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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.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why Color Matters: Augmented Reality And Nuanced Social Graphs May Finally May Come of Age  —  I read with interest about Color, a new social photo app that was much in the news today.  The main angle of coverage was the size of the pre-revenue company's funding - $41 million from Sequoia and Bain.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Video: With $41M in Hand, Color Offers New Proximity-Based Social Network
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 …
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Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Microsoft posts NoDo update status page, comes clean on process
Discussion: ZDNet, Ubergizmo, SlashGear and Neowin.net
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 …
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: hypebot and WebProNews
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.
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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
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Think Quarterly: Google Launches Its Own Online Magazine (Updated)  —  We hear a lot about Google's relationship with publishers, but this week the search giant also quietly launched its own online publication based in the UK.  Think Quarterly, which calls itself a “a breathing space in a busy world” …
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 Drugstore.com For $409 Million  —  Drugstore juggernaut Walgreens this morning announced that it will acquire online retailer Drugstore.com in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $409 million.  —  As a result of the merger …
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?
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Now Helps You Make Movies...Without A Camera  —  By now you're undoubtedly familiar with the incredible amount of footage that's uploaded to YouTube — the current count is 35 hours of video uploaded every minute.  And with video cameras integrated into smartphones, tablets …
Discussion: @hunterwalk
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Textbook Renter Chegg Becomes More Social  —  Chegg is known as the Netflix of college textbooks.  The Silicon Valley start-up, which has raised more than $200 million in debt and equity, allows students to rent costly college textbooks, rather than buy them.  When the semester is over, they ship the books back and order new ones.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VatorNews and VentureBeat
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Data Science Toolkit Brings Big Data Analysis to the People  —  Pete Warden has been analysing big data on the cheap for years, and he wants you to be able to do the same: Warden, who got famous for scraping 220 million Facebook profiles, unveiled his Data Science Toolkit …
Discussion: PeteSearch, ReadWriteWeb and eWeek
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Steve Jobs says ‘No Interest’ in iPhone 4 radiation app, devs release it anyway  —  Tawkon, makers of a mobile application that measures cellular radiation, have been blocked from releasing their app for iPhone.  In response, the company on Wednesday released the tawkon app for iPhone via the Cydia jailbreak.
Steve Schultze / Freedom to Tinker blogs:
Web Browsers and Comodo Disclose A Successful Certificate Authority Attack, Perhaps From Iran  —  Today, the public learned of a previously undisclosed compromise of a trusted Certificate Authority — one of the entities that issues certificates attesting to the identity of “secure” web sites.
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.
Electronista:
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 …
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
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Users report freezing issues with FaceTime on Apple's iPad 2  —  A few kinks apparently still need to be ironed out with the newly released iPad 2, as some users have reported freezing issues with the FaceTime video chat feature, requiring a restart of the device.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Verizon's ThunderBolt Moves Like Lightning  —  Amid all the mergers and maneuvering of U.S. wireless carriers, they continue a steady rollout of faster cellular-data networks, dubbed “4G,” for fourth generation.  While the companies all use that term for marketing, the actual technologies they've adopted …
Discussion: @kabster728
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 …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
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Bloomberg:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
133 US cities now have their own broadband networks
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Serlet's Surprise Departure From Apple More of a Planned Transition
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft readies tool for managing iPads, iPhones and Android devices
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Apple Is Said to Consider Expanding AirPlay for Streaming Video
 

 
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