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11:10 AM ET, April 4, 2011


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Joshua Topolsky:
This is my next project  —  As you may have already heard (or read), there's some activity going on in the world of Joshua Topolsky.  Earlier this evening, David Carr published a piece in the New York Times about a new project that I'm embarking on... and I want to just say a few things about it.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
SB Nation Sacks AOL in Raid of Former Engadget Team for Competing New Tech Site, As AOL Zeroes in on New EiC  —  Jim Bankoff, the fomer AOL exec responsible for buying Engadget for the Internet portal, has grabbed eight staffers who had left the huge tech site amid tensions recently, in order to start a new gadget property.
Jim Bankoff / @bankoff:   I am very proud to welcome @joshuatopolsky @joannastern @reckless @futurepaul @bjork24 @justinglow @ohnorosco @zpower to our @sbnation team.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's Howard Stringer confirms Honeycomb tablet in US by summer  —  Ready for a taste of a sweet Honeycomb tablet with a Sony twist?  You'd better be — Japan's Nikkei is quoting Sony chief executive, Sir Howard Stringer, saying that the company's first Android 3.0 tablet will be on sale by the end of summer.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
10 Things That Simply Need To Be In iOS 5  —  WWDC.  It's like Christmas for OS X and iOS developers.  Each year, they flock to San Francisco's Moscone Center, anxiously awaiting the pair of gifts that Apple annually bestows: the new iPhone, and a bundle of new features upon which they'll build their next big thing.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How We All Missed Web 2.0′s “Netscape Moment”  —  (Editor's note: This is the third installment in a series about the late stage, secondary investing craze sweeping the venture capital business.  For the first two installments go here and here.)  —  On May 26, 2009 Mike sat down with Yuri Milner …
Discussion: broadstuff
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
What Do Kids Say Is The Biggest Obstacle To Technology At School?  —  iPads.  Interactive Whiteboards.  Netbooks.  Video games.  Although educational technologies are being implemented more and more in classrooms across the country, we don't often stop and ask students - or their parents - what they think their technology needs are.
Daniel Bailey / ConceivablyTech:
Firefox 5: Social Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer, Tab Apps  —  Details about the next version of Firefox are slowly emerging.  The browser will receive significant UI revisions and feature updates that will make Firefox more social and adopt several features that are already working well in Google's Chrome browser.
Mark Milian / CNN:
Why Nintendo isn't making a phone  —  Playing Super Mario on a Nintendo phone will remain a pipe dream.  —  Although Microsoft and Sony — Nintendo's rivals among the “Big Three” gaming companies — have branched into mobile phone development, Nintendo isn't planning to build a phone …
B.L. Ochman / AdAge:
Most Fortune 50 Brands Still Hiding Their Social Media  —  Looking for Facebook or Twitter Icons on Corporate Websites?  Keep Looking  —  Surely, as we head into the second quarter, the Fortune 50 — if not all big companies — are now at least involved in social media and want us to find them everywhere they have an online presence.
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim and FM Blog
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Untethered iOS 4.3.1 jailbreak is out, supports all devices except iPad 2 and Verizon iPhone  —  Fans of jailbreaking have long known that Sundays are traditionally reserved for major iPhone jailbreaks.  Following yesterday's tweet by a team member MuscleNerd, Dev-team released a set …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Promoting Science, and Google, to Students  —  Google is synonymous with “search engine,” and now, for students, it wants to be synonymous with “science.”  —  The company is getting into the science fair business with its first Google Science Fair, a global competition for teenagers …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ruling Spurs Effort to Form Digital Public Library  —  Is the tantalizing dream of a universal library dead?  —  Some scholars and librarians across the country fear it may be, now that a federal judge in New York has derailed Google's bold plan to build the world's largest digital library and bookstore.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Windows 8 recipe: Hint of Office, dash of Xbox, ounce of Windows Phone  —  Microsoft has already hinted that it wants to make Windows more like Xbox by supporting the Kinect sensor technology and adopting elements of the Xbox Live interface for Windows-based games.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's Larry Page must mend image of firm, self  —  Tackling Google's mounting public perception challenges should sit high on the “to do” list as co-founder Larry Page steps into the CEO role on Monday, observers say.  —  A series of antitrust probes, privacy blunders and regulatory slaps …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Larry Page set to take over as Google CEO starting Monday
Discussion: Associated Press
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Google profile in China shrinking  —  BEIJING - A year after a public spat with Beijing over censorship, Google Inc. says its business with Chinese advertisers is growing even as the Internet giant's share of online searches in China plunges.  —  A major Chinese portal announced last week …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Fast Company
Patrick Chovanec:   Going After Google  —  When Google threw down the gauntlet …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
EMC Buys Network Security Monitoring And Analysis Company NetWitness
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
iAd rival: Unofficial app store Cydia lands advertising deal with Toyota
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Apax Partners Acquires Software Giants Epicor, Activant For Close To $2 Billion
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Vivendi to Purchase Vodafone Stake in SFR for 7.95 Billion Euros
Discussion: PC World, BBC and Wall Street Journal
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Person Finder: a tool born of disaster, from Hurricane Katrina to Japan's quake, tsunami
Kansas City Star:
KCK courted Google Internet project quietly, cautiously
Alex Howard / Gov 2.0:
Congress weighs deep cuts to funding for federal open government data platforms
Discussion: ZDNet and @digiphile
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Erasing the Digital Past
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