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11:25 PM ET, April 4, 2011

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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google: Product chief, Silicon Valley veteran Jonathan Rosenberg to step down  —  Larry Page's retaking the reins as Google's (GOOG) CEO Monday came with the most significant change in years in the makeup of the company's tight-knit senior management core: Jonathan Rosenberg …
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:   Departing Product Chief Rosenberg Will Write A Book With Eric Schmidt
Kent Walker / The Official Google Blog:
Patents and innovation  —  The tech world has recently seen an explosion in patent litigation, often involving low-quality software patents, which threatens to stifle innovation.  Some of these lawsuits have been filed by people or companies that have never actually created anything …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google bids $900M for Nortel patents, but Microsoft already has them in the bag  —  [Post updated at 1:45 p.m. with clarification of Microsoft's rights to these patents under a previous licensing deal with Nortel.]  —  An executive with bankrupt Nortel Networks calls its intellectual property holdings …
SuperSite for Windows:
Windows 8 Secrets: Modern Reader  —  Part four in a series of co-posts by Windows 8 Secrets co-authors Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott.  —  There are two big pieces of news in today's revelation.  First, Microsoft will apparently be including its own PDF reader in Windows 8.
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:   Windows 8 to include new AppX PDF reader
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Discover new accounts and search like a pro  —  We've made it easier to find and follow Twitter accounts based on your interests.  When you search for a topic, you can now discover accounts that are relevant to that particular subject.  (Previously, you would have seen accounts that have the specific term in their name or username. )
Wall Street Journal:
Mobile-App Makers Face U.S. Privacy Investigation  —  Federal prosecutors in New Jersey are investigating whether numerous smartphone applications illegally obtained or transmitted information about their users without proper disclosures, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Milk: Kevin Rose's New Company Aims to Solve Big Problems on the Mobile Web  —  Well by Silicon Valley standards, that certainly wasn't a long “stealth” period.  Just weeks after he quit Digg, Kevin Rose is announcing details of his new startup.  Knowing Rose, I can tell why he's so excited to get started.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Android is a mess, say developers  —  A new survey analyzes the pros and cons of writing for various mobile platforms  —  On the heels of the debate played out over the weekend between Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson and Instapaper's Marco Arment about whether it's wiser to be writing apps for Apple's …
Bloomberg:
Apple Wins Reversal of $625.5 Million Mirror Worlds Verdict  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) won a court ruling that throws out a $625.5 million patent-infringement verdict over how documents are displayed on a computer screen.  —  A federal judge in Tyler, Texas, today said Apple didn't infringe …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook For iPhone Gets Event Check-Ins, Maps, And Unfriending  —  A couple weeks ago, after All Facebook spotted the ability to check-in to Facebook events, the social network confirmed to us that the feature would be launching shortly on the iPhone and their mobile-based touch site.  Today, here it is.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Files To Authorize Up To $565M In Series E [Update: And Raises $400M]  —  Reports of daily deals site LivingSocial being in talks to raise around $500 million in Series E are now backed up by LivingSocial's amended and restated Certificate of Incorporation filed on March 31st and unearthed today by the VCExperts blog.
Discussion: VentureBeat and VC Experts
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
LivingSocial Chief Races to Escape Shadow of Groupon
Discussion: eMoney, Thanks:bensign
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
FT won't give up subscriber relationship to Apple  —  (Reuters) - The Financial Times wants to keep selling subscriptions for its digital news directly to readers rather than surrender control of new customers who sign up via Apple's iPad, the managing director of FT.com said.
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
Hulu On Track To Generate $500 Million In Revenue This Year  —  Hulu is on pace to generate $500 million in revenue this year, CEO Jason Kilar revealed in a blog post tonight.  —  He also says “the content community” will earn $300 million this year from Hulu.  —  Other details from Kilar's post:
Discussion: Hulu Blog, paidContent and @learmonth
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
The new Ubuntu Desktop: Unity  —  When Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu announced that the next version of the popular Linux, Ubuntu 11.04, would use Unity, instead of GNOME as its default desktop interface he shocked the Linux desktop community.  Now, with the release of the Ubuntu 11.04 beta, we can get a real look at Unity.
Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NETFLIX CEO REED HASTINGS: Netflix's Market Opportunity Is A Lot Bigger Than You Think  —  Our INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK this week is with one of the most successful Founder-CEOs in the history of the online industry: Reed Hastings of Netflix.
Discussion: The Wire and Tech Trader Daily
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
After 201 days in review, Apple greenlights iPhone app that unmasks blocked calls (updated with video)  —  Apple's review process has gone a long way since the early days when every day would bring a new story about a controversial rejection.  It's rare nowadays that an app would take longer …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
MPAA files copyright suit against Zediva  —  The trade group representing the six major Hollywood film studios filed a copyright suit in federal court against online video distributor Zediva today.  —  The suit has started the process that almost certainly will end with Zediva's demise.
Jott Blog:
Jott service ending on May 3rd, 2011  —  By now you probably know that we will no longer be offering the Jott service.  We have included below the text of an email we sent to our active customers today.  —  We founded Jott in April of 2006.  In the five years that have followed …
Discussion: Mobilized and GeekWire
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
The MacBook Air: A $2.2 Billion-a-Year “Quasi-Tablet”  —  With all the chatter over the iPad 2, the iPhone 4 and its successor, it's easy to forget that Apple has another ultra-portable device that's doing quite well at market: the MacBook Air.  —  Nearly six months after it launched …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
AT&T confirms early upgrade price changes for iPhone 4, other smartphones  —  AT&T has confirmed to BGR that it has made changes to early upgrade pricing for its smartphones.  The changes impact customers who wish to upgrade to a new smartphone but are not yet eligible for an upgrade at fully discounted two-year contract prices.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
VMware Takes Over EMC's Mozy Cloud Storage Service  —  VMware is officially entering the service provider market by taking over the operations of the Mozy cloud-based storage service from parent company EMC.  VMware CTO Steven Herrod announced the news on his blog today, writing that …
Discussion: VMware Blogs, GeekWire and eWeek
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
It could be worse: data caps around the world  —  Here at Ars we spend a lot of time writing about data caps—those ceilings on how much broadband data you can use before your ISP taps you on the shoulder and tells you it's time to pay more.  Depending on where you live, these can range from “inconvenient” to “ruinous.”
Discussion: PC World, CrunchGear and msnbc.com
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft may announce Silverlight for Xbox next week … Microsoft may be preparing to announce plans to introduce Silverlight for the Xbox 360, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant looks set to detail its plans at the MIX11 conference next week in Las Vegas.
Discussion: The Next Web and Electronista, Thanks:tomwarren
 
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Bloomberg:
Google Said to Be Possible Target of U.S. FTC Antitrust Probe
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yelp Now Drawing 50 Million Users A Month To Its 17 Million Reviews
Gerry Shih / The Bay Citizen:
Chronicle to Charge for Online Content
Wall Street Journal:
Making Facebook Ads More Buyer-Friendly
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AOL's Going(.com) Going Gone!
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Texas Instruments to Acquire National Semiconductor for $6.5 Billion
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Street View must obscure faces and license plates in Switzerland, court says [Updated]
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Myspace Bake-Off Starts Wednesday and-Despite Reports-No Bidder in Lead (and No Zynga Interest Either)
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