James Kelly / The Official Google Blog:
Next steps for our experimental fiber network — Since we announced our plans to build experimental, ultra high-speed broadband networks, the response from communities and individuals has been tremendous and creative. With just a few hours left before our submission deadline …
Discussion: Agence France Presse, Between the Lines, Hillicon Valley, The Next Web, Mashable!, Neowin.net, BaltTech, TechCrunch, Computerworld and PE Hub Blog
Chris Lefkow / Agence France Presse: US cities vie to win Google's broadband favor
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Where will Google build its fiber network?
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web: Google: Everyone Wants Gigabit Fiber To Their Home
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net: The next step in Google's fiber-optic network
Gus Sentementes / BaltTech: Google Fiber deadline today
Mark Gibbs / Computerworld: Ventura campaigns for Google Fiber
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog: Buckle Your Seatbelt, Google; Tomorrow May Be Nuts
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
190,000 People Have Asked Google To Build Its Fiber Network In Their Neighborhoods — Google (GOOG) has been bombarded with requests from cities, towns, and individuals who want to host the ultra-high speed fiber optic broadband service announced by the search giant last month.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Poaches Yet Another Major Googler-This Time, Ad Exec David Fischer [UPDATED] — David Fischer-who was VP of Global Online Sales & Operations for Google and more recently, was heading up its local efforts-is taking a job at Facebook as VP of Advertising and Global Operations, according to sources.
Discussion: Inside Facebook, All Facebook, Search Engine Land, paidContent, Silicon Alley Insider and Startup Meme
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook: Facebook Scores A Big Googler
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Facebook Nabs Google's David Fischer & Google Nabs Oracle's Amit Singh
Sardar Mohkim Khan / Startup Meme: Google Loses David Fischer To Facebook
New York Post:
Radioshack search — RadioShack is looking to shack up with a deep-pocketed investor. — The Texas-based electronics chain is exploring strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the company that could fetch more than $3 billion, sources told The Post.
Erica Ogg / CNET News: Radio Shack looking for a buyer?
Brian Barrett / Silicon Alley Insider: What Would Best Buy Do With Radio Shack?
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: RadioShack looking for a buyer, possibly Best Buy
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report: RadioShack for sale? — This little tidbit of technology news …
Maria Halkias / Dallas Morning News: Report: RadioShack considering sale, Best Buy merger
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: RadioShack Exploring Possible Sale or Merger
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Best Buy Preps for April 3rd iPad Launch — Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy has reportedly begun preparations for the launch of Apple's Wi-Fi iPad models on April 3rd, providing its retail store employees with details of events leading up to the launch.
Discussion: TiPb, TUAW, Techland, Boy Genius Report, iLounge, CrunchGear, I4U News, 9 to 5 Mac, EverythingiCafe and Technology Questions
Jeremy Sikora / TiPb: Best Buy and Amazon Gearing Up for iPad Launch
Michael Grothaus / TUAW: Best Buy to carry iPad on April 3 at ASC-stores only
Doug Aamoth / Techland: Best Buy Selling The iPad, Too
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report: Approved iPad apps leak on Apple site?
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Best Buy readies for iPad launch
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Most Best Buys will have the iPad on launch day, but won't open early
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Best Buy prepares for Apple iPad Launch on April 3rd
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Best Buy ‘Store-within-a-Store’ to have iPads at launch?
Tim Barribeau / EverythingiCafe: Best Buy To Stock iPads At Stores-Within-A-Store
Layne Heiny / Technology Questions: Apple iPad Preparations and Delays
Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Spotify Music Site Sees U.S. Start in Third Quarter; Plans BlackBerry App — Spotify, a virtual digital jukebox and Europe's largest legal online music site, aims to start U.S. operations in the third quarter. — The Stockholm-based company, which has 7 million users in Europe …
Discussion: GigaOM, Erictric, Silicon Alley Insider, Gizmodo, Epicenter, Pocket-lint, Mashable!, TG Daily and Electronista
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM: Spotify Now Targeting Q3 for U.S. Launch
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo: Why It's Worth Getting Excited For Spotify's US Launch
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter: Inch-by-Inch: Spotify Now Buying Server Space in United States
Ben Crompton / Pocket-lint: Spotify gets rough US launch date
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Spotify Aims to Launch in U.S. in 3 to 6 Months
Will Richmond / VideoNuze.com:
Here's How Google TV Will Work - And What It Might Mean — Last week, the NY Times shared some details of “Google TV,” the new set-top box Google is developing in partnership with Intel and Sony. The article provided a good outline, and now, based on additional information I've gathered …
Discussion: Erictric, Gizmodo, Mashable!, VideoNuze, SlashGear, Ubergizmo, Electronista and Technologizer
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo: Rumor: Google's Set Top Box Won't Replace Your Current One, But “Daisy-Chain” Them
Christina Warren / Mashable!: More Google TV Details Emerge
Will Richmond / VideoNuze: Review of FCC's National Broadband Plan Begins; Questions …
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Google TV to daisy-chain existing set-top boxes?
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
USB Memory Support for the Xbox 360 coming April 6th — On April 6th, we will be releasing a system update over Xbox LIVE for your Xbox 360 that will allow USB flash drives to be used for storing profiles, game saves, demos and more. I've been testing this feature out for a few weeks, and I have to say it's really great.
Discussion: TechFlash, Engadget, Neowin.net, Joystiq, TechSpot, ithinkdifferent, CrunchGear, VG247, GeekSmack, Gamasutra, SlashGear, Erictric and Electronista
Todd Bishop / TechFlash: Microsoft confirms USB mass storage coming to Xbox 360
Paul Miller / Engadget: USB mass storage support coming to Xbox 360 on April 6th
Tzvi Friedman / Neowin.net: Xbox 360 USB Memory Support Rolling Out April 6th
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq: Microsoft phasing out memory units and 120GB hard drive
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Xbox 360 USB storage confirmed, update coming April 6
Uzair Ghani / ithinkdifferent: Xbox 360 to support USB Mass Storage
Stephany Nunneley / VG247: Microsoft: Xbox 360 Memory Units and 120Gb HDD being phased out
Iian Kehn / GeekSmack: XBOX 360 USB Memory support rolls out April 6th
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Xbox 360 USB Storage update coming April 6th
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly shifts orders for iPad touch panels from TPK to Wintek — Taiwan-based TPK Touch Solutions has seen Apple shift orders for iPad-use projected capacitive touch panels to fellow maker Wintek because of TPK's delayed shipments, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac, Macsimum News, AppleInsider and Electronista
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Apple's iPad Touch Panel Supply Woes Continue, Shifts Production From TPK to Wintek
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Apple iPad delays caused by Wintek, being remedied by Wintek
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Apple juggles panel makers to avoid iPad delays
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Some iPhone Video Apps Won't Be Approved Unless They Can Adapt To AT&T's Lousy Network — Video streaming apps on the iPhone in the U.S. have always had to contend with the limitations of AT&T's data network. For a long time, video streaming apps were not allowed in the App Store.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Naoko Komura / Wikimedia blog:
Wikimedia gets ready for some big changes — In April, the Wikimedia Foundation is rolling out the first of several significant changes to the user experience of Wikipedia as part of our usability and user experience program. — We are changing our default look to a new theme we call …
Discussion: CNET News, Erictric, Softpedia News, ResourceShelf and Wikimedia Technical Blog
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News: Wikipedia readies for first major UI overhaul
Naoko / Wikimedia Technical Blog: The power of translators — Wikimedia projects support over 270 languages.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
New Wikipedia Redesign Is Coming Soon
New Wikipedia Redesign Is Coming Soon
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Mashable!, Tech Eye and Wikimedia Technical Blog
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb: Are You Ready for the New, Easier Wikipedia?
Christina Warren / Mashable!: Wikipedia's Redesign Is Coming Soon
Asavin Wattanajantra / Tech Eye: Wikipedia gets ready to change
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Check.in Is A Potentially Brilliant Remedy For Check-In Fatigue — Last week, I wrote about check-in fatigue. While there is a lot of excitement right now surrounding location-based apps, and particularly the ones where you “check-in” places, trying to use all of them can be exhausting, as I found out at SXSW.
Discussion: Mashable! and Silicon Alley Insider
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Check.in Aims to Support Universal Location Checkins [INVITES]
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Is Your Mobile Phone Giving up Your Phone Number? — When mobile users surf the Web they also may be inadvertently disclosing their phone numbers, a security researcher said Thursday. — The problem lies in the way that some networks are reformatting Web data on what are known as proxy servers …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Project Playlist talks with AOL about investing — Project Playlist is looking for funding and one of the companies the music service spoke to about investing was AOL, multiple sources told CNET. — Whether or not those talks with AOL yielded anything is unclear, but music industry sources said AOL kicked the tires.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Roger Entner / Nielsen Wire:
Smartphones to Overtake Feature Phones in U.S. by 2011 — Roger Entner, Senior Vice President, Research and Insights, Telecom Practice — The iPhone, Blackberry, Droid and smartphones in general dominate the buzz in the mobile market, but only 21% of American wireless subscribers are using …
Discussion: GigaOM and Hillicon Valley
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM: 1 in 2 Americans Will Have a Smartphone by Christmas 2011
Julian Assange / WikiLeaks:
U.S. must stop spying on WikiLeaks — Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations. In the developing world, these range from the appalling assassination of two related human rights lawyers in Nairobi last March (an armed attack …
Discussion: GigaOM, Connecting the Dots, Tech Eye, TG Daily, Daily Mail, V3.co.uk and Silicon Alley Insider
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM: Wikileaks Asks CIA to Stop Spying on It
Steve Borsch / Connecting the Dots: Why Wikileaks Matters
Emma Woollacott / TG Daily: Pentagon's spying on us, says WikiLeaks
David Gardner / Daily Mail: ‘The Pentagon is spying on us,’ …
Iain Thomson / V3.co.uk: Wikileaks under US surveillance editor claims
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / Silicon Alley Insider: Wikileaks Promises “Pentagon Murder Cover-up” Details, Goes Suspiciuosly Silent
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
What Microsoft learned from Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates — Having followed Microsoft for a few years now, I like to think that I've figured out some of its mysteries, but there's a big one that I've just never been able to crack: What in the heck was the company trying to accomplish …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Technologizer
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: The Gates/Seinfeld Mystery Explained-Sort of
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nokia Buys Mobile Web Browser Company Novarra — Nokia has acquired Novarra, an Illinois-based company that develops mobile web browser technologies. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. — The acquisition makes sense, considering that Nokia builds its own browser.
Discussion: alarm:clock, VatorNews, VentureBeat, Nokia, Between the Lines, Tech Eye, CNET News, mocoNews, IntoMobile, Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
Chris Caceres / VatorNews: Nokia acquires Novarra
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Nokia buys Novarra to bolster its mobile web browser capabilities
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines: Nokia buys mobile web browser firm Novarra
John W. Daly / Tech Eye: Nokia buys Novarra
Andrew Nusca / CNET News: Nokia buys mobile Web browser firm
Rafat Ali / mocoNews: Nokia Buys Browser Company Novarra
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: Nokia buys yet another company you've never heard of, and said …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Nokia Acquires Novarra
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Confirmed: Intellectual Ventures Owns Smartphone Motion-Control Patent — Patent #7,679,604, “Method and apparatus for controlling a computer system,” the broad motion-control patent I've been writing about all week, has passed through a number of hands over the years.
Discussion: CNET News and Edible Apple
Michael Richter / Facebook Blog:
Another Step in Open Site Governance — Nearly a year ago, we committed to an open and transparent system of governance for Facebook. Specifically, we now post all proposed changes to our governing documents before they go into effect and solicit feedback on these proposals from the people who use Facebook.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Web traffic redirected to China in mystery mix-up — Workers at Internet network operation centers around the world are trying to figure out why traffic to sites such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook was redirected to servers in China this week, giving Web surfers around the globe a glimpse …
Discussion: Fast Company, Ars Technica and Ubergizmo
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica: China censorship leaks outside Great Firewall via root server
Fred / A VC:
Startups Get Hit By Shrapnel In The Banking Bill — There is a big banking reform bill working its way through the Senate right now. It is sponsored by Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. It has a long name I can't remember, so I'll call it the Dodd Banking Bill.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Techdirt, Venture Chronicles and bijan sabet, Thanks:atul
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog: Yes Angels, Congress Is Listening
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Congress On China: Google Gets A Big Wet Kiss. Microsoft Is “Enabling Tyranny” — This is why I have a strong dislike of government and our system of lobbyists. Many people in the tech community are becoming increasingly skeptical of Google's motives in partially pulling out of the Chinese markets …
Discussion: Robert X. Cringely's blog and Epicenter
Robert X. Cringely / Robert X. Cringely's blog: The Google-China plot thickens
Ryan Singel / Epicenter: Go Daddy Says China Refusal Is No PR Stunt
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google Nabs Longtime Top Oracle Exec to Run International Sales for Enterprise Unit — Amit Singh-a 20-year Oracle exec who has worked in product development, channel management, sales, strategy and acquisitions-has taken a job as VP of International Sales for Google's enterprise business.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Apple job posting hints at LTE for a future iPhone? — What could possibly come after the iPhone 3GS? The iPhone 3GSS, of course! Joking aside, turns out Apple's already dropped the 4G bomb on one of its job postings in May 2009 while seeking for a “Cellular Technology Software Manager” …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Softpedia News, Phone Arena, SlashGear, Electronista, T3.com News and Phones Review
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Apple LTE iPhone job ad prompts predictable furore
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Release A “Like” Button For the Whole Darn Internet — There will be lots of news leaking about Facebook's product announcements at their upcoming F8 Developer Conference in April. That's because they're already starting to test out a lot of the new stuff with third party developers …
Discussion: Download Squad, Lost Remote, Switched, Electricpig.co.uk, Silicon Alley Insider, The Pondering Primate, Erictric and Stay N' Alive
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad: Facebook plans to take over the entire web with a universal “like” button
David Weinfeld / Lost Remote: Facebook “Like” button to rival Retweet tag?
Terrence O'Brien / Switched: Facebook to Let You ‘Like’ the Entire Web
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider: Facebook Plans To Take Over The Entire Internet, Starting With A ‘Like’ Button
Scott P. Shaffer / The Pondering Primate: That's The Way I Think I “Like It”..Uh Huh
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Verizon winds down expensive FiOS expansion — NEW YORK - If Verizon Communications Inc. hasn't already started wiring your city or town with its FiOS fiber-optic TV and broadband service, chances are you won't get it. — Where it's available, FiOS usually provides the only competition for cable TV apart from satellite service.