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1:35 PM ET, April 7, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / 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.
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 …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Windows Phone 7 Will Overtake iOS by 2015, Says Gartner  —  By 2012, nearly 50 percent of the global smartphone market will run Google's Android OS, which by then will be the world's most popular mobile operating system, according to Gartner.  Apple's iOS will be the second most popular with 18.9 percent share.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google begins tablet version of Chrome OS  —  A Google mock-up from last year of a Chrome OS tablet is coming to fruition.  —  Details in Google's source code reveal that company programmers have begun building a tablet version of Chrome OS, its browser-based operating system.
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Facebook Open Sources its Servers and Data Centers  —  Facebook has shared the nitty-gritty details of its server and data center design, taking its commitment to openness to a new level for the industry by sharing its infrastructure secrets much like it has shared its software code.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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.
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, Light Reading and The Register
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
FCC Votes to Require AT&T, Verizon to Share Networks for Data
Discussion: Verizon
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Samsung Tablet Prices Cut Again in Rising Challenge to IPad
Discussion: The Apple Core Blog
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Google to Revamp YouTube With ‘Channels’
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
500 Startups Sends 22 of Them Into the World
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Scarred by the Dot-Com Bust, Reinvented for Social Media  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Thomas Weisel doesn't have much personal experience with social media.  He has never opened a Facebook or Twitter account, and he has resisted buying an iPhone.  —  But Mr. Weisel knows a lot about overheated markets.
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.
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
ESPN's New iPhone App Streams Full ESPN, Live To Your Phone — Only If You're A Cable Customer  —  For years, you've been able to get some of ESPN's live programming on your phone, via a watered-down “ESPN Mobile TV” channel on MobiTV.  —  But via ESPN's new WatchESPN iPhone app …
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 …
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft launches Bing for iPad app with voice search  —  Our friends over at Redmond have surprised us pleasantly with the Bing app for iPhone last year.  Today, they've launched an iPad version and it looks awesome.  It's the same like the iPhone version only, you know, bigger.
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
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Rome2Rio launches travel search with planes, trains, and automobiles  —  There's no shortage of ways to find flights online, but what if you're traveling somewhere that's best reached by train?  Or ferry?  Well, there's a new travel search engine launching today called Rome2Rio that aims …
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
US to use Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts  —  WASHINGTON - The government's color-coded warning system is being replaced with a more specific and informative plan that would offer two levels of alerts — elevated and imminent.  —  According to a draft Homeland Security Department plan obtained …
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
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 …
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 …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Barnes & Noble Now Allows Nook App Submissions (But Nothing Dirty, Please)  —  Barnes & Noble just announced that they're opening their Nook platform to developers and will now begin accepting apps.  If you thought this was a great opportunity to submit your “Fart Blaster” or “Ragdoll Boobies” …
Discussion: Electronista and Liliputing
 
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
SpotMixer to Launch New Social Video Editing App Called Vlix
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
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Color turns S. Limestone into Big Blue Tech Lab
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
AVG Enters Cloud Backup w/5 GB Free, Unlimited Option
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
The Money Network  —  Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Twitter …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Game Retailer GameStop Opens For Business On Facebook
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Promotes Group Buying Feature Deals With Home Page Ads and Emails
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First Official Facebook Phone, INQ Cloud Touch, Debuts
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
If Google Was New York City & Online Piracy Was Knock-Off Handbags...
Discussion: Techdirt and Ars Technica
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
I Just Rode In An Uber Car In New York City, And You Can Too
Discussion: Betabeat, Gearlog and @fromedome
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Hewlett-Packard sues former exec at Oracle
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