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April 10, 2012, 1:20 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Official: Yahoo Reorgs Itself Just Like We Said (Memo Time!)  —  Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson just sent this note to Yahoo employees, about a new organization for the company.  —  “It's time for Yahoo! to move forward, and fast,” wrote Thompson (using punctuation I really, with nice comma deployment).
Amrutha Gayathri / International Business Times:
Iran To Shut Down Internet Permanently; ‘Clean’ National Intranet In Pipeline  —  Millions of Internet users in Iran will be permanently denied access to the World Wide Web and cut off from popular social networking sites and email services, as the government has announced its plans to establish a national Intranet within five months.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Carriers Band to Fight Cellphone Theft  —  The nation's major wireless providers have agreed to a deal with the U.S. government to build a central database of stolen cellphones—part of a broad effort to tame an explosion of thefts nationwide.  —  The database, which the wireless companies …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Chrome OS Will Soon Look More Like Windows Than A Browser  —  It's hard to say how popular Chrome OS, Google's browser-centric operating system, really is.  There can be little doubt, though, that Google is quite serious about this initiative.  Today, Google launched …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Takes In-App Purchases Out Of Beta: Here's How They Compromised On Revenue Share  —  Amazon is taking the wraps off a new in-app purchasing service today in an effort to make its app store competitive with what Apple and Google offer developers.  That should let developers …
CNET:
Why Microsoft spent $1 billion on AOL's patents  —  Microsoft dropped an eye-popping $1 billion on 800 AOL patents today, an astonishing amount likely spent to keep the intellectual property trove away from rival Google.  —  But according to a source close to the situation, Google didn't even bid on the portfolio.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
A million Instagram Android app downloads in a day isn't cool.  You know what's cool? 5 million in 6 days.  —  Instagram is enjoying the biggest week in its existence.  The company, already riding high on its iOS success, launched its Android app and captured 1 million downloads …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
About Pando  —  Some of you may have read Sarah Lacy's post today stating that I'm no longer on the board of Pando Daily.  —  This wasn't a complete surprise to me, the company notified me last week that they weren't happy that I and MG Siegler (my partner at CrunchFund) were going to speak at TechCrunch Disrupt this coming May.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Toshiba introduces 13.3-inch Android 4.0 tablet, new Excite range  —  Toshiba announced its back-to-school tablet lineup today, adding three models to its Excite brand.  The first one you'll notice is the Excite 13, which you can hardly avoid — its 13.3-inch display is absolutely enormous, nearly twice the size of a 7-inch slate.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
AT&T Unlocking In-Contract iPhones for Deployed Service Members  —  This weekend, AT&T began unlocking iPhones for off-contract customers.  This allows the iPhone be used with a SIM-card from overseas carriers, or T-Mobile in the U.S. In addition to unlocking phones for off-contract customers …
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigns  —  Summary: Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigned this morning.  Director G. Mike Mikan will serve in the interim.  —  Brian Dunn, chief executive of tech big box retailer Best Buy, resigned this morning.  —  “There were no disagreements between Mr. Dunn …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Market Cap Hits $600 Billion  —  Another market cap milestone for Apple.  —  With the broader market in decline, shares in the company rose to a new 52-week high this morning: $644.  And that jump was enough to carry Apple's market cap across the $600 billion threshold.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Apple Snubs Firm That Discovered Mac Botnet, Tries To Cut Off Its Server Monitoring Infections  —  Dr. Web's chief executive Boris Sharov, who says Apple never responded when the firm shared its findings on the Flashback botnet.  —  Until it was revealed last week that more than half …
Ben Protess / DealBook:
Regulators Sue Silicon Valley Entrepreneur  —  Benedict Van was trying to make a name for himself in Silicon Valley.  For two years, the entrepreneur would crisscross California, paying house visits to investors in hopes of raising cash for a pair of online start-ups he founded.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
How Google is using OpenFlow to lower its network costs  —  Google is checking out a new form of networking protocol known as OpenFlow in the communications networks that run between its data centers.  The search giant is testing the use of software-defined networks using OpenFlow in order …
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