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10:50 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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Legends Of The Fall, Apple Style  —  This past weekend, we broke the news that iOS 5, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, was likely being released in the fall.  This would break the tradition of a summer release.  And we also noted that instead of a separate event in the early spring …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple not yet aligning iPhone 5 part suppliers, handset may miss fiscal 2011
Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco
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”?
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Ev Became “Less Involved” At Twitter Months Ago  —  Today's return of Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey to the company he created to once again head up its product efforts raises the question of what will co-founder Evan Williams be doing now.  When he handed over the CEO reigns …
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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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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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Surprise: RealNetworks CEO Kimball resigns  —  Bob Kimball has resigned as president and CEO of RealNetworks, a little more than a year after succeeding founder Rob Glaser to oversee an attempted turnaround of the longtime Seattle technology company.  —  Glaser told GeekWire via phone …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Payment Startup Stripe Backed By PayPal Founders  —  There isn't much information out there about Stripe, a new payments startup cofounded by brothers Patrick Collison and John Collison (last seen selling their startup Auctomatic to Live Current Media for $5 million).
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and @paisano
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.
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.
Discussion: App Advice, Thanks:forbestech
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Windows Thin PC public test build  —  Microsoft has made available for download, as of March 28, the first Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build.  —  Although the final product will be available only to Software Assurance volume licensees …
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Elop Fights Nokia Traditions in Race to Ship Microsoft Phone  —  Every summer for the last four years while Apple Inc. (AAPL) shipped a new iPhone, Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) managers vacationed at their lake cottages in Finland.  —  “In mid-July, Nokia House is a ghost town,” said Adam Greenfield …
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 …
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.
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
AT&T admits to slowing down the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire  —  AT&T has admitted that it clipped the wings of its 4G network and is the reason that two recently released phones, the Motorola Atrix 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G, have dismal upload speeds.  Carrier reps on Facebook have promised …
Discussion: ZDNet and DSLreports
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Advertising Company Adap.tv Raises $20 Million  —  Video advertising company Adap.tv has raised $20 million in funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners with Gemini Israel Funds, Redpoint Ventures and Spark Capital also participating in the round.  This brings Adap.tv's total funding to $43 million.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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 …
Mikael Ricknäs / PC World:
Dedicated Hardware Now Available in Amazon's Cloud  —  Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers can now run their cloud applications on hardware dedicated to them, the company said on Monday.  —  Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) uses virtualization, based on a customized version of the Xen hypervisor …
DigiTimes:
Barnes & Noble already takes delivery of 3 million Nook Color e-book readers, say sources  —  Barnes & Noble has taken delivery of close to three million Nook Color e-book readers from its production partner, according to an estimate by sources from the Nook Color supply chain.
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Sina Corp, Large Chinese Portal, Drops Google As Search Provider
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Amazon courting Apple's iOS developers to port apps to Kindle
Discussion: App Advice and TG Daily
Ciara Byrne / VentureBeat:
The U.K. gets a $60 million early stage fund
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
WWDC 2011 already sold out
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
ViVOtech Plans IPO as Early as 2012 as Mobile Payments Spread
Electronista:
Japanese factory shutdown crimps iPod battery supply
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SimpleGeo Launching ‘Storage’: A Distributed Hosted Database For Location Data
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JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Mozilla: Firefox for Android launching within days — and without Flash
Discussion: Techland and mobiputing, Thanks:jr_raphael
Dan Herbeck / Buffalo News:
Facebook lawsuit involving Wellsville man to remain in federal court
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Said to Approach Vevo.com Music Site on Myspace Joint Venture
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Huffington Post Co-Founder Ken Lerer Wants You to Watch His Next Company
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony v. Hotz: mismatched serial numbers and sealed manuals
Discussion: Groklaw
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tabula raises $108M, in largest round “in a decade” for a chip company
Discussion: Mercury News
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
American Express Launches All-New Digital Payments Platform to Attack PayPal's Bread and Butter