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12:30 PM ET, March 25, 2011

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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Color to Get Major Update, Fix ‘Loneliness’ Problem  —  Color, the dynamic photo-sharing app that made a splash with its launch yesterday, is already hard at work on the next version of its app.  The update will directly address user criticism about the app's apparent lack of utility when a user's friends aren't nearby.
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Color CEO: The Tech Justifies the $41 Million  —  Last night, an app called Color hit the app stores for both iOS and Android.  It made a big splash for a number of reasons, not the least of which being its $41 million prelaunch funding.  It has all-star founders who have an impressive track record.
Henry Blodget / SAI:   Here's What No One Seems To Understand About Color's $41 Million Round
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2′s thinner glass is remarkably stronger than iPad 1  —  Remember when we discovered that the iPad 2 glass was about 27% thinner than iPad 1?  The natural assumption was that the iPad 2 would be weaker than iPad 1 when it came to its glass front end.  The iPhone repair experts at iFixyouri wanted to test that theory...
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Here's Why Google Is Holding Honeycomb Back  —  Google's Honeycomb version of Android may have left the hive for a few tablets, but don't expect to see any new ones announced in the near future: the company has decided not to release the platform's source code to the community just yet.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Mashable! and ThinkMobile
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Business Week:
Google Holds Honeycomb Tight  —  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) …
Bloomberg:
Kodak Says $1 Billion at Stake in Apple, RIM Patent Dispute  —  A victory for Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) in its patent fight with Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIMM) may add more than $1 billion in revenue from royalty payments, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Antonio Perez said.
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
The Freight Train That Is Android  —  “People get ready, there's a train a comin'” - The Impressions From Zacks via Yahoo: Mark Vickery, On Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:58 pm EDT “BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (NasdaqGS: RIMM - News) beat its fiscal 4Q EPS estimates by 2 cents per share …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google begins testing Google Music internally  —  Google has begun testing Google Music internally, a sign that the much anticipated service is nearly ready to launch.  —  Google employees have begun a process commonly referred to in Silicon Valley as dog fooding, when employees try …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Nook Color Android app store coming in April along with Flash support  —  According to the HSN Web site, Barnes & Noble is launching the Nook Store in April and giving Flash support to the Nook Color.  —  While plenty of people have “rooted” their Nook Colors with custom firmware that allows …
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Steven Sande / TUAW:
Wooden iPad 2 cover outsmarts Apple's Smart Cover  —  As if I don't already have a serious love affair with Apple's iPad 2 Smart Cover, now Holland-based Miniot is about to release a beautiful wooden iPad 2 cover.  —  The cover is carved from a single piece of wood and works similarly to the Smart Cover.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM CEO Basically Admits That Android Support Is There To Check The “Lots Of Apps” Box  —  Research In Motion officially announced today that its forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would support Android apps.  —  (No, not apps for the new Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” apps designed for tablets …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM opens up BlackBerry PlayBook to support Android apps
Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
The Art of Riding the Bubble  —  People are increasingly asking whether there is a Bubble underway in the tech business.  The answer is that by the time you know there is a Bubble it's probably too late to do anything about it.  But if all you're doing is asking whether there is a Bubble, the Bubble is probably not here, yet.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tries To Squash 21 Squatted Domain Names  —  Facebook is trying to gain ownership over 21 domain names that include the term ‘facebook’, including KillFacebook.com, FacebookStuff.com and FacebookSafety.com.  —  The domain names are all currently owned by a company called Domain Asset Holdings …
Discussion: All Facebook
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iPad 2 launches internationally; ridiculous lines form in 25 countries  —  Apple's iPad 2 goes on sale Friday in 25 countries around the world, and early reports from Australia are showing monumental lines for Apple's latest tablet.  AFP quotes an Apple fan as having waited over 53 hours …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
New Cable Fight at Hand  —  TV Networks Cry Foul as Time Warner Cable Offers Channels via iPads at Home  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. is digging in its heels in a dispute with several big media companies over whether it can beam live TV channels to Apple Inc. iPads, exposing tensions between …
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
In-App Billing on Android Market: Ready for Testing  —  Back in January we announced our plan to introduce Android Market In-app Billing this quarter.  We're pleased to let you know that we will be launching In-app Billing next week.  In preparation for the launch, we are opening up Android Market …
Kindle Post US:
The Latest Kindle Offers Wireless Delivery of Audible Audiobooks via Wi-Fi  —  Now hear this!  We're thrilled to announce that more than 50,000 Audible Audiobooks are available for download on the latest Kindle via Wi-Fi delivery.  Of course, owners of any Kindle device can continue …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Nobody Needs a Tablet.  So Why Are We Gobbling Them Up?  —  Apple's new iPad 2 comes in black or white.  Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com  —  Apple's iPad is just one year old, and more than 15 million customers have voted with their wallets.  The tablet is officially mainstream.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DST's Yuri Milner Buys $70 Million Home In Silicon Valley  —  Yuri Milner, founder of Moscow-based venture firm DST, has purchased quite a home in Silicon Valley, say multiple sources.  The 25,000 square foot home, built just a few years ago, sits on a tidy 11 acres.  The price?  $70 million.
Discussion: Gawker, The Tech Trade and PE Hub Blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Are Crappy Startups Wall Street's Fault?  —  Is Wall Street blocking the next Google from even getting off the ground?  Yes, according to a new report from the Kauffman Foundation, which says that high-paying jobs in the financial sector have bled the prospective pool of startup founders and employees until it's pretty shallow.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Official: Facebook Not Testing Web Search Box, Says Malware Might Be To Blame  —  Facebook is not testing a second search box on its website and says anyone who sees such a thing might be the victim of malware or some other kind of third-party app.  —  Earlier today, an article …
 
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