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2:05 PM ET, March 28, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
No iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware coming at WWDC  —  Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference saying it would focus on iOS and Mac OS.  —  Apple's apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement backs …
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Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco's Moscone West.  At this year's five-day conference Apple …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
WWDC 2011 June 6-10: “we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS”  —  Apple has just announced that this year's World Wide Developers Conference will take place at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco, CA.  This year's event will be special as it will be the unveiling …
Discussion: BGR and IntoMobile
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
@jack is back @twitter  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey today confirmed rampant speculation that he is returning to the micro-messaging service.  Not surprisingly, he did so via a tweet: … The executive chairman post is particularly notable for what it isn't: Chief executive …
Discussion: @danprimack and Geekosystem
Wall Street Journal:
Google Pursues Role in Mobile Payments  —  Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Facebook May Hire Robert Gibbs, Former Obama Aide  —  Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company's communications, people briefed on the negotiations said.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Java founder James Gosling joins Google  —  Gosling announced his new Google employment today on his blog.  “I don't know what I'll be working on.  I expect it'll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon,” he said.  —  When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems last year, Gosling decided not to join.
New York Times:
Is It a New Tech Bubble?  Let's See if It Pops  —  Banks pouring money into technology funds, wealthy clients and institutions clamoring to get pieces of start-ups, expectations of stock market debuts building — as Wall Street's machinery kicks into second gear, some investors with memories …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Is it a bubble? It matters if we think it is.
Chris / cdixon.org:
A few points about the “tech bubble” debate
Discussion: Techland and AdExchanger.com
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
eBay to buy GSI Commerce for $2.4 billion  —  eBay announced Monday that it will acquire GSI Commerce, an e-commerce marketing services company, for $29.25 a share—which will likely come out to be around $2.4 billion.  —  To put things into perspective, that's more than it paid for PayPal …
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
Benchmark battle: Chrome vs. IE vs. Firefox  —  There's no doubt the latest crop of stable browsers from Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla are the best the companies have ever produced.  But how do they perform when tested under identical conditions?  —  CNET put the latest stable versions of Firefox …
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Ethical Quandary for Social Sites  —  Two days after using Flickr to display photos of police officers from Egypt's feared state security force, Hossam el-Hamalawy watched in disbelief as they vanished, one by one, from the popular social networking site, which he had been using since 2008.
Discussion: GMSV and Bloggasm
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Yahoo Executive Talks Acquisitions, Slams YouTube Buy  —  Yahoo is “gearing up for a very big year” of acquisitions, said a senior director of corporate development at the Internet company. … Speaking on a panel at the Global Technology Symposium in Menlo Park on Friday …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
American Express Launches All-New Digital Payments Platform to Attack PayPal's Bread and Butter  —  American Express, which is better known for its briefcase-toting corporate users, is unveiling a new business today that addresses a much wider market while also competing head-on with PayPal and other emerging payment platforms.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tabula raises $108M, in largest round “in a decade” for a chip company  —  Chip company Tabula, which has developed a semiconductor architecture that it boasts gives it a significant advantage over competitors, has just announced one of the largest rounds in a decade for a chip company.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
LG to produce Nexus tablet for Google, suggests rumor  —  According to intel acquired by blog Mobile Review, LG has been tasked with producing a pure-Google, Nexus tablet for the Mountain View-based Android maker.  Details are scarce (and unconfirmed), but the site states that the device …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84  —  Paul Baran, an engineer who helped create the technical underpinnings for the Arpanet, the government-sponsored precursor to today's Internet, died Saturday night at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 84.  —  The cause was complications from lung cancer, said his son, David.
Eric Ditzian / MTV:
MTV's ‘Diary Of Facebook’ Takes You Inside The Social Phenomenon  —  We head to company headquarters for the real story behind founder Mark Zuckerberg's social network in a doc airing on March 30 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV What does it take to run a social-networking site that 500 million users rely on and obsess over?
Discussion: The Next Web and All Facebook
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times Launches Pay Plan With Discount, New Android App; iPad Update Coming  —  The New York Times' paywall/digital subscription plan, 14 months in the making, kicks off today, with a couple bells and whistles: The paper is offering an introductory discount of $0.99 for four weeks …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
How Microsoft can get Windows Phone 7 back on track  —  Lately, it seems Microsoft can't do anything right when it comes to Windows Phone 7.  The latest in a growing list of gaffes happened over this past weekend, following a Microsoft Channel 9 video interview with Joe Belfiore …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Products Help Block Mideast Web  —  Protests flared Sunday in Yemen.  Western Web-filtering technology has been used there, researchers say.  —  As Middle East regimes try to stifle dissent by censoring the Internet, the U.S. faces an uncomfortable reality: American companies provide …
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter as Media: Yes, Celebrities and Brands Still Matter
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Flixster Update: Warner Bros. Very Interested, as Yahoo Drops Out of Bidding for Social Movie Site
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Microsoft, Telefonica Court Developers With Cloud-Based API Services
Discussion: Guardian, WinRumors and Softpedia News, Thanks:ingridlunden
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
How the Wiki Was Born of Apple and the Mac
Discussion: @wardcunningham
 Earlier Items: 
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Will the Web have a place in a world full of apps?
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Mark Suster On Why He's “Very Long Twitter”, What Silicon Valley Is “Hypocritical” About And Much More
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Digital Strategy Paying Off for Publicis
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Warner Brothers Expands Facebook Rentals to “Harry Potter,” “Inception”
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM: The obits are a bit premature
Discussion: ZDNet
Casey Newton / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. tech jobs climb near level of dot-com peak
Discussion: The Next Web
 

 
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