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6:15 AM ET, March 26, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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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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.
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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).
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
First Look: With Disco, Google Also Joins The Group Messaging Dance (Care Of Slide)  —  As we just broke the news on, Google has a secret group messaging project that was built from within their confines: Disco.  Slide, which Google bought last year, are the ones responsible for the app.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Meet ‘Disco’, The Group Texting App Built Secretly Inside Google  —  It seems like Google has made a foray into the group messaging space today with Disco, a new iPhone app and website.  Well, they sort of have.  —  The service utilizes the Disco.com domain that Google bought at Domainfest last year for $255K.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
OS X Lion Already Nearing “Golden Master” — Release Around WWDC?  —  It has been one month since Apple unveiled a developer preview of their latest operating system, OS X Lion.  And while the initial deployment was a bit rocky, Apple appears to have worked through their initial Mac App Store distribution issues.
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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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
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: Electronista, GigaOM and Media Maverick
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
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
Molly McHugh / Digital Trends:
Oxford English Dictionary welcomes LOL, OMG, and FYI  —  We already saw the likes of “bloggable” and “sexting” make it into the Oxford English Dictionaries (OED), and now beloved Web and SMS acronyms “OMG,” “FYI,” and “LOL” will join this lofty lexicon.  The phrases have been entered …
John Leyden / The Register:
Spotify splattered with malware-tainted ads  —  Sounds dodgy  —  Users of the ad-supported version of Spotify are getting hit by a malware-based attack.  —  The assault takes advantage of a Java-based exploit to deposit Trojan horse malware or exploit kits on vulnerable Windows machines.
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:
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Clarifies: Tweet Our Stories, But Don't Use Our Logo  —  In case you've been wondering why the @freeNYTimes Twitter feed continues to serve up a steady stream of links to New York Times articles even after the paper asked Twitter to shut it down, I have an answer.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Partners with Seedcamp to Incubate European Social Startups  —  Today at Facebook HACK: Berlin, Facebook announced that it has partnered with early stage micro seed investment and mentoring program Seedcamp to help European social startups build new social products.
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Report: Netflix, Miramax near streaming deal
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
NYT Updates Its iPhone App With Push Alerts For Breaking News, New Subscription Plan
Discussion: Mashable! and PC World
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
Google: A New Tool For U.S. Intelligence?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Realtime Search Manager Leaves to Build Foursquare as Platform
Discussion: @akdotcom, Betabeat and SAI
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Groupon Is Becoming A Lawsuit Magnet
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ASUS ships Eee Pad Transformer as its Android 3.0 tablet
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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
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Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
The First Plastic Computer Processor
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YouTube co-founders may team on new start-up
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