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5:00 PM ET, March 21, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google Nexus S 4G with WiMAX announced for Sprint: coming this spring for $200
Andy Rubin / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Nexus S 4G for Sprint
Horacio Gutierrez / Microsoft:
Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec for Patent Infringement by Android Devices  —  Statement from Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing  —  Microsoft Corp. today filed legal actions …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft sues Barnes & Noble over Android in Nook  —  Microsoft says it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Barnes & Noble and the manufacturers of its Nook e-reader, based on the Redmond company's assertion that the Android operating system violates its intellectual property.
Horacio Gutierrez / TechNet Blogs:
Android Patent Infringement: Licensing is the Solution  —  Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel  —  As you may have seen, Microsoft today filed legal actions against Barnes & Noble, Inc., Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., and Inventec Corporation in both the U.S. International …
Michael Abbott / Twitter Engineering:
The Great Migration, the Winter of 2011  —  If you look back at the history of Twitter, our rate of growth has largely outpaced the capacity of our hardware, software, and the company itself.  Indeed, in our first five years, Twitter's biggest challenge was coping with our unprecedented growth and sightings of the infamous Fail Whale.
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Biz Stone / Twitter Blog:
Happy Birthday Twitter!  —  It's easy to remember working with @jack, @ev, and our tiny team on a project we called Twitter like it was last week.  Amazingly, it's five years ago today that the first tweet was sent.  Over these years, Twitter has matured and made an impact in the areas …
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)
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 …
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Dana Franklin / TUAW:   Rumors of Jon Ive moving to the UK reportedly false
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Check-Ins To Events  —  Facebook has begun testing a check-in button for event pages accessed by iPhone users.  —  A spokesperson for Facebook explained in an email, “We're currently testing this and it will be available with the next iPhone release.”
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Lets Users Check In to Events via the Touch Site, Soon the iPhone
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac OS X 10.6.7 released with 2011 MacBook Pro fixes, more  —  Apple has just released an update to Snow Leopard - Mac OS X 10.6.7 - with fixes for the early 2011 MacBook Pro models, an improved Back to my Mac: … The early 2011 MacBook Pros have been the source of numerous issues …
Discussion: GigaOM, Engadget, MacStories and TUAW
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Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
2011 MacBook Pro glitches causing display flickering, lock ups under heavy load
Discussion: Engadget, Inquirer, Fortune and The Next Web
Agence France Presse:
France fines Google 100,000 euros over Street View  —  PARIS — France's data privacy regulator said on Monday it had imposed a record fine of 100,000 euros ($142,000) on Google for having collected private information while compiling its panoramic Street View service.
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Cyrus Farivar / Deutsche Welle:
Berlin court rules Google Street View is legal in Germany
Bruce Gottlieb / The Atlantic Online:
An Ex-Regulator's Take on AT&T Buying T-Mobile  —  Tear up your telecom policy scorecard for 2011, thanks to AT&T's decision to purchase T-Mobile for $39 billion.  —  The transaction will have to be reviewed by both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice …
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
SCUTTLEBUTT: Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin Dumps $500 Million Of Facebook Stock*  —  We just heard the darndest thing:  —  We heard that Eduardo Saverin just sold $500 million of his Facebook stock on a private market.  —  We haven't been able to to confirm this …
Discussion: All Facebook and Pulse2
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's New Chrome Icon: Less Simon-Like, More Hurricane-Like; Easier To Draw  —  For a few weeks now, anyone using Chromium (the open source browser on which Google Chrome is built) will have noticed something: a completely new icon.  It's simpler and cleaner, and overall looks a little bit less like a Simon.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Technology Behind Making Mobile Payments a Reality  —  It's only a matter of time before your mobile phone swallows up yet another piece of technology: your credit card.  —  In this not-too-distant future, rather than pay for gas or dinner with a piece of plastic that you slide through a machine …
Kate Solomon / TechRadar:
Apple: UK iPad 2 launch still on track for 25 March  —  Despite a hefty dose of speculation that the iPad 2 launch will be delayed in the UK, an Apple spokesperson has confirmed to TechRadar it is still on for Friday.  Many suspected that the launch of the skinny new Apple tablet would be pushed …
 
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Greg Blevins / Google Mobile Blog:
Explore the world with updated apps for iPhone: Check in with Latitude and use Places in 30 languages
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Intel's Wireless Chip Guru Anand Chandrasekher Leaves
Discussion: Computerworld, VentureBeat and GigaOM
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Citi: Google's YouTube Revenues Will Pass $1 Billion In 2012 (And So Could Local)
Discussion: Search Engine Land, GigaOM and SAI
Todd Haselton / BGR:
LG Thrill 4G with 3D display, HTC HD7S Windows Phone headed to AT&T
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Adds New Venture Partner To Go After Enterprise Computing
Discussion: NewEnterprise
 Earlier Items: 
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Firefox 4 now available to download, official release tomorrow
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
US government opposes Microsoft in Supreme Court patent lawsuit
Discussion: GeekWire and TechEye
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, RIM, Motorola sued for patent infringement
Discussion: SlashGear, Thanks:theloop1
Adam Loving's Blog:
Gamification is not Game Design
Michio Kaku / Salon:
What happens when computers stop shrinking?
Discussion: PC World and insideHPC
David Carr / New York Times:
The Evolving Mission of Google
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
WBD reports Q4 revenue down 7% YoY to $10.3B, adjusted EBITDA down 5% YoY to $2.5B, 97.7M global streaming subscribers, and a $103M streaming profit for 2023

 
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