In tech/biz news on April 24th: dead baby jokes lose and fist bumping wins in the world of iPhone apps; Silicon Valley techies are turning into werewolvess; say goodbye to Geocities.

BIZ

Former facebook exec Owen Van Natta is now MySpace’s CEO. Chron

Opti Inc. won $19M against Apple in a patent infringent lawsuit. SF Biz Journal

Apple laid off 1,600 retail workers during its second quarter. Maybe now I can finally get an appointment with an (ex) genius bar employee.Tech Meme

TECH

The Facebook community has spoken: 74% of users prefer the new Facebook Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities over the existing Terms of Use. Wait, so does this mean Facebook owns all our embarrassing drunken pictures, or not? Tech Meme

RIP, Geocities (um, Geocities still exists?). I guess that means the Mark McGrath fanpage I made in 7th grade computer class is gone now, too. Valleywag

Apple admits that, okay, maybe offering an iphone app in which you have to shake a baby until it dies was a bad idea. Tech Meme

4chan users hacked into Salma Hayek’s personal Apple MobileMe account. Moral of the story: when choosing a secret password question, don’t use your most famous starring movie role. Tech Meme

Gmail can now open up PowerPoint presentation and .Tiff image attachments. CNET

Vampires? So passe: Silicon Valley’s young elite want to be werewolves. CNET

A 13-year-old won tens of thousands of dollars in Apple hardware and software for downloading the billionth application from the iTunes store this morning. His app of choice? Bump technology, a free app that allows iphone users to transfer information by fist bumping. Wired

REAL ESTATE

Pizza Delfina architect turned one couple’s Victorian-style home into a skater’s paradise, complete with ramps and an empty pool. Curbed SF

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  • Jeffrey McManus

    Apple probably didn’t lay off 1,600 retail workers, they got rid of 1,600 FTEs, which is a little different. In casual retail you typically do that by cutting peoples’ hours.