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6:05 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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: SlashGear and GeekWire
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 …
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: FM Blog
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 …
Discussion: @jason, Thanks:techchronicle
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Larry Page set to take over as Google CEO starting Monday
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5 packs Photo Stream social feature into  —  We already told you that Apple has a photo-based social component called Photo Stream up its sleeve and now glimpses of this feature are appearing in customer's iPhones. 9to5mac reader Mario Piombo spotted references to Photo Stream albums in his iOS 4.3 iPhone 4.
Discussion: Softpedia News and App Advice
Kansas City Star:
KCK courted Google Internet project quietly, cautiously  —  The order for 500 large cupcakes and 300 iced sugar cookies came with a mystery.  —  MeMa's Bakery owner Loraine Waldeck was told that treats for an event last week would need to be custom-decorated, but just how was a secret.
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.
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Vivendi to Purchase Vodafone Stake in SFR for 7.95 Billion Euros  —  Vivendi SA said it agreed to purchase Vodafone Group Plc's 44% stake in SFR for 7.95 billion euros ($11.3 billion), giving the French company full control of its largest unit.  —  Vivendi expects the deal to be completed …
Discussion: BBC and Wall Street Journal
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 …
Patrick Chovanec:   Going After Google  —  When Google threw down the gauntlet …
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Person Finder: a tool born of disaster, from Hurricane Katrina to Japan's quake, tsunami
Alex Howard / Gov 2.0:
Congress weighs deep cuts to funding for federal open government data platforms
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Momentum building for online piracy legislation
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Android Trojan Highlights Risks of Open Markets
Discussion: eWeek
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Erasing the Digital Past
Discussion: Examiner, Digital Trends and Gawker
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the US needs to blacklist, censor pirate websites
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
The RSA Hack: How They Did It  —  The hack last month …
Discussion: Speaking of Security