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Google CEO change: one of five things to watch April 1

Google CEO will be co-founder Larry Page, who takes over from Eric Schmidt, who becomes Google's executive chairman.

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4. The Brakes on Auto Sales: Major manufacturers are set to report March vehicle sales numbers Friday, with the dual headwinds of rising gas prices and economic ripples from the disaster in Japan. The consensus estimate calls for an overall annualized sales rate of 12.9 million vehicles, which would mark a pullback from February's 13.4 million number. Standouts could include General Motors, expected to report a 20 percent increase in March sales, and Ford, expected to post a 13 percent uptick.

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5. From Maine to Manhattan: That's our focus, when it comes to real estate. Up in the Pine Tree State, hundreds of existing home sellers are joining together this week, knocking at least $10,000 off their list prices for a limited-time offer. The deal ends Sunday, so act fast if you're intrigued. Home builders do sales all the time, but a whole state in the bargain bin? Back in the Big Apple, a host of quarterly sales reports are out Friday morning, after the so-so numbers at the end of 2010.