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7:35 AM ET, April 26, 2011

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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Is Latest Rival to Groupon and LivingSocial  —  Facebook said late Monday that it would introduce Deals, an effort by the social networking giant to tap into the consumer frenzy over online discounts.  With Deals, which had long been expected, Facebook is entering a crowded market led …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Launches “Social Deals” To Challenge Groupon & LivingSocial  —  After several months of anticipation Facebook is launching its second deals program: Social Deals.  The new effort more closely resembles Groupon-style daily deals, with several twists.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Screenwerk
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets get official  —  Sony's hosting a press event in Tokyo today where it just made it's first announcement: a pair of Android 3.0 tablets.  The first is the S1 media tablet with a curved top much like a folded magazine and both front- and rear-facing cameras.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
EXCLUSIVE: YouTube Finally Goes Hollywood With New Movies on Demand Service  —  YouTube will imminently launch a movie-on-demand service charging users to stream movies off the world's largest video sharing site, TheWrap has learned.  —  The new service means a full-bore challenge …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Movies You've Heard Of Coming To YouTube. Will You Rent Them?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analyst: 25,000 to 120,000 Xooms sold.  Motorola Mobility's survival at risk  —  Rather than try to out-innovate Apple, he says, it should sue its Android competitors  —  There's some pretty blunt language in the latest note to clients from Global Equities' Trip Chowdry …
Arn / MacRumors:
Next MacBook Pro to Get New Case Design  —  MacRumors has heard reliable confirmation that the next revision of Apple's MacBook Pro line will utilize a new case design for the first time in several years.  —  The possibility of a new case design was first revealed by iLounge in February …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Joichi Ito to Be Named Head of M.I.T. Media Lab  —  For centuries diplomas have been synonymous with the nation's universities.  —  That makes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's decision to name a 44-year old Japanese venture capitalist who attended, but did not graduate …
Mic Wright / Electricpig.co.uk:
iPhone location tracking: patent stash reveals bigger plans  —  The iPhone location tracking story just rolls on with folk dredging through patents as they ponder Apple's thinking.  Since Apple has kept schtum about the issue, that's really not surprising.  Gawker dredged up an Apple patent published …
Discussion: Phones Review and MediaFile
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs on iOS Location Issue: 'We Don't Track Anyone'
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon.com tries to toss Apple ‘app store’ trademark suit, cites Steve Jobs in its own defense  —  Amazon.com today responded in court to Apple's lawsuit over the name of its Android Appstore — calling the iPhone maker's claim to the “App Store” trademark baseless, and pointing to a statement …
Elliot Lynde / Facebook Blog:
Sharing with Small Groups  —  It's always been easy to share with all your friends on Facebook, but until we introduced Groups last October, there wasn't a simple way to share with just a few people.  Much of what we share in our daily lives is only meaningful to smaller groups of people, like our family, roommates, or co-workers.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches ‘Send’ Button For More Selective Sharing, Announces 50 Million ‘Groups’
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Sony Shuts Down PlayStation Network Indefinitely  —  Internet gamers were frustrated last week when Sony shut down its PlayStation Network.  Now, they might have reason to be worried. … On Monday, the Japanese electronics giant said it is keeping its PlayStation Network videogame service …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Momentum Plateaus, Says New Developer Report  —  Momentum surrounding the Android mobile platform has reached a plateau, with developers now refocusing their efforts on building apps for Apple devices.  This somewhat surprising conclusion is just one of many new trends spotted …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
How Google Killed GDrive and Spiked Its Skype Acquisition  —  This weekend I spent some time reading Steven Levy's “In the Plex,” an account of the history of Google based on Levy's deep embedding within the company (see Kara's video interview with Levy from last week).
Discussion: BoomTown
Dan DeFelippi / Razor Fast:
Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project  —  Yesterday morning I woke up much earlier than I wanted.  Instead of lying in bed, wishing I was asleep, I decided to get up and check out Hacker News.  Better to waste my time reading industry news than lying around.
Discussion: Network World
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires TalkBin, A Feedback Platform For Businesses That's Only Five Months Old  —  It's been a good day for Y Combinator.  Hot on the heels of news that YC portfolio company Wufoo landed a $35 million exit, YC alum TalkBin has just announced that it's been acquired by Google …
Discussion: NetworkEffect and Pulse2
David Kravets / Threat Level:
FBI Raids Apartment of Alleged King's Speech Uploader  —  The FBI has raided the Los Angeles apartment of a Screen Actors Guild member the bureau believes was first to upload the Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech as well as Black Swan, and other in-theater-only films to the Pirate Bay in January …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Google Traffic to Demand Media Sites Down 40 Percent  —  Are the halcyon days of content farming over?  Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr  —  Here's some plain, easy-to-understand proof that Google's recent algorithm overhaul is doing exactly what it was meant to do …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix Now Officially Bigger Than Comcast  —  Netflix continued to post impressive quarterly financial numbers, ending the first quarter 2011 as the largest subscription video service in North America.  —  In the first quarter, Netflix added 3.6 million subscribers, ending the period with more than 23.6 million subscribers in total.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix Earnings Up 88 Percent, Adds 3.6 Million Subscribers
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Twitter: Yes, Jack Dorsey is leading product “full-time”  —  One of the more confusing pieces of tech news in the past few months was the announcement that Twitter creator Jack Dorsey (pictured) was returning to the company to lead its product team.  That seems a bit overwhelming …
Discussion: Mobilized
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Launches Instant Previews for Ads  —  Last November, Instant Previews made their debut on Google's search results pages.  Today, Google is taking this concept one step further by introducing Instant Previews for Ads as well.  Thanks to this new feature, you can now get a preview …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Moves Fast — Real Fast — To Scoop Up IntoNow For $20 - $30 Million  —  This past January, upon seeing a demo of IntoNow, we noted that the media check-in game just changed.  Apparently, Yahoo agreed — they've just acquired the company for something in the range of $20 to $30 million, sources with knowledge of the deal tell us.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Shocker!  Instant messaging gains popularity as TXTing declines, BBM to blame  —  Apparently, those young'uns just love their BBM.  According to a report by the research group Mobile Youth, young folk (read: those of you between 15 and 24) are increasingly abandoning SMS in favor of instant messaging apps …
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
 
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google's Larry Page, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Make 2011 TIME 100 List
Discussion: NetworkEffect
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Klout Redesigns to Emphasize Personal Influence (Video)
Zoran Basich / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Y Combinator Success Leads To Copycats, Incubator Raiders
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows 8: History Vault user interface revealed
Discussion: Windows 8 News and Neowin.net
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
White iPhone “Mystique” Will Drive Sales
Miguel Helft / Bits:
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Oracle Co-President Safra Catz Adds CFO Duties as Jeff Epstein Leaves
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Abandons their Efforts to Secure the “POD” Trademark
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