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12:35 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 »
Discussion: Fortune, CNET News, Macworld and WebProNews, Thanks:gizmodo
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
Michael DeGusta / The Understatement:
Digital Subscription Prices Visualized (aka The New York Times Is Delusional)  —  Here are the annual prices of a variety of services, all of which allow users to access the service from the web and across multiple devices with a single unified subscription.  See if you can pick out which one is the outlier:
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Asks Twitter to Shut Down Paywall Dodgers
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, Tools, Gearlog 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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tools
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, eWeek, PC World and DSLreports
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Groupon President and COO Rob Solomon Steps Down  —  Sources close to Groupon, the social buying site, said its COO, former Yahoo exec Rob Solomon, is stepping down from his job.  —  It's not clear what the reasons for Solomon's departure are, but the move seems to be sudden.
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 …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Anonymous And Ex-Anonymous Hackers Wage A War Of Identification  —  Anonymous and the group calling itself Backtrace Security seem to be engaged in a campaign of mutually-assured anonymity destruction.  —  As promised, Backtrace Security, a group of pseudonymous hackers formerly associated …
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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Facebook traffic mysteriously passes through Chinese ISP  —  Routing cockup most likely explanation  —  For a short time on Tuesday, internet traffic sent between Facebook and subscribers to AT&T's internet service passed through hardware belonging to the state-owned China Telecom before reaching …
Discussion: The Next Web, blyon.com and Pulse2
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Adobe Pass Makes TV Everywhere Logins More Manageable  —  The pay TV industry is betting big on TV Everywhere, an initiative through which pay TV subscribers can get access to on-demand versions of their favorite channels online.  But up until this point, the process for doing …
DigiTimes:
ARM cooperating with Microsoft, says ARM Taiwan president  —  ARM has been cooperating with Microsoft to develop processor architectures, according to president Philip Lu for ARM Taiwan at a March 22 press conference in Taipei.  —  Although Lu did not release further information due …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's How Amazon Could Quietly Become A Huge Tablet Player  —  It would be foolish not to include Amazon on the list of potentially huge players in the tablet industry.  —  While the company is still only selling simple Kindle e-readers, Amazon has quietly built all the tools it needs …
 
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