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3:40 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  —  A startup named Color has raised $41 million of capital.  —  This news has obsessed the tech world and beyond for the past 48 hours, with the majority of the peanut gallery huffing and snorting about how it's obviously ridiculous and a clear sign of a bubble.
Discussion: Tools
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.
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...
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
The First Plastic Computer Processor  —  Two recent developments—a plastic processor and printed memory—show that computing doesn't have to rely on inflexible silicon. … Silicon may underpin the computers that surround us, but the rigid inflexibility of the semiconductor means it cannot reach everywhere.
Discussion: Slashdot
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube co-founders may team on new start-up  —  NEW YORK—YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are considering ideas for a new start-up.  —  Six years after the pair and Jawed Karim founded the phenomenon video-sharing site, Hurley and Chen are “dabbling with new ideas” …
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Podio Is Like A Yammer With Its Own App Store And App Builder  —  Like a souped up Yammer with its own App store attached, Danish online workspace Podio launches to the public today after two years of being in beta.  In the same space as Box.net and 37Signals, Podio aims to be a complete work platform …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Stowe Boyd
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Blekko CEO: Google's Changes Won't Get Rid Of Search Spam  —  Search spam is a growing problem for Google, and the CEO of alternative search engine Blekko thinks that the Google's recent algorithm changes won't help.  —  Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta explained why:  — Google just reshuffled the deck.
Federico Viticci / macstories:
Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1 [Direct Links]  —  Apple just released iOS 4.3.1.  It's available now in iTunes if you check for updates.  The new version of iOS fixes graphic glitches for iPod touch 4G owners, resolves issues when authenticating with enterprise services and other bugs when activating …
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
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get Gingerbread after all  —  They said it won't happen, but Sony Ericsson?has just confirmed that the Xperia X10 will be getting Gingerbread after all.  —  “We earlier stated that we did not have plans for further upgrade of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10? …
 
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Craig Cornelius / The Official Google Blog:
Google search now supports Cherokee
Discussion: Cherokee Nation
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Advertisers in Europe May Face Limits in Use of Keywords
Discussion: PC World and Tech Report
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Are Crappy Startups Wall Street's Fault?
Discussion: Betabeat
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Says They're Working On Meter Accuracy Insists They'll Work With Users On Problems
Discussion: Digital Trends, CrunchGear and Techdirt
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
So who is actually investing on AngelList?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Aaron Saenz / Singularity Hub:
Japan's Nuclear Woes Give Rise to Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US
Rhea Wessel / DealBook:
Activist Investors Turn to Social Media to Enlist Support
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM CEO Basically Admits That Android Support Is There To Check The “Lots Of Apps” Box
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DST's Yuri Milner Buys $70 Million Home In Silicon Valley
Associated Press:
Starz becomes latest pay TV channel to ease away from embrace of Netflix, a rising competitor
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
In-App Billing on Android Market: Ready for Testing