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4:35 AM ET, April 3, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google In Late Stage Talks To Acquire Twitter (Updated)  —  Here's a heck of a rumor that we've sourced from two separate people close to the negotiations: Google is in late stage negotiations to acquire Twitter.  We don't know the price but can assume its well …
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 …
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:   Gmail Search Autocomplete Makes Searching Your Inbox a Breeze
New York Times:
I.B.M. Reportedly Will Buy Rival Sun for $7 Billion  —  I.B.M. appears on the verge of acquiring Sun Microsystems, a longtime rival in the computer server and software markets, for nearly $7 billion.  —  The two companies have been negotiating for weeks, ironing out terms of an agreement …
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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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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Facebook Fallout: Is it time for Zuckerberg to go?  —  For the record, I've never officially met Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook.  But I've met guys who are probably like him.  Young.  Smart.  Rich.  Full of great ideas.  And, yeah, probably a little bit full of himself, too.
Discussion: Gawker and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Keeps All Digg Homepage Traffic On Digg  —  DiggBar, the new shortURL and toolbar service from Digg, is certainly useful.  I expect it to become my default short URL service on Twitter since it is so easy to create a short URL by simply adding Digg.com/ in front of any URL.
Discussion: The Gong Show, Thanks:bobcaswell
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With DiggBar, Digg wants to be central to sharing content on the web …
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 …
Holly Stewart / IBM Internet Security Systems …:
Counting Confickers  —  Now that the ambiguity about what is going to happen on April 1 (nothing) is behind us, the next question that seems to be on everyone's mind is how many infections are really out there.  We've been holding off on releasing our numbers because we keep seeing the numbers climb considerably each day.
Discussion: ITworld.com
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Todd Jackson / The Official Google Blog:
5 years of Gmail  —  It was five years ago yesterday that Gmail launched by giving out a gig.  Back then, a typical webmail account could only store about five megabytes of mail.  It's hard to remember what those days were like, considering that today, you can send a single 20 megabyte attachment …
Discussion: Gmail Blog and Lifehacker, Thanks:sinkercat
Ryan Naraine / Threatpost Blog:
Microsoft issues PowerPoint zero-day warning  —  Microsoft has issued an advisory to warn about an under-attack zero-day vulnerability affecting its PowerPoint software.  —  According to the pre-patch advisory, the flaw allows remote code execution if a user opens a booby-trapped PowerPoint file.
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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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Public market buys ChangYou's virtual goods model, stock up after IPO  —  In a public market vote of confidence on the business of virtual goods, Chinese game-maker ChangYou (CYOU) has gone public on NASDAQ today and its stock is currently up around 25 percent on heavy trading.  Why?
Discussion: Economist and Reuters, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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China's ChangYou Shows Us How An IPO Is Done
Discussion: Forbes and blogs.ft.com
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 …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre Apps Hands On: Hardly Lightweight, Looking Great  —  We're nearing the still unknown release date for the Palm Pre, and new details are slowly surfacing.  Sprint demoed the Pre's WebOS apps at CTIA, including PalmOS Emulator, Google Maps and Pandora.  These look fantastic.
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 …
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 …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Launch Pad at Web 2.0 Expo: Crawlers in the sky  —  The mini-Demo conference at the Web 2.0 Expo is the Launch Pad, where five stat-up companies pitched to a small panel of experts (Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb, Matt Marshall of VentureBeat, and Anand Iyer of Microsoft) …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Technorati Lays Off Another 10 Percent Of Employees  —  Blog search engine Technorati has laid off close to 10 percent of its staff, or 4 employees in its PR, engineering and general admin areas.  The company's CEO, Richard Jalichandra confirmed the layoffs.
Thanks:atul
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does Rupert Murdoch Have Kindle Envy?  News Corp. Mulls an E-Book Reader Investment.  —  Here's yet another fan of the Kindle, Amazon's (AMZN) much-hyped e-book reader: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who likes the device enough that he's considering investing in a Kindle rival.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google Uses Twitter to Sell Ads  —  Intuit Is First Marketer to Have Its Tweets Streamed Across AdSense Network  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Twitter may still be tweaking its own business model, but Google has found a way to use the popular microblogging service to sell ads.
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Intel Nehalem Draws on Wall Street Collaboration  —  Intel's Nehalem-based 5500 series Xeon microprocessors were developed hand-in-hand with input from the financial services industry, which relies on heavy computing power in order to generate models and crunch financial data.
Discussion: iTnews Australia
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: Rich vs Reach, NewTeeVee and GigaOM
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
 
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Clifford Coonan / Variety:
China tightens grip on online content
Discussion: The Register and CircleID
Ryan Goldberg / New York Times:
Virtual Leagues Fold, Forcing Gamers to Find Actual Jobs
Sharon Jayson / USA Today:
For teens, a friend online is usually a friend offline, too
Discussion: Techdirt
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft helps keep Koobface virus off Facebook
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Vodafone HTC Magic delayed
Discussion: Phone Arena and MobileCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yelp Focuses On Mobile, New And Improved iPhone App Coming Soon
Discussion: AppScout
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
NVIDIA's Franken-Mini is half HP, half Tegra, no Intel
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Samsung's Android Phone Plans
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
Google CEO to keynote newspaper convention