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5:10 PM ET, March 30, 2011

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Meet +1: Google's Answer To The Facebook Like Button  —  Nearly a year after Facebook Like buttons spread out across the web, Google has announced its own rival, the +1 button.  It launches today as part of Google's search engine, allowing you to +1 search results and ads that you like.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With +1, Google Search Goes Truly Social — As Do Google Ads  —  Back in early December of last year, we first reported that Google was toying around with the name “+1″ for an upcoming social product.  At the time, we were told it was sort of like Google's version of the “like” or “retweet” button.
David Byttow / Social Web Blog:
Introducing the +1 Button  —  We all know what it's like to get a bit of help when you're looking for it.  Online, that advice can come from a number of places: a tweet, a shared video, or a blog post, to name a few.  With Google Social Search we've been working to show that content when it's useful …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Why Google's +1 Can't Compete With Facebook's Like
Discussion: CNET News and AdExchanger.com
Alma Whitten / The Official Google Blog:
An update on Buzz  —  User trust really matters to Google.  That's why we try to be clear about what data we collect and how we use it—and to give people real control over the information they share with us.  For example, Google Dashboard lets you view the data that's stored in your Google Account …
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Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Charges Deceptive Privacy Practices in Google's Rollout of Its Buzz Social Network  —  Google Agrees to Implement Comprehensive Privacy Program to Protect Consumer Data  —  Google Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deceptive tactics and violated …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Settles FTC Charges Over Buzz, Agrees To 20 Years Of Privacy Audits
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:   Kerry: Google Buzz settlement shows need for commercial privacy legislation
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Co-Founder Hits Out at Gates  —  Bill Gates schemed to take shares in Microsoft Corp. from his co-founder during the early days of the software company following his partner's treatment for cancer, according to a new memoir by the billionaire co-founder, Paul Allen.
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Paul Allen / Vanity Fair:
Microsoft's Odd Couple  —  It's 1975 and two college dropouts are racing to create software for a new line of “hobbyist” computers.  The result?  A company called “Micro-Soft”—now the fifth-most-valuable corporation on earth.  In an adaptation from his memoir, the author tells the story …
Milo Medin / The Official Google Blog:
Ultra high-speed broadband is coming to Kansas City, Kansas  —  As part of our overall goal to make the web better for users, last year we announced a new project: to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google bestows 1Gbps fiber network on Kansas City, Kansas
Discussion: NewEnterprise
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Tablets might be a flash in the pan: Microsoft global chief strategy officer  —  Asher Moses  —  As virtually the entire consumer electronics industry throws its weight behind tablet computers, Microsoft's global chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie said today that he did not know whether …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Biz Stone Talks About Awkward Acquisition Meeting With Zuck On Howard Stern  —  After talking to Conan a few weeks ago, and CNN's Piers Morgan last night, Biz Stone made an appearance on another mainstream media show today: Howard Stern.  You can access the interview here.
Discussion: SAI
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CNN:   Co-founders, celebrities talk Twitter
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Microsoft Top Marketer Mich Mathews to Exit  —  22-Year Vet at Tech Giant Oversees More Than $1 Billion in Ad Spending  —  Microsoft's global marketing leader, Mich Mathews, is prepping to leave the company this summer after more than two decades at the tech giant.
ifixit:
iPad 2 3G GSM & CDMA Teardown  —  Apple decided to offer the iPad 2 in a number of flavors that would make Baskin Robbins proud: two colors, three drive capacity sizes, and three connectivity choices (Wi-Fi only, 3G GSM on AT&T, and 3G CDMA on Verizon).  All in all, that's 18 different versions of essentially the same device.
Lisa Banks / CIO Australia:
Apple iPad will fail in the enterprise: Dell  —  Closed view, high price and complexity of iPad unappealing to CIOs, Dell claims  —  Despite the iPad's long lead in the enterprise market, Apple's tablet PC performer will not last long according to an increasingly bullish Dell.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Social Media Monitoring Company Radian6 For $326 Million  —  Cloud computing giant Salesforce.com has acquired social media monitoring company Radian6 for approximately $276 million in cash and $50 million in stock, net of cash.  In addition, approximately $10 million in stock …
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple: On Target For Its First $100 Billion Revenue Year?  —  Thanks to the huge success of the iPad and the iPhone, Apple (AAPL) appears on target to top the $100 billion annual revenue mark for the first time when it reports results for the fiscal year ending September 2011.
Discussion: MacStories
Eric Chu / Android Developers Blog:
In-app Billing Launched on Android Market  —  Today, we're pleased to announce the launch of Android Market In-app Billing to developers and users.  As an Android developer, you will now be able to publish apps that use In-app Billing and your users can make purchases from within your apps.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Verizon Delivers 100G Speeds to U.S. Internet Backbone  —  Unlike the cap and congestion crowd, Verizon Communications keeps upgrading its network planning for the upcoming cloud and streaming era.  Verizon plans to upgrade backbone pipes to 100 Gigabit per second capacity along select U.S. routes by the second quarter of this year.
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
AT&T CEO Makes Case T-Mobile Deal Will Boost IPhone Service  —  AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, making his case for a proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA, said the deal would boost network capacity and improve service for devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and WebProNews
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft begins distributing Windows 8 to OEMs via Connect  —  Microsoft has begun to distribute early copies of Windows 8 to key OEM partners, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant is distributing build 7971.0.110324-1900 via the company's Connect external testing system.
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Google Officially Ends Support For QR Code in Places  —  Google is obviously moving strongly towards NFC (near field communications) as their technology of choice for closing the loop of the “last mile” in the local link between consumers and Google.  They have built the NFC chip …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Roku XD player comes directly to Best Buy shelves with no Netgear intervention  —  After receiving a boost from Netgear it appears Roku's plans for 2011 include hitting retail under its own name, as it's officially announced the Roku XD (no NTV250 branding) is available at Best Buy, as well as Fry's and Radio Shack.
 
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Lukas Mathis / ignore the code:
Skype 5 for Mac  —  A while back, when Skype's group videochat feature …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Daring Fireball
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
Verizon's Spring Roadmap Leaked, April Full of Androids with Samsung Droid Charge, Sony Ericsson …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flickr Dips Its Toes Into Social With Twitter And Facebook ‘Share This’ Features
Discussion: Flickr Blog and Mashable!
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Is Zipcar finally going public? Car-sharing service prices shares for IPO
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Reuters, Deal Journal and SAI
Venkat / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Court Rules That Instant Message Conversation Modified the Terms of a Written Contract …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DST Sets Up New Fund, Joins Huge Rounds For Spotify And China's 360buy: Reports
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The 6 Verbs For The Next 20 Years Of The Connected World
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Survey: Apple poised for gains in China
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Copyright troll Righthaven's epic blunder: a lawsuit targeting Ars
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