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9:05 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:
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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.
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Todd Haselton / BGR:   Apple working on iPhone ‘Smart Bezel’ with illuminated buttons, patent suggests
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Larry Page Just Tied ALL Employees' Bonuses To The Success Of Google's Social Strategy  —  New Google CEO Larry Page, who stepped into the job this week, believes that Google needs to go “social” to compete.  —  To that end, he sent out a company-wide memo last Friday …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Here's The Memo Telling ALL Google Employees Their 2011 Pay Depends On Google Sucking Less At Social
Discussion: The Wire and The Business Insider
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
Jeff Simmermon / Time Warner Cable Untangled:
We Filed A Request For Declaratory Judgment With Viacom This Afternoon  —  Last week, we pulled a number of channels from our iPad app.  The Internet - not exactly a haven for measured discourse or patience for complex ideas - lit up with verbiage more commonly found in war movies and interviews with professional wrestlers.
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Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Time Warner Cable Seeks Court Ruling To Approve iPad App For Viacom Nets
Discussion: Reuters
John Cook / GeekWire:
Breaking: Expedia to split into two companies, separating out TripAdvisor  —  Expedia announced today that it plans to separate into two publicly-traded companies, one which will operate the more traditional online travel business and the other around the travel review site TripAdvisor.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New York Times Paywall Cost: More Like $25 Million  —  Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. insists a $40 million estimate for building New York Times (NYSE: NYT) Co.'s pay scheme is “vastly wrong”.  But that's where the NYTCo chairman stopped in a Q&A at Columbia University earlier this week.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring hybrid e-ink-LCD displays with independent regions  —  Apple has shown interest in creating a new iPad with a hybrid display that could dynamically switch all or just part of the full-color screen to low-power black-and-white e-ink for text and other static content.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Pandora sends user GPS, sex, birthdate, other data to ad servers  —  Pandora's Android app transmits a plethora of personal information to third parties after all, at least according to an analysis done by security firm Veracode.  The company decided to do a follow-up on the news that Pandora …
Lawrence Coburn / The Next Web:
The Unlit Social Graph  —  A few years ago, it was not uncommon to hear search people talk about The Dark Web (also known as Dark Net or the Deep Web).  Basically, the Dark Web is made up pages or files that are unreachable by search engines.  Examples of this sort of content include information …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, U.S. Near Accord on Travel Deal  —  Google Inc. and the Justice Department are close to an agreement that would clear the search giant's $700 million acquisition of flight-data company ITA Software Inc. in return for granting federal regulators authority to monitor a part of its operations …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Bold Touch hands-on!  —  What, you thought we were stopping with our exclusive hands-on with the BlackBerry Touch (Monaco / Monza)?  Not at all, we're back at it with the big boy in RIM's 2011 lineup: the BlackBerry Bold Touch.  We first scooped this smartphone back in January and we have to say …
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Droid X2 pictures appear again, looking a lot like its older brother  —  Look what we have here — why, that's the as-yet-still-unannounced Motorola Droid X2.  We don't have a whole lot of new information to go with, but it matches up with previous leaks (here and here), and we see it's running Froyo …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Spam, spam, spam: Twitter's arms race  —  Del Harvey's ‘Trust and Safety’ team is tasked with stopping spam on Twitter.  Is she fighting a losing battle?  —  Biz Stone and Ev Williams discovered pretty quickly that Del Harvey was serious about the task they'd set her of putting a lid on Twitter's spam problem.
Discussion: AllTwitter
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: WebProNews and MacStories
John Markoff / Bits:
Augmented Reality Comes Closer to Reality  —  Last week I wrote about how cyber politics and crime on the Internet had been foreseen with eerie accuracy by science fiction writers.  For example, the computer scientist Vernor Vinge's classic 1981 novella “True Names” described the impact …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Latitude Check-In Offers Go Nationwide  —  A few weeks ago, just in time for SXSW, Google launched check-in offers for Latitude, its location-based service and social network.  At the time, these offers were only available at a limited set of places in Austin - the home of SXSW …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Google LatLong
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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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Six states use nearly half of all pirated software in the U.S.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Techland
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Is Facebook Investor Accel Investing In Hollywood? Because It's a Facebook Investor
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Richard Branson's Virgin Oceanic sub to feed deep-sea data to Google Earth
Discussion: Techland
Yinka Adegoke / MediaFile:
Tencent, De Wolfe among interested buyers for Myspace
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Ecosystem Poster Child SocialFlow Secures The Firehose And $7 Million Round
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
FCC Proposes Giving Signal Boosters a Boost to Dismay of Cellular Industry
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple offering upfront cash payments to secure components, block out competitors
Discussion: IntoMobile, Electronista and MacNN
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Surprise Appeal, TJX Hacker Claims U.S. Authorized His Crimes
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon EC2 Cluster Instances Available on Spot Market
Discussion: GigaOM
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Windows Phone 7 Will Overtake iOS by 2015, Says Gartner
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft launches Bing for iPad app with voice search
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Founders Now Take the Money and Maintain Control
 

 
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