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1:05 PM ET, March 30, 2011

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Alma Whitten / The Official Google Blog:
An update on Buzz  —  User trust really matters to Google.  That's why we try to be clear about what data we collect and how we use it—and to give people real control over the information they share with us.  For example, Google Dashboard lets you view the data that's stored in your Google Account …
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Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Charges Deceptive Privacy Practices in Google's Rollout of Its Buzz Social Network  —  Google Agrees to Implement Comprehensive Privacy Program to Protect Consumer Data  —  Google Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deceptive tactics and violated …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Co-Founder Hits Out at Gates  —  Bill Gates schemed to take shares in Microsoft Corp. from his co-founder during the early days of the software company following his partner's treatment for cancer, according to a new memoir by the billionaire co-founder, Paul Allen.
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Paul Allen / Vanity Fair:
Microsoft's Odd Couple  —  It's 1975 and two college dropouts are racing to create software for a new line of “hobbyist” computers.  The result?  A company called “Micro-Soft”—now the fifth-most-valuable corporation on earth.  In an adaptation from his memoir, the author tells the story …
Lisa Banks / CIO Australia:
Apple iPad will fail in the enterprise: Dell  —  Closed view, high price and complexity of iPad unappealing to CIOs, Dell claims  —  Despite the iPad's long lead in the enterprise market, Apple's tablet PC performer will not last long according to an increasingly bullish Dell.
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Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Tablets might be a flash in the pan: Microsoft global chief strategy officer  —  Asher Moses  —  As virtually the entire consumer electronics industry throws its weight behind tablet computers, Microsoft's global chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie said today that he did not know whether …
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
In-app Billing Launched on Android Market  —  Today, we're pleased to announce the launch of Android Market In-app Billing to developers and users.  As an Android developer, you will now be able to publish apps that use In-app Billing and your users can make purchases from within your apps.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon's Cloud Service Is A) Legal B) Illegal?  C) Probably Here To Stay  —  Amazon doesn't have paperwork from the music industry approving its new cloud music service.  Does it need it?  —  “Not at all!” says the e-commerce giant.  —  “Maybe?” says the music industry.
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Phil Wahba / Reuters:
Amazon faces backlash over “music locker” service  —  (Reuters) - A new Amazon.com Inc service that lets customers store songs and play them on a variety of phones and computers is facing a backlash from the music industry that could ignite a legal battle.  —  Amazon's Cloud Drive …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Social Media Monitoring Company Radian6 For $326 Million  —  Cloud computing giant Salesforce.com has acquired social media monitoring company Radian6 for approximately $276 million in cash and $50 million in stock, net of cash.  In addition, approximately $10 million in stock …
Evan Williams / Evhead:
An Obvious Next Step  —  I'm a very lucky guy.  Over the past twelve years, I've had the good fortune to work on two huge projects that happened to be the right idea at the right time.  These ideas attracted brilliant, idealistic people to do the incredibly hard work of making them work for millions of other people across the globe.
ifixit:
iPad 2 3G GSM & CDMA Teardown  —  Apple decided to offer the iPad 2 in a number of flavors that would make Baskin Robbins proud: two colors, three drive capacity sizes, and three connectivity choices (Wi-Fi only, 3G GSM on AT&T, and 3G CDMA on Verizon).  All in all, that's 18 different versions of essentially the same device.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Plan Mobile Payments in Next Windows Phone  —  Microsoft Corp. plans to include mobile-payment features in the next version of its Windows Phone operating system, part of an effort to narrow Google Inc.'s lead in smartphone software, two people familiar with the plans said.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft begins distributing Windows 8 to OEMs via Connect  —  Microsoft has begun to distribute early copies of Windows 8 to key OEM partners, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant is distributing build 7971.0.110324-1900 via the company's Connect external testing system.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gmail To Roll Out Ads That Learn From Your Inbox  —  Gmail is in the process of rolling out a new ad system that could prove to be quite powerful: ads that learn what you're interested in based on your email habits.  The feature first showed up in my Gmail account earlier this afternoon …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Roku XD player comes directly to Best Buy shelves with no Netgear intervention  —  After receiving a boost from Netgear it appears Roku's plans for 2011 include hitting retail under its own name, as it's officially announced the Roku XD (no NTV250 branding) is available at Best Buy, as well as Fry's and Radio Shack.
Jacqueline Botterill / The Big Blog:
Skype is connecting teachers and classrooms across the globe  —  We've created a neat online tool to help teachers and their students connect with other educators and classrooms around the world.  It's called Skype in the classroom.  —  If you're a teacher, it's a place where you can connect …
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
RIM wins access to Intellectual Ventures patents  —  (Reuters) - Research In Motion has reached a deal with Intellectual Ventures that will give the BlackBerry maker access to more than 30,000 patents held by the intellectual property company.  —  Intellectual Ventures gave no terms for the deal …
Discussion: Engadget and @gartenberg
Tom Preston-Werner:
Ten Lessons from GitHub's First Year  —  29 Mar 2011 / 29 Dec 2008 - San Francisco  —  NOTE: This post was written in late Decemeber of 2008, more than two years ago.  It has stayed in my drafts folder since then, waiting for the last 2% to be written.  Why I never published it is beyond my reckoning …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The 6 Verbs For The Next 20 Years Of The Connected World  —  Today at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly gave the first keynote of the day.  His topic?  The six trends he believes are most important for the connected world we live in going forward.
Discussion: GMSV and VentureBeat
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Amid Talent War, Limos.com Tries “Speed Hiring”  —  Fresh from raising a $10 million Series A round from Austin Ventures, Limos.com LLC is riding high. … The San Francisco-based company, which operates an online marketplace for limousine services, has been profitable since day one …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DST Sets Up New Fund, Joins Huge Rounds For Spotify And China's 360buy: Reports  —  According to Russian business newspaper Vedomosti (via Quintura), star investor Digital Sky Technologies has set up a new fund dubbed DST Global - 2.  The fund has already made investments in Groupon …
CNN:
Co-founders, celebrities talk Twitter  —  (CNN) — Jack Dorsey got the Twitter ball rolling, or chirping, on March 21, 2006.  —  “Just setting up my twttr,” the co-founder of what's become a social media giant tweeted.  —  Some 1.653 million followers and five years later, Dorsey (@jack) …
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Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
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HP's Apotheker makes pitch to partner with other companies
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Survey: Apple poised for gains in China
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FBI probes Comodo Web security breach
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Crackle Brings Ad-Supported Movies to Sony TVs, Roku Set-tops
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With Square In Its Sights, Intuit Readies A Tablet App For GoPayment
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
IE9 is the most energy-efficient modern browser, according to Microsoft's own testing
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Despite reports, Amazon's rumored tablet won't be called the Scratchpad
Discussion: Fortune, Fusible.com and SlashGear
Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times:
Meet Edward Zuckerberg, the high-tech dentist (and Mark's father)
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
How Amazon could loosen Google's iron grip on Android
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
How fast is the Internet at Google? Mind blowing.