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2:25 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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Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Motorola Mobility: Xoom, Atrix Both Duds, Pacific Crest Says
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: The Next Web and Mashable!
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.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Suppliers delivered 2.4M-2.6M iPad 2 units to Apple in March - report  —  Perhaps offering an indication of how many iPad 2 units were sold at launch, a new report claims Apple received between 2.4 million and 2.6 million of the hot-selling device from suppliers in the month of March.
Discussion: BGR
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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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.
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: TechCrunch and silicontap.com
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.
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.
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 …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube's New Search Options Format  —  YouTube has a new interface for related searches and advanced search options.  Now you can select multiple filters from a category and combine related searches.  For example, you can find long-form HD videos that are available in the WebM format.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft creates new consumer channels group to be headed by Chris Capossela  —  A week after Microsoft Senior Vice President of Central Marketing Mich Matthews announced plans to leave, Microsoft announced her replacement will be former Office marketing chief Chris Capossela.
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Bashing Microsoft ‘like kicking a puppy,’ says Linux Foundation chief  —  Linux has already defeated Microsoft, Linux Foundation chief says  —  Two decades after Linus Torvalds developed his famous operating system kernel, the battle between Linux and Microsoft is over and Linux has won …
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Sulzberger: $40 Million Estimate For Paywall Cost Is ‘Vastly Wrong’  —  Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that the New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT) spent $40 million or more to build the digital paywall that went live late last month.  Not so, insists Arthur Sulzberger …
John Biggs / MobileCrunch:
Is Apple Pushing The White iPhone Down The Memory Hole?  —  The plot, as they say, thickens.  Apple has removed most visual references to the white iPhone on its US and international sites in a surprisingly wholesale manner, a move that points to more trouble with white iPhone availability world-wide.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
One-Third Of Teens Plan To Buy An iPhone Soon  —  Teenagers are fickle, but one thing never seems to change.  —  They love Apple products.  —  More than one-third plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months, and 20% are planning to buy a tablet — which probably means iPad.
Fred A. Bernstein / New York Times:
A Corporate Campus Made to Mirror Facebook  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook, which started out in a dormitory at Harvard, transferred to a rented house in Silicon Valley and now occupies a cluster of office buildings in Palo Alto, Calif., is about to make its biggest move yet …
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
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Bloomberg opens NYC data to entrepreneurs
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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