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2:05 PM ET, March 24, 2011


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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Color Looks To Reinvent Social Interaction With Its Mobile Photo App (And $41 Million In Funding)  —  $41 million.  From Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank.  Pre-launch.  —  That's how much a brand new startup called Color has to work with.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Color's Team Worth $41M, Even if Its Idea Isn't?  —  The launch of a new mobile app called Color on Wednesday has caused a lot of buzz — not so much because of the app itself, but because of the massive sum of money the company raised before it even launched: a group of funds including Sequoia Capital gave …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Are social photo apps trapped in a Silicon Valley bubble?  —  Some social apps are really cool but it's unlikely your actual friends are using them  —  Another day, another innovative smartphone app based around photo-sharing.  Color is the work of a team assembled by Bill Nguyen …
Kelly Clay / iPhone and iPad:
New Color App for iPhone is Kind of Creepy  —  If you've ever been at a ballgame and wandered away to get a beer only to return to your seats to hear your friends greet you with, “OMG!  Did you SEE that?” you may finally have an app for that.  Color, an app from a Silicon Valley start-up of the same name …
Eric Hautala / The Windows Blog:
“Copy and paste” update status  —  Hello again.  As you might have heard, yesterday we kicked off our “copy and paste” update, which comes with a bunch of improvements for your phone.  Today I want to briefly explain where we are in the process—and also tell you about a new update-related …
Daniel Rubino /
Microsoft posts NoDo update status page, comes clean on process
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazingly, MySpace's Decline Is Accelerating  —  Between January and February 2011, says Comscore, worldwide unique visitors to MySpace declined by a staggering 14.4% from 73 million visitors to 63 million visitors.  It's about half of the audience they had a year ago.
Discussion: PC World, WebProNews and hypebot
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Motorola Mobility Building Web-Based OS  —  Hedging its bet on Android, Motorola is looking for a way to have more control over its destiny.  —  Motorola Mobility has hired a number of experienced mobile and Web engineers from Apple and Adobe and is developing a Web-based mobile operating system …
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint:
Boxee iPad app will stream to your PC or Mac  —  EXCLUSIVE: Boxee bod confirms details on Pocket-lint  —  On Tuesday, we posted a story about a new Boxee iPad app and how it could offer Apple AirPlay streaming to the Boxee Box.  —  Well, VP of Marketing for Boxee, Andrew Kippen …
Discussion: Digital Trends, SAI, TiPb and The Next Web
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
How friend clusters could make Facebook intimate again  —  For a so-called social utility, Facebook has been getting more and more useless.  At first, Facebook friend overload was an early-adopter problem for overnetworked Silicon Valley insiders.  But now, friend overload is hitting the mainstream consciousness.
Discussion: mocoNews
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Samsung sees a Retina Display in your tablet future, and perhaps glasses-free 3D  —  Samsung gazed into its crystal ball today, and what did it see?  The pixel density of tablet screens drastically increasing.  Yes, while Apple may not have managed to cram a screen into the iPad 2 worthy …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Netflix issues apology, service credit for Instant downtime  —  In the wake of Tuesday's Netflix Instant outage, the company has issued a mea culpa and service credit to affected users.  “We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused,” reads an email from Netflix.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Only 9% (and falling) of US Internet users are P2P pirates  —  In its 2010 annual report (PDF), recorded music's global trade body said that the industry would “struggle to survive unless we address the fundamental problem of piracy.”  Just how “fundamental” a problem is that piracy?
Google Said to Face Possible Antitrust Probes by Ohio, Wisconsin Officials  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), operator of the world's biggest search engine, faces possible antitrust probes by Ohio and Wisconsin over its business practices, according to a state official and a person familiar with the matters.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Just Put A Hardware Guy In Charge Of Its TV Business  —  Microsoft has put a hardware veteran in charge of its interactive TV business, suggesting that the company is working on an answer to Google TV and Apple TV.  —  Tom Gibbons headed Microsoft Hardware — keyboards and mice …
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
Apple 50% Sales Growth May Continue Through 2012 on Mobile Boom  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) can keep posting sales growth of more than 50 percent in the next two years as a mobile applications boom fuels demand for devices such as the iPad, said the chief executive officer of Forrester Research Inc. (FORR)
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Boom!  Walgreens Buys Online Retailer For $409 Million  —  Drugstore juggernaut Walgreens this morning announced that it will acquire online retailer in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $409 million.  —  As a result of the merger …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
More on Facebook Deals: Will Include Only Social Experiences, May Use Credits  —  A test version of the new Facebook Deals product will launch shortly, as has been reported and assumed for some time.  —  NetworkEffect spoke to Facebook and people familiar with Facebook's plans about how the program …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venture Capitalists May Hate AngelList, But They're Still Using It  —  AngelList, a sort of social network that brings entrepreneurs and investors together to talk about and fund deals, is more controversial than the average Joe might think.  But one thing's clear, top tier venture capitalists are using the site to find companies.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Angie's List Raises $53.6 Million From Investors in Private Share Offering  —  Angie's List Inc., a service that provides recommendations for plumbers, doctors and other local businesses, raised $53.6 million from investors in a private share offering.  —  Investors include mutual-fund …
US hacker denies fleeing justice  —  The hack of the PS3 lets owners play “homebrew” applications on the hardware  —  The American hacker who unlocked Sony's PS3 has denied fleeing the country to avoid legal action.  —  George Hotz, also known as Geohot, said his trip had been planned …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung Apps Pass 100 Million Downloads In Ten Months  —  Samsung has announced that downloads across its mobile and TV application stores have surpassed the 100 million barrier, reaching the milestone within ten months.  —  The Samsung Apps service launched with the Samsung Wave (GT-S8500) …
Discussion: Engadget and VentureBeat
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Google's former ad man joins Twitter  —  While we wait to find out if Jack Dorsey really is returning to Twitter full-time, here's some other personnel scoop from the micro-messaging juggernaut:  —  Satya Patel has quietly stepped down as a Silicon Valley-based partner with Battery Ventures, in order to join Twitter.
Discussion: TechCrunch
FCC official: no way AT&T T-Mobile deal will go unaltered  —  An anonymous FCC official on Wednesday night said that the proposed AT&T buyout of T-Mobile would very likely go through major changes if it were to be approved at all.  He was careful to note the deal hadn't yet been under formal investigation …
Brad Molen / Unwired View:
AT&T Acknowledges Amazon Appstore Obstacle, Working on Clearing it  —  Are you an Android user on AT&T's network?  Have you been upset or at least a little perturbed that you haven't been able to download Angry Birds Rio onto your phone because it's technically third-party software that cannot be downloaded or installed on your phone?
Kevin May / Tnooz:
TripAdvisor issues warning after part of email database is stolen  —  User review giant TripAdvisor has been forced to notify members of a major security breach after a “portion” of its 20 million-strong email list was stolen.  —  The company has posted a message outlining some details of the incident …
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