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8:30 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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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 …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Why Google's +1 Can't Compete With Facebook's Like
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: GigaOM and NewEnterprise
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 …
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 …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Samsung Investigating Spyware Pre-Installed On Its Computers  —  If you own a Samsung PC, you may want to search your hard drive for an unassuming program called StarLogger, a piece of commercial spyware capable of recording every keystroke on your machine and sending the data to a third party.
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Network World:
Samsung installs keylogger on its laptop computers
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When Media Giants Attack!  Cease-and-Desist Letter to News Reader Zite Claims All Kinds of Copyright Damage  —  A panoply of big media giants sent a cease-and-desist letter today to Zite, the Apple iPad news reader app.  —  The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty, Time …
Discussion: paidContent and GottaBeMobile
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Tablets might be a flash in the pan: Microsoft global chief strategy officer  —  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 the booming new category was here to stay.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Interactive ‘Web Intents’ Turn Your Site Into A Lightweight Twitter Client  —  Twitter has just released Web Intents, a pretty snazzy API tool that allows site publishers to provide users with the functionality of Twitter follows, retweets, replies and favorites without forcing them to leave their own sites.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and AllTwitter
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Now Allows Personal Profiles To Be Converted Into Business Pages  —  For the first time, Facebook now allows personal user profiles to be converted into official business Pages, turning all their friends into fans.  The “Profile To Business Page Migration” tool will help people …
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web, Thanks:joshconstine
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.
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 …
Dylan Love / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Finally, Some Photos Of Facebook Investor Yuri Milner's $100 Million Silicon Valley Mansion  —  Yuri Milner paid $100 million for his new Silicon Valley mansion, significantly more than the previously reported $70 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Betabeat
Lukas Mathis / ignore the code:
Skype 5 for Mac  —  A while back, when Skype's group videochat feature was still free, a friend of mine sent me a Skype message, asking me whether it was possible to do videochat with more than one person in Skype.  «Sure,» I replied, «you can do that …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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: NBC Bay Area and CNN
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 Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Issues Software Update Addressing System Hanging on 13-Inch MacBook Air  —  Apple today released Mac OS X v10.6.7 Supplemental Update for 13" MacBook Air (Late 2010), a small software update specifically targeting Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Air and issues with the system freezing while iTunes is in use.
Discussion: Macworld, AppleInsider, MacStories and MacNN
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.
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Crippled Phones Reveal AT&T Isn't Ready for 4G  —  The Motorola Atrix is one of two phones with disabled HSUPA.  —  After Texas resident Keith Geissler noticed his new Motorola Atrix wasn't offering the fast “4G” download and upload speeds that AT&T promised, he filed a complaint …
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.
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
Todd Haselton / BGR:
MasterCard certifies Gemalto's NFC payment solution  —  The ability to use your phone for NFC mobile payments across borders just became a reality.  Gemalto announced that it has developed the first UICC-embedded software application that is approved by Mastercard's mobile payment specification for NFC.
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Vendors to mass ship Chrome OS notebooks in 2H11
Discussion: Softpedia News and Liliputing
John Cook / GeekWire:
Exclusive: Fast-growing Swype scores cash from Ignition, hints at Apple iOS integration
Discussion: Xconomy
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
iPad generated nearly 100% of media tablet revenues in 2010
Discussion: The Loop and eWeek
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
DuckDuckGo search engine users get Twitter lists (shows Twitter needs to refocus on them)
Discussion: Gabriel Weinberg, Thanks:scobleizer
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google to testify on piracy before House subcommittee
Discussion: Electronista
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HP rolling out webOS 3.0 beta to Early Access developers today
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, Mashable! and Gearlog
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Is Zipcar finally going public? Car-sharing service prices shares for IPO
Venkat / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Court Rules That Instant Message Conversation Modified the Terms of a Written Contract …
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
RIM wins access to Intellectual Ventures patents
Discussion: Engadget and @gartenberg
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Roku XD player comes directly to Best Buy shelves with no Netgear intervention