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10:50 PM ET, March 25, 2011

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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Color Founder Bill Nguyen Explains Why You're All Wrong — It Really IS A $41 Million Idea  —  Color founder Bill Nguyen feels misunderstood, but he admits it's partly his own fault.  —  The launch of his stealth startup yesterday was overshadowed by news of the surprisingly huge $41 million investment it received.
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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.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
At Google, Page Seeks to Cut Red Tape  —  As Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page prepares to reclaim his role as chief executive on April 4, he has already taken steps to assume greater command of the Internet company.  —  Since Google said in January that longtime CEO Eric Schmidt was stepping aside …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gawker, SAI and Mixed Media
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Steve Lacy / Slacy's Blog:
What Larry Page really needs to do to return Google to it's startup roots  —  I worked at Google from 2005-2010, and saw the company go through many changes, and a huge increase in staff.  Most importantly, I saw the company go from a place where engineers were seen as violent disruptors and innovators …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Samsung Hires ‘Actors’ To Pretend To Be Happy Galaxy Tab Testers?  —  I'm still waiting for Android tablet computers to catch up to the iPad in terms of usefulness, and I'm guessing there's probably still another year or so to go (if the phone market is any predictor).
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Fritz Nelson / InformationWeek:
Samsung Galaxy Tablet Not Thinner Than iPad 2, But Who Cares  —  Samsung took a big shot at Apple at CTIA this week, boasting that its 10-inch Galaxy Tab Android tablet is thinner and lighter than the iPad 2.  Our photos say otherwise.  Regardless, the tablet competition just got hotter.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
New iPad most expensive in Denmark, cheapest in U.S.  —  (Reuters) - Apple's new iPad went on sale in 25 countries internationally on Friday, but the United States is still the cheapest place to buy the latest version of the tablet computer.  —  Prices in the United States …
Discussion: PhoneArena, 9 to 5 Mac and AppleInsider
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iPad 2 launches internationally; ridiculous lines form in 25 countries
Bloomberg:
Kodak Wins a Round in $1 Billion Apple, RIM Patent Dispute  —  Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) won the latest round in its patent dispute with Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), a victory with the potential to generate more than $1 billion in new licensing revenue for the camera company.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Groupon's “Real” U.S. Revenue Numbers For February  —  Two days ago, I published the chart below with monthly estimates of Groupon's U.S. revenues.  The chart shows a startling 30 percent falloff in February from the month before.  As I noted in the post:
Discussion: VatorNews, @caro, @mathewi, SAI and Webware.com, Thanks:alexia
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Amazon may soon launch film, music locker service  —  Amazon has spoken with some of the major record companies and Hollywood film studios about creating a digital locker service and could announce the plans as early as next week, sources told CNET.  —  Sources from both the film …
Discussion: GigaOM, Electronista and Media Maverick
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 …
Amy Lee / The Huffington Post:
The Majority Of America Is Now On Facebook  —  Facebook may be getting closer to taking over America.  —  According to Edison Research, more than half of all Americans aged 12 or older are now on Facebook.  The study showed that 51 percent of these Americans are on the site.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P lawyers score a victory; mass subpoenas can proceed  —  Judges across the country have been hammering mass file-sharing lawsuits in recent months, with one in West Virginia even going so far as to “sever” every such lawsuit filed in that district.  But it's not all bad news …
Discussion: The BLT, Gearlog and Electronista
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Report: Netflix, Miramax near streaming deal  —  After a couple of blows to its streaming lineup of television shows earlier this week, there's promising news for Netflix.  —  The movie studio Miramax and Netflix are close to signing a $100 million, five-year deal to stream all of its movie titles …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Microsoft Shuts off HTTPS in Hotmail for Over a Dozen Countries  —  Microsoft appears to have turned off the always-use-HTTPS option in Hotmail for users in more than a dozen countries, including Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kazakhstan …
Discussion: Jillian C. York
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Will Continue Its Acquisition Binge This Year  —  Google expects to continue its acquisition spree this year, according to comments by one of its corporate development execs.  —  At a panel discussion at the Global Technology Symposium in Silicon Valley today, Google M …
Discussion: VentureBeat and GeekWire
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
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.
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.
Groklaw:
Why Is Microsoft Seeking New State Laws That Allow it to Sue Competitors For Piracy by Overseas Suppliers?  —  Microsoft seems to be trying to get its own personal unfair competition laws passed state by state, so it can sue US companies who get parts from overseas companies …
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
A New Tool For U.S. Intelligence: Google? … Traditionally, intelligence agencies have relied on top-secret information to track changes in other countries.  But wiretaps and secret intercepts didn't help U.S. officials predict the Arab Spring that has brought revolution across the Middle East and North Africa.
 
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Clarifies: Tweet Our Stories, But Don't Use Our Logo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
NYT Updates Its iPhone App With Push Alerts For Breaking News, New Subscription Plan
Discussion: Mashable! and PC World
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Realtime Search Manager Leaves to Build Foursquare as Platform
Discussion: @akdotcom, Betabeat and SAI
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Groupon Is Becoming A Lawsuit Magnet
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get Gingerbread after all
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Garbage Search Results Are Not Going Away — Blekko CEO
Craig Cornelius / The Official Google Blog:
Google search now supports Cherokee
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Podio Is Like A Yammer With Its Own App Store And App Builder
Discussion: VentureBeat and Stowe Boyd
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YouTube co-founders may team on new start-up
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Advertisers in Europe May Face Limits in Use of Keywords
Discussion: PC World and Tech Report
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Nook Color Android app store coming in April along with Flash support
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