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2:15 PM ET, March 23, 2011

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Apple:
Bertrand Serlet to Leave Apple  —  Apple® today announced that Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior vice president of Mac® Software Engineering, will be leaving the company.  Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet's responsibilities and report to Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Father of Mac OS X Is Leaving Apple  —  Bertrand Serlet, the guy who led the development of Mac OS X since its very beginning, is leaving Apple.  He's one of the heavy weights at the company.  More »
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Its Answer To Google Instant: ‘Search Direct’  —  Yes, Yahoo is launching a new product today that you might actually be interested in.  It's derivative, but it looks useful.  —  Today at a press event in San Francisco, the company announced the launch of a new product called ‘Search Direct’.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, SAI and WebProNews
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Yahoo / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing Search Direct - A Simpler Way to Find Answers Fast
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Plays To Its Strengths, Succeeds Brilliantly, With Lady Gaga Interview  —  As the battle for Silicon Valley engineering talent intensifies, it seems as if hot tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter have launched some sort of ridiculous competition as to who could can score …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 4 doubles IE9's 24-hour download tally  —  Firefox 4 managed to double IE9's download total in less than 24 hours after its release.  —  Firefox may be under fire from Microsoft's newly competitive browser, but with more than twice the downloads in its first day, Firefox 4 today soared over its rival by one measurement.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's Area 51: The Truth Is Out There  —  Scheduled to go live sometime this spring, Apple's 505,000-square-foot North Carolina data center is, according to COO Tim Cook, intended to support iTunes and MobileMe.  But we don't yet know in what capacity, and Cook's remark …
Abigail Pesta / The Daily Beast:
A Blogger's Sex Slavery Drama  —  Last spring, the Internet lit up with rumors of a Manhattan blogger who saved two Russian college students from possible human trafficking.  In an exclusive interview with the targeted women, Abigail Pesta reveals their terrifying ordeal.
Nicole Martinelli / Cult of Mac:
Breaking: Apple Pulls Christian “Gay Cure” App  —  It looks like Apple has responded to the outcry over an app from Christian group Exodus International aimed at “homosexual strugglers” by removing it from iTunes.  —  Some 145,000 people signed an online petition demanding it be removed.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On Firefox 4 Day, Chrome 11 Hits Beta With The Ability To Talk To Your Computer!  —  As you're aware by now, earlier today Mozilla officially unveiled Firefox 4 to the world.  At first glance, it's a great update with massive speed improvements.  And that's good, because that's exactly …
Reid Hoffman / Greylock VC:
Ten Entrepreneurship Rules for Building Massive Companies  —  Last week I gave a talk at South by Southwest, and in it I shared my top ten rules for entrepreneurship.  They are borne from my experiences starting companies and partnering with great entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley as an angel and a venture capitalist.
Discussion: Tech Europe and Howard Lindzon
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Publishers back Inkling's iPad textbooks  —  iPad textbook startup Inkling just announced that it has won financial backing from the two biggest names in the textbook business — McGraw-Hill and Pearson.  —  Founder and chief executive Matt MacInnis said Inkling's goal involves using …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Pretty Flipboard Fundraising at an Even Prettier $200 Million Valuation  —  Flipboard, the high-profile and highly designed social media reading app for the Apple iPad, is out raising another round of funding at an eye-popping $200 million valuation, according to numerous sources close to the situation.
Discussion: alarm:clock and SAI
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Windows Phone 7 Update Adds Copy and Paste Functionality  —  Microsoft is finally pushing out a software update for Windows Phone 7 devices dubbed NoDo, which brings copy and paste functionality among other minor improvements.  Microsoft's revamped mobile OS has been missing copy and paste capabilities since its October launch.
Discussion: The Register, Gearlog, Tools and Pulse2
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone 7 “NoDo” push is phased, carrier devices face an uncertain wait
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung denies rumors of Galaxy tablet inventory buildup  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co, the world's No.2 handset maker, denied market speculation of massive inventory build-up in its Galaxy tablet on Wednesday.  —  Shares of the South Korean company have come under pressure recently amid market talk …
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Microsoft Intune Goes Live  —  After a yearlong beta program, the Windows Intune hosted desktop management service is going live, Microsoft announced Wednesday.  —  Designed for organizations with limited IT help, Intune is a Microsoft-hosted service that monitors and updates Windows 7-based desktop and laptop computers.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Aspiring Wholesale Network Provider Lightsquared Signs Deal With Best Buy  —  Lightsquared, a start-up that aims to build a vast nationwide 4G network to sell to other service providers, said on Wednesday that it had reached a deal with retailer Best Buy, which will use its network to expand its Best Buy Connect service.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft uses IE9 promoted Tweet to infiltrate Firefox 4 Twitter search results  —  Microsoft purchased a promoted Tweet on the social networking site Twitter on Tuesday.  —  The tweet showed up in any search results for Firefox, just as the company released its latest browser edition.
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Computerworld
Luis / VGHQ:
George Hotz Runs Away to South America; Lies About Having PSN Account  —  After the judge demanded George Hotz gives in his devices and hard drives, the PlayStation 3 hacker ran away to South America to avoid handing his possessions in and now has put his case in extreme jeopardy.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Oracle Ceases Development For Intel's Itanium Chip  —  Software giant Oracle announced overnight that it has ceased all development work relating to Intel's Itanium microprocessor.  In so doing it reminded the world that the Itanium chip exists at all.  “Intel management made it clear …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Group Messaging Service Yobongo Raises $1.35 Million  —  Investors' rush to find the next killer communications app is heating up. … The latest startup in the space to land funding is Yobongo Inc., a two-and-a-half-week old iPhone app that lets you chat with people located in the same geographic area.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel's McAfee Acquires Sentrigo To Boost Database Security Offerings  —  Intel-owned McAfee is announcing an acquisition this morning—database security company Sentrigo.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Sentrigo, which has raised $9.5 million in venture funding from Benchmark Capital …
Ronald Grover / Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs Is Re-Elected to Disney Board Over Health Concerns  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS) investors re- elected Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs to the board of the entertainment company, rejecting the views of proxy advisers who say health issues may impair his ability to serve.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google working to reverse Chrome bloat  —  When Chrome got its start, the browser was svelte and fast-loading if limited.  —  Now, it's got plenty of features, but two years later, it's nearly three times bigger.  And Google, deciding that's not a good thing, has set up a task force to curtail Chrome bloat.
DailyTelegraph:
Banning baby-faces from social site Facebook  —  ABOUT 20,000 children are kicked off Facebook every day for lying about their age, the social network site admitted yesterday.  —  Despite efforts to enforce the strict 13 years or older age limit some children still slip through the checks.
DigiTimes:
Motorola Xoom monthly orders to drop in 2Q11  —  Taiwan's shipments of Motorola Xoom in the first quarter of 2011 are expected to meet upstream component suppliers' forecast of 700,000-80,000 units, as Motorola already placed orders for about 200,000 units for the first half of March and shipments …
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Sprint Plans Appeal to Congress to Halt AT&T-T-Mobile Deal  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse said the company plans to submit its concerns over AT&T Inc. (T)'s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA to Congress, saying the deal hurts the wireless industry.
 
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