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12:10 PM ET, March 26, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Meet ‘Disco’, The Group Texting App Built Secretly Inside Google  —  It seems like Google has made a foray into the group messaging space today with Disco, a new iPhone app and website.  Well, they sort of have.  —  The service utilizes the Disco.com domain that Google bought at Domainfest last year for $255K.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
First Look: With Disco, Google Also Joins The Group Messaging Dance (Care Of Slide)  —  As we just broke the news on, Google has a secret group messaging project that was built from within their confines: Disco.  Slide, which Google bought last year, are the ones responsible for the app.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and SAI
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
OS X Lion Already Nearing “Golden Master” — Release Around WWDC?  —  It has been one month since Apple unveiled a developer preview of their latest operating system, OS X Lion.  And while the initial deployment was a bit rocky, Apple appears to have worked through their initial Mac App Store distribution issues.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
It's Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know  —  A favorite pastime of Internet users is to share their location: services like Google Latitude can inform friends when you are nearby; another, Foursquare, has turned reporting these updates into a game.
Discussion: @digiphile
Fritz Nelson / InformationWeek:
Samsung Galaxy Tablet Not Thinner Than iPad 2, But Who Cares  —  Samsung took a big shot at Apple at CTIA this week, boasting that its 10-inch Galaxy Tab Android tablet is thinner and lighter than the iPad 2.  Our photos say otherwise.  Regardless, the tablet competition just got hotter.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Samsung Hires ‘Actors’ To Pretend To Be Happy Galaxy Tab Testers?  —  I'm still waiting for Android tablet computers to catch up to the iPad in terms of usefulness, and I'm guessing there's probably still another year or so to go (if the phone market is any predictor).
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Color Founder Bill Nguyen Explains Why You're All Wrong — It Really IS A $41 Million Idea  —  Color founder Bill Nguyen feels misunderstood, but he admits it's partly his own fault.  —  The launch of his stealth startup yesterday was overshadowed by news of the surprisingly huge $41 million investment it received.
Bloomberg:
Kodak Wins a Round in $1 Billion Apple, RIM Patent Dispute  —  Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) won the latest round in its patent dispute with Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), a victory with the potential to generate more than $1 billion in new licensing revenue for the camera company.
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Nitasha Tiku / New York Magazine:
4chan Using Fake OkCupid Profiles to Lure Pathetic Singles to Times Square  —  4chan has been known on occasion to pick worthy targets for its “malwebolence.”  This is not one of those times.  As part of a campaign to launch an “involuntary” flash mob, 4chan users and people on Reddit's 4chan forum …
Discussion: Know Your Meme, Urlesque and TechEye
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
THE SEEDY SIDE OF REDDIT: Porn, Racism, And Nazi Memorabilia  —  Reddit is an amazing creation.  —  The news aggregator is a great startup success story.  It's also a great community site that often bands together in support of worthy causes.  It's also a live interview site …
Betsy Aoki / Bing:
Bing Feature Update: Bing News with Real-Time Twitter feed and Enhanced Entertainment Sharing  —  Over the past few months, we have been working hard to help customers make more informed decisions in search by surfacing the kind of information you can only get from your friends, often in real-time.
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 …
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Steve Lacy / Slacy's Blog:   What Larry Page really needs to do to return Google to it's startup roots
John Leyden / The Register:
Spotify splattered with malware-tainted ads  —  Sounds dodgy  —  Users of the ad-supported version of Spotify are getting hit by a malware-based attack.  —  The assault takes advantage of a Java-based exploit to deposit Trojan horse malware or exploit kits on vulnerable Windows machines.
Elisabeth Osmeloski / Search Engine Land:
Zuckerberg In Zion: Speaks To Senator Hatch, Students At BYU  —  You might wonder what in the world could bring the Harvard dropout and under-30 founder of Facebook together with the 77-year-old conservative Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to talk to students and attendees at Brigham Young University earlier today.
Eva / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Microsoft Shuts off HTTPS in Hotmail for Over a Dozen Countries  —  Microsoft appears to have turned off the always-use-HTTPS option in Hotmail for users in more than a dozen countries, including Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kazakhstan …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Amazon may soon launch film, music locker service  —  Amazon has spoken with some of the major record companies and Hollywood film studios about creating a digital locker service and could announce the plans as early as next week, sources told CNET.  —  Sources from both the film …
Discussion: Electronista and GigaOM
Molly McHugh / Digital Trends:
Oxford English Dictionary welcomes LOL, OMG, and FYI  —  We already saw the likes of “bloggable” and “sexting” make it into the Oxford English Dictionaries (OED), and now beloved Web and SMS acronyms “OMG,” “FYI,” and “LOL” will join this lofty lexicon.  The phrases have been entered …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P lawyers score a victory; mass subpoenas can proceed  —  Judges across the country have been hammering mass file-sharing lawsuits in recent months, with one in West Virginia even going so far as to “sever” every such lawsuit filed in that district.  But it's not all bad news …
Discussion: The BLT, Gearlog and Electronista
 
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Clarifies: Tweet Our Stories, But Don't Use Our Logo
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Report: Netflix, Miramax near streaming deal
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
NYT Updates Its iPhone App With Push Alerts For Breaking News, New Subscription Plan
Discussion: Mashable! and PC World
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Will Continue Its Acquisition Binge This Year
Discussion: GeekWire and VentureBeat
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
Google: A New Tool For U.S. Intelligence?
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Realtime Search Manager Leaves to Build Foursquare as Platform
Discussion: @akdotcom, Betabeat and SAI
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
New iPad most expensive in Denmark, cheapest in U.S.
Discussion: PhoneArena, AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Groupon Is Becoming A Lawsuit Magnet
Electronista:
ASUS ships Eee Pad Transformer as its Android 3.0 tablet
Discussion: BGR and Engadget
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
The First Plastic Computer Processor
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
YouTube co-founders may team on new start-up
Discussion: SAI
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman Personally Thanks First Million Members For Being Early Adopters
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim