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4:00 AM ET, March 25, 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
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) …
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” apps designed for 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.
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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
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Considers New iOS and iTunes Store UI Elements  —  Tampering with a winning user interface is a tricky thing.  People don't generally like drastic user interface changes and yet, there are times early on in a new device cycle, where reinvention from within is necessary to keep the competition on the run and in a panic.
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 …
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
So who is actually investing on AngelList?  —  Mike at TechCrunch published a nice post today about VCs who use AngelList.  I especially like the quote he pulled from DFJ's Josh Stein.  —  The only part I disagree with is the “VCs hate AngelList” idea.  I think it's the opposite—they're all over it like white on rice.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Aaron Saenz / Singularity Hub:
Japan's Nuclear Woes Give Rise to Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US  —  Crowd-sourced maps like this one allow the public to view radiation levels as monitored by users.  —  The world's eyes have been on Japan, watching the nation cope with earthquakes, tsunamis, and now the threat of poisoning from nuclear radiation.
Discussion: Slashdot
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Twitter Won't Be Able to Ignore China, Co-founder Says  —  Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone thinks his company eventually will have to deal with China despite disagreements over censorship, but it has no plans to do so immediately.  —  The Chinese government blocks Twitter …
Gabriel Perna / International Business Times:
Google Says It Won't Pull DUI Checkpoint Evasion App  —  Don't expect Google to remove apps that help users avoid DUI checkpoints — the company says it is leaving the controversial apps on its Android Marketplace.  —  A source said the company only removes apps that violate …
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and Slashdot
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Easy Cash!?  Google Beats ‘Google Money’ Scammers, Is Awarded $1.6 Million  —  As an intelligent, tech-savvy reader of TechCrunch, you're probably pretty good at spotting online scams — from Nigerian Princes to friends “stuck” in London, many of us have trained ourselves to mentally rule …
Discussion: SAI, Search Engine Land and @mattcutts
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 …
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.”
Discussion: LiveSide.net
 
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Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
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