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8:05 PM ET, April 2, 2009

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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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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
DiggBar Launches Today!  —  Hey everyone -  —  Starting today, we'll begin rolling out a new product we are calling the DiggBar.  Before we dive into the details, check out this short video overview:  —  The DiggBar allows you to...  - Digg directly on the destination site: No more awkward toggling between the story page and Digg.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Is Here.  Go Shorten Those URLs  —  Last month we wrote about the new Digg toolbar product called DiggBar.  It launched today.  If you want to try it out immediately, just add “digg.com/” before any URL at all (the image above is using the techcrunch domain).
Discussion: Scripting News, Thanks:sinkercat
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Status Update: Paranoid as Hell  —  Is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hunting leakers?  His internal memo about CFO Gideon Yu's departure got forwarded to bloggers.  Perhaps he was hoping that would happen, and not just so his spin would get out.
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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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Entire Facebook Goodbye-Gideon-We-Are-the-Money- Champions Memo
Ibrahim Bokharouss / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Gmail search made easier (and lazier)  —  On the Gmail team, we believe finding the right email among thousands of messages can be as important as finding the right web page across the billions of web pages out there.  So with the aim of making search in Gmail easier …
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.
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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 jumped 20% after hours.  —  Investors had been concerned that RIM's margins …
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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.
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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.
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.
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: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Gawker
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 …
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 …
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Microsoft To Officially Become a Monopoly in Russia  —  Yesterday Russian anti-monopoly authorities informed us about the fact that they intend to officially include Microsoft in the register of monopolies doing business in the country.  To be listed as a monopoly, a company needs to hold …
Discussion: CNET News
DealBook:
I.B.M. Said to Be Near Deal for Sun at Lower Price  —  I.B.M. is close to a deal to acquire Sun Microsystems, a maker of computer servers and the creator of the Java programming language, for about $9.50 per Sun share, people familiar with the discussions told DealBook on Thursday.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Samsung's Android Phone Plans  —  The handset maker plans to launch three “Google” phones this year.  —  Despite a fanatical amount of interest from the tech media and early adopters, Samsung has mostly kept quiet about its plans to develop phones using Google's mobile platform, Android.
Libby Purves / Times of London:
Village mob thwarts Google Street View car  —  Angry villagers formed a human chain to thwart the progress of a Google Street View car that was in the process of taking photographs of their homes.  —  Police were called to Broughton in Buckinghamshire yesterday, after furious villagers blocked …
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
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 …
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
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
Google CEO to keynote newspaper convention  —  This ought to be fun.  —  Eric Schmidt, who will keynote the Newspaper Association of America's annual convention, runs the search engine company and advertising beast that many journalists at sick and/or dying newspapers blame for sucking up some of their advertising dollars.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Zune wants your living room, finally to go international?  —  According to two job postings, Microsoft is targeting the living room with the Zune and is looking to expand the Zune Marketplace to international markets.  —  Microsoft recently published two job postings that hint at two separate …
GamesIndustry.biz:
Crytek: Streaming games service viable in 2013  —  Developer Crytek has revealed to GamesIndustry.biz that is has researched the viability of a streaming videogame service similar to those currently being touted by OnLive and Gaikai.  —  However, the Crysis studio concluded that such a service …
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.
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
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
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Vodafone HTC Magic delayed … The second Android-based handset to be announced for launch in the UK, the HTC Magic, has been delayed, according to reports - and Vodafone's own phone sales line.  —  The HTC Magic, the successor to the HTC G1 that launched on T-Mobile, the world's first Android phone …
Discussion: Phone Arena and Engadget Mobile
Robb Topolski / Public Knowledge:
AT&T Quietly Updates its Wireless Plans  —  Quietly, last night, AT&T revised its wireless plans.  In the latest changes to the service terms, it looks like AT&T is trying to exempt its own video services but metering services like the Slingbox or other video web sites.  See, this change (changes emphasized):
Discussion: GigaOM and NewTeeVee
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft and the Corporate Identity Crisis  —  Do the people who run computers for big companies have an identity crisis?  That was the impression I got after spending an hour Wednesday with Bob Muglia, the president of Microsoft's server and tool business.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yelp Focuses On Mobile, New And Improved iPhone App Coming Soon  —  Local review sites like Yelp have irrevocably changed the way consumers find businesses in a particular area, and truly given power to the consumer in finding the best place to eat a meal, grab a drink, etc.
Discussion: AppScout
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Apple's iPhone, an Indian Flop, Prepares for China
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Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Skype's iPhone limits irk some consumer advocates
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The NCAA Blows the Whistle on Twitter's “March Tweetness”
Discussion: ClickZ, Thanks:atul
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Rosetta Stone to Go Public, Ending IPO Dry Spell
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Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
Hulu encrypts its HTML to fend off Boxee . . . again