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4:00 AM ET, March 19, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Resigns From Digg, Closing Round On New Startup  —  Wow, when I wrote last night that Kevin Rose doesn't really use Digg anymore, I had no idea how perfect the timing was.  It turns out Rose really has tuned out.  Because, say multiple sources, he's already resigned from the company …
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Discussion: Mashable!
Steven Levy / Wired:
Larry Page Wants to Return Google to Its Startup Roots  —  One afternoon about 12 years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin gave John Doerr a call.  A few months earlier, the Google cofounders had accepted $12.5 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Doerr's venture-capital firm, as well as an equal amount from Sequoia Capital.
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John Brownlee / Geek.com:
Steve Jobs was Google's first choice for CEO
Discussion: Cult of Mac and SlashGear
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple plans major MobileMe revamp for April launch; prior version to be phased out in a year  —  Apple is set to announce a new, free version of MobileMe next month, according to a trusted iLounge source.  The source, who works for a major educational institution, claims the school's supplier …
Ambarish Kenghe / The Official Google TV Blog:
Google TV Remote for iPhone  —  A very popular feature of Google TV to use your phone as a remote control.  We released the Android version of the Google TV Remote app in December and I am happy to say that the app is now available for iPhones, iPads, and iPods running iOS 3 or higher.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Wow, Google Has Ported My Ten Thousand Button Nightmare To The iPhone!
Gawker:
Inside Anonymous' Secret War Room  —  Dissident members of the internet hacktivist group Anonymous, tired of what they call the mob's “unpatriotic” ways, have provided law enforcement with chat logs of the group's leadership planning crimes, as well as what they say are key members' identities.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 5 prototypes spotted: metal back, larger display, iPhone 4 shape?  —  Image is a third-party “metal” back sticker for iPhone 4, not an image of the iPhone 5  —  A source from Foxconn who we believe to be reliable has provided us with some information about Apple's fifth-generation iPhone.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Goldman Sachs Programmer Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Code Theft  —  A former Goldman Sachs programmer convicted of stealing the bank's high-speed trading software was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.  —  Sergey Aleynikov, 41, was convicted in December of theft of trade secrets.
Antonio Flores / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Flash Player 10.2 now available for mobile devices  —  Flash Player 10.2 is now available for download on Android Market.  This is a production GA (General Availability) release for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices and an initial beta release for Android 3.x (Honeycomb) …
Discussion: eWeek, GottaBeMobile, Mobilized and biskero
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Flash 10.2 hits Android today, Adobe hopes for viewable 720p playback in a matter of weeks
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
A Seedy New Neighborhood For The Web: XXX Domain Approved  —  The Internet is about to get a seedy new neighborhood: the body governing top-level Internet domains has approved a new .xxx domain for porn, despite objections from the adult entertainment industry.
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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
ICANN Approves New .XXX Top Level Domain
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Reddit, Social News Frontrunner, Is Down To One Developer  —  Two out of the three remaining Reddit programmers quietly left the social news community last week, Mike Schiraldi going to Google and David King going to Hipmunk where he joins Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Ellis / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Nears Appointment Of Eric Schmidt As Commerce Secretary  —  The word in Washington is that President Obama is close to naming departing CEO Eric Schmidt as the nation's next Secretary of Commerce.  —  Mr. Schmidt picked up an important vote of confidence earlier this week …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
VentureBeat executive editor leaving  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Owen Thomas, the executive editor of the VentureBeat tech news site, is leaving after about a year with the California-based news service.  —  Thomas is leaving to become founding editor of a new media start-up, sources told Talking Biz News.
Discussion: @rafat, @owenthomas and VentureBeat
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Data On Customer Viewing Habits Sparks New Class Action Lawsuit  —  Netflix is contending with a new class action lawsuit that alleges the streaming service violates customer privacy by retaining viewing and payment records even after a customer cancels his or her service.
Discussion: paidContent, Techland and p2pnet
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
AT&T cuts price of iPad 3G by $100  —  AT&T on Friday slashed the price of the original iPad 3G by $100 throughout its U.S. retail stores.  —  The iPad 3G now costs $429, $529 and $629 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, respectively.  Yesterday, the iPad 3G cost $100 more and last month it cost $200 more for the iPad 3G models.
Patrick Seitz / IBD Click:
Netflix's Deep Integration With Facebook Under Way  —  Netflix (NFLX) has begun asking users to hook up their Netflix accounts with their Facebook accounts to share with friends and family information about what videos they're watching.  —  Netflix executives first revealed their plans …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Is Amazon Working on an Android Kindle?  —  Amazon has been incredibly successful with its Kindle e-reader, offering a lightweight reader at an affordable price.  But the pizazz of the iPad 2 and the dozens of Android-based tablets that are slowly making their way off of conveyor belts …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Amazon Android App Store Set to Launch Tuesday  —  A screen shot of part of the page you would see when visiting amazon.com/apps before it was taken down.  Photo: androidnews.de  —  Retail giant Amazon is preparing to launch its own app store on the Android platform on Tuesday, March 22, a trusted source told Wired.com.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
AP Stylebook Finally Changes “e-mail” to “email”  —  The AP Stylebook, the de facto style and usage guide for much of the news media, announced on Friday that the abbreviated term for “electronic mail” is losing a hyphen, and with it, a relic of a simpler time when Internet technology needed to be explained very carefully.
Matt LeMay / bit.ly blog:
bitly's Got a Brand New Mobile Site!  —  Hey look, it's a desk covered in mobile devices!  —  What makes these mobile devices different from all other mobile devices?  They are all running the brand new cross-platform bitly mobile site, which we are extremely stoked to share with you today.
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google guesstimates release dates for movies and games
Discussion: Search Engine Land and GoNintendo
David Eaves / eaves.ca:
Canada launches data.gc.ca - what works and what is broken
Discussion: p2pnet and Michael Geist Blog
Emily Yiu / Flickr Blog:
Slideshows for your iPad
Discussion: The Next Web and TUAW
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Sun Will Set For Yahoo's AlltheWeb On April 4
Chris Espinosa / cdespinosa's posterous:
0x22  —  Today is the 34th anniversary of the date on my Apple employee badge.
 Earlier Items: 
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Elop says work begun on first Windows Nokia phones
Ted Sarandos / Netflix Blog:
House of Cards  —  Hi, Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer here.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
The EU Grants Apple 24 iOS Icon Design Patents
Discussion: Pulse2 and The Next Web
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Twitter Splits Soho, Takes Facebook Space on Madison
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
How the iPhone, NFC and Mac App Store Will Enable Remote Computing [Exclusive]
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
AT&T aggressively moving against unauthorized tethering
 

 
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New York Magazine reporter who wrote about fake high school stock whiz won't move to Bloomberg

 
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