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5:25 PM ET, March 25, 2011

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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.
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
Here's What No One Seems To Understand About Color's $41 Million Round
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
At Google, Page Seeks to Cut Red Tape  —  As Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page prepares to reclaim his role as chief executive on April 4, he has already taken steps to assume greater command of the Internet company.  —  Since Google said in January that longtime CEO Eric Schmidt was stepping aside …
Discussion: SAI and Gawker
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Steve Lacy / Slacy's Blog:   What Larry Page really needs to do to return Google to it's startup roots
Jim Moran / Yipit Blog:
Dead Heat: Groupon Down Another 32% in March, LivingSocial Ties It Up  —  We were all surprised to see Groupon's US revenue decline 30% in February, but apparently that's just the beginning.  —  Yipit, as a daily deal aggregator, indexes offers from more than 400 services, including Groupon and LivingSocial.
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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.
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...
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 …
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
New iPad most expensive in Denmark, cheapest in U.S.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and AppleInsider
Bloomberg:
Buffett Says Social-Networking Sites Overpriced Ahead of IPOs  —  Warren Buffett, the billionaire stock picker and takeover specialist, said investors should be wary of valuations for social networking websites as some of the industry's biggest companies prepare to sell shares.
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Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:   The Art of Riding the Bubble
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 …
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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Electronista:
Nook Color confirmed getting tablet-like features in April
Discussion: I4U News
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Wins U.S. Trade Ruling in Nokia Patent Fight Over Phones  —  Apple Inc. won a U.S. trade ruling in a patent fight brought by Nokia Oyj over mobile telephones.  —  A judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington today said Apple isn't violating Nokia patent rights.
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.
Craig Cornelius / The Official Google Blog:
Google search now supports Cherokee  —  With the help of Cherokee Nation staff and community members, we've added Cherokee () as an interface language on Google, making a small contribution towards preserving one of the world's endangered languages.  —  You can now select Cherokee as your default …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman Personally Thanks First Million Members For Being Early Adopters  —  As you may have heard, professional social network LinkedIn passed 100 million members this past week.  Amid an upcoming IPO, this was a pretty significant milestone for the social network.
Electronista:
ASUS ships Eee Pad Transformer as its Android 3.0 tablet  —  ASUS on Friday began shipping the Eee Pad Transformer as its first real entry into the mobile tablet space.  The Android 3.0 tablet earns its name through a keyboard dock that gives it a more notebook-like design.
Discussion: BGR and Engadget
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Realtime Search Manager Leaves to Build Foursquare as Platform  —  Akshay Patil became a software engineer at Google almost seven years ago.  Now the product manager for Google Realtime, the Google tool to search Tweets and other real-time updates from around the Web …
Discussion: Betabeat and SAI
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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