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10:20 AM ET, March 31, 2011

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Brad Smith / TechNet Blogs:
Adding our Voice to Concerns about Search in Europe  —  Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation  —  Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission's ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law.
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Accusing Google of Antitrust Violations  —  The wheel of technology history turns remarkably fast.  Microsoft, whose domination of the technology industry provoked a landmark federal antitrust case, is crying foul against Google and urging European Union antitrust officials to go after the search giant.
Brandon Watson / The Windows Blog:
A Year Later-The Windows Phone 7 Numbers That Matter  —  At the MIX10 conference last year the Windows Phone team showed, for the first time, the application platform and tools that developers would use to build applications and games for Windows Phone 7.  We announced that the tools were free …
Business Week:
Do Not Anger the Alpha Android  —  Google cracks down on the chaos of Android Land; some mobile partners aren't happy  —  Playtime is over in Android Land.  Over the last couple of months Google (GOOG) has reached out to the major carriers and device makers backing its mobile operating system …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:   Google tightening control of Android, insisting licensees abide by ‘non-fragmentation clauses’?
Eric Reagan / Photography Bay:
Photoshop for iPad Live Demo  —  Here's the promised live demo of the killer new iPad Photoshop app that debuted today at Photoshop World.  Again, this is still in development with no set release date yet.  —  Check it out, complete with the awesome layers animation, below.
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Electronista:
Adobe demos Photoshop for iPad with real layer support  —  Adobe Photoshop for iPad to get layers  —  Adobe at the Photoshop World conference this morning showed off a version of Photoshop for the iPad that could give the tablet real Photoshop image editing.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Meet +1: Google's Answer To The Facebook Like Button  —  Nearly a year after Facebook Like buttons spread out across the web, Google has announced its own rival, the +1 button.  It launches today as part of Google's search engine, allowing you to +1 search results and ads that you like.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Sure, I Could Join a Google-Based Social Network — But Why?
David Byttow / Social Web Blog:
Introducing the +1 Button
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Update: Samsung Denies Spyware Pre-Installed On Its Computers  —  If you own a Samsung PC, you may want to search your hard drive for an unassuming program called StarLogger, a piece of commercial spyware capable of recording every keystroke on your machine and sending the data to a third party.
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SAMSUNG TOMORROW:
Samsung laptops are in fact secure  —  The statements that Samsung installs keylogger on R525 and R540 laptop computers are false.  —  Our findings indicate that the person mentioned in the article used a security program called VIPRE that mistook a folder created by Microsoft's Live Application …
Chris Ziegler:
And away I go  —  This is my last week at Engadget.  —  That's a strange thing to write.  It's not something I ever really planned for.  Then again, I guess you don't ever plan for that when you've got your dream job.  —  I've told my coworkers in the past that I believe …
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Joanna Stern / @joannastern:   I wrote a long personal blog post about the fact that yesterday was my last day at Engadget, but I decided to just tweet this instead.
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon in Big Push to Clinch Music Deals  —  Amazon.com Inc. is aggressively courting the world's biggest music companies, as it seeks licensing deals that would help improve the online music service it launched Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter.
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David Pogue / New York Times:   The Cloud That Rains Music
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Apple's boring hardware updates  —  Apple now seemingly considers most Mac hardware updates boring enough to skip any potential press event and just feature the new models on the Apple website for a while.  Event-worthy Mac updates are now limited to entirely new products or major redesigns.
Discussion: Fortune and PhoneRPT.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Posts A New OS X Lion Build — Developers You'll Want To Try This One Out  —  Five days ago, we reported that Apple was gearing up to release a new build of the OS X Lion Developer Preview.  Sure enough, that's exactly what they did today as build 11A419 has been seeded to developers.
DigiTimes:
Apple to absorb increasing costs created by Japan earthquake  —  Although Japan's power brownout policy is seriously affecting the operations of Japan-based upstream component makers, causing related upstream components to see price rises, since Apple has agreed to absorb all the additional costs …
Milo Medin / The Official Google Blog:
Ultra high-speed broadband is coming to Kansas City, Kansas  —  As part of our overall goal to make the web better for users, last year we announced a new project: to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci resigns amid disagreement about company's future direction  —  Acer's board and CEO don't seem to have been getting along too brilliantly lately and now the situation's come to a point with the resignation of one Mr. Gianfranco Lanci from the company's helm.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When Media Giants Attack!  Cease-and-Desist Letter to News Reader Zite Claims All Kinds of Copyright Damage  —  A panoply of big media giants sent a cease-and-desist letter today to Zite, the Apple iPad news reader app.  —  The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty Images, Time …
Steve Souders / High Performance Web Sites:
Announcing the HTTP Archive  —  I'm proud to announce the release of the HTTP Archive.  From the mission statement:  —  Successful societies and institutions recognize the need to record their history - this provides a way to review the past, find explanations for current behavior, and spot emerging trends.
Electronista:
Google rumored standardizing Android 3.0, ARM chips  —  Google may be pushing for much more consistency not just in Android 3.0 but also in the ARM processors that power it, notebook makers claimed late Wednesday.  Details of the process were vague, but it was implied it would be more than just the decision …
Symantec:
Android Threat Tackles Piracy Using Austere Justice Measures  —  Android.Walkinwat, the first threat discovered in the wild for the mobile landscape, attempts to discipline users that download files illegally from unauthorized sites.  Figure 1 - Messages displayed by the Trojan Presented …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Now Allows Personal Profiles To Be Converted Into Business Pages  —  For the first time, Facebook now allows personal user profiles to be converted into official business Pages, turning all their friends into fans.  The “Profile To Business Page Migration” tool will help people …
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Startup Visa D.O.A., and Startup America Just a Giant Press Release?  —  President Obama seems to understand the role that startups play and the contribution that skilled immigrants make to U.S. economic growth.  He has talked a lot about the importance of science and engineering …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ben Horowitz On Shifting Technologies: “Go Out And Build ‘Question Mark’ ...”  —  Andreessen Horowitz Founder/Partner Ben Horowitz took the stage today at Web 2.0 Expo SF to talk about what to invest in and what to build during a technological shift.  —  Comparing our current technological shift …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple suppliers Samsung, AU Optronics ramp up as iPad 2 demand surges [u]  —  Samsung will hire 300 engineers and technicians for a semiconductor plant in Austin, Tex., in the company's latest round of expansion largely driven by increased demand for the iPad and iPhone …
Discussion: Reuters, 9 to 5 Mac, MacStories and TUAW
 
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Ben Kunz / Business Week:
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Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Sequoia Capital Keeps The Chinese IPO Hits Coming
Discussion: DealBook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
White-Label App Marketplace Platform Appia Raises $10M At $100M Valuation
Bloomberg:
Nokia Rating Cut for First Time by S&P on Smartphone Share
Discussion: SAI and BGR
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Gecko Scurries Away, Camino Looks To WebKit To Save Itself
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Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
New, Lean Firefox 4: Re-Built to Play Catch-Up
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Interactive ‘Web Intents’ Turn Your Site Into A Lightweight Twitter Client
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and AllTwitter
Dylan Love / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Finally, Some Photos Of Facebook Investor Yuri Milner's $100 Million Silicon Valley Mansion
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google to testify on piracy before House subcommittee
Discussion: Neowin.net
Lukas Mathis / ignore the code:
Skype 5 for Mac  —  A while back, when Skype's group videochat feature …
Discussion: Skype Journal and TechCrunch
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Microsoft Top Marketer Mich Mathews to Exit
 

 
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