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7:15 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
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 …
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.
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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Justice Near Deal on ITA Acquisition  —  WASHINGTON—Google Inc. and the Justice Department are close to agreeing a legal settlement to avert a court challenge to the company's $700 million acquisition of flight-data company ITA Software, according to people familiar with the matter.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Ecosystem Poster Child SocialFlow Secures The Firehose And $7 Million Round  —  In Twitter's attempt to monetize, there's no question that a key factor is brand support.  That is, brands utilizing the network effectively to interact with customers and spread messages.
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.
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.
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Gartner:
Gartner Says Android to Command Nearly Half of Worldwide Smartphone Operating System Market by Year-End 2012
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.
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 …
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: WebProNews and MacStories
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple offering upfront cash payments to secure components, block out competitors  —  Apple has reportedly become more aggressive in securing components from overseas suppliers, making moves such as upfront cash payments to both ensure supply and block out competitors.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
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.
Yinka Adegoke / MediaFile:
Tencent, De Wolfe among interested buyers for Myspace  —  De Wolfe and Murdoch in happier times (Photo: Reuters)  —  Chinese Internet holding company Tencent, Myspace founder Chris De Wolfe and Myspace's current management team are among the 20 odd names kicking the tires at the once might social network …
 
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
T-Mobile G2x landing April 15th for $199.99, in stores April 20th
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Discussion: Mobilized, Engadget and GigaOM
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