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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  —  Last Friday, new Google CEO Larry Page announced that all Google employees will have their 2011 bonuses either go up or go down as much as 25% depending on how well Google “perform[s] …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Exclusive: Google CEO Larry Page completes major reorganization of Internet search giant
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 …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why Facebook open-sourced its datacenters
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and ReadWriteCloud
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
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 …
Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Lead $30 Million Funding of Education Startup Kno  —  Intel Corp.'s venture capital arm is investing in digital textbook and tablet maker Kno Inc., the companies plan to announce in the next week, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: CNET News
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Intel Capital, Condé Nast Owner Invest $30 Million in Kno; Intel Licenses Student Tablet Hardware Design
Discussion: VentureBeat and Electronista
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Six states use nearly half of all pirated software in the U.S.  —  Six U.S. states are responsible for nearly half of all the suspected cases of corporate software piracy, the Business Software Alliance reported on Wednesday.  —  The BSA, which collects piracy tips from its online reporting …
Discussion: Techland and The Atlantic Online
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Uh Oh, Now Verizon iPad 2 Owners Can't Connect To 3G  —  So much for all the excitement that the iPad 2 is available for a carrier other than AT&T.  —  Verizon iPad 2 owners are flocking to this discussion forum on Apple.com saying they can't connect to 3G.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and CNET News
PhysOrg.com:
World's information consumption: 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes per year  —  Three scientists at UC San Diego have rigorously estimated the annual amount of business-related information processed by the world's computer servers in terms that Guttenberg and Galileo would have appreciated …
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 …
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.
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
White Nexus S with AT&T bands hands-on! (video)  —  Well, what do we have here?  Sure enough, it's that coveted white Nexus S with AT&T-compatible 3G that we mentioned yesterday, and we just got our dirty little paws on it thanks to a friendly tipster.  This particular handset was purchased …
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and SAI
Curtis M. Wong / The Huffington Post:
75-Year-Old Woman Cuts Off Entire Nation's Internet Service  —  A 75-year-old Georgian woman is facing jail time after she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and caused all Internet services in neighboring Armenia to crash.  —  As the BBC is reporting, the Georgian Interior Ministry confirmed …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Colorful Weekend  —  This past weekend, I headed down to Mexico with a group of friends for a bachelor party.  It was a lot like The Hangover — if you replace tigers, Mike Tyson, and Zac Galifianakis with Macs, iPhones, and iPads.  Clearly, we're all in the tech scene.
Discussion: Screenwerk
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 …
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 …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Here's an Unlike.ly Tale: Gadhafi Does Swimming.ly on the Internet  —  Libya's Widely Used Web Suffix Makes a Long Story Short for Obama, Others  —  Where have the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the U.S. Air Force directed Twitter followers to learn more about military action in Libya?
 
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Dena Aubin / Reuters:
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
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Discussion: AllTwitter
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Discussion: Techland and Gearlog
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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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: eWeek, IntoMobile, Electronista and MacNN
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Surprise Appeal, TJX Hacker Claims U.S. Authorized His Crimes
Discussion: CNET News
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring hybrid e-ink-LCD displays with independent regions
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How many iPhones did Apple sell last quarter?
Discussion: MacStories and WebProNews