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1:40 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, Geekosystem and SAI
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Cellphones Track 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
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.
Jillian C. York:
Microsoft Fixes Bug; Re-enables HTTPS for All Users  —  Yesterday, I blogged that users in Iran, all Arab countries, Burma, Nigeria, and the Central Asian nations had been blocked from turning on HTTPS encryption within Hotmail.  This was true.  —  According to Microsoft …
Discussion: The Register and @timoreilly
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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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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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
High-tech industry on hiring binge in California; Google, Facebook and Zynga lead the pack  —  It's the Silicon Valley hiring boom being felt all over California.  —  California added nearly 100,000 new jobs in February, and the state's unemployment rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point …
Discussion: New York Times
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
 
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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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P lawyers score a victory; mass subpoenas can proceed
Discussion: The BLT, Gearlog and Electronista
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Will Continue Its Acquisition Binge This Year
Discussion: TechFlash, VentureBeat and GeekWire
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Amazon may soon launch film, music locker service
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
Google: A New Tool For U.S. Intelligence?
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