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7:40 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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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Video: 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 …
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.
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” …
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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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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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?
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
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The American Wireless Galapagos Syndrome: How the industry set itself up for a rout  —  AT&T's intent to acquire T-Mobile USA is subject to regulatory approval.  Will regulators look at the deal through the lenses of sustaining the traditional industry's profit allocation or through the lenses of device-led disruption?
Discussion: SAI
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: VatorNews and VentureBeat
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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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.
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 …
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
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, MacNN, Fortune and MacStories
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?
 
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Naked Security / Sophos:
Two years in jail for Zynga poker hacker
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venture Capitalists May Hate AngelList, But They're Still Using It
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Rachel Gordon / SFGate:
Twitter tax break moves forward
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Steve Jobs says ‘No Interest’ in iPhone 4 radiation app, devs release it anyway
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Facebook Test Mines Real-Time Conversations for Ad Targeting
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Data On Groupon's U.S. Revenues And February Falloff
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple's Area 51: The Truth Is Out There
Discussion: SlashGear, Fortune, MacStories and mocoNews