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4:00 AM ET, April 15, 2009

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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Chief Presses for iPhone  —  When Randall Stephenson became AT&T Inc.'s chief executive, the company had just started offering the iPhone.  The blockbuster device has since reeled in millions of new customers and helped revitalize the telecom giant's brand.
eBay Inc.:
eBay Inc. Announces Plan for 2010 Initial Public Offering of Skype  —  eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) today announced that it plans to separate Skype from the company, beginning with an initial public offering that is intended to be completed in the first half of 2010.  Specific timing of the IPO will be based on market conditions.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Skype IPO Could Range From $1.6-3.1 Billion
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Is Said to Plan More Layoffs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is planning a new round of layoffs, the first since Carol Bartz became chief executive in January, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.  —  The layoffs could affect several hundred employees and may be announced …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon, Yet Another Re-Org at Yahoo
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Next Exchange features e-mail ‘mute’ button  —  The next version of Microsoft's corporate e-mail server will not only offer the ability to view e-mail by conversations, but also the option of “muting” any thread that a user would rather not take part in.  —  Conversation threading …
Discussion: eWeek
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Office 2010 will come in 32-bit, 64-bit flavors (Updated)  —  Microsoft has confirmed that Office 2010 will indeed be shipping in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.  —  Last month, a very believable rumor started flying around in regard to Office 2010 shipping in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
It's Office 2010: First technical previews due in Q3
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple posts third iPhone OS 3.0 beta with minor API changes  —  The third beta of the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 is now available to official registered members of Apple's iPhone Developer Program.  The biggest change is an improvement to the push notification implementation.
Mattz / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Boston College Campus Police: “Using Prompt Commands” May Be a Sign of Criminal Activity  —  On Friday, EFF and the law firm of Fish and Richardson filed an emergency motion to quash [pdf] and for the return of seized property on behalf of a Boston College computer science student whose computers …
Discussion: Security Watch and Techdirt
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Computer Science Student Targeted for Criminal Investigation …
Discussion: p2pnet
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google.org exec leaves to tackle urgent threats  —  Updated 5:38 p.m. PDT to clarify relationship between the Skoll Foundation and the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund.  —  Dr. Larry Brilliant, who in February stepped down as leader of the search giant's Google.org nonprofit arm to become …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Intel: The bottom is in for PC demand  —  updated: Intel reported a first quarter profit of $647 million, or 11 cents per share, on revenue of $7.1 billion, beating Wall Street's estimates and suggesting that the sluggish PC industry may have finally bottomed out.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel chief optimistic about computer industry's recovery
Discussion: CNET News and EE Times
Matt Rosoff / Crave: The gadget blog:
Zune phone ad campaign coming?  —  I was vacationing last week, so I missed my chance to comment on the Zune HD rumors.  Microsoft had already told me that it is planning one more iteration of the Zune hardware, and given the iPhone's success, it wouldn't surprise me if it has a touch screen …
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Noreen O'Leary / Adweek:
Microsoft Plays the Agency Field
Discussion: LiveSide and Gizmodo
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Researchers: Databases still beat Google's MapReduce  —  Speed, efficiency of parallel SQL databases superior, paper shows  —  Computerworld) A team of researchers will release on Tuesday a paper showing that parallel SQL databases perform up to 6.5 times faster than Google Inc.'s MapReduce data-crunching technology.
Plamere / Music Machinery:
Precision Hacking  —  I've seen a few examples where recommenders, polls and top-ten lists have been manipulated.  Generally a central coordinator sends a message to the hoard that descend on the to-be-hacked site.  Ron Paul's sheeple, or pharyngula's followers are prime examples of the type …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Get a Vanity URL for your Google Profile Now  —  You may read the full article later but first, head over to this page and claim a vanity URL for your Google Profile before someone else snatches your favorite user name.  This is available to all Google Accounts that don't use a Gmail address.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Microsoft Update Product Team Blog:
Service Pack 2 for 2007 Microsoft Office System due April 28th  —  Our friends over in the Office Sustained Engineering team asked us to post this info.  You should be sure to check out their blog for updated information on service releases for our supported versions of Office.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Google Sued For Blogger's Criticism Of Skater's Mom  —  During the 2006 Winter Olympics, blogger Sean Healy had some pointed criticism of the mother of athlete Shani Davis.  —  In a post dated Feb. 26, 2006, Healy allegedly wrote that Cherie Davis, the mother of the black speed skating champion …
Discussion: WebProNews
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley CEOs braced for tough year  —  The normally upbeat chief executives of Silicon Valley are worrying about the economic damage and job loss this year could bring, according to a survey by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.  —  The advocacy group's annual business climate survey …
Discussion: Open IT Strategies
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launches FamilyMap service, lets you spy on anyone, anywhere  —  So check this: AT&T just launched a service called FamilyMap.  It basically let's you locate any number on your AT&T account for a monthly fee.  Here's the thing though... besides the first notification text message alerting …
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
It's Official, Twitter is a Cult  —  I've been “tweeting” for about a year now.  As many of my friends know, I joined fairly reluctantly, but felt it was one of those things I just “had” to do professionally.  Over time my use of the service varied, but I tried to stick to using …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Single sign-on service OpenID getting more usage  —  After nearly four years of development and proselytization, social networking technology standard OpenID is beginning to show signs of going more mainstream on the web.  The service is live in a number of company web sites and consumer-facing services …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Livio Radio Standalone Delivers Pandora Radio, Complete With Thumbs Ratings  —  Pandora, the smart internet radio service, has already been on standalone (non-computer) devices before, but Livio combines the old man-ness of a radio with the snarky blogger-ness of a thumbs up/thumbs down rating.
Discussion: Gearlog and Engadget
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Dominos Pranksters Done In By Crowdsourcing  —  Teens have long used YouTube to post videos of themselves doing gags, but in the case of some Dominos employees from North Carolina, uploading clips cost them their jobs in less than a day thanks to the viral power of social media.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Brill, Crovitz, Hindery Launch E-Commerce Venture For News Business  —  The news business has problems and entrepreneur Steve Brill, former Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz and cable guy-turned-investor Leo Hindery, Jr. think they have the answers.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Twilight Problem: Why Metered Broadband Could Suck
Discussion: Broadband Politics and VoIP Watch
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
NotForYouTube: H.P. Offers Private Video Sharing
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Thanks:bobcaswell
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Late to the iPhone, Trip Hawkins' Digital Chocolate falls in love with it
Discussion: mocoNews
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
EMC launches cloud storage for VMware first, Microsoft's Hyper-V later
Discussion: iTnews Australia and eWeek
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
How to take screenshots on the Palm Pre
Discussion: PreCentral.net
 Earlier Items: 
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Man Builds Chair That Tweets His Farts, Single-Handedly Justifies …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Fully functional Office 2008 for Mac trial is now available
Discussion: Mac Mojo, AppleInsider and MacRumors
David Saleh Rauf / MySanAntonio.com:
Time Warner delays meter program
Andres Ferrate / ProgrammableWeb:
Microsoft Virtual Earth API Gets Improved 3D, Geocoding, and Performance
Discussion: GPS Obsessed