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4:20 PM ET, March 25, 2011

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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Color CEO: The Tech Justifies the $41 Million  —  Last night, an app called Color hit the app stores for both iOS and Android.  It made a big splash for a number of reasons, not the least of which being its $41 million prelaunch funding.  It has all-star founders who have an impressive track record.
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
Here's What No One Seems To Understand About Color's $41 Million Round  —  A startup named Color has raised $41 million of capital.  —  This news has obsessed the tech world and beyond for the past 48 hours, with the majority of the peanut gallery huffing and snorting about how it's obviously ridiculous and a clear sign of a bubble.
Discussion: Tools
Bloomberg:
Kodak Says $1 Billion at Stake in Apple, RIM Patent Dispute  —  A victory for Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) in its patent fight with Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIMM) may add more than $1 billion in revenue from royalty payments, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Antonio Perez said.
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Wins U.S. Trade Ruling in Nokia Patent Fight Over Phones
Discussion: Reuters, MacRumors and Digital Daily
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2′s thinner glass is remarkably stronger than iPad 1  —  Remember when we discovered that the iPad 2 glass was about 27% thinner than iPad 1?  The natural assumption was that the iPad 2 would be weaker than iPad 1 when it came to its glass front end.  The iPhone repair experts at iFixyouri wanted to test that theory...
Jim Moran / Yipit Blog:
Dead Heat: Groupon Down Another 32% in March, LivingSocial Ties It Up  —  We were all surprised to see Groupon's US revenue decline 30% in February, but apparently that's just the beginning.  —  Yipit, as a daily deal aggregator, indexes offers from more than 400 services, including Groupon and LivingSocial.
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Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
The Freight Train That Is Android  —  “People get ready, there's a train a comin'” - The Impressions From Zacks via Yahoo: Mark Vickery, On Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:58 pm EDT “BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (NasdaqGS: RIMM - News) beat its fiscal 4Q EPS estimates by 2 cents per share …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Nook Color Android app store coming in April along with Flash support  —  According to the HSN Web site, Barnes & Noble is launching the Nook Store in April and giving Flash support to the Nook Color.  —  While plenty of people have “rooted” their Nook Colors with custom firmware that allows …
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Electronista:
Nook Color confirmed getting tablet-like features in April
Discussion: I4U News
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Wooden iPad 2 cover outsmarts Apple's Smart Cover  —  As if I don't already have a serious love affair with Apple's iPad 2 Smart Cover, now Holland-based Miniot is about to release a beautiful wooden iPad 2 cover.  —  The cover is carved from a single piece of wood and works similarly to the Smart Cover.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iPad 2 launches internationally; ridiculous lines form in 25 countries  —  Apple's iPad 2 goes on sale Friday in 25 countries around the world, and early reports from Australia are showing monumental lines for Apple's latest tablet.  AFP quotes an Apple fan as having waited over 53 hours …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman Personally Thanks First Million Members For Being Early Adopters  —  As you may have heard, professional social network LinkedIn passed 100 million members this past week.  Amid an upcoming IPO, this was a pretty significant milestone for the social network.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Here's Why Google Is Holding Honeycomb Back  —  Google's Honeycomb version of Android may have left the hive for a few tablets, but don't expect to see any new ones announced in the near future: the company has decided not to release the platform's source code to the community just yet.
Electronista:
ASUS ships Eee Pad Transformer as its Android 3.0 tablet  —  ASUS on Friday began shipping the Eee Pad Transformer as its first real entry into the mobile tablet space.  The Android 3.0 tablet earns its name through a keyboard dock that gives it a more notebook-like design.
Discussion: BGR and Engadget
Federico Viticci / macstories:
Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1 [Direct Links]  —  Apple just released iOS 4.3.1.  It's available now in iTunes if you check for updates.  The new version of iOS fixes graphic glitches for iPod touch 4G owners, resolves issues when authenticating with enterprise services and other bugs when activating …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Garbage Search Results Are Not Going Away — Blekko CEO  —  Search spam is a growing problem for Google, and the CEO of alternative search engine Blekko thinks that the Google's recent algorithm changes won't help.  —  Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta explained why:  — Google just reshuffled the deck.
Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
The Art of Riding the Bubble  —  People are increasingly asking whether there is a Bubble underway in the tech business.  The answer is that by the time you know there is a Bubble it's probably too late to do anything about it.  But if all you're doing is asking whether there is a Bubble, the Bubble is probably not here, yet.
Bloomberg:
Buffett Says Social-Networking Sites Overpriced Ahead of IPOs  —  Warren Buffett, the billionaire stock picker and takeover specialist, said investors should be wary of valuations for social networking websites as some of the industry's biggest companies prepare to sell shares.
Craig Cornelius / The Official Google Blog:
Google search now supports Cherokee  —  With the help of Cherokee Nation staff and community members, we've added Cherokee () as an interface language on Google, making a small contribution towards preserving one of the world's endangered languages.  —  You can now select Cherokee as your default …
Discussion: Cherokee Nation
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
New Cable Fight at Hand  —  TV Networks Cry Foul as Time Warner Cable Offers Channels via iPads at Home  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. is digging in its heels in a dispute with several big media companies over whether it can beam live TV channels to Apple Inc. iPads, exposing tensions between …
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
The First Plastic Computer Processor  —  Two recent developments—a plastic processor and printed memory—show that computing doesn't have to rely on inflexible silicon. … Silicon may underpin the computers that surround us, but the rigid inflexibility of the semiconductor means it cannot reach everywhere.
Discussion: Slashdot
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get Gingerbread after all  —  They said it won't happen, but Sony Ericsson?has just confirmed that the Xperia X10 will be getting Gingerbread after all.  —  “We earlier stated that we did not have plans for further upgrade of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10? …
 
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