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11:30 AM ET, March 24, 2011

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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.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why Color Matters: Augmented Reality And Nuanced Social Graphs May Finally May Come of Age  —  I read with interest about Color, a new social photo app that was much in the news today.  The main angle of coverage was the size of the pre-revenue company's funding - $41 million from Sequoia and Bain.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Video: With $41M in Hand, Color Offers New Proximity-Based Social Network
Eric Hautala / The Windows Blog:
“Copy and paste” update status  —  Hello again.  As you might have heard, yesterday we kicked off our “copy and paste” update, which comes with a bunch of improvements for your phone.  Today I want to briefly explain where we are in the process—and also tell you about a new update-related …
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Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Microsoft posts NoDo update status page, comes clean on process
Discussion: ZDNet, Ubergizmo, SlashGear and Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazingly, MySpace's Decline Is Accelerating  —  Between January and February 2011, says Comscore, worldwide unique visitors to MySpace declined by a staggering 14.4% from 73 million visitors to 63 million visitors.  It's about half of the audience they had a year ago.
Discussion: WebProNews and hypebot
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Think Quarterly: Google Launches Its Own Online Magazine (Updated)  —  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” …
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
How friend clusters could make Facebook intimate again  —  [Peter Yared is the vice president of apps at Webtrends, which acquired Transpond, a social-apps developer he founded.  He submitted this column to VentureBeat.]  —  For a so-called social utility, Facebook has been getting more and more useless.
Discussion: mocoNews
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Just Put A Hardware Guy In Charge Of Its TV Business  —  Microsoft has put a hardware veteran in charge of its interactive TV business, suggesting that the company is working on an answer to Google TV and Apple TV.  —  Tom Gibbons headed Microsoft Hardware — keyboards and mice …
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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Only 9% (and falling) of US Internet users are P2P pirates  —  In its 2010 annual report (PDF), recorded music's global trade body said that the industry would “struggle to survive unless we address the fundamental problem of piracy.”  Just how “fundamental” a problem is that piracy?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Now Helps You Make Movies...Without A Camera  —  By now you're undoubtedly familiar with the incredible amount of footage that's uploaded to YouTube — the current count is 35 hours of video uploaded every minute.  And with video cameras integrated into smartphones, tablets …
Discussion: @hunterwalk
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Textbook Renter Chegg Becomes More Social  —  Chegg is known as the Netflix of college textbooks.  The Silicon Valley start-up, which has raised more than $200 million in debt and equity, allows students to rent costly college textbooks, rather than buy them.  When the semester is over, they ship the books back and order new ones.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VatorNews and VentureBeat
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Samsung sees a Retina Display in your tablet future, and perhaps glasses-free 3D  —  Samsung gazed into its crystal ball today, and what did it see?  The pixel density of tablet screens drastically increasing.  Yes, while Apple may not have managed to cram a screen into the iPad 2 worthy …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Data Science Toolkit Brings Big Data Analysis to the People  —  Pete Warden has been analysing big data on the cheap for years, and he wants you to be able to do the same: Warden, who got famous for scraping 220 million Facebook profiles, unveiled his Data Science Toolkit …
Discussion: PeteSearch, ReadWriteWeb and eWeek
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 …
Electronista:
FCC official: no way AT&T T-Mobile deal will go unaltered  —  An anonymous FCC official on Wednesday night said that the proposed AT&T buyout of T-Mobile would very likely go through major changes if it were to be approved at all.  He was careful to note the deal hadn't yet been under formal investigation …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Boom!  Walgreens Buys Online Retailer Drugstore.com For $409 Million  —  Drugstore juggernaut Walgreens this morning announced that it will acquire online retailer Drugstore.com in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $409 million.  —  As a result of the merger …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venture Capitalists May Hate AngelList, But They're Still Using It  —  AngelList, a sort of social network that brings entrepreneurs and investors together to talk about and fund deals, is more controversial than the average Joe might think.  But one thing's clear, top tier venture capitalists are using the site to find companies.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Users report freezing issues with FaceTime on Apple's iPad 2  —  A few kinks apparently still need to be ironed out with the newly released iPad 2, as some users have reported freezing issues with the FaceTime video chat feature, requiring a restart of the device.
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.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Verizon's ThunderBolt Moves Like Lightning  —  Amid all the mergers and maneuvering of U.S. wireless carriers, they continue a steady rollout of faster cellular-data networks, dubbed “4G,” for fourth generation.  While the companies all use that term for marketing, the actual technologies they've adopted …
Discussion: @kabster728
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: FM Blog, @robhof and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
 
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung Apps Pass 100 Million Downloads In Ten Months
Discussion: Engadget and VentureBeat
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sulia Helps Twitter Sort The Tweet From The Chaff
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Betabeat and SAI
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
Apple 50% Sales Growth May Continue Through 2012 on Mobile Boom
Naked Security / Sophos:
Two years in jail for Zynga poker hacker
Discussion: Joystiq and VG247
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The American Wireless Galapagos Syndrome: How the industry set itself up for a rout
Rachel Gordon / SFGate:
Twitter tax break moves forward
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
MIT is a national treasure
Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble Said to Be Likely to End Search Without Buyer
New York Times:
Swiping Is the Easy Part
Discussion: SAI and MediaFile
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
133 US cities now have their own broadband networks
Discussion: DSLreports and GamePolitics News
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Serlet's Surprise Departure From Apple More of a Planned Transition
Discussion: Guardian, TechCrunch, Fortune and MacNN
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft readies tool for managing iPads, iPhones and Android devices
Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Consider Expanding AirPlay for Streaming Video