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9:25 PM ET, March 23, 2011

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Apple:
Bertrand Serlet to Leave Apple  —  Apple® today announced that Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior vice president of Mac® Software Engineering, will be leaving the company.  Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet's responsibilities and report to Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Serlet's Surprise Departure From Apple More of a Planned Transition … So Bertrand Serlet, senior vice president of Mac software engineering and the guy who spent the past decade defining, redefining and iterating Mac OS X, is leaving Apple.  Why now?  —  The party line says he's decided …
Discussion: MacNN
Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Consider Expanding AirPlay for Streaming Video  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is weighing an expansion of its AirPlay audio service to include streaming video from an iPhone or iPad to television sets, according to two people familiar with the project.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
With $41M in Hand, Color Offers New Proximity-Based Social Network  —  I can hear the haters already: ANOTHER photo-sharing app?  ANOTHER social network?  —  Yes.  —  Bill Nguyen, the serial entrepreneur who most recently sold Lala to Apple for around $80 million, is today launching Color …
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Bruce Upbin / Tradigital:
Color, A Twitter For Photo And Video, Launches With $41 Million  —  Color, a new photo-centric social network, will launch on March 24 with a big slug of venture money and an app available from iTunes or the Android Market in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  The Palo Alto, Calif. startup was created …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Color App: A New Frontier In Social Networking Privacy
Luis / VGHQ:
George Hotz Runs Away to South America; Lies About Having PSN Account  —  After the judge demanded George Hotz gives in his devices and hard drives, the PlayStation 3 hacker ran away to South America to avoid handing his possessions in and now has put his case in extreme jeopardy.
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony ties Hotz to PSN account, says he sabotaged hardware
Discussion: Crave
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Its Answer To Google Instant: ‘Search Direct’  —  Yes, Yahoo is launching a new product today that you might actually be interested in.  It's derivative, but it looks useful.  —  Today at a press event in San Francisco, the company announced the launch of a new product called ‘Search Direct’.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft readies tool for managing iPads, iPhones and Android devices  —  On day two of the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), the Softies announced availability of a new beta of one of many products in its System Center family: System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012.  —  Ho hum?
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Twitter In Negotiations To Bring Jack Dorsey Back As Chief Product Officer  —  Twitter's board is in negotiations to hire Twitter creator Jack Dorsey back into the company full time, according to a source familiar with the situation.  —  The CEO title has been discussed …
Discussion: Bits, TechCrunch and NBC Bay Area
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Think Quarterly: Google Launches Its Own Online Magazine  —  We hear a lot about Google's relationship with publishers, but this week the search giant also quietly launched its own online publication based in the UK.  Think Quarterly, which calls itself a “a breathing space in a busy world” …
Steve Schultze / Freedom to Tinker blogs:
Web Browsers and Comodo Disclose A Successful Certificate Authority Attack, Perhaps From Iran  —  Today, the public learned of a previously undisclosed compromise of a trusted Certificate Authority — one of the entities that issues certificates attesting to the identity of “secure” web sites.
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Ronald Grover / Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs Is Re-Elected to Disney Board Over Health Concerns  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS) investors re- elected Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs to the board of the entertainment company, rejecting the views of proxy advisers who say health issues may impair his ability to serve.
DigiTimes:
Apple considering accepting price hikes to secure supply of touch panels, say Taiwan makers  —  In order to secure sufficient supply of touch panels used in the iPad and iPhone, Apple has talked with Taiwan-based makers, considering some room for them to hike quotes, according to these makers.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Data On Groupon's U.S. Revenues And February Falloff  —  By most accounts, Groupon is growing like gangbusters.  It's taking market share around the world, hiring left and right, and priming for a $25 billion IPO.  But how much of the group-buying site's revenues are U.S. versus international …
Discussion: SAI and TechFlash
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
MIT is a national treasure  —  My friend and business partner Tom Pinckney started two companies with me and one company before.  He invented many non-trivial patented inventions and raised many millions of dollars in venture capital, and returned capital to those investors many times over.
Discussion: Geekosystem
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
133 US cities now have their own broadband networks  —  If you want 100Mbps symmetrical broadband—which offers the same upload and download speeds—and you live in the state of North Carolina, you have only one choice: a city-owned broadband provider.  The city of Wilson's “Greenlight” …
Discussion: DSLreports and GamePolitics News
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
McClatchy, a Groupon Partner, Starts Selling Its Own Daily Deals, Too  —  Will Still Use Groupon, but Becomes Latest Publisher to Try Social Coupon Game for Itself  —  After teaming up with Groupon to get daily deals on its websites last summer, McClatchy Co. has decided to also get into the business on its own.
Discussion: @r, Screenwerk and SAI
New York Times:
Swiping Is the Easy Part  —  The cellphone has been more than a cellphone for years, but soon it could take on an entirely new role — standing in for all of the credit and debit cards crammed into wallets.  —  Instead of swiping a plastic card at the checkout counter, consumers would merely wave their phones.
Discussion: SAI and MediaFile
Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble Said to Be Likely to End Search Without Buyer  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS), the largest U.S. bookstore chain, is likely to end its months-long search for a buyer without a sale of the company, said five people with knowledge of the bidding process.
Discussion: BloggingStocks, Electronista and SAI
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Fueling 1.5 Million App Downloads a Day, Tapjoy Pushes for Exclusivity With Publishing Program  —  Tapjoy, the little and increasingly pricey secret that many app developers use to power their way up the charts, said today that it's launching a “self-publishing” program.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Pretty Flipboard Fundraising at an Even Prettier $200 Million Valuation  —  Flipboard, the high-profile and highly designed social media reading app for the Apple iPad, is out raising another round of funding at an eye-popping $200 million valuation, according to numerous sources close to the situation.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Plays To Its Strengths, Succeeds Brilliantly, With Lady Gaga Interview  —  As the battle for Silicon Valley engineering talent intensifies, it seems as if hot tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter have launched some sort of ridiculous competition as to who could can score …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Red Hat: Nearing $1 billion in revenue; Not bad for free software  —  Red Hat delivered a strong fourth quarter and is on track to be the first pure play open source company to hit $1 billion in annual revenue.  —  The open source software provider reported fourth quarter net income of $33.5 million, or 17 cents a share.
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Despite challenge, all HP board members elected
San Francisco Chronicle:
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Discussion: bizjournals
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Facebook Test Mines Real-Time Conversations for Ad Targeting
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DailyTelegraph:
Banning baby-faces from social site Facebook