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12:40 AM ET, April 7, 2011

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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.
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Daniel Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
Google to Open Office in Beverly Hills … Furthering its Southern California expansion, Google has inked a deal with the city of Beverly Hills to open a 13,465-square-foot office for the company's entertainment division in a city-owned property.  —  The 11-year lease agreement …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:   WSJ: Google to spend $100 million on original YouTube content
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Said To Have High Level Mole At Twitter, Makes Massive Counteroffers To Retain Employees  —  Google may have paid as much as $150 million in stock grants to retain key product employees Sundar Pichai and Neal Mohan, say multiple sources.  Both were offered the chief product role …
Forbes:
The Midas List — 2011's Top Tech Investors  —  1 Jim Breyer Accel Partners Technology — 2 Michael Moritz Sequoia Capital Technology — 3 Reid Hoffman Greylock Partners Technology
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Nitpicking the Forbes Midas List
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 …
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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 …
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.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple throws Microsoft's Mac Office a MobileMe curveball
Discussion: Macworld, PR Newswire and eWeek
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.
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Samsung Tablet Prices Cut Again in Rising Challenge to IPad  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless cut the price of the Galaxy Tab tablet computer for the second time this year, signaling more competition for Apple Inc.'s iPad.  —  The Tab, made by Samsung Electronics Co. …
Discussion: TG Daily
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Executives In A Heated Battle Over Opening More Retail Stores  —  An internal battle is raging at Microsoft over whether and how fast the company should open more retail stores.  —  According to sources close to the company, CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner are both hot …
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
HTC Climbs Past Nokia in Market Cap  —  HTC just passed a stunning financial milestone, surpassing yet another formidable rival.  Having recently roared past Research in Motion in market cap, the company has soared on past Nokia as well.  —  HTC's market cap today sits at about $33.8 billion …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Android Chief Andy Rubin: Nothing's Changed (Except The Deals They Don't Talk About...)  —  Last week, Bloomberg Businessweek published an article titled Do Not Anger the Alpha Android, in which it detailed the decreasing level of openness and increasing restrictions Google is placing …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
webOS 3.0 screenshots: Bing Maps, Music, and more [Exclusive]  —  While we're sitting around waiting for webOS 3.0 and the HP TouchPad to land in our laps, we couldn't help but wonder about some of the details of that tablet operating system.  Well fret not, dear reader …
Discussion: mocoNews and TiPb
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google boots Grooveshark from Android Market  —  WASHINGTON—Google has 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: Techland and Gadgetell
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL Fires Moviefone Editor Who Offered Fired Freelancers the Chance to Work for, Um, Free  —  Yesterday, AOL's Huffington Post Media Group got into hot water after the top editor at its Moviefone unit sent a memo to freelancers it was in the midst of firing, offering them an opportunity to …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google: don't give private “trolls” Web censorship power  —  The House and Senate are both drafting “rogue sites” legislation that will likely support website blocking at the domain name level and will require online ad networks and credit card companies to stop working with sites on the blacklist.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and CNET News
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
I Just Rode In An Uber Car In New York City, And You Can Too  —  So do you remember about a month ago when I wrote that Uber (the order-a-car-from-your-iPhone sensation in taxi-challenged San Francisco) is coming to New York City?  (Sure you do.  It was a great story.)  Well, that day is here.
Discussion: @fromedome
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, Techland and WebProNews
AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: iChat 6 adds Yahoo IM, account integration, web page sharing  —  The next version of Mac OS X will deliver an updated version of iChat capable of logging into Yahoo IM accounts, providing an improved experience when using multiple accounts, and adding web page sharing in iChat Theater.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Adding Local Product Data To Place Pages  —  Since early 2006 I've been writing about the “offline future of online shopping.”  And since that time a collection of startups has been working, mostly under the radar, to bring real-time local product inventory data to the internet.
 
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
500 Startups Sends 22 of Them Into the World
Discussion: VentureBeat, VentureBeat and VatorNews
Electronista:
Apple may have helped delay BlackBerry PlayBook by a month
Discussion: DigiTimes
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Majority of iFund startups now also developing for Android
Discussion: CNET News and Fortune
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Hewlett-Packard sues former exec at Oracle
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update
Discussion: The Next Web
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Justice Department opposes digital privacy reforms
Discussion: paidContent and PC World
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Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Twitter's new search favors Groupon's many accounts over local media organization accounts
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Promotes Social E-Commerce
Discussion: Fast Company
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The New Commodore 64, Updated With Its Old Exterior
Discussion: NewEnterprise, IGN Gear and TDW Geeks
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Microsoft and Toyota Team Up to Bring the Internet to Your Car
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple orders 12 petabytes of storage for iTunes video content - report
 

 
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