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8:55 AM 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.
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.
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).
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  —  I worked at Google from 2005-2010, and saw the company go through many changes, and a huge increase in staff.  Most importantly, I saw the company go from a place where engineers were seen as violent disruptors and innovators …
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.
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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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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.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
New iPad most expensive in Denmark, cheapest in U.S.  —  (Reuters) - Apple's new iPad went on sale in 25 countries internationally on Friday, but the United States is still the cheapest place to buy the latest version of the tablet computer.  —  Prices in the United States …
Discussion: PhoneArena, 9 to 5 Mac and AppleInsider
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iPad 2 launches internationally; ridiculous lines form in 25 countries
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, GigaOM and Media Maverick
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.
Amy Lee / The Huffington Post:
The Majority Of America Is Now On Facebook  —  Facebook may be getting closer to taking over America.  —  According to Edison Research, more than half of all Americans aged 12 or older are now on Facebook.  The study showed that 51 percent of these Americans are on the site.
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
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
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 …
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 …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Partners with Seedcamp to Incubate European Social Startups  —  Today at Facebook HACK: Berlin, Facebook announced that it has partnered with early stage micro seed investment and mentoring program Seedcamp to help European social startups build new social products.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Clarifies: Tweet Our Stories, But Don't Use Our Logo  —  In case you've been wondering why the @freeNYTimes Twitter feed continues to serve up a steady stream of links to New York Times articles even after the paper asked Twitter to shut it down, I have an answer.
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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