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April 6, 2012, 1:30 AM

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Larry Page / Google Investor Relations:
2012 Update from the CEO  —  Velocity, execution and focus Sergey and I founded Google because we believed that building a great search experience would improve people's lives and, hopefully, the world.  And in the decade-plus that's followed, we've been constantly delighted by the ways …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
By The Numbers: Larry Page's First Year as Google's CEO  —  Google has historically been paranoid about any numbers it publicly releases.  For many years even after it was publicly traded, the management triumvirate including Larry Page had to personally approve any numbers the company issued to the public …
More: WebProNews
Twitter Blog:
Shutting down spammers  —  Twitter continues to grow at a record pace — we now have 140 million active users and more than 340 million Tweets each day.  As our reach expands, we become a more attractive target for spammers.  While spam is a small fraction of the incredible content you can find on Twitter …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Chief Product Officer Blake Irving Resigns  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo's Chief Product Officer Blake Irving has turned in his resignation and it has been accepted by the company.  —  The process for Irving's departure is a bit more formal since …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Amid Worries About Strategery, Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Tries to Soothe the Savaged Troops (Memo Time!)  —  Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson, who has developed a tough-talk reputation within Yahoo of late, went all sweet — well, less crabby, I guess — the day after the layoffs in which 2,000 employees were fired.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Facebook Picks Nasdaq for I.P.O.  —  Facebook, which is preparing for its highly anticipated initial public offering, has picked a home.  —  The social network will list its shares on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol “FB,” according a person familiar with the matter, who demanded anonymity because the discussions were private.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's Highest Priority Is Obviousness  —  Good piece from Sebastiaan de With, riffing on my bit last week regarding the tension between simplicity and obviousness.  But I gently disagree with this: … Apple has started using gestures more widely, but they're not requiring them.
New York Times:
To Fill Out Its App Store, Microsoft Wields Its Checkbook  —  Nowadays, cellphones are all about apps.  And Microsoft is so determined to have lots of brand-name apps for its Windows Phone app store that it's willing to pay for them.  —  All an app developer has to do is sign on the dotted line.
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Bloomberg:
Google's YouTube Must Defend Viacom Suit, Appeals Court Says  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s YouTube must defend a lawsuit claiming it violated Viacom Inc. (VIAB)'s copyrights by letting its users post videos from shows including “The Colbert Report” without authorization, an appeals court ruled.
Emil Protalinski / Zero Day Blog:
Security hole exposes Android, iOS to Facebook identity theft  —  Summary: A new security vulnerability discovered in Facebook for Android and Facebook for iOS means your Facebook identity can be stolen if you use an Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, and/or iPad.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Jobs's Biographer to Page: What Part of “I'm Going to Destroy Android” Didn't You Understand?  —  Google CEO Larry Page's revisionist approach to Steve Jobs's infamous ire over the company's Android operating system isn't sitting well with the late Apple CEO's biographer, Walter Isaacson.
Charles Cooper / CNET:
Bragging rights go to Apple as per-share price now tops Google  —  If you're keeping score — and who doesn't these days? — it now costs more to buy a share of Apple than to purchase a share of Google.  —  To be sure, this is more about bragging rights than anything else as the market capitalization …
New York Post:
Spotify's subscriber growth disappoints  —  Spotify's US performance has been less than rocking, according to sources who say the digital music service has been under-delivering in terms of subscribers.  —  It has been nine months since Spotify debuted in the US and was hailed as a coming music revolution …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Android App To Improve Its Indoor Location Accuracy  —  Google Maps, Bing Maps and a number of startups have been offering indoor maps for large venues like airports, malls and stadiums for quite a while.  The problem with indoor mapping, though, is that it's pretty hard …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Red Hat, IBM sign on for OpenStack  —  Two tech powers — IBM and Red Hat — are ready to officially bless OpenStack's open source cloud project.  —  The news — which should come next week or the week after at the OpenStack Spring Conference — is a big boost to OpenStack …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Controversial ‘Girls Around Me’ app scrapped after outcry  —  The Russian company behind the controversial Girls Around Me mobile application that allowed users to track the locations of nearby women pulled its funding on Thursday after an outcry from privacy advocates.
More: i-Free and MacNNThanks:@brendansasso
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia's Mobile Apps Drop Google Maps for OpenStreetMap  —  In the world of online mapping, it feels like things aren't quite going in Google's direction these days: Apple switched away from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap when it launched iPhoto for iOS.  Foursquare, too, announced …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Next-gen Chromebooks built on faster Ivy Bridge chips?  —  It looks like Google will fulfill its promise of faster Chromebooks by using Intel's Sandy Bridge and imminent Ivy Bridge processors, a big step up from the current Atom-based products.  —  Chromebooks run Google's Chrome OS …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
AT&T's Wi-Fi experiment: Watch ads, get access  —  Remember the old NetZero dial-up Internet plans that gave you free Internet access as long as you put up with an advertising window emblazoned across your screen?  Well, AT&T is experimenting with a similar concept at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport …
More: SlashGear and MacNN
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Maker Loses More Senior Executives  —  A number of senior-level executives at BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. have left the company in recent days amid a broad review of the company's strategic options, according to people close to the firm.

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