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10:40 AM ET, March 21, 2011

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Andy Rubin / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Nexus S 4G for Sprint  —  Recently, we introduced Nexus S from Google, the first phone to run Android 2.3, Gingerbread.  In addition to the UMTS-capable Nexus S, today we're introducing Nexus S 4G from Google, available for Sprint.  Nexus S 4G is part of the Nexus line of devices …
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Jacob Hesch / Google Voice Blog:
Sprint integrates Google Voice  —  Over time, we've worked to bring an integrated Google Voice experience to your mobile device by building mobile apps, introducing Google Voice Lite, and most recently Number Porting.  But we felt that ultimately, the most simple solution would be to partner …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Complete Integration Of Google Voice And 50 Million Sprint Customers, Plus 4G Nexus S  —  This is the biggest news about Google Voice since the company behind it, previously called Grand Central, was acquired by Google in 2007.  They've integrated with Sprint.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In AT&T & T-Mobile Merger, Everybody Loses  —  The lull of my lazy, rainy weekend was broken by the news that AT&T plans to acquire T-Mobile USA for a whopping $39 billion in cash and stock.  Who wins and who loses in this deal?  It's hard to find winners, apart from AT&T and T-Mobile shareholders.
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AT&T:
AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA From Deutsche Telekom  —  Provides fast, efficient and certain solution to impending spectrum exhaust challenges facing AT&T and T-Mobile USA in key markets due to explosive demand for mobile broadband  —  Enhances network capacity, output and quality in near term for both companies' customers
T-Mobile Newsroom:
Q&A: More Information About AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA  —  An agreement was announced under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA.  The agreement is the first step in a process that, including regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Sprint: AT&T's T-Mobile Buy Would “Dramatically Alter” Market
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Buying T-Mobile USA In $39 Billion Deal
Bruce Gottlieb / The Atlantic Online:
An Ex-Regulator's Take on AT&T Buying T-Mobile
Discussion: Deal Journal and VentureBeat
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T makes its T-Mobile case: Patriotism, spectrum crunch, mobile broadband
Discussion: SAI, CNET News and UberMobile Blog
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:   Confirmed: AT&T wants to use T-Mobile's AWS spectrum for LTE buildout
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T-Mobile: Here Are The Biggest Winners And Losers
Discussion: Light Reading and Gizmodo
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
T-Mobile: We Were Totally Kidding About AT&T's Crappy Network!
Discussion: Epicenter, CNET News, Mobilized and Fortune
Rob Waugh / Daily Mail:
How did a British polytechnic graduate become the design genius behind £200billion Apple?  —  Rob Waugh reports on the rise to near-mythical status of Jonathan Ive, the remarkable man from Chingford  —  Jonathan Ive (left) has helped turn Apple into the second biggest company in the world …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Why the Quick Bar ("dickbar") is still so offensive  —  Twitter's official iPhone app, formerly Loren Brichter's Tweetie and an otherwise awesome client, got a lot of negative reactions from the recent addition of the Quick Bar, a mandatory trending-topics banner on top of the tweet list.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iOS 4.3.1 coming within one to two weeks?  —  We've just been given some info on Apple's next iOS release, 4.3.1, and from what we have been told, it will contain minor bug fixes.  Here are the changes from iOS 4.3:  — Baseband updates for the 3GS and iPad (original)
David Carr / New York Times:
The Evolving Mission of Google  —  Today's quiz: What company derives 96 percent of its revenue from advertising, has a video platform that is currently negotiating with the National Basketball Association, a movie studio and various celebrities, and is developing a subscription service …
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Google accuses China of hacking Gmail  —  Chinese government's crackdown on activists thought to be behind what Google calls ‘politically motivated attacks’  —  Google has accused the Chinese government of interfering with its popular Gmail email system.  The move follows extensive attempts …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Times's Online Pay Model Was Years in the Making  —  The discussions played out over most of 2009 amid the hum of the third floor newsroom and in the executive suites high above Times Square, consuming what seemed like countless meetings and consultants' recommendations.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II Mini leaks out for Three, plus Nokia X7, Flyer and PlayBook release dates in UK  —  No, not the Galaxy Mini, that low-end Android sprout — this is Samsung's smaller alternative to the upcoming Galaxy S II superphone.  We just got handed UK carrier Three's entire spring-summer lineup …
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Groupon CEO: We Placed Too Much Trust in Agency for Super Bowl Ads  —  Andrew Mason Says Group-Buying Site ‘Turned Off Part of Its Brain’ When Working With CP&B in Aim to Be ‘Edgy’  —  Talk about adding insult to injury.  —  As if CP&B's breakup last week with one of its biggest clients …
 
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Kate Solomon / TechRadar:
Apple: UK iPad 2 launch still on track for 25 March
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What happens when computers stop shrinking?
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