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4:20 PM ET, March 24, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Color Of Money  —  People.  Colors.  Apps.  Cats.  Bacon.  Organic.  Bieber.  Mobile.  Social.  Local.  Pivot.  —  That's the key slide in a faux-deck making the rounds this morning on the web.  The subject of the ridicule?  Color, the just-launched social sharing mobile app.
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Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Are social photo apps trapped in a Silicon Valley bubble?  —  Some social apps are really cool but it's unlikely your actual friends are using them  —  Another day, another innovative smartphone app based around photo-sharing.  Color is the work of a team assembled by Bill Nguyen …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Color's Team Worth $41M, Even if Its Idea Isn't?  —  The launch of a new mobile app called Color on Wednesday has caused a lot of buzz — not so much because of the app itself, but because of the massive sum of money the company raised before it even launched.
Fred / A VC:
The Implicit Social Graph  —  John Battelle wrote a gushing post about Color and what it means for mobile/social/local/realtime, augmented reality, and more.  There are most certainly some big ideas in the Color app.  I've never put a mobile photo app on my phone but I put Color on it last night.
Discussion: Tradigital
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Color.xxx Pitch Slides Lampoon Tech Bubble Absurdity … If you're like most people in the tight-knit incestuous family we like to call the tech industry, all of the headlines in this Techmeme cluster on social photo-sharing app Color nabbing $41 million are actually declaring one thing, “Tech Bubble, Now Official.”
Discussion: SAI, PC World, BetaNews and alarm:clock
Kelly Clay / iPhone and iPad:
New Color App for iPhone is Kind of Creepy
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why Color Matters: Augmented Reality And Nuanced Social Graphs May Finally May Come of Age
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Relaunches Questions: No Threat To Quora, More Emphasis On Friends  —  Last July, after months of rumors and leaked screenshots, Facebook launched a Q&A product called Questions.  At the time, I said it had the potential to be “massive”: with 500 million (now 600 million) users …
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Adrian Graham / Facebook Blog:
The Wisdom of Friends (and Others Too)
Discussion: VatorNews, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
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: Business Wire, hypebot and WebProNews
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 …
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
Apple 50% Sales Growth May Continue Through 2012 on Mobile Boom  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) can keep posting sales growth of more than 50 percent in the next two years as a mobile applications boom fuels demand for devices such as the iPad, said the chief executive officer of Forrester Research Inc. (FORR)
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 …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
What's a YouTube Pop Hit Worth?  —  In the age of YouTube, Pandora and Spotify, fans can watch millions of videos or listen to endless hours of music for free.  But do those services make significant money for artists and record companies?  Those questions became all the more interesting last week with …
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 …
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint:
Boxee iPad app will stream to your PC or Mac  —  EXCLUSIVE: Boxee bod confirms details  —  On Tuesday, we posted a story about a new Boxee iPad app and how it could offer Apple AirPlay streaming to the Boxee Box.  —  Well, VP of Marketing for Boxee, Andrew Kippen, has got in touch with us …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, TiPb, The Next Web and SAI
Bloomberg:
Google Said to Face Possible Antitrust Probes by Ohio, Wisconsin Officials  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), operator of the world's biggest search engine, faces possible antitrust probes by Ohio and Wisconsin over its business practices, according to a state official and a person familiar with the matters.
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 …
Business Week:
Google's Honeycomb Hideout  —  It will delay distribution of new Android tablet source code to outside programmers  —  In the great mobile-device wars, Google (GOOG) has portrayed itself as the open-source crusader doing battle against the leaders in proprietary software—Apple (AAPL) …
Discussion: SAI and Droid Life
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
How friend clusters could make Facebook intimate again  —  For a so-called social utility, Facebook has been getting more and more useless.  At first, Facebook friend overload was an early-adopter problem for overnetworked Silicon Valley insiders.  But now, friend overload is hitting the mainstream consciousness.
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?
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Angie's List Raises $53.6 Million From Investors in Private Share Offering  —  Angie's List Inc., a service that provides recommendations for plumbers, doctors and other local businesses, raised $53.6 million from investors in a private share offering.  —  Investors include mutual-fund …
Discussion: eMoney
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Netflix issues apology, service credit for Instant downtime  —  In the wake of Tuesday's Netflix Instant outage, the company has issued a mea culpa and service credit to affected users.  “We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused,” reads an email from Netflix.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Kevin May / Tnooz:
TripAdvisor issues warning after part of email database is stolen  —  User review giant TripAdvisor has been forced to notify members of a major security breach after a “portion” of its 20 million-strong email list was stolen.  —  The company has posted a message outlining some details of the incident …
BBC:
US hacker denies fleeing justice  —  The hack of the PS3 lets owners play “homebrew” applications on the hardware  —  The American hacker who unlocked Sony's PS3 has denied fleeing the country to avoid legal action.  —  George Hotz, also known as Geohot, said his trip had been planned …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
More on Facebook Deals: Will Include Only Social Experiences, May Use Credits  —  A test version of the new Facebook Deals product will launch shortly, as has been reported and assumed for some time.  —  NetworkEffect spoke to Facebook and people familiar with Facebook's plans about how the program …
Brad Molen / Unwired View:
AT&T Acknowledges Amazon Appstore Obstacle, Working on Clearing it  —  Are you an Android user on AT&T's network?  Have you been upset or at least a little perturbed that you haven't been able to download Angry Birds Rio onto your phone because it's technically third-party software that cannot be downloaded or installed on your phone?
 
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Dan York / Speaking of Standards:
Microsoft Seeks to Pay $7.5 Million for Nortel's IPv4 Address Block
Discussion: SAI, DomainIncite.com and The Next Web
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Over Concerns About Openness, OpenStack Founder Leaves Rackspace
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Three-Week Wait for International iPad Orders
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Google's former ad man joins Twitter
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung Apps Pass 100 Million Downloads In Ten Months
Discussion: VentureBeat and Engadget
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Uses Sulia For Curation
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Betabeat and SAI
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Users report freezing issues with FaceTime on Apple's iPad 2
Electronista:
FCC official: no way AT&T T-Mobile deal will go unaltered
Naked Security / Sophos:
Two years in jail for Zynga poker hacker
Discussion: VG247 and Joystiq
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The American Wireless Galapagos Syndrome: How the industry set itself up for a rout
Discussion: SAI
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venture Capitalists May Hate AngelList, But They're Still Using It
Discussion: Venture Hacks and SocialTimes.com
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Textbook Renter Chegg Becomes More Social
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Steve Jobs says ‘No Interest’ in iPhone 4 radiation app, devs release it anyway