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7:45 AM ET, April 9, 2011

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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Requires Google Inc. to Develop and License Travel Software in Order to Proceed with Its Acquisition of ITA Software Inc. … WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice announced today that in order for Google Inc. to proceed with its proposed acquisition of ITA Software Inc. …
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Jeff Huber / The Official Google Blog:
ITA Software acquisition cleared for takeoff  —  How cool would it be if you could type “flights to somewhere sunny for under $500 in May” into Google and get not just a set of links but also flight times, fares and a link to sites where you can actually buy tickets quickly and easily?
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Why Google's Opponents Are OK With The ITA Merger
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DOJ Willing To Approve Google's $700M ITA Deal, With Conditions
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Marissa Mayer Bypassed As Google Appoints New Head Of Local And Commerce  —  Last fall, Google's Marissa Mayer was removed from leading search — its core business — to head up the company's local efforts.  —  At the time, Googlers debated whether it was a demotion or a lateral move …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Where's the Other Twin Sergey Brin Been During GoogQuake?  —  Newly restored CEO Larry Page wasted no time in reorganizing Google during his first week on the job, promoting seven executives-most of whom are more techie than manager types-to oversee Google's most important divisions.
Discussion: MediaPost
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Finally Launches Live Streaming Portal to Select Partners
Discussion: Digits, BGR and NBC Bay Area
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
Internet probe can track you down to within 690 metres  —  Online adverts could soon start stalking you.  A new way of working out where you are by looking at your internet connection could pin down your current location to within a few hundred metres.  —  Similar techniques are already in use, but they are much less accurate.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple Says It's Investigating Verizon iPad 3G Issues  —  Apple said on Friday that it is looking into reports that some users are having issues connecting their iPad 2 to Verizon's network.  —  “We are aware that a small number of iPad 2 customers have experienced connectivity issues …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Steve Wozniak says would consider return to Apple  —  (Reuters) - Steve Wozniak would consider returning to an active role at Apple, the company he co-founded, and believes the consumer electronics giant could afford to be more open than it is, he told Reuters.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
What, Zuck Worry?  Mad Magazine “Honors” Mark Zuckerberg With His Own Cover  —  Mark Zuckerberg has finally joined the ranks of Richard Nixon, Bart Simpson, Barack Obama, and Thom Yorke, all folks who have been honored as some of the few celebrities to grace the cover of everyone's favorite potrzebie title, Mad Magazine.
Evan Williams / evhead:
Five Easy Pieces of Online Identity  —  Every Internet service that has a concept of users has to deal with identity.  And for anything social (which seems like everything these days) identity is a huge part.  For the Internet as a whole, there are battles waging to “own” identity—or, at the very least, not let someone else own it.
Rob Lewis / Techvibes:
Toronto's Pushlife acquired by Google for $25 Million  —  StartupNorth just reported that Toronto's PushLife has been acquired by Google for a reported $25 Million.  The news was first tweaked by fellow Mantella portfolio company Chango.  —  PushLife is a Mobile Entertainment Platform …
Paul Demery / Internet Retailer:
In Google's penalty box, Overstock takes a 5% hit on revenue  —  It's taking Overstock longer than expected to get beyond Google's problem with search links.  —  Six weeks after getting penalized by Google Inc. for using promotional links with university web sites that boosted its natural search rankings …
Discussion: Reuters
Stuart Dredge / Apps blog:
Google survey finds games trump all other uses for tablets  —  Research finds that 84% of tablet owners are playing games, versus 51% who are consuming music and videos  —  A survey of more than 1,400 tablet owners in the US by Google's AdMob subsidiary has found that gaming is the most popular use …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Is Amazon Entering the Display Ad Business?  —  Amazon already offers display advertising opportunities on its own website.  But the company may be preparing to be a much bigger force across the web as it looks to become a major player in the online display advertising market.
Discussion: WebProNews, SAI and Domain Name Wire
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 8 to feature native SmartScreen file checking  —  As Microsoft anticipates a richer “apps” ecosystem for Windows 8, they appear to be taking some extra steps to shield users from malicious applications with the introduction of an in-built file verification policy powered by the SmartScreen Filter.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple keeping iPhone 5 cards ‘extra close to the vest’ in supply chain  —  As rumors of a later-than-usual iPhone launch for 2011 persist, a new report reveals that the notoriously secretive Apple is being even more careful than usual when dealing with overseas suppliers.
Kai Lukoff / TechRice:
Blockbuster Rumor: Facebook Partners with Baidu to Enter China  —  The internets are ablaze tonight with a blockbuster rumor: Facebook will enter China.  Marbridge Consulting reports: According to a microblog post by Hu Yanping, founder of Beijing-based market research firm Data Center of the China Internet …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Android chief Rubin's response to Android critics misses the point  —  Android chief Andy Rubin has finally issued a statement in response to recent reports regarding Android's deteriorating openness.  He characterizes the media reports as “misinformation” and says that he is speaking up …
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
 
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The Seven Most Interesting Startups At 500 Startups Demo Day (TCTV)
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
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IPhone Product Cycle Now More of a Platform Cycle
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E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Facebook's Next Hardware Project: Data Storage
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