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11:50 PM ET, March 24, 2011

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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Color to Get Major Update, Fix ‘Loneliness’ Problem  —  Color, the dynamic photo-sharing app that made a splash with its launch yesterday, is already hard at work on the next version of its app.  The update will directly address user criticism about the app's apparent lack of utility when a user's friends aren't nearby.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Color Of Money  —  People.  Colors.  Apps.  Cats.  Bacon.  Organic.  Bieber.  Mobile.  Social.  Local.  Pivot.  —  That's the key slide in a faux-deck making the rounds this morning on the web.  The subject of the ridicule?  Color, the just-launched social sharing mobile app.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Color's Team Worth $41M, Even if Its Idea Isn't?
Kelly Clay / iPhone and iPad:
New Color App for iPhone is Kind of Creepy
Business Week:
Google Holds Honeycomb Tight  —  It will delay distribution of new Android tablet source code to outside programmers  —  In the great mobile-device wars, Google (GOOG) has portrayed itself as the open-source crusader doing battle against the leaders in proprietary software—Apple (AAPL) …
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Ina Fried / All Things Digital:
Google's Delay of Honeycomb Source Code Won't Slow Flood of Tablets
Discussion: Mashable!
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM opens up BlackBerry PlayBook to support Android apps  —  The news we reported exclusively many months ago has just been officially confirmed by RIM — the company will indeed support Google Android apps on its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and on new QNX-based BlackBerry smartphones moving forward.
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM CEO Basically Admits That Android Support Is There To Check The “Lots Of Apps” Box  —  Research In Motion officially announced today that its forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would support Android apps.  —  (No, not apps for the new Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” designed for tablets …
Discussion: FierceWireless
Adrian Graham / Facebook Blog:
The Wisdom of Friends (and Others Too)  —  Friends are often the best source of advice when you're trying new things: Where should I go to dinner?  How do I go buy a car?  What new music should I check out?  Friends know your tastes, and you have confidence in their opinions.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Relaunches Questions: No Threat To Quora, More Emphasis On Friends  —  Last July, after months of rumors and leaked screenshots, Facebook launched a Q&A product called Questions.  At the time, I said it had the potential to be “massive”: with 500 million (now 600 million) users …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google begins testing Google Music internally  —  Google has begun testing Google Music internally, a sign that the much anticipated service is nearly ready to launch.  —  Google employees have begun a process commonly referred to in Silicon Valley as dog fooding, when employees try …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Nobody Needs a Tablet.  So Why Are We Gobbling Them Up?  —  Apple's new iPad 2 comes in black or white.  Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com  —  Apple's iPad is just one year old, and more than 15 million customers have voted with their wallets.  The tablet is officially mainstream.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Testing Web Search Box At Top Of Site  —  In a test which could have significant implications to the world of online search, Facebook is testing the placement of separate web search field at the top of the site.  —  While it's not known whether or not Facebook will make this a permanent shift …
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Official: Facebook Not Testing Web Search Box, Says Malware Might Be To Blame  —  Facebook is not testing a second search box on its website and says anyone who sees such a thing might be the victim of malware or some other kind of third-party app.  —  Earlier today, an article …
Discussion: GeekWire
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DST's Yuri Milner Buys $70 Million Home In Silicon Valley  —  Yuri Milner, founder of Moscow-based venture firm DST, has purchased quite a home in Silicon Valley, say multiple sources.  The 25,000 square foot home, built just a few years ago, sits on a tidy 11 acres.  The price?  $70 million.
Kindle Post US:
The Latest Kindle Offers Wireless Delivery of Audible Audiobooks via Wi-Fi  —  Now hear this!  We're thrilled to announce that more than 50,000 Audible Audiobooks are available for download on the latest Kindle via Wi-Fi delivery.  Of course, owners of any Kindle device can continue …
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
In-App Billing on Android Market: Ready for Testing  —  Back in January we announced our plan to introduce Android Market In-app Billing this quarter.  We're pleased to let you know that we will be launching In-app Billing next week.  In preparation for the launch, we are opening up Android Market …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Mac OS X may natively support “PC” Radeon graphics cards  —  A MacBook Pro-specific update to Mac OS X 10.6.7 includes native support for several 5000 and 6000 series AMD Radeon GPUs.  Apple doesn't typically include support for GPUs that aren't in shipping products, so the inclusion …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Bing News Adds Tweets To News Results  —  Bing has added tweets from Twitter on the Bing News search results pages.  The tweets are public updates from the Twitter stream related to the news query.  —  For example, search for [japan] on Bing News and you will see a box on the right that says “Public updates for japan.”
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
InsideView, an Intelligence Dashboard for Salespeople, Raises $12 Million  —  When you're gathering information on a potential sales prospect, there's an awful lot of places to look.  A decent Google search only gets you part of the way there.  You can look for mentions in the media …
Associated Press:
Starz becomes latest pay TV channel to ease away from embrace of Netflix, a rising competitor  —  LOS ANGELES — Starz has become the latest pay TV channel to ease its embrace of subscription video provider Netflix and treat it more as a competitor.  —  The service, a unit of Liberty Media Corp. …
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)
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
VeriFone On Apple, Google And PayPal's NFC Competitiveness  —  Electronic payment provider VeriFone has a front seat for what it calls the “gold rush for NFC” -the race to deliver products and services related to Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.  NFC enables cellphones (and other gadgets) …
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 …
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Gabriel Perna / International Business Times:
Google Says It Won't Pull DUI Checkpoint Evasion App
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and Slashdot
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Easy Cash!? Google Beats ‘Google Money’ Scammers, Is Awarded $1.6 Million
Discussion: @mattcutts, Search Engine Land and SAI
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