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5:20 PM ET, April 6, 2011

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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola Xoom A Flop, Just 100,000 Sold So Far  —  Google's first real answer to the iPad is not exactly blowing the doors off.  —  According to an estimate from Deutsche Bank, Motorola has only sold 100,000 Xooms thus far.  Deutsche Bank got its estimate after looking at the Android developer website …
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
100,000 Motorola XOOMs sold isn't bad, it's good  —  I'm puzzled by reaction to estimates of Motorola XOOM tablet sales.  Deutsche Bank estimates 100,000 units over the first two months, which is much better than I would have expected.  Of course, those people pooping all over XOOM are comparing to iPad 2 …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn's Answer to Facebook's Open Graph  —  Professional social network LinkedIn has opened up access to a new developer platform today that should bring LinkedIn content, buttons, Twitter-esque “profile summaries” and more to websites throughout the Web.  —  The platform, though, isn't just for developers.
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Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
The New LinkedIn Platform: Help Build the Professional Web  —  Today, we are very happy to announce that we are opening up full access to LinkedIn's new platform for building the professional web.  —  In October, LinkedIn announced early access to a new Javascript platform to help make integrating LinkedIn faster and more powerful.
Discussion: SFGate, Mashable! and The Next Web
Wall Street Journal:
Google to Revamp YouTube With ‘Channels’  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube video website is working on a major site overhaul to organize its content around “channels” as it positions itself for the rise of Internet-connected televisions that allow people to watch online video in their living rooms, according to people familiar with the matter.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DISH Wins Bankruptcy Auction, Buys Blockbuster Assets For $228M In Cash  —  DISH Network this morning announced that it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, which went belly up in September 2010.
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
So Why Did Dish Really Buy Blockbuster?  —  Dish Network said Wednesday that it it will pay around $320 million to buy embattled movie rental chain Blockbuster out of bankruptcy proceedings which have led to significant store closings and layoffs over the past year.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google boots Grooveshark from Android Market  —  WASHINGTON—Google yesterday removed Grooveshark's music app from the Android Market, a move that comes after some of the top music labels have accused the service of violating copyright law, sources said.  —  “We remove apps from Android Market …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Grooveshark Not Sure Why Google Banned App From Android Market, RIAA Complaint Likely Reason
Discussion: Technologizer
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple throws Microsoft's Mac Office a MobileMe curveball  —  Microsoft next week will release the first service pack for its Office for Mac 2011 suite, with new features including calendar syncing between Apple's Sync Services and Microsoft's Outlook for Mac.
Discussion: eWeek, PR Newswire and Macworld
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Pat Fox / Office For Mac:
Coming Soon: Office for Mac 2011 SP1  —  Next week, we will release Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 (SP1) which will provide increased stability, security, and some new features to the suite - including improved Outlook syncing support - as well as some performance enhancements.
DigiTimes:
Cover lens supply key for Apple to reach 2Q11 iPad 2 shipment goal, say sources  —  A sufficient supply of cover lenses for touch panel modules will be the key for Apple and other vendors to reach their shipment goals for tablet PCs in second-quarter 2011, according to sources at upstream touch panel suppliers.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Suppliers delivered 2.4M-2.6M iPad 2 units to Apple in March - report
Discussion: ZDNet, Technologizer and BGR
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patent for All-New Hybrid DisplayPort/USB 3.0 Connector  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of eight newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our second granted patent report of the day we have a real surprise.
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Richard Barley / The TweetDeck Blog:
Testing The Future - Introducing TweetDeck Web Beta  —  As Whitney Houston sang, “We believe that web apps are our future”...  (well, near enough...).  And today we're launching a beta of a web app that you're going to really love*.  —  Since its launch in December last year …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
A keyboard-less webOS phone - the Stingray?  [Exclusive]  —  The enterprising tipster who sent us the image of a Verizon Pre 3 has one more device to show you: the above device that by all appearances is a webOS device without a keyboard.  Our best guess is that it has a screen resolution of 480x800.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The New Commodore 64, Updated With Its Old Exterior  —  I was just 6 years old when the Commodore 64 computer went on sale in the summer of 1982.  Although I already owned a computer at the time — a ZX Spectrum — I remember my excitement about possibly getting my little hyperactive hands on the newly released Commodore.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Funny: Search For “Tilt” On Google Via iPhone Or Android  —  Go to your iPhone or Android phone and search for the word [tilt] using Google.  The search results displayed will all results at a slight tilt to the right.  Our understanding from Google is that this is an April Fools joke that's still running.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Microsoft and Toyota Team Up to Bring the Internet to Your Car  —  Microsoft and Toyota just announced a new partnership today that aims to create a platform for Toyota's next-generation telematics services on top of Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple orders 12 petabytes of storage for iTunes video content - report  —  Apple has reportedly ordered as much as 12 petabytes, or 12,000 terabytes, of additional storage for hosting video content on its iTunes Store.  —  Apple placed the order with Isilon Systems for videos on iTunes, according to StorageNewsletter.com.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi edition landing April 10th for $349.99  —  Samsung confirmed Wednesday that the Wi-Fi-only version of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab will be available through retail stores and online beginning on April 10th for $349.99.  The Galaxy Tab's other features remain unchanged …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mono for Android Ships, Now .NET Developers Can Build Android Apps  —  Novell has announced the general availability of Mono for Android today, the solution that lets developers use Windows technologies like C# and .NET to build Android applications.  We previously reported on Mono …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's New “iAd Gallery” App Violates Apple's App Guidelines And Probably Should Have Been Rejected  —  Apple's new “iAd Gallery” iPhone app, which shows off the iAds that its advertisers have purchased, is theoretically in violation of Apple's own App Store guidelines, which the company published last year.
John O'Farrell / ben's blog:
Andreessen Horowitz has a new $200mm Co-Investment Fund  —  This is a guest post by John O'Farrell, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz  —  Today, we are delighted to announce the creation of a co-investment fund for our Fund II.  Andreessen Horowitz now has $1.2 billion under management.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Bloomberg
Wall Street Journal:
Lions Gate Finalizing Netflix Deal to Stream All Seasons of “Mad Men”  —  Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., which produces the hit television series “Mad Men,” has finalized a deal with Netflix Inc. to stream all seven seasons of the critically-acclaimed show about a 1960s advertising agency, according to people close to the situation.
Krishna Gade / Twitter Engineering:
Twitter Search is Now 3x Faster  —  In the spring of 2010, the search team at Twitter started to rewrite our search engine in order to serve our ever-growing traffic, improve the end-user latency and availability of our service, and enable rapid development of new search features.
Discussion: TechSpot and WebProNews
 
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Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile:
Sprint MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot available for $79, in stores April 17
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Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Foursquare Checkins Get Encrypted
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Isis NFC payment system gets its first market in Salt Lake City, Utah, launches in 2012
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Microsoft creates new consumer channels group to be headed by Chris Capossela
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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