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3:35 PM ET, April 15, 2011

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Biz Stone:
The Trouble Bubble  —  We founded Twitter, Inc. in March of 2007 and while we have long said it's about the users, not the service, we have nevertheless enjoyed favorable media coverage.  What took so long for somebody to write the article that says we are falling apart?
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
These People Sold Twitter For Just $5 Million Back In 2006  —  How would you feel if a company you sold for $5 million less than five years ago was now reportedly fetching offers as high as $10 billion?  —  That's almost exactly what's happening to the dozen or so original owners of Twitter.
Discussion: BaltTech and The Business Insider
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
The Truth About Twitter's Troubles  —  This week, Fortune highlights “trouble” at Twitter.  —  The story touches on Twitter's lack of revenues, its management discord, its relatively small user-base, and its refusal to accept huge multi-billion dollar offers from the likes of Google and Facebook.
Justin Case / Android Police:
[Updated] Exclusive: Vulnerability In Skype For Android Is Exposing Your Name, Phone Number, Chat Logs, And A Lot More  —  Update #1: Skype is investigating the issue, we've been told.  —  Update #2: Skype's official first response can be found here.  —  The safety of our personal information …
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Joe Light / Wall Street Journal:
Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow  —  Companies Scramble for Engineers Who Can Write Software for Smartphones  —  This year, magazine publisher Hearst Corp. intends to add five software engineers to its mobile development staff.  Social-networking company Ning Inc. plans to nearly double its mobile development team.
Paul McIntyre / AdNews:
Google: we want iPhone to grow  —  Google's Android platform might be in a fierce battle with Apple to dominate smartphone handsets and apps, but the search giant's APAC boss says iPhone is delivering so much mobile search traffic they want their rival competitor to keep growing.
Peter Farago / Flurry:
Apple and Google Capture U.S. Video Game Market Share in 2010  —  Last year, Flurry reported that iPhone and iPod touch game sales surged from 2008 to 2009.  From a standing start, and in just one year, iPhone games captured 5% of the mature U.S. video game market.
Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Poker Websites Targeted in Federal Crackdown  —  NEW YORK—Eleven people, including the founders of three of the largest online poker companies doing business in the U.S., have been charged in the latest crack down on Internet gambling by U.S. authorities.  —  Federal prosecutors …
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Paul Toohey / CourierMail:   Web king's life on the line
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Music Label Talks “Going Backwards”  —  Google has spent a year trying to build a music service that could compete with Apple's iTunes.  But those efforts seem to have stalled again.  —  Google's negotiations with the big music labels are “broken,” says a source familiar …
Discussion: Techdirt
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
This Tech Bubble Is Different  —  Tech bubbles happen, but we usually gain from the innovation left behind.  This one—driven by social networking—could leave us empty-handed  —  Phillip Toledano  —  As a 23-year-old math genius one year out of Harvard, Jeff Hammerbacher arrived at Facebook …
Discussion: Fortune, @eldon, @hpnews and Betabeat
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wired's Newest iPad Issue Boasts Its Best Feature Yet: Free  —  Remember when iPad magazine apps-and Wired's app in particular-were big news?  That was a year ago.  —  Now Wired would like to remind you that it's still publishing on the iPad, and the Conde Nast title is offering a pretty …
Mary Pilon / Wall Street Journal:
T. Rowe Price Invests in Facebook  —  Mutual-fund company T. Rowe Price has invested in Facebook Inc., according to recently released filings, underscoring traditional investment vehicles' growing interest in hot technology companies.  —  T. Rowe said it invested a total of $55.4 million …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple partner Cirrus Logic reports production problem with mystery audio device  —  Cirrus Logic has experienced manufacturing problems with an audio device that entered high-volume production in March, prompting speculation that the device is an Apple product.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Chiefs Defend PlayBook Tablet Against Critics as Debut Approaches  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie said criticism of the company's PlayBook tablet computer, which goes on sale next week, are misguided because they ignore RIM's base of BlackBerry faithful.
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Google Faces Antitrust Complaints in South Korea on Popularity of Android  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), the largest Internet- search company, is facing antitrust complaints in South Korea as mobile phones using its Android software gain dominance, adding to global scrutiny of the company's businesses.
Zak Stambor / Internet Retailer:
Facebook wants to make daily deals more social  —  The social network hopes to leverage its news feed to help consumers discover their friends' interactions with Facebook Deals.  The move is designed to distinguish Facebook's offering from competitors such as Groupon and LivingSocial.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
mSpot offers Netflix-like movie club for new streaming movies  —  Netflix has made a big splash with its library of movies for low, fixed monthly subscription fees.  Now mSpot, which provides streaming movie services for a bunch of big carriers, is offering similar monthly deals …
Electronista:
MeeGo head says LG signing on despite Nokia backing away  —  MeeGo working group member Valtteri Halla on Friday said LG had picked up some of the slack in MeeGo phone development after Nokia relegated the OS to an experimental project.  The Korean company had joined a coalition including …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook for iPhone Now Pulls the News Feed From m.facebook.com  —  Earlier this month, Facebook released an update for the Facebook for iPhone mobile app that included an “Improved news feed”, but no one seemed to understand what had actually changed.  We've determined that the native app …
Discussion: TUAW and App Advice
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
LivingSocial's Founders And Early Investors Pocketed $200 Million Of Its Latest Funding Round  —  LivingSocial's early investors and founders have pocketed $200 million of its recent $400 million round, Dan Primack of Fortune reports, citing a SEC filing.  —  The filing doesn't specify who exactly cashed in on this round.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Fortune
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Microsoft's latest WP7 chassis spec includes second-gen Snapdragon, optional gyroscope  —  The minimum specs for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS have taken a nice bump upwards, it has been revealed at this year's MIX.  Current WP7 handsets are all running the Qualcomm MSM8x50 Snapdragon …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Education Startup Instructure Raises $8M From Eric Schmidt's Tomorrow Ventures, Tim Draper  —  Instructure, a startup that develops and open-source online learning management system, has raised $8 million in Series B funding led by OpenView Venture Partners, EPIC Ventures …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google Discontinues Tags  —  Google Local is shedding products & names almost as fast they are making them these days...they just announced the end of Tags on the Lat Long Blog.  I guess I didn't realize that it was still a trial and was under the impression that it was a real product.  Silly me.
Discussion: Google LatLong and Screenwerk
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2x now available online for $200, hitting stores April 20th  —  T-Mobile's Android roster is growing in number and sheer benchmarking virility today with the launch of the LG-produced G2X.  This handset runs bone stock Android (Froyo today, Gingerbread in the future) …
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Glam hits $100M revenue, plans to file IPO as early as fall
Steven Levy / Fortune:
Inside Google's China misfortune
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Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Europe moves to give consumers control of online ads
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Business Market Plays Cloud Computing Catch-Up
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Mike Snider / USA Today:
Interview: Nintendo sold 400,000 3DS systems in first week
Paul Kapustka / PC World:
LightSquared Poised to Build Nationwide 4G Network
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Secret Tasty Labs Prototype Unleashed To A Select Few
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Mark Boslet / PE Hub Blog:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Why is Chrome so important to Google? It's a ‘locked-in user’
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Multiple Sources Confirm New Nintendo HD Console
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Tragic Death of the Flip