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12:30 AM ET, March 27, 2011


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New York Times:
Silicon Valley Hiring Perks: Meals, iPads and a Cubicle for Spot  —  By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and JENNA WORTHAM  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Eric Firestone began a new job at a Web start-up here three weeks ago, and he's already thinking about what he might do next.  But that's just fine with his new employer.
Discussion: @loic and @stevecheney
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
High-tech industry on hiring binge in California; Google, Facebook and Zynga lead the pack  —  It's the Silicon Valley hiring boom being felt all over California.  —  California added nearly 100,000 new jobs in February, and the state's unemployment rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley is abuzz with bubble and recovery stories — too soon?  —  The bulls are back in Silicon Valley in a variety of ways.  Let's hope reports of the recovery are true and that the optimism doesn't get overheated too fast and turn into a bubble of the dot-com era's scale.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iOS 5 Likely Pushed To The Fall After A Cloud Unveiling At WWDC  —  Many people (including myself) were a bit disappointed that Apple didn't devote any time during the iPad 2 unveiling to talking about iOS 5, the next major revamp of the software.  But there may be a very good reason for that: it's not coming anytime soon.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Samsung's Fake Galaxy Tab Interviews: Hey, Those Words Sound Familiar!  —  When I watched the video interviews with three “true-life” Galaxy Tab users that Samsung showed at its CTIA event, I was observant enough to figure out (with the help of about six minutes of Google research) …
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Lukewarm Reaction To Playbook Could Force Drastic Measures For RIM  —  Is Research in Motion (NSDQ: RIMM) turning into Palm (NSDQ: PALM), the next big prize in the mobile industry's consolidation?  —  Two of the most important companies in the prehistoric era of the mobile computer …
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 domain that Google bought at Domainfest last year for $255K.
David Leonhardt / The 6th Floor:
A Better Way to Measure Twitter Influence  —  Whether you're a Twitter user like Lady Gaga (millions and millions of followers) or, say, me (2,600 and growing!), you're always aware of roughly how many people follow you.  It's just how people keep score on the site and compare themselves with friends and colleagues.
Discussion: SAI, @eric_andersen and WebProNews
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Swoopo Quietly Files for Bankruptcy  —  The site that put the concept of pay-per-bid auctions on the map is now apparently in financial trouble, Technologizer has learned.  Although the company's front page claims “technical issues,” documents from a Munich, Germany bankruptcy court indicate …
Discussion: @cdixon, Thanks:edoswald
Nitasha Tiku / New York Magazine:
4chan Using Fake OkCupid Profiles to Lure Pathetic Singles to Times Square  —  4chan has been known on occasion to pick worthy targets for its “malwebolence.”  This is not one of those times.  As part of a campaign to launch an “involuntary” flash mob, 4chan users and people on Reddit's 4chan forum …
Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
U.S. develops “panic button” for democracy activists  —  (Reuters) - Some day soon, when pro-democracy campaigners have their cellphones confiscated by police, they'll be able to hit the “panic button” — a special app that will both wipe out the phone's address book and emit emergency alerts to other activists.
Discussion: Fast Company and Memex 1.1
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