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Newswatch 3.27.08: Cnet lays off 120

Oracle profit up. $30 billion worth of acquisitions – not the least of which was BEA -- has generated some steady maintenance income and enabled the company to offer an impressive lineup of enterprise software. Even so, Wall Street drilled the share price down. (NY Times)

Did Apple dither over screens? Apple has settled a lawsuit that claims Apple didn't deliver "millions of colors" on some of their screens. Noticing the displays were grainy and banded, plaintiffs believe Apple used six-bit displays instead of 8-bit displays in MacBook and MacBook Pro machines. Apparently the plaintiffs had trouble turning the case into a class action, making them willing to settle. (Ars Technica)

10 million 3G iPhones? Is Apple getting ready to spring a 3G iPhone? Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney says he believes 10 million such phones are on order. He thinks Apple is using an organic LED display.

Cnet lays off 120 That's 10 percent of the web publishers' staff. CEO Neil Ashe says it's realigning its enterprise properties, ZDNet and TechRepublic, to "improve monetization – and centralizing IT and other core biz ops. Key to streamlining: Moving IT systems to an open API. No word about layoffs at flagship News.com. (TechCrunch)

Vietnam Wall now searchable. USA Today says family and friends no longer have to travel to DC to find their loved one's name on the Wall. Not so sure that's a good thing. The physical, real-world experience of the stillness of being with people at the Wall is what makes it such a meaningful experience. Now, is it just one more website?