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6:20 PM ET, April 1, 2011

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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Eric Schmidt Tried To Get Google To Hide His Political Donation In Search Results  —  Departing Google CEO Eric Schmidt was known for some of his bumbling public statements — like saying that privacy didn't matter — but apparently he made some internal blunders as well.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
New Book on Google Shows Gaffes in China  —  When Google opened for business in China in 2006, Eric E. Schmidt, its chief executive, said, “Google has 5,000 years of patience in China.”  But its divorce from the country just four years later was inevitable because operations there were troubled from the start.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued For $1 Billion After Not Removing A Page Fast Enough  —  I took my sweet time to check if this was an April Fools joke to be put on our exhaustive 2011 list, but it appears to be as real as can be.  —  Larry Klayman, a renowned American activist …
Discussion: Switched
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
April Fools 2011: The Big List  —  Yes, folks, that's right.  That special, special time of year is upon us.  It's April Fools 2011!  We take April Fools pretty seriously around here, so we'll be constantly updating this post with the best April Fools jokes and pranks the World Wide Interwebernets has to offer.
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google April Fools' Day 2011  —  This year, Google's hoaxes are less inspired and some of them aren't original either, but they're still funny.  Here are some of them:  —  1. Google China invented teleportation.  “Through the search is to let Google take you through time and space …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Onion, America's Finest News Source, Picks Finest Day To Debut iPad App  —  This is not a joke.  The Onion, “America's Finest News Source” (TM), released its iPad app fittingly enough on April Fools Day.  IPad apps are serious stuff.  This one delivers fake news stories, videos …
Bloomberg:
Acer Sets Sights on Apple, HTC After Lanci Chase of HP Stumbles  —  Gianfranco Lanci tried to make Acer Inc. the world's largest laptop maker by outselling Hewlett- Packard Co. The board says he should have set his sights on Apple Inc. and HTC Corp. instead.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon 4G LTE ‘blows away’ Sprint's WiMAX in 1,000 speed tests  —  Sprint is no longer the “4G king,” BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk proclaimed on Friday following a massive speed test that pitted Sprint's HTC EVO 4G against Verizon Wireless' HTC ThunderBolt.
TechCrunch:
Facebook Terminated Corporate Development Employee Over Insider Trading Scandal  —  Facebook corporate development manager Michael Brown (pictured left in happier days) recently and abruptly left Facebook, and the company then hired a senior Google employee to replace him.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
It's No Joke.  IPOs Are Back, Baby  —  Fourteen venture-backed companies went public in the first quarter of 2011, raising $1.4 billion in the process, according to the National Venture Capital Association.  That's the highest number to go public in a quarter since 2007.
Discussion: IBD Click
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Microsoft removes Imagewind from Marketplace, WP7 gets first bitter taste of rejection  —  Oh, sure, it was easy to pick on Apple for all those frustrating App Store rejections over the years, but Google's had its own run-ins with apps being pulled under unfortunate circumstances, and now it's time for WP7 users to get a taste.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Patent Shows that Apple is Bringing “Spaces” to the iPad  —  In an Apple Discussions forum on Spaces for iPad, Robb Manning stating back in 2010 that having “the ability to touch one button and switch spaces to where I have safari up to do some research would be awesome.”  Well, today we move closer to that reality.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Snafus forced Twitter data center move: sources  —  (Reuters) - An ambitious plan to prevent “Fail Whales,” the cartoon icon that greets frustrated Twitter users during network outages, has turned into a fail whale of its own.  —  A new, custom-built facility in Utah meant …
Ben Laurie / Google Online Security Blog:
Improving SSL certificate security  —  In the wake of the recent Comodo fraud incident, there has been a great deal of speculation about how to improve the public key infrastructure, on which the security of the Internet rests.  Unfortunately, this isn't a problem that will be fixed overnight.
Discussion: WebProNews
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple may build its own external battery pack for recharging on the go  —  Apple has shown interest in integrating a rechargeable external battery pack into its standard charging cable, providing extra power for devices like a MacBook or iPhone when a power outlet isn't available.
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Just Like That, Time Warner Cable Adds A Bunch More Channels To Its iPad App  —  Give Time Warner Cable some credit for bouncing back quickly.  —  A day after announcing that it was getting rid of a bunch of channels from its streaming iPad app, pressured by network lawyers …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Social browser RockMelt makes its first big upgrade  —  RockMelt, the Web browser that launched last fall with backing from Andreessen Horowitz, is releasing some improvements today that co-founder and chief executive Eric Vishria told me will tackle the two biggest requests from users.
Haaretz:
Israeli startup Conduit with more users than Twitter negotiating billion-dollar exit  —  The company has 230 million users of its products, half the number of Facebook users, and more than LinkedIn and Twitter; if the deal comes off, it would be the biggest sale of an Internet firm in Israeli history.
Discussion: NetworkEffect and paidContent
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Touch (Monaco / Monza) hands-on!  —  Part of RIM's upcoming 2011 BlackBerry lineup we leaked in January contained the company's latest evolution of a full touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Monaco / Monza.  Both names are codenames that signify different carriers the phone will land on …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Google Answers Viacom in YouTube Appeal (Exclusive) … Google has filed its brief to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the closely-watched $1 billion lawsuit brought by Viacom over alleged copyright infringement on YouTube.  —  In the 94-page document, Google outlines why it believes it qualifies for …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google's Schmidt beats Apple's Jobs in employee approval ratings  —  Even as Eric Schmidt steps down as chief executive at Google on Monday, he can leave with the satisfaction that his employee approval rating is at an all-time high.  There's an art to quitting when you're on top.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and SAI
 
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Robert McMillan / Network World:
UberSocial fixes direct-message privacy bug
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Robert Lemos / InfoWorld:
VeriSign DNS fix paves way for safer Internet
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
MTV Loves Facebook, and Facebook Likes MTV a Lot (Video)
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Michael Kan / PC World:
China's Baidu to Compensate Songwriters for Music Downloads
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Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
What's The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.
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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Facebook-Enabled, Social Recommendations of Mobile Apps Are Here With Apptitude
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google foe won't take “no” on Buzz cash
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Peter Cartwright / Netbooknews:
Eee Pad Transformer coming soon to BestBuy for $400 (Update: dock spotted for $150)
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
FCC's Copps not pleased with AT&T bid for T-Mobile
Pamela McClintock / Reuters:
Theater owners fuming over studios' VOD plan
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Evelyn Rusli / New York Times:
Bessemer Venture Partners Closes $1.6 Billion Fund
David Gilson / All About Symbian:
Nokia publish Symbian source code
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