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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Exclusive: Google CEO Larry Page completes major reorganization of Internet search giant  —  Larry Page, who returned as chief executive of Google on Monday, put his stamp on how he will run the Internet giant with a major reorganization of his management team on Thursday.
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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] …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
PageYank: As New SVPs Are Born at Google in CEO Reorg, What Happens to the Old Ones?  —  Things are sure shaking over at Google, since the sudden departure on Monday of Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's head of product management and one of its most senior executives.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
The Larry Page Reorg: Top Lieutenants Promoted to SVP  —  Google on Thursday formally promoted the six executives new CEO Larry Page has put in charge of its new business units.  Sundar Pichai is now senior vice president of Chrome, Vic Gundotra is SVP of social, Andy Rubin SVP of mobile …
Discussion: SAI, Mashable! and Fast Company
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Best Buy responds to alleged iPad 2 sales freeze divulged by Best Buy staffers [updated]  —  Reports of an iPad 2 sales freeze that may have gotten Best Buy in hot water with Apple emerged Thursday night, and the possible explanation given by someone claiming to work for Best Buy was odd at best.
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Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
“A misunderstanding” between Apple and Best Buy over iPad 2 sales? (UPDATED with your tips)
Jacques Hebert / YouTube Blog:
YouTube is going LIVE  —  With over 2 billion views a day, it's easy to think about YouTube as a place to watch videos recorded in the past.  But you've told us you want more - and that includes events taking place right now.  In response, we've live streamed a number of popular concerts …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Google has developed speech-recognition technology that actually works.  —  If you've got an Android phone, try this: Hit the microphone icon on the home screen, then ask, “How many angstroms in a mile?”  Use your normal speaking voice—don't speak slowly or strain to over-pronounce “angstrom.”
BBC:
Russia's President Medvedev denounces cyber-attack  —  President Medvedev has enthusiastically embraced new media  —  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has condemned as “outrageous and illegal” a cyber-attack on a popular social networking website that hosts his blog.
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Alexandra Odynova / The Moscow Times:
State Blamed in LiveJournal Attack
Discussion: ONI
Dave Schappell / GeekWire:
Two Days in Silicon Valley: An inside look at 23 startups from Dave McClure's Demo Days  —  I've been thinking a lot about passion lately — passion for ideas, teams, the shared pursuit of common goals.  More and more, I believe passion is the critical differentiator between really good, and great, teams.
Bloomberg:
Intel Said Funding Ed-Tech Startup Kno 12:04 AM  —  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.  —  The financing of about $30 million …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Breaking: DOJ Approves Google's $700M ITA Deal, With Conditions  —  Google has just won approval from The U.S. Justice Department of its $700 million acquisition of travel software company ITA.  We've pasted the release below.  UPDATING  —  Google has been embroiled in a investigation …
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Facebook's Next Hardware Project: Data Storage  —  Yesterday we heard about the Open Compute Project.  Facebook's director of hardware design, Frank Frankovsky, tells us about part two of the social network's plan to spur suppliers to build the products it needs.
Thanks:noahr
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why Facebook open-sourced its datacenters
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Facebook and GigaOM
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Technology IPOs: SEC Might Raise Shareholder Limit  —  The SEC has said it is considering raising the shareholder limit for private companies in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa obtained by the WSJ.  —  The SEC has a rule that says that once a private company reaches 500 individual shareholders …
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
White Nexus S with AT&T 3G 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 …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Mounting Evidence Shows Potential of Social Ecommerce, Contradicting Recent Reports  —  A new report by Forrester Research and another by the World Federation of Advertisers and research firm Millward Brown proclaim that Facebook will not play a signficant role in the future of ecommerce.
Discussion: MediaPost and Digits
Electronista:
AMD said hiring to add Android support, no threat to iPad  —  A slip detailing Computex show launch plans may have given away AMD's plans to get into Android in earnest.  Industry contacts claimed AMD has been recruiting engineers to write Android drivers.  The move is likely the first step …
Dale North / Destructoid:
Music Unlimited: Streaming songs on your PSP, April 14  —  Next week your PSP will become a very capable portable music player with Sony's Music Unlimited service.  On April 14th you'll be able to access an asston of cloud-stored digital music on your portable game system …
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET News
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Features Honeycomb, 1GHz Processor, $450 Price  —  Another day, another Honeycomb tablet.  This one comes to us courtesy of Acer and looks nearly identical to its European cousin, the Acer-made Packard Bell Liberty Tab.  The Iconia costs an acceptable $449.99 complete with 16GB memory and a microSD card reader.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flash use dips at top Web sites since November  —  Web-page speed guru Steve Souders, putting to use the latest in a string of useful tools he's created, has found the top 17,000 Web sites have eased off use of Adobe Systems' Flash Player in the last half year.
Maria Antonova / Agence France Presse:
Russian security service wants to ban Skype, Gmail  —  MOSCOW (AFP) - The Russian security service has proposed banning Skype, Hotmail and Gmail as their “uncontrolled use” could pose a security threat, a service official said during a government meeting on Friday.
Discussion: The Next Web and Electronista
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Google Will Trigger More Antitrust Complaints to EU Agency, Almunia Says  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) will trigger more complaints to European Union antitrust regulators given its “extremely large” market share for Web search and advertising, the EU's competition commissioner said.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
A Nokia Symbian Event On April 12?  No, There Is No Event  —  This is a public service announcement for those Nokia (NYSE: NOK) watchers out there thinking that next week there would be a London event to reveal some juicy news about Symbian: there is no actual, physical event taking place.
Discussion: The Nokia Blog, Thanks:ingridlunden
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
New Verizon Incredible 2 pics show it booted up, ready to rock Froyo  —  Well, well, what have we here?  An all-new, hot-off-the-press, get-it-while-it's-hot look at the upcoming (and still not actually announced) Incredible 2 on Verizon.  From what we can tell, the body's exactly the same …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple controlling 60% of available touch panel capacity, analyst says  —  Apple has exerted strong control over the touch panel supply chain to prevent shipping delays of the iPad 2, booking as much as 60 percent of the total available capacity, says one analyst.
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Blinkx Buys Burst Media To Chase Higher Video Ad Rates
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
StumbleUpon just crossed 1 billion stumbles per month
Discussion: MediaPost and VatorNews
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Special report: How News Corp got lost in Myspace
Discussion: SAI and MediaFile
Dena Aubin / Reuters:
Blockbuster takeover bid by Dish wins judge's OK
Discussion: SlashGear and BGR
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Here's an Unlike.ly Tale: Gadhafi Does Swimming.ly on the Internet
Discussion: Gearlog
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Uh Oh, Now Verizon iPad 2 Owners Can't Connect To 3G
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Colorful Weekend  —  This past weekend, I headed down to Mexico …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
Google Apps gets ability to force encryption, reset PINs on Android devices
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Curtis M. Wong / The Huffington Post:
75-Year-Old Woman Cuts Off Entire Nation's Internet Service
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Six states use nearly half of all pirated software in the U.S.
Discussion: Techland and The Atlantic Online
Lawrence Coburn / The Next Web:
The Unlit Social Graph
John Markoff / Bits:
Augmented Reality Comes Closer to Reality
Discussion: New York Times and Beyond Search
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New York Times Paywall Cost: More Like $25 Million
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