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11:15 AM ET, April 7, 2011

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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple to release iOS 4.3.2 in the next two weeks  —  We've just been told by one of our Apple ninjas that the company is working on another iOS 4.3.x release: iOS 4.3.2.  It's said to include a few enhancements, address security issues, and it will also fix several bugs that have affected users.
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 …
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Andy Rubin / Android Developers Blog:
I think I'm having a Gene Amdahl moment  —  [This post is by Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering —Tim Bray]  —  Recently, there's been a lot of misinformation in the press about Android and Google's role in supporting the ecosystem.  I'm writing in the spirit of transparency and in an attempt to set the record straight.
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 …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Android to Command Nearly Half of Worldwide Smartphone Operating System Market by Year-End 2012  —  Worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, a 57.7 percent increase from 2010, according to Gartner Inc. By the end of 2011, Android will move to become …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Founders Now Take the Money and Maintain Control  —  In a small office in San Francisco, electronic music blared as several programmers loomed over two computers.  David Morin, the founder of Path, a social network start-up, gave the signal and the company's site and iPhone application went live.
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:   The Money Network  —  Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Twitter …
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 …
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 …
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Apple Pushing Eastward, Has Plans For Moscow Store  —  Top executives of Apple's retail team visited Moscow (Russia) last month to finalize a decision on leasing space inside the trade gallery of the historic and reconstructed Hotel Moskva, just steps away from Red Square …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
500 Startups plans a fund that's all about designers  —  People in Silicon Valley like to talk about the importance of design, but now incubator and early-stage investment fund 500 Startups is creating a new fund around that idea.  —  Enrique Allen, the firm's designer and the founder …
Discussion: Mashable!, DesignTAXI, SAI and VatorNews
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
500 Startups Sends 22 of Them Into the World
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Blake Patterson / Touch Arcade:
Atari Brings 100 Retro Titles to iOS in “Atari's Greatest Hits”!  [Out Now]  —  Retro gaming junkies, you may want to sit down for this.  In a launch that's sending pixellated shockwaves across the App Store, Atari has just released Atari's Greatest Hits [NZ App Store], a Universal app that brings 100 …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Series 9 Makes a Statement  —  I am writing these words on an extremely thin and stylish, but very light, laptop made of metal.  Despite its slender body, it has a full-size screen and keyboard, good performance and claims strong battery life.  Like a tablet, it uses solid-sate memory instead …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Dell Plans to Spend A Billion Dollars to Build 10 New Data Centers  —  Dell is announcing a big push around cloud computing services today, and is promising to spend $1 billion in an effort to build 10 new data centers around the world between now and 2013 as key aspect of it.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
FCC to vote on mandatory wireless-data roaming  —  The Federal Communications Commission may soon set new rules that could help ensure that your smartphone is able to access the Internet anywhere in the U.S. that wireless service is offered, even if your provider doesn't offer network coverage.
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Tweets Some Big Q1 Stats; 155 Million Tweets A Day Now  —  Since the first quarter just ended, Twitter's PR team decided to tweet updates stats regarding the state of Twitter today.  Of them, the biggest is that Twitter saw a 41 percent increase in tweets per day (and a 38 percent increase in the U.S.) for the quarter.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
AVG Enters Cloud Backup w/5 GB Free, Unlimited Option  —  AVG has formally launched its cloud-storage backup offering, dubbed LiveKive, that the company says will be truly unlimited in capacity.  —  AVG is pitching LiveKive as a replacement to Mozy, which ditched its unlimited storage plans this past January.
Ace Weekly:
Color turns S. Limestone into Big Blue Tech Lab  —  This article appears on page 4 of the April 7 Ace.  —  Nearly 500 articles were written about “Color” when the app launched March 24, making even bigger news when it was announced that the company had secured $41 million in investment funding from Sequoia and Bain.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
SpotMixer to Launch New Social Video Editing App Called Vlix  —  The social photo-sharing craze has a natural corollary in video.  But everything is harder about videos: they take more time to record, they are more intimate, have a greater capacity to entertain or bore …
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
If Google Was New York City & Online Piracy Was Knock-Off Handbags...  Imagine my shock when I used Bing to search for “Where to buy knockoff products in New York” and found a treasure trove of information on the web leading me to an apparently little-known area of New York City where such products are available around Canal Street:
Discussion: Ars Technica, Techdirt and CNET News
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
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
First Official Facebook Phone, INQ Cloud Touch, Debuts  —  U.K. stores are seeing the debut of the INQ Cloud Touch, the closest thing there is to a first official Facebook phone.  —  Executives at the social media company have alternated between saying there is no official Facebook phone …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Promotes Group Buying Feature Deals With Home Page Ads and Emails  —  Facebook stepped up its marketing efforts recently for its new group-buying feature Deals.  Users have seen home page ads asking them to invite their friends to subscribe to news feed and email notifications about Deals.
Discussion: SAI
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: Betabeat and @fromedome
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Game Retailer GameStop Opens For Business On Facebook  —  Video game retailer GameStop is throwing its hat into the social e-commerce ring today with the launch of a Facebook store, powered by, Adgregate Markets.  The store is available on GameStop's Facebook  —  page here.
 
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Samuel Gibbs / Download Squad:
Gmail Contacts auto-save can now be disabled plus myriad of small updates
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google Instant's Autocomplete Suggestions Work
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple succeeding in tough China market, as consumers flock to buy iPhones and iPads
Discussion: The Next Web and 9 to 5 Mac
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple receives approval to proceed in lawsuit against accessory makers
Discussion: Bloomberg and GottaBeMobile
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Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Hewlett-Packard sues former exec at Oracle
Discussion: Inquirer
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL Fires Moviefone Editor Who Offered Fired Freelancers the Chance to Work for, Um, Free
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web
AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: iChat 6 adds Yahoo IM, account integration, web page sharing
Discussion: Softpedia News
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Justice Department opposes digital privacy reforms
Discussion: paidContent and PC World
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Samsung Tablet Prices Cut Again in Rising Challenge to IPad
Discussion: The Apple Core Blog and TG Daily
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
100,000 Motorola XOOMs sold isn't bad, it's good
Pat Fox / Office For Mac:
Coming Soon: Office for Mac 2011 SP1
 

 
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