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7:30 AM ET, March 31, 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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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Sure, I Could Join a Google-Based Social Network — But Why?  —  After much rumor and speculation about a new Google social feature of some kind, the Internet giant finally unveiled what it calls its “+1″ service today.  The service — as Om explained in his post on the launch …
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 …
Brad Smith / TechNet Blogs:
Adding our Voice to Concerns about Search in Europe  —  Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation  —  Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission's ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law.
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Antitrust Cry From Microsoft  —  The wheel of technology history turns remarkably fast.  Microsoft, whose domination of the technology industry provoked a landmark federal antitrust case, is crying foul against Google and urging European Union antitrust officials to go after the search giant.
Discussion: Inquirer, Bloomberg, VentureBeat and Reuters
Brandon Watson / The Windows Blog:
A Year Later-The Windows Phone 7 Numbers That Matter  —  At the MIX10 conference last year the Windows Phone team showed, for the first time, the application platform and tools that developers would use to build applications and games for Windows Phone 7.  We announced that the tools were free …
Business Week:
Do Not Anger the Alpha Android  —  Google cracks down on the chaos of Android Land; some mobile partners aren't happy  —  Playtime is over in Android Land.  Over the last couple of months Google (GOOG) has reached out to the major carriers and device makers backing its mobile operating system …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Update: Samsung Denies 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 responds to installation of keylogger on its laptop computers … In the first part of this two-part report, MSIA 2009 graduate Mohamed Hassan told of discovering a keylogger on two different models of Samsung portable computers.  Today he continues the story.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Posts A New OS X Lion Build — Developers You'll Want To Try This One Out  —  Five days ago, we reported that Apple was gearing up to release a new build of the OS X Lion Developer Preview.  Sure enough, that's exactly what they did today as build 11A419 has been seeded to developers.
Chris Ziegler:
And away I go  —  This is my last week at Engadget.  —  That's a strange thing to write.  It's not something I ever really planned for.  Then again, I guess you don't ever plan for that when you've got your dream job.  —  I've told my coworkers in the past that I believe …
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech and Edible Apple
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Joanna Stern / @joannastern:   I wrote a long personal blog post about the fact that yesterday was my last day at Engadget, but I decided to just tweet this instead.
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Cloud That Rains Music  —  For years now, the most popular music system — Apple's — has worked like this.  You buy song files from the iTunes store.  They download to your computer.  If you want to listen to them on the road, you connect your iPod or iPhone to that computer and copy the files to it.
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon in Big Push to Clinch Music Deals
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and MediaMemo
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 Images, Time …
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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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Apple's boring hardware updates  —  Apple now seemingly considers most Mac hardware updates boring enough to skip any potential press event and just feature the new models on the Apple website for a while.  Event-worthy Mac updates are now limited to entirely new products or major redesigns.
Electronista:
Adobe demos Photoshop for iPad with real layer support  —  Adobe Photoshop for iPad to get layers  —  Adobe at the Photoshop World conference this morning showed off a version of Photoshop for the iPad that could give the tablet real Photoshop image editing.
Symantec:
Android Threat Tackles Piracy Using Austere Justice Measures  —  Android.Walkinwat, the first threat discovered in the wild for the mobile landscape, attempts to discipline users that download files illegally from unauthorized sites.  Figure 1 - Messages displayed by the Trojan Presented …
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.
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.
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Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
AT&T Expects to Let Go of Some Markets, Employees in Merger
DigiTimes:
Apple to absorb increasing costs created by Japan earthquake  —  Although Japan's power brownout policy is seriously affecting the operations of Japan-based upstream component makers, causing related upstream components to see price rises, since Apple has agreed to absorb all the additional costs …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Sequoia Capital Keeps The Chinese IPO Hits Coming  —  Even when U.S. companies are struggling to go public, venerable venture firm Sequoia Capital still finds a way to mint money from IPOs. … Sequoia has another winner in China on its hands with Beijing-based Qihoo 360 Technology Co. …
Bloomberg:
Nokia Rating Cut for First Time by S&P on Smartphone Share  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, had its debt rating cut for the first time by Standard & Poor's, which cited market share losses and “weaker” operating margins at the Finnish company.
Discussion: SAI and BGR
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
White-Label App Marketplace Platform Appia Raises $10M At $100M Valuation
Electronista:
Google rumored standardizing Android 3.0, ARM chips
Discussion: DigiTimes
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Scaling Instagram: How the Photo Sharing Startup Avoided Catastrophe in Its First Days
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Gecko Scurries Away, Camino Looks To WebKit To Save Itself
Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
New, Lean Firefox 4: Re-Built to Play Catch-Up
Todd Haselton / BGR:
MasterCard certifies Gemalto's NFC payment solution
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Issues Software Update Addressing System Hanging on 13-Inch MacBook Air
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Interactive ‘Web Intents’ Turn Your Site Into A Lightweight Twitter Client
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and AllTwitter
Dylan Love / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Finally, Some Photos Of Facebook Investor Yuri Milner's $100 Million Silicon Valley Mansion
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google to testify on piracy before House subcommittee
Discussion: Neowin.net and Electronista
Lukas Mathis / ignore the code:
Skype 5 for Mac  —  A while back, when Skype's group videochat feature …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Skype Journal
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Google Officially Ends Support For QR Code in Places
Discussion: Guardian, The Next Web and Gizmodo