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3:10 PM ET, April 14, 2011


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Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Trouble @Twitter  —  Boardroom power plays, disgruntled founders, and CEO switcheroos are clipping the wings of this tech high flier.  —  FORTUNE — In March, shortly after Jack Dorsey went back to work for Twitter, the company he co-founded four years ago, he did a Q&A session …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Twitter Turned Down A $10 Billion Offer From Google - Report  —  Fortune's Jessi Hempel says that last fall, Twitter's board turned down a $2 billion offer from Facebook, and a $10 billion offer from Google.  She says Microsoft almost made an offer.  —  If the report is true, we are befuddled.
Discussion: @jason and The Next Web
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
PlayBook: A Tablet With a Case Of Codependency  —  Now entering the tablet wars: the BlackBerry PlayBook, a contender from Research In Motion, maker of the iconic smartphone.  —  Unlike most tablets aiming to take on the iPad juggernaut, the PlayBook, which I've been testing for five days …
David Pogue / New York Times:
A BlackBerry Tablet, but Where Are the Apps?  —  Listen, I'll be straight with you.  I realize that tablets are crazy hot right now, that 2011 is the Year of the iPad Clone and that every company and its brother is rushing one to market.  But I'm sorry.  I'm not going to review every …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook review
Apple Is Said to Ready Sale of White IPhone After 10-Month Wait  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) will begin selling a white model of the iPhone 4 in the next few weeks after a 10- month delay, according to three people familiar with the plans.  —  The new version will be available from AT&T Inc …
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Apple Says White iPhone 4 Is Coming This Spring  —  Customers who have waited nearly 10 months for the white version of the iPhone 4 won't have to wait much longer. … Apple said Thursday the white iPhone was would be released in the spring, reiterating a projection the company made in October.
Discussion: The Next Web, Apple Bitch and USA Today
Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Upcoming changes to Spotify Free/Open  —  Spotify's aim from the very beginning was to make music on-demand available to all.  To give you the power to listen to, discover, share and manage your music the way you want to - simpler, faster, better - while making sure the artists whose music …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Zoom, zoom: Zipcar is a $1 billion company!  —  No profits, no problem.  —  Car-sharing service Zipcar (ZIP) is having a huge first day on the public markets, with its stock climing 70% above its $18 per share IPO price at one point.  As of last check, the shares were at around $28.58 …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Zipcar Prices IPO at $18, Above Range, Debuts Thursday
Discussion: SAI, PE Hub Blog, Reuters and @danprimack
Mike Bloomberg:
April 16 Declared @Foursquare Day in NYC  —  New York City is proud to join Foursquare's founders and fans in celebrating the first global social media holiday.  Mayor Bloomberg has issued the following official proclamation declaring April 16, 2011 - 4/16, the fourth sixteenth of the year - to be Foursquare Day in New York City:
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Data Center GM Timmons Heads to Apple  —  Microsoft data center executive Kevin Timmons speaks at a 2010 event in Quincy, Washington.  —  Kevin Timmons, who helped build the data centers that power Microsoft's global cloud computing operation, has left the company and is expected to take a leadership position at Apple.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In The Post-Client Era, Did Tweetbot Just Swipe Twitter's iPhone Crown?  —  Don't focus on making new Twitter clients.  —  The message has been very clear — well, moderately clear — for weeks now.  If you're a third-party looking to develop in the Twitter ecosystem, you should focus on data or niche experiences.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel: USB 3.0 in 2012 with ‘Thunderbolt’  —  Intel went on the record today saying that its silicon will support USB 3.0 in 2012 and urged developers to target both USB and its new “Thunderbolt” technology.  —  “Intel is going to support USB 3.0 in the 2012 client platform.
Larry Hyrb / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Kinect support for Netflix  —  Today we released an update to the Netflix experience on Xbox 360.  The next time you start up Netflix, you'll be prompted to accept the update which introduces Kinect support for Netflix.  —  That means controller-free navigation of thousands of movies and TV show …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Releases iOS 4.3.2 [Direct Links]  —  Apple just released iOS 4.3.2.  It's available now in iTunes if you check for updates, and direct links to the downloads will be available shortly.  —  As previously reported, iOS 4.3.2 fixes issues with FaceTime calls (freezing or displaying random photos …
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Windows Phone adds multitasking, deeper OS integration, and sensor access to dev platform  —  We knew it was coming, and today at MIX 11, Microsoft showed off its developer platform for the next version of Windows Phone, which developers will be able to get their hands on for free in May.
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The ruthless Rose  —  Kevin Rose, the founder and former CEO of Digg, says he won't spend Milk Inc.'s VC money keeping bad products on life support.  —  FORTUNE — A month ago, Kevin Rose, the founder and former CEO of Digg, built something creepy.  He had been nursing an idea that would test …
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
About That Lawsuit...  The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media — including being ridiculed as the “dumbest lawsuit ever” — I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Comcast Extreme 105 serves up 105Mbps internet speeds for home users with deep pockets  —  We first caught wind of Comcast's 105Mbps broadband plans back in May of last year, but the time since then has been filled with silence until this very moment, when the service has gone official.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Android Provides More Eyeballs to Advertisers, While iPhone Offers Most Revenue to App Creators, Study Finds  —  There are many ways of measuring smartphone success, but using almost any metric shows both the iPhone and Android doing pretty darn well.  —  That said, new numbers …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Teardown: What's Inside Apple's Big New iPad 2 Dock (+ iPad 1 Dock)  —  We were curious.  Puzzled, even.  Why would Apple go through the trouble of completely redesigning the original iPad Dock—an accessory that is actually physically compatible with both the iPad and iPad 2 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Phones Review
Dean Praetorius / The Huffington Post:
Bill Gates Was Puzzled By Gmail, Book Reports  —  Many people love the seemingly infinite amount of space Gmail provides.  —  Bill Gates, at least initially, didn't see the need.  —  In his new book In The Plex, Steven Levy details Bill Gates' reaction to Gmail six months after the service first launched.
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
The New Rules of Raising Cash  —  Raising money for start-ups is relatively easy in Silicon Valley these days.  But longtime entrepreneurs and venture capitalists say it is still nowhere near as simple as it was in 1999 and 2000, when a cash flood fueled the dot-com bubble.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia W7 and W8 tipped as first Windows Phone models  —  If you can accept what we're about to tell you as rumor, and nothing more, then we'd like to let you in on the latest scuttlebutt surrounding Nokia's first dip into the shallow Windows Phone waters.  Eldar Murtazin, the eternal Nokia antagonist …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does anyone in Silicon Valley care about Windows anymore?  —  Microsoft is today showing off pieces of the next version of Windows (we're all calling it Windows 8 ) but I'm wondering if anyone cares anymore about Windows in the tech enthusiast space.  —  Why do I say that?
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Cabel / Panic Blog:
Introducing Prompt. Nice SSH for iOS.
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Apple, Skype, Verizon, Other Firms Flunk Privacy Report Card
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Jim Giles / Technology Review:
Can an Algorithm Spot the Next Google?
Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Netflix Effect: When Software Suggests Students' Courses
Discussion: Fast Company
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
Twenty Years of Linux according to Linus Torvalds
Global PC Market Contracts in the First Quarter, But Swaths of Growth Remain, According to IDC
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Adobe to Stream Live Video to the iPad. Yes, the iPad
Discussion: App Advice and SlashGear, Thanks:beet_tv
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Would You Sign My Kindle?  —  SITTING at a table in a Barnes & Noble …
Discussion: Techland
Devin Mullins / The Official Google Blog:
Beefing up with new features
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