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4:05 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 …
Andy Rubin / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Nexus S 4G for Sprint
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google Nexus S 4G with WiMAX announced for Sprint: coming this spring for $200
Discussion: SlashPhone and VentureBeat
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)
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.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
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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 …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Launches New Website & Video To Celebrate Its 5th Birthday [VIDEO]  —  In celebration of its fifth birthday, Twitter has launched a new website and a new video featuring some of its most prominent users.  —  Twitter employees have started tweeting links to discover.twitter.com …
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 …
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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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Confirmed: AT&T wants to use T-Mobile's AWS spectrum for LTE buildout
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In AT&T & T-Mobile Merger, Everybody Loses
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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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
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.”
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Late Stage the New Early?  Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund  —  In Silicon Valley it's not just who you invest in that matters- it's also when you invest in them.  The earlier the investment, the riskier the bet.  But the more jawdropping the returns if the company hits it big.
Discussion: Digits and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:marklavine
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Adds New Venture Partner To Go After Enterprise Computing  —  Venture firm Andreessen Horowitz continues its expansion today, bringing on former Veritas and Citrix Exec Peter Levine as a venture partner.  Most recently, the firm added entrepreneur Scott Weiss as general partner.
Discussion: NewEnterprise
 
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
LG Thrill 4G with 3D display, HTC HD7S Windows Phone headed to AT&T
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Loving's Blog:
Gamification is not Game Design
Michio Kaku / Salon:
What happens when computers stop shrinking?
Discussion: PC World and insideHPC
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Xoom Gets Flash. But Don't Get Too Excited
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Softpedia News
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Groupon CEO: We Placed Too Much Trust in Agency for Super Bowl Ads
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Google accuses China of hacking Gmail