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3:10 PM ET, April 7, 2011

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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.
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Jonathan Heiliger / Facebook:
Building Efficient Data Centers with the Open Compute Project  —  A small team of Facebook engineers spent the past two years tackling a big challenge: how to scale our computing infrastructure in the most efficient and economical way possible.  —  Working out of an electronics lab …
James Hamilton / Perspectives:
Open Compute Project  —  The pace of innovation in data center design has been rapidly accelerating over the last 5 years driven by the mega-service operators.  In fact, I believe we have seen more infrastructure innovation in the last 5 years than we did in the previous 15.
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.
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.
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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 …
Discussion: SlashGear and @markmilian
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.
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.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon Forced to Let Rivals Use Networks For Data  —  AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless must let smaller competitors use their networks for mobile Internet service under rules approved today by a divided Federal Communications Commission.  —  The agency voted 3-2 with Democrats approving …
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.
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 …
Discussion: SAI, PC World and Fortune
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.
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
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Blows us Away with Smart Bezel Details!  —  Apple has been teasing us with various smart bezel patents over the last year but a new patent application revealed by the USPTO today, provides us with how they're intending to implement this feature and the details will blow you away.
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How many iPhones did Apple sell last quarter?  —  Analysts' estimates range from nearly 20 million to less than 13.25 million Apple's second fiscal quarter, which ended March 26, was a tricky one for analysts trying to figure out how many iPhones the company sold.
Discussion: MacStories
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon EC2 Cluster Instances Available on Spot Market  —  Today we are coupling two popular aspects of Amazon EC2: Cluster computing and Spot Instances!  —  More and more of our customers are finding innovative ways to use EC2 Spot Instances to save up to two-thirds off the On-Demand price.
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hotfile Files To Dismiss In Pivotal MPAA vs Cyberlocker Lawsuit  —  “Plaintiffs' (the Studios) Complaint alleges that Hotfile, a web-hosting service, and Mr Titov in his capacity as the ‘guiding spirit’ of Hotfile, are liable for direct and indirect copyright infringement,” …
Ace Weekly:
Color turns S. Limestone into Big Blue Tech Lab  —  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.
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 …
Chad Whitney / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn for Android: Ready for Business  —  The LinkedIn Mobile team is excited to announce the availability of LinkedIn for Android version 1.0.  The app is available in the Google Marketplace or from our website:  —  Download LinkedIn for Android  —  Since the launch of our Beta …
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: GigaOM, Electronista and Liliputing
 
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's 2010 Compensation Drops 40% to $15.3 Million
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Rome2Rio launches travel search with planes, trains, and automobiles
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
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Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
AVG Enters Cloud Backup w/5 GB Free, Unlimited Option
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Series 9 Makes a Statement
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John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple succeeding in tough China market, as consumers flock to buy iPhones and iPads
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