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2:25 PM 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.
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 …
Discussion: NewsGrange and Black Web 2.0
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
2011 MacBook Pro glitches causing display flickering, lock ups under heavy load  —  More glitches for owners of Apple's latest MacBook Pros that sport Sandy Bridge processor and the new Thunderbolt connection.  Latest reports have surfaced indicating problems with the machine causing flickering on external displays.
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.
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 …
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.”
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
US government opposes Microsoft in Supreme Court patent lawsuit  —  The U.S. government is opposing Microsoft in a $290 million Supreme Court patent-infringement case in which the software giant is pushing for a change to the way patents are determined to be valid or invalid.
Discussion: TechEye
 
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin Dumps $500 Million Of Facebook Stock (Scuttlebutt)
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Late Stage the New Early? Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund
Thanks:marklavine
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Japan quake endangers a quarter of world's chip production
Discussion: iSuppli and Tech Trader Daily
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Firefox 4 now available to download, official release tomorrow
Discussion: The Next Web and TechSpot, Thanks:downloadsquad
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, RIM, Motorola sued for patent infringement
Thanks:theloop1
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Broadband Caps: Maybe It's Not Just About TV
Peter Delevett / SiliconValley.com:
Corporations getting back into venture funding
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Stress Test for the Global Supply Chain
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