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5:45 PM ET, March 28, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
No iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware coming at WWDC  —  Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference saying it would focus on iOS and Mac OS.  —  Apple's apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement backs …
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Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco's Moscone West.  At this year's five-day conference Apple …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
WWDC 2011 June 6-10: “we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS”
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
@jack is back @twitter  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Two Twitter Founders Trade Places
Discussion: TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kindle Subscribers Will Be Able To Access NYTimes.com For Free  —  Amazon has just announced that Kindle users who subscribe to The New York Times on their device will receiving access to news site for free.  The date in which this access will hit has not been determined, according to the release.
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Arthur Sulzberger Jr. / New York Times:
A Letter to Our Readers About Digital Subscriptions  —  Today, The New York Times is taking a major step forward as we introduce digital subscriptions in the United States and the rest of the world.  Since we first announced our plan 11 days ago, we have heard from so many of you, our readers.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times Launches Pay Plan With Discount, New Android App; iPad Update Coming
Marc Hustvedt / Tubefilter:
‘Know Your Meme’ Acquired By Cheezburger in Seven-Figure Deal  —  By now, it's pretty clear there's a real business in the hocking of internet culture.  And when it comes to the business of documenting—and merchandising—the latest memes bubbling up from the internet's underbelly and straight …
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Ben Huh / Cheezburger Company Blog:   Know How To Pronounce “Meme”  —  Does “meme” rhyme with “Mimi”?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Java founder James Gosling joins Google  —  Gosling announced his new Google employment today on his blog.  “I don't know what I'll be working on.  I expect it'll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon,” he said.  —  When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems last year, Gosling decided not to join.
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Google hires Java creator James Gosling despite Oracle suit
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad 2 Coming to RadioShack Tomorrow?  —  A MacRumors reader has just sent us the above photo claimed to be of an internal notice from RadioShack announcing that the retailer will begin carrying the iPad 2 at 500 of its locations around the United States as of tomorrow.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Pursues Role in Mobile Payments  —  Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
How Microsoft can get Windows Phone 7 back on track  —  Lately, it seems Microsoft can't do anything right when it comes to Windows Phone 7.  The latest in a growing list of gaffes happened over this past weekend, following a Microsoft Channel 9 video interview with Joe Belfiore …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
eBay to buy GSI Commerce for $2.4 billion  —  eBay announced Monday that it will acquire GSI Commerce, an e-commerce marketing services company, for $29.25 a share—which will likely come out to be around $2.4 billion.  —  To put things into perspective, that's more than it paid for PayPal …
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:   New Company Will Emerge in Wake of eBay's Acquisition of GSI Commerce
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Color App Hack Lets You Spy On Anyone's Photos Anywhere  —  For anyone sketched out by the privacy implications of Color, the highly hyped, highly funded, and highly public iOS and Android social media app that launched last week, now would be a good time to ratchet your creep-o-meter up another notch or two.
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Amir Efrati / Digits:
Yahoo Executive Talks Acquisitions, Slams YouTube Buy  —  Yahoo is “gearing up for a very big year” of acquisitions, said a senior director of corporate development at the Internet company. … Speaking on a panel at the Global Technology Symposium in Menlo Park on Friday …
Sprint Newsroom:
Sprint Opposes Proposed AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA  —  Transaction would reduce competition and harm consumers  —  Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S], the nation's third largest wireless provider and a leader in advanced wireless broadband technologies, announced today its opposition to AT&T's proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
LG to produce Nexus tablet for Google, suggests rumor  —  According to intel acquired by blog Mobile Review, LG has been tasked with producing a pure-Google, Nexus tablet for the Mountain View-based Android maker.  Details are scarce (and unconfirmed), but the site states that the device …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Facebook May Hire Robert Gibbs, Former Obama Aide  —  Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company's communications, people briefed on the negotiations said.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
American Express Launches All-New Digital Payments Platform to Attack PayPal's Bread and Butter  —  American Express, which is better known for its briefcase-toting corporate users, is unveiling a new business today that addresses a much wider market while also competing head-on with PayPal and other emerging payment platforms.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tabula raises $108M, in largest round “in a decade” for a chip company  —  Chip company Tabula, which has developed a semiconductor architecture that it boasts gives it a significant advantage over competitors, has just announced one of the largest rounds in a decade for a chip company.
Discussion: Mercury News and Tabula News
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Ethical Quandary for Social Sites  —  Two days after using Flickr to display photos of police officers from Egypt's feared state security force, Hossam el-Hamalawy watched in disbelief as they vanished, one by one, from the popular social networking site, which he had been using since 2008.
Discussion: GMSV
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Intel doubles capacity, drops price in refresh of popular SSD line  —  Solid-State Drive 320 series offers up to 30% drop in price; capacities increased by up to triple that of X25-M drives Intel announced today a new line of consumer-class solid-state drives based on its smallest 25 nanometer …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review  —  The PlayStation Phone.  We've had quite the intimate history with this gamepad-equipped slider, learning of its secretive existence way back in August and then handling a prototype unit in January, so you'll forgive us for feeling sentimental and still entertaining our pet name for it.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Inquirer
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Huffington Post Co-Founder Ken Lerer Wants You to Watch His Next Company
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple not yet aligning iPhone 5 part suppliers, handset may miss fiscal 2011
Discussion: PR Newswire, CNET News and MacDailyNews
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony v. Hotz: mismatched serial numbers and sealed manuals
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Case Judge Is a Former RIAA Lobbyist and Pirate Chaser
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Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
HTC Flyer Tipped for T-Mobile (Images)
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Flixster Update: Warner Bros. Very Interested, as Yahoo Drops Out of Bidding for Social Movie Site
Eric Ditzian / MTV:
MTV's ‘Diary Of Facebook’ Takes You Inside The Social Phenomenon
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How the Wiki Was Born of Apple and the Mac
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Will the Web have a place in a world full of apps?
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
Benchmark battle: Chrome vs. IE vs. Firefox
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Products Help Block Mideast Web
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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84
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