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12:45 AM ET, March 24, 2011

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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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Color Looks To Reinvent Social Interaction With Its Mobile Photo App (And $41 Million In Funding)  —  $41 million.  From Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank.  Pre-launch.  —  That's how much a brand new startup called Color has to work with.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:   Why Color Matters: Augmented Reality And Nuanced Social Graphs May Finally May Come of Age
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.
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Is Considering Licensing AirPlay Software To TV Makers
Discussion: MacRumors
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: VentureBeat and Crave
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: TechCrunch and MacNN
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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.
Steve Schultze / Freedom to Tinker:
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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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Motorola Mobility Building Web-Based OS  —  Hedging its bet on Android, Motorola is looking for a way to have more control over its destiny.  —  Motorola Mobility has hired a number of experienced mobile and Web engineers from Apple and Adobe and is developing a Web-based mobile operating system …
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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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” …
Ben Horowitz / Voices on All Things Digital:
Bubble Trouble?  I Don't Think So … Lately, everybody seems to be talking about a new technology bubble.  Many very smart CEOs, VCs, reporters, and analysts can't seem to stop worrying about the second coming of the dot com bust.  Are the prognosticators correct?  Will we head mercilessly into another crash?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and @robhof
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 …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Steve Jobs says ‘No Interest’ in iPhone 4 radiation app, devs release it anyway  —  Tawkon, makers of a mobile application that measures cellular radiation, have been blocked from releasing their app for iPhone.  In response, the company on Wednesday released the tawkon app for iPhone via the Cydia jailbreak.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
RIM Bows to Pressure, Yanks BlackBerry DUI Checkpoint App  —  Research in Motion said Wednesday that it would comply with a request made by four U.S. senators, and will pull BlackBerry apps that alert drivers of police drunk-driving checkpoints.  —  “RIM's decision to remove these apps …
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.
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, MediaFile and mFoundry
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
 
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Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble Said to Be Likely to End Search Without Buyer
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Exclusive Data On Groupon's U.S. Revenues And February Falloff
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