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2:20 PM 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.
Doug Bowman / Twitter Blog:
So a bar walks into an app...  Last month, we released an update to Twitter for iPhone and iPad containing a number of features that made finding friends and sharing information on Twitter even easier.  The iPhone app also contained a new feature we wanted to test named the QuickBar.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Kills The #Dickbar  —  Yes, it's happened.  Three days after Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey comes back in to head product, the dreaded #Dickbar, or the Quickbar that inserted trending topics and promoted ads into your tweet-stream on the iPhone, is dead.
Discussion: @dickc and SAI
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 …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Microsoft Details Windows Phone 7 App Stats, Says 65% Are Paid Downloads
Discussion: Fast Company
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’?
Discussion: Geekosystem
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
eBay reveals its iPad 2 sales data  —  While the wait continues for the official number of iPad 2s sold by Apple since its launch earlier this month, eBay this morning is sharing a peek at two weeks of iPad 2 buying activity from its U.S. site.  —  Unsurprisingly the hard-to-get tablet …
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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Apple Global Marcom VP Allison Johnson Leaving Company  —  Allison Johnson, who has served as Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing communications since 2005, is leaving the company, according to several sources.  —  The reason?  —  To co-found a new marketing …
Mark Milian / CNN:
Google making app that would identify people's faces  —  Santa Monica, California (CNN) — Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week.
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 …
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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 …
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Update: Samsung Denies Spyware Pre-Installed On Its Computers
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, Apple Bitch and PhoneRPT.com
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David Pogue / New York Times:   The Cloud That Rains Music
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Sure, I Could Join a Google-Based Social Network — But Why?  —  After much rumor and speculation about a new Google social feature of some kind, the Internet giant finally unveiled what it calls its “+1″ service today.  The service — as Om explained in his post on the launch …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Groupon Co-Founders Invest in Qwiki  —  Two founders of Groupon, Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, have invested $1 million in the Silicon Valley start-up Qwiki through their investment fund, Lightbank, extending Qwiki's latest fund-raising round to about $9 million.
Discussion: SAI, VatorNews and TechCrunch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's Music Search Engine Quietly Vanishes From The Web  —  At the end of October 2009, my colleague Jason Kincaid traveled all the way to Hollywood, Los Angeles, for the official unveiling of Google's new music search initiative by the Internet giant and its partners, Lala, Rhapsody, imeem and MySpace Music / iLike.
Discussion: SAI
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Joins NFC Forum To Advance Near Field Communication Technology  —  Google is one of 32 companies to recently join the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that has been advancing the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology since its founding in 2004.
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
MyStream launches the first free iOS app to share music over WiFi  —  Have you ever tried to share a pair of headphones on the subway train, only to have someone's bulky body knock the buds painfully from your ears and disturb your listening experience?  I have, quite a few times …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
After Blippy, Pud Contemplates His Next Move  —  As a little boy, Philip Kaplan, the serial entrepreneur long known as Pud, was “force fed” Ritalin.  Kaplan says this with a laugh, but even today, the 35-year-old admits to having trouble focusing for too long on any one thing.
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.
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 …
 
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Nokia Rating Cut for First Time by S&P on Smartphone Share
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Scaling Instagram: How the Photo Sharing Startup Avoided Catastrophe in Its First Days
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New, Lean Firefox 4: Re-Built to Play Catch-Up
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