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6:50 PM ET, March 12, 2011


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Engadget's Top Editors Topolsky and Patel Exit From AOL's Giant Tech Site  —  Josh Topolsky, the editor-in-chief of Engadget, is leaving the AOL-owned property, which one of the largest tech news sites on the Web.  —  Also departing is Managing Editor Nilay Patel, said sources.
Discussion: @blam
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hello, I must be going  —  It's hard to believe that I'm currently writing the words I seem to be writing, though a casual stock-taking of my senses dictates that it must be true.  Here I am, at my computer, typing letters one by one into a plain text document, rolling along through …
Discussion: @libbybrittain
Adam Bryant / New York Times:
Google's Quest to Build a Better Boss  —  IN early 2009, statisticians inside the Googleplex here embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen.  —  Their mission was to devise something far more important to the future of Google Inc. than its next search algorithm or app.  —  They wanted to build better bosses.
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch
Fred Oliveira / Helloform:
Dear Twitter,  —  I never wrote any Twitter clients, but I've been around since the very beginning.  So yesterday when I read the news about your new developer roadmap - which boils down to “no new clients, thanks” - I was confused.  I was confused because I remember the early days …
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Twitter to Devs: Don't Make Twitter Clients... Or Else  —  Pure play Twitter clients — apps like Echofon, Twidroyd and UberTwitter — got a sharp slap on the wrist today from Twitter platform chief Ryan Sarver.  —  In an API announcement post, Sarver finally made clear what third-party developers …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Bing sees backlash for Japan quake Twitter donation campaign  —  Here's a great example of how a seemingly noble social media donation campaign can go awry: Microsoft tweeted two hours ago on the Bing search engine's Twitter account that it would donate up to $100,000 to help victims of Japan's earthquake …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing Apologizes For Japan Quake Tweet  —  Bing has just apologized on Twitter for a tweet earlier today that many viewed as a way to gain exposure in the name of raising money for victim's of Friday's earthquake in Japan.  —  The apology reads as follows:
Discussion: @bing and Gearlog, Thanks:mattmcgee
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Adobe Flash Player leaks for Motorola Xoom, we go hands-on (video)  —  March 18th may seem like an eternity if you expected your Motorola Xoom to come with Adobe Flash on day one.  But you know what?  If you put your trust in a mysterious file floating about the internet, there's no need to wait that long.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Chrome 12 Will Drop Support for Google Gears  —  While most Chrome users have been upgraded to Chrome 10, Google is fixing the bugs from Chrome 11 and working on Chrome 12.  A recent Chromium build made a significant change: Gears is no longer included in Google Chrome.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Despite the Quake, Japan's Internet Connections Are Going Strong  —  While the damage and casualties in Japan are still being assessed one bit of good news concerning the events in that country is that one key piece of infrastructure has managed to stay up and running despite the massive earthquake and tsunami waves: The Internet.
Dave Kellogg / Kellblog:   An Amazing Story about Twitter and the Japan Earthquake
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Kleiner Perkins Already Selling Its Twitter Stock  —  Kleiner Perkins is already selling some of the stock it bought in Twitter just last December, Henry Blodget reports.  —  We heard from a source that Kleiner has already unloaded some of its stock on private markets, quickly making a profit as Twitter's valuation has skyrocketed.
Henry Blodget / SAI:
NO CONFLICT, NO INTEREST: John Doerr, Twitter, And The Rise Of Secondary Private Markets
Discussion: Softpedia News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are You Ready for the New Peer-to-Peer Economy?  —  Unless you really don't give two hoots about the world of technology, it's highly unlikely you would have missed the big brouhaha between San Francisco-based startup Square and VeriFone, a payment processing equipment & services provider.
Michael Joggins / AndroidSPIN:
Exclusive: Pics of Verizon HTC Incredible 2  —  Well look what we managed to get our hands on of the HTC Incredible 2.  It is quite the device I must say.  Rocking Android 2.3 with Sense, this is one smoking hot phone.  Although we haven't gotten the chance to play …
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Apple vs. Microsoft: A tale of two mobile updates  —  You can learn a lot about the positives and negatives of Apple and Microsoft by the way they update their mobile platforms  —  It's remarkable how much you can learn about a company from something as seemingly simple as a point update to its mobile platform.
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