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1:05 AM ET, March 29, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Legends Of The Fall, Apple Style  —  This past weekend, we broke the news that iOS 5, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, was likely being released in the fall.  This would break the tradition of a summer release.  And we also noted that instead of a separate event in the early spring …
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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 …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple not yet aligning iPhone 5 part suppliers, handset may miss fiscal 2011
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple opens Design Awards only to Mac apps in App Store
Discussion: AppleInsider
Marc Hustvedt / Tubefilter:
‘Know Your Meme’ Acquired By Cheezburger in Seven-Figure Deal  —  By now, it's pretty clear there's a real business in the hocking of internet culture.  And when it comes to the business of documenting—and merchandising—the latest memes bubbling up from the internet's underbelly and straight …
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Amazon Cloud Player goes live, streams music on your computer and Android  —  Oh snap!  Look who just ate Apple's and Google's lunch here?  Amazon has just pushed out its very own music streaming service, dubbed the Amazon Cloud Player.  Existing customers can now upload their MP3 purchases …
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Planning Online Media ‘Locker’  —  Amazon.com Inc. is planning to start a service that would let people store music and video online and access it from various digital devices, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The company could announce the effort as early as Tuesday, the people said.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Ev Became “Less Involved” At Twitter Months Ago  —  Today's return of Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey to the company he created to once again head up its product efforts raises the question of what will co-founder Evan Williams be doing now.  When he handed over the CEO reigns …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad 2 Coming to RadioShack Tomorrow?  —  A MacRumors reader has just sent us the above photo claimed to be of an internal notice from RadioShack announcing that the retailer will begin carrying the iPad 2 at 500 of its locations around the United States as of tomorrow.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kindle Subscribers Will Be Able To Access NYTimes.com For Free  —  Amazon has just announced that Kindle users who subscribe to The New York Times on their device will receiving access to news site for free.  The date in which this access will hit has not been determined, according to the release.
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Arthur Sulzberger Jr. / New York Times:
A Letter to Our Readers About Digital Subscriptions
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Surprise: RealNetworks CEO Kimball resigns  —  Bob Kimball has resigned as president and CEO of RealNetworks, a little more than a year after succeeding founder Rob Glaser to oversee an attempted turnaround of the longtime Seattle technology company.  —  Glaser told GeekWire via phone …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Color App Hack Lets You Spy On Anyone's Photos Anywhere  —  For anyone sketched out by the privacy implications of Color, the highly hyped, highly funded, and highly public iOS and Android social media app that launched last week, now would be a good time to ratchet your creep-o-meter up another notch or two.
Discussion: App Advice, Thanks:forbestech
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Payment Startup Stripe Backed By PayPal Founders  —  There isn't much information out there about Stripe, a new payments startup cofounded by brothers Patrick Collison and John Collison (last seen selling their startup Auctomatic to Live Current Media for $5 million).
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and @paisano
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Elop Fights Nokia Traditions in Race to Ship Microsoft Phone  —  Every summer for the last four years while Apple Inc. (AAPL) shipped a new iPhone, Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) managers vacationed at their lake cottages in Finland.  —  “In mid-July, Nokia House is a ghost town,” said Adam Greenfield …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Advertising Company Adap.tv Raises $20 Million  —  Video advertising company Adap.tv has raised $20 million in funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners with Gemini Israel Funds, Redpoint Ventures and Spark Capital also participating in the round.  This brings Adap.tv's total funding to $43 million.
Discussion: AdExchanger.com, Beet.TV and Pulse2
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
It's official: Sprint says AT&T's T-Mobile deal stinks  —  We knew that Sprint wasn't happy about AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, based on comments by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse about the deal.  But the company today made it official, announcing that it will formally oppose the $39 billion combination.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Amazon courting Apple's iOS developers to port apps to Kindle  —  Amazon is actively enticing Apple's iOS App Store developers to bring their efforts to the Kindle platform, particularly educational apps, in a strategy that attempts to push ebook readers up into competition with more sophisticated, general purpose tablets.
Discussion: App Advice, TG Daily and PhoneRPT.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Windows Thin PC public test build  —  Microsoft has made available for download, as of March 28, the first Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build.  —  Although the final product will be available only to Software Assurance volume licensees …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Predicting iPhone sales for dummies  —  Apple's second fiscal quarter has just ended.  Time for analysts to put forward their predictions for the quarter's report (due in about 3 weeks.)  If history is a guide, the estimates will range quite widely and accuracy will be determined mostly …
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.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Intel doubles capacity, drops price in refresh of popular SSD line  —  Solid-State Drive 320 series offers up to 30% drop in price; capacities increased by up to triple that of X25-M drives Intel announced today a new line of consumer-class solid-state drives based on its smallest 25 nanometer …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Sina Corp, Large Chinese Portal, Drops Google As Search Provider  —  Sina Replaces Google Search Engine On Portal from the Wall Street Journal reports Google has just lost a major search syndication deal with one of Chinese largest portals.  —  In 2007, Sina Corp partnered with Google …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review  —  The PlayStation Phone.  We've had quite the intimate history with this gamepad-equipped slider, learning of its secretive existence way back in August and then handling a prototype unit in January, so you'll forgive us for feeling sentimental and still entertaining our pet name for it.
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 …
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Amazon Appstore for Android Test Drive hands on: surprisingly cool, but still US-only  —  When Amazon Appstore for Android launched last week, one of its primary features — Test Drive — was disabled just a few minutes after it opened.  With no try-before-you-buy, no refund process …
 
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Ciara Byrne / VentureBeat:
The U.K. gets a $60 million early stage fund
Discussion: The Next Web and TechCrunch Europe
Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
WWDC 2011 already sold out
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Electronista:
Japanese factory shutdown crimps iPod battery supply
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SimpleGeo Launching ‘Storage’: A Distributed Hosted Database For Location Data
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
AT&T admits to slowing down the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire
Discussion: DSLreports and ZDNet
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Mozilla: Firefox for Android launching within days — and without Flash
Discussion: Techland and mobiputing, Thanks:jr_raphael
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Said to Approach Vevo.com Music Site on Myspace Joint Venture
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Huffington Post Co-Founder Ken Lerer Wants You to Watch His Next Company
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony v. Hotz: mismatched serial numbers and sealed manuals
Discussion: Groklaw
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
LG to produce Nexus tablet for Google, suggests rumor