparently willing to accept the lower end of the range providing the deal will go through regardless of antitrust scrutiny, according to a report Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Is Office Finally Coming To The iPhone?  —  I'm here at the Web 2.0 Expo keynote, where Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft Business Division, hinted that we may be seeing Microsoft Office make its way to the iPhone some time soon.  After his interviewer Tim O'Reilly caught him on the comment …
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John Pallatto / eWeek:
Microsoft Executive Raises Hope for Office iPhone Edition
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon launches Hadoop data crunching service  —  Amazon on Thursday announced a new cloud computing service that uses Hadoop, a free software framework, to crunch tons of data.  —  The service, called Amazon Elastic MapReduce, is designed for businesses, researchers and analysts trying …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Releases All New Windows Live Client For Windows Mobile  —  Windows Live may seem like a failure in the eyes of many a TechCrunch reader, but there are a number of services that continue to thrive within the scope of a vast, mainstream audience.  Hence it's worth noting that Microsoft …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opera Browser Chosen For “Mobile Office” Computer In Ford Pickup Trucks  —  Can the Web save the Big 3 automobile companies?  Probably not, but making Web-friendly vehicles could help to sell a few more cars.  Tech companies have increasingly been showcasing web applications for automobiles.
Discussion: BetaNews and Gizmodo
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Piracy Puts Film Online One Month Before Open  —  In a case of piracy that some analysts called unprecedented, untold thousands of people watched a version of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” online Wednesday, a full month before its scheduled theater release.  —  The film's distributor …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Distinction between PC and phone gets even blurrier  —  Speaking at the CTIA Wireless convention in Las Vegas this morning, Microsoft's Robbie Bach started not by touting Windows Mobile but by talking about computers — specifically, netbooks.  His comments, via webcast …
Discussion: Gearlog and Microsoft Watch
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Samsung Propel Pro Has the Looks, Needs a Better Keyboard  —  The Samsung Propel Pro is the enterprise-targeted followup to last year's Propel, and now has a redesigned keyboard, Windows Mobile 6.1 and wi-fi, to go along with a (literally) shiny new body.  —  Among other things …
Discussion: techeblog.com
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
NVIDIA's Franken-Mini is half HP, half Tegra, no Intel  —  And now, a little visit to the “Why not?” department: NVIDIA is showing off an HP Mini 1000 at CTIA that it has totally gutted, replacing the laptop's stock Atom-based circuitry with its own Tegra wares atop a bone-stock Windows CE build.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The NCAA Blows the Whistle on Twitter's “March Tweetness”  —  Last week, AT&T and Federated Media debuted “March Tweetness,” a Twitter-endorsed page geared around the March Madness college basketball tournament.  It was Twitter's second attempt at what amounted to an advertising play, and I thought it looked modestly promising.
Discussion: ClickZ, Thanks:atul
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Record Labels In Germany Learning That YouTube Has The Leverage  —  Just as in the UK, where Google decided to block all music videos from the major record labels, after those labels demanded payments that Google felt was way out of line with what could be made from advertising …
 
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Samsung's Android Phone Plans
Discussion: Google Android News …, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
Google CEO to keynote newspaper convention
eWeek:
Intel, GE Will Partner for Health Care IT, Invest $250 Million
Discussion: The Register
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Will Wright favors Web 2.0-like community-driven game design
Discussion: CNET News and web2expo.com
Mehul Srivastava / Business Week:
Apple's iPhone, an Indian Flop, Prepares for China
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Skype's iPhone limits irk some consumer advocates
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Rosetta Stone to Go Public, Ending IPO Dry Spell
Discussion: Between the Lines and DealBook
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple cracks down on rogue app stores
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Hulu encrypts its HTML to fend off Boxee . . . again
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Is Twitter Killing RSS?
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Stealth Webmail Product Definitely Happening (Internal Memo)