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4:00 AM ET, March 27, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iOS 5 Likely Pushed To The Fall After A Cloud Unveiling At WWDC  —  Many people (including myself) were a bit disappointed that Apple didn't devote any time during the iPad 2 unveiling to talking about iOS 5, the next major revamp of the software.  But there may be a very good reason for that: it's not coming anytime soon.
New York Times:
Silicon Valley Hiring Perks: Meals, iPads and a Cubicle for Spot  —  By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and JENNA WORTHAM  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Eric Firestone began a new job at a Web start-up here three weeks ago, and he's already thinking about what he might do next.  But that's just fine with his new employer.
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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: SiliconValley.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:   Silicon Valley is abuzz with bubble and recovery stories — too soon?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Samsung's Fake Galaxy Tab Interviews: Hey, Those Words Sound Familiar!  —  When I watched the video interviews with three “true-life” Galaxy Tab users that Samsung showed at its CTIA event, I was observant enough to figure out (with the help of about six minutes of Google research) …
Discussion: ZDNet, PhoneArena and Techdirt
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
The first musical album that's also a location aware iPhone app  —  As the power of location based mobile technologies improves, so too do the seemingly limitless creative potentials of their uses to enhance the human experience.  —  Imagine walking outside, listening to music and having …
Discussion: Arts Desk
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Lukewarm Reaction To Playbook Could Force Drastic Measures For RIM  —  Is Research in Motion (NSDQ: RIMM) turning into Palm (NSDQ: PALM), the next big prize in the mobile industry's consolidation?  —  Two of the most important companies in the prehistoric era of the mobile computer …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Swoopo Quietly Files for Bankruptcy  —  The site that put the concept of pay-per-bid auctions on the map is now apparently in financial trouble, Technologizer has learned.  Although the company's front page claims “technical issues,” documents from a Munich, Germany bankruptcy court indicate …
Discussion: @cdixon, Thanks:edoswald
Kevin Murphy / DomainIncite:
ICANN asks the US to cut it loose  —  ICANN has officially requested the loosening of its contractual ties to the US government.  —  In a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (pdf), ICANN president Rod Beckstrom said the US should finally make good on its promise …
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David Leonhardt / The 6th Floor:
A Better Way to Measure Twitter Influence  —  Whether you're a Twitter user like Lady Gaga (millions and millions of followers) or, say, me (2,600 and growing!), you're always aware of roughly how many people follow you.  It's just how people keep score on the site and compare themselves with friends and colleagues.
Discussion: SAI
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
In Iran, new attack escalates ongoing cyberconflict  —  IDG News Service - A cyber-attack linked to Iran this week is the latest in a string of cyber-events that some say represents a new step in a shadowy and long-running war between the Iranian government and those who criticize it on the Internet.
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 …
 
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Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
U.S. develops “panic button” for democracy activists
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
ABC report: UK magazines' digital sales rose 15.4% YoY to an average of 2.6M per edition, including 1.2M from “all you can read” sales via Readly and others

Patrick Brzeski / The Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Disney President of Asia-Pacific Luke Kang on the Asian entertainment business, evolving Disney's streaming strategy, growing Disney+, ads, and more

 
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