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4:20 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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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Father of Mac OS X Is Leaving Apple  —  Bertrand Serlet, the guy who led the development of Mac OS X since the beginning, is leaving Apple.  He was one of the heavyweights and a legendary figure at the company, even while he wasn't well known by the general public.  But why is he leaving?
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   Serlet's Surprise Departure From Apple More of a Planned Transition
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
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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Head-To-Head: Yahoo Search Direct Vs. Google Instant
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Kartik Ramakrishnan / Yahoo! Developer Network:
Under the Hood - The Tech Powering Search Direct
Discussion: NewsGrange and Yodel Anecdotal
Steve Schultze / Freedom to Tinker:
Web Browsers and Comodo Announce 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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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.
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 …
Patrick Darling / Intel:
Chip Shot: Intel Reaffirms Commitment to Itanium  —  As a result of recent announcements from Oracle, Intel is taking this opportunity to directly reiterate its plans for the Itanium processor.  “Intel's work on Intel Itanium processors and platforms continues unabated with multiple generations …
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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?
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's Area 51: The Truth Is Out There  —  Scheduled to go live sometime this spring, Apple's 505,000-square-foot North Carolina data center is, according to COO Tim Cook, intended to support iTunes and MobileMe.  But we don't yet know in what capacity, and Cook's remark …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 4 doubles IE9's 24-hour download tally  —  Firefox 4 managed to double IE9's download total in less than 24 hours after its release.  —  Firefox may be under fire from Microsoft's newly competitive browser, but with more than twice the downloads in its first day, Firefox 4 today soared over its rival by one measurement.
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.
Discussion: Digits and AppleInsider
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 …
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.
Discussion: VatorNews, alarm:clock and SAI
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Publishers back Inkling's iPad textbooks  —  iPad textbook startup Inkling just announced that it has won financial backing from the two biggest names in the textbook business — McGraw-Hill and Pearson.  —  Founder and chief executive Matt MacInnis said Inkling's goal involves using …
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Microsoft Intune Goes Live  —  After a yearlong beta program, the Windows Intune hosted desktop management service is going live, Microsoft announced Wednesday.  —  Designed for organizations with limited IT help, Intune is a Microsoft-hosted service that monitors and updates Windows 7-based desktop and laptop computers.
Abigail Pesta / The Daily Beast:
A Blogger's Sex Slavery Drama  —  Last spring, the Internet lit up with rumors of a Manhattan blogger who saved two Russian college students from possible human trafficking.  In an exclusive interview with the targeted women, Abigail Pesta reveals their terrifying ordeal.
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
In pursuit of T-Mobile, AT&T has fierce lobbying clout  —  AT&T remained confident Tuesday that it will win over regulators to approve its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA, even as critics continued to bash the deal as anti-competitive and bad for consumers.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Group Messaging Service Yobongo Raises $1.35 Million  —  Investors' rush to find the next killer communications app is heating up. … The latest startup in the space to land funding is Yobongo Inc., a two-and-a-half-week old iPhone app that lets you chat with people located in the same geographic area.
Nicole Martinelli / Cult of Mac:
Breaking: Apple Pulls Christian “Gay Cure” App  —  It looks like Apple has responded to the outcry over an app from Christian group Exodus International aimed at “homosexual strugglers” by removing it from iTunes.  —  Some 145,000 people signed an online petition demanding it be removed.
 
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