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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?  —  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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Pitch Slides Lampoon Tech Bubble Absurdity … If you're like most people in the tight-knit incestuous family we like to call the tech industry, all of the headlines in this Techmeme cluster on social photo-sharing app Color nabbing $41 million are actually declaring one thing, “Tech Bubble, Now Official.”
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.
Fred / A VC:
The Implicit Social Graph
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) …
Ina Fried / All Things Digital:   Google's Delay of Honeycomb Source Code Won't Slow Flood of Tablets
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.
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/  —  Apple's iPad is just one year old, and more than 15 million customers have voted with their wallets.  The tablet is officially mainstream.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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)
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 …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
AOL's New Palo Alto Offices  —  The company has opened its sleek new Palo Alto offices to Valley startups, hoping some of the creativity will rub off “AOL is cool.”  The phrase appears in big blue letters on a long whiteboard lining a hallway of AOL's (AOL) newest outpost, in Palo Alto …
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 …
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.”
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
What's a YouTube Pop Hit Worth?  —  In the age of YouTube, Pandora and Spotify, fans can watch millions of videos or listen to endless hours of music for free.  But do those services make significant money for artists and record companies?  Those questions became all the more interesting last week with …
Discussion: and The Awl
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 …
Discussion: paidContent and eMoney
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle delivers strong third quarter, to hit Sun profit target  —  Oracle delivered strong fiscal third quarter results as the company landed large hardware and software deals.  The company touted its Exadata and Exalogic sequential sales growth.  —  The software company reported third quarter earnings …
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) …
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 …
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
RIM Shares Tank on Lousy Outlook  —  Investors wondering if Research in Motion's thriving international business is strong enough to offset the pressures the company faces in the North American smartphone market got their answer this afternoon: Yes, for now.
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