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5:45 AM ET, April 2, 2011


 Top Items: 
comScore: Android now 33% of US smartphones, iPhone still up  —  Android is continuing its rise upwards but has yet to take any share away from the iPhone, comScore found on Friday.  February, the first month of the Verizon iPhone's availability, saw Android climb up to exactly 33 percent …
Discussion: @eric_andersen
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Verizon iPhone Was February's Most Popular Phone Model, comScore Says  —  Riding a strong launch of the Verizon iPhone, Apple saw its share of the phone market rise nearly a percentage point between November and February, according to a report from comScore.
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Reports February 2011 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share  —  Android Platform Now Accounts for 1 in 3 Smartphone Users  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The funding and failures of Color, Silicon Valley's $41 million startup (wrapup of the week of hype and hate)  —  As you know I didn't like Color's launch a week ago.  I thought the app just wasn't very good.  Turns out I wasn't the only one.  It still has a two-star review on iTunes.
Discussion: and @bill_gross
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Can Color beat the backlash with an improved interface?  —  Mobile startup Color had one of the most spectacular launches in recent months — and not necessarily in a good way.  Because of its lineup of co-founders (including chief executive Bill Nguyen, who previously founded music service Lala) …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Sony chief Stringer slips plans for 8MP iPhone 5 camera  —  Sony chief Sir Howard Stringer may have unintentionally given away plans for an eight-megapixel camera in the iPhone 5.  During an interview with the WSJ's Walt Mossberg, he claimed that the company's camera sensor plant in Sendai …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Digits and MacRumors
Chris /
App store shenanigans  —  I've downloaded and tested a few hundred iPhone and iPad apps.  One thing that I've noticed is that many of the top rated and ranked apps are pretty scammy.  Take for example “Night Vision.”  —  It's a top app in under Utilities for both paid and free iPhone apps.
Discussion: @cdixon
Nicole Perlroth / Everything Ventured:
The New Normal: Bessemer and Accel Both Close Billion Dollar Funds  —  “A million dollars isn't cool.  You know what's cool?  A billion dollars.”  —  Bessemer Venture Partners and Accel Partners each closed oversubscribed mega-funds today.  It took Bessemer only ten weeks to raise its new $1.6 billion fund.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   IDG-Accel raises $1.3B for China, riding buzz from Facebook and IPOs
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Discussion: AllTwitter
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.
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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google April Fools' Day 2011
Owen Thomas / The Wire:
My Plan To Build The Next Great Media Brand  —  As many of you know, today I leave my post as executive editor of VentureBeat for a new opportunity.  I've joined the Daily Dot, a media startup, as its founding editor.  —  What's that, you ask?  The Daily Dot is a bold experiment …
Discussion: Poynter and GigaOM
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.
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 …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's success contributes to departure of Acer, Nokia, LG CEOs  —  The success of Apple's iPad has had a major impact on the netbook market, forcing the CEO of low-cost notebook maker Acer to resign.  That follows the departures of top brass from two other Apple competitors, Nokia and LG.
Facebook ‘sued for $1 billion’ over Intifada page said to threaten Jewish lives  —  The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook itself are being sued for a billion dollars over their alleged role in furthering a radical Palestinian page called “Third Intifada,” which threatened Jews in particular with death.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued For $1 Billion After Not Removing A Page Fast Enough
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Fires Employee for Insider Trading
Robert McMillan / Network World:
UberSocial fixes direct-message privacy bug
Discussion: IntoMobile
Ben Laurie / Google Online Security Blog:
Improving SSL certificate security
Discussion: WebProNews
Robert Lemos / InfoWorld:
VeriSign DNS fix paves way for safer Internet
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
MTV Loves Facebook, and Facebook Likes MTV a Lot (Video)
Discussion: All Facebook
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Google Answers Viacom in YouTube Appeal (Exclusive)
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Microsoft removes Imagewind from Marketplace, WP7 gets first bitter taste of rejection
Michael Kan / PC World:
China's Baidu to Compensate Songwriters for Music Downloads
Discussion: Electronista and PlagiarismToday
Israeli startup Conduit with more users than Twitter negotiating billion-dollar exit
Discussion: NetworkEffect and paidContent
Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
What's The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.
Discussion: ben's blog and A VC, Thanks:intercult_url
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google's Schmidt beats Apple's Jobs in employee approval ratings
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and SAI