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10:55 PM ET, March 18, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Resigns From Digg, Closing Round On New Startup  —  Wow, when I wrote last night that Kevin Rose doesn't really use Digg anymore, I had no idea how perfect the timing was.  It turns out Rose really has tuned out.  Because, say multiple sources, he's already resigned from the company …
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Steven Levy / Wired:
Larry Page Wants to Return Google to Its Startup Roots  —  One afternoon about 12 years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin gave John Doerr a call.  A few months earlier, the Google cofounders had accepted $12.5 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Doerr's venture-capital firm, as well as an equal amount from Sequoia Capital.
Discussion: VentureBeat, SlashGear and Fast Company
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John Brownlee / Geek.com:
Steve Jobs was Google's first choice for CEO
Discussion: Cult of Mac and SlashGear
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple plans major MobileMe revamp for April launch; prior version to be phased out in a year  —  Apple is set to announce a new, free version of MobileMe next month, according to a trusted iLounge source.  The source, who works for a major educational institution, claims the school's supplier …
Ambarish Kenghe / The Official Google TV Blog:
Google TV Remote for iPhone  —  A very popular feature of Google TV to use your phone as a remote control.  We released the Android version of the Google TV Remote app in December and I am happy to say that the app is now available for iPhones, iPads, and iPods running iOS 3 or higher.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wow, Google Has Ported My Ten Thousand Button Nightmare To The iPhone!  —  Back in October of last year, I got my first glance at the Sony Google TV remote.  I immediately broke out into a cold sweat and hives.  I mean, just look at the thing.  Our collective living rooms are already …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 5 prototypes spotted: metal back, larger display, iPhone 4 shape?  —  Image is a third-party “metal” back sticker for iPhone 4, not an image of the iPhone 5  —  A source from Foxconn who we believe to be reliable has provided us with some information about Apple's fifth-generation iPhone.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
A Seedy New Neighborhood For The Web: XXX Domain Approved  —  The Internet is about to get a seedy new neighborhood: the body governing top-level Internet domains has approved a new .xxx domain for porn, despite objections from the adult entertainment industry.
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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
ICANN Approves New .XXX Top Level Domain
Discussion: PC Magazine, The Next Web and CircleID
John Ellis / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Nears Appointment Of Eric Schmidt As Commerce Secretary  —  The word in Washington is that President Obama is close to naming departing CEO Eric Schmidt as the nation's next Secretary of Commerce.  —  Mr. Schmidt picked up an important vote of confidence earlier this week …
Gawker:
Inside Anonymous' Secret War Room  —  Dissident members of the internet hacktivist group Anonymous, tired of what they call the mob's “unpatriotic” ways, have provided law enforcement with chat logs of the group's leadership planning crimes, as well as what they say are key members' identities.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
VentureBeat executive editor leaving  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Owen Thomas, the executive editor of the VentureBeat tech news site, is leaving after about a year with the California-based news service.  —  Thomas is leaving to become founding editor of a new media start-up, sources told Talking Biz News.
Discussion: VentureBeat, @owenthomas and @rafat
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Is Amazon Working on an Android Kindle?  —  Amazon has been incredibly successful with its Kindle e-reader, offering a lightweight reader at an affordable price.  But the pizazz of the iPad 2 and the dozens of Android-based tablets that are slowly making their way off of conveyor belts …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Twitter Splits Soho, Takes Facebook Space on Madison  —  Twitter, the Web's biggest repository of personal oversharing, political dissent and tasteless self-promotion, is donning a suit and tie.  —  The little blue bird has been perching in a spartan, open-concept loft in Soho since November …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Flash 10.2 hits Android today, Adobe hopes for viewable 720p playback in a matter of weeks  —  Today, Adobe Flash 10.2 will hit the Android Market for devices running Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb, and by now you're probably familiar with what it brings — increased performance …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
AT&T cuts price of iPad 3G by $100  —  AT&T on Friday slashed the price of the original iPad 3G by $100 throughout its U.S. retail stores.  —  The iPad 3G now costs $429, $529 and $629 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, respectively.  Yesterday, the iPad 3G cost $100 more and last month it cost $200 more for the iPad 3G models.
Ted Sarandos / Netflix Blog:
House of Cards  —  Hi, Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer here.  We're delighted to tell you that in late 2012 Netflix will be bringing to our members in the U.S. and Canada exclusively “House of Cards,” the much-anticipated television series and political thriller …
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Patrick Seitz / IBD Click:
Netflix's Deep Integration With Facebook Under Way  —  Netflix (NFLX) has begun asking users to hook up their Netflix accounts with their Facebook accounts to share with friends and family information about what videos they're watching.  —  Netflix executives first revealed their plans …
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
AT&T aggressively moving against unauthorized tethering  —  AT&T is ruining a lot of people's days with a customer mailshot explaining that its “records show that you use [tethering] but are not subscribed to our tethering plan.” iOS, of course, will disable the built-in tethering facility if you do not have an appropriate carrier plan.
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Paul Horowitz / OS X Daily:
AT&T Cracking Down on Unofficial iPhone Tethering & MyWi Users
Matt LeMay / bit.ly blog:
bitly's Got a Brand New Mobile Site!  —  Hey look, it's a desk covered in mobile devices!  —  What makes these mobile devices different from all other mobile devices?  They are all running the brand new cross-platform bitly mobile site, which we are extremely stoked to share with you today.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Sun Will Set For Yahoo's AlltheWeb On April 4  —  As we heard in late December, Yahoo was planning to “sunset” a number of its products, including Delicious, AltaVista, MyBlogLog, Yahoo! Bookmarks, Yahoo! Picks, and AlltheWeb.  While we all assumed sunsetting meant shutting the product down …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Data On Customer Viewing Habits Sparks New Class Action Lawsuit  —  Netflix is contending with a new class action lawsuit that alleges the streaming service violates customer privacy by retaining viewing and payment records even after a customer cancels his or her service.
Discussion: paidContent, p2pnet and Techland
 
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Amazon Android App Store Set to Launch Tuesday
Discussion: Gizmodo, Digital Trends and NBC Bay Area, Thanks:bxchen
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google guesstimates release dates for movies and games
Discussion: Search Engine Land and GoNintendo
David Eaves / eaves.ca:
Canada launches data.gc.ca - what works and what is broken
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog and p2pnet
Emily Yiu / Flickr Blog:
Slideshows for your iPad
Discussion: The Next Web and TUAW
Chris Espinosa / cdespinosa's posterous:
0x22  —  Today is the 34th anniversary of the date on my Apple employee badge.
 Earlier Items: 
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Elop says work begun on first Windows Nokia phones
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
The EU Grants Apple 24 iOS Icon Design Patents
Discussion: Pulse2 and The Next Web
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
How the iPhone, NFC and Mac App Store Will Enable Remote Computing [Exclusive]