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12:35 PM ET, March 31, 2011

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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:
Microsoft Accusing Google of Antitrust Violations  —  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.
BBC:
Microsoft takes Google complaint to EU
Discussion: The Register and MSDN Blogs
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 …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Microsoft Details Windows Phone 7 App Stats, Says 65% Are Paid Downloads
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and WPCentral.com
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 …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Google tightening control of Android, insisting licensees abide by ‘non-fragmentation clauses’?  —  A storm seems to be brewing over the realm of Android development.  Bloomberg's Businessweek spies have received word from “a dozen executives working at key companies in the Android ecosystem” …
Discussion: Geekosystem
Eric Reagan / Photography Bay:
Photoshop for iPad Live Demo  —  Here's the promised live demo of the killer new iPad Photoshop app that debuted today at Photoshop World.  Again, this is still in development with no set release date yet.  —  Check it out, complete with the awesome layers animation, below.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Apple Global Marcom VP Allison Johnson Leaving Company  —  Allison Johnson, who has served as Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing communications since 2005, is leaving the company, according to several sources.  —  The reason?  —  To co-found a new marketing …
SAMSUNG TOMORROW:
Samsung laptops are in fact secure  —  The statements that Samsung installs keylogger on R525 and R540 laptop computers are false.  —  Our findings indicate that the person mentioned in the article used a security program called VIPRE that mistook a folder created by Microsoft's Live Application …
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Update: Samsung Denies Spyware Pre-Installed On Its Computers
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon in Big Push to Clinch Music Deals  —  Amazon.com Inc. is aggressively courting the world's biggest music companies, as it seeks licensing deals that would help improve the online music service it launched Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter.
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David Pogue / New York Times:   The Cloud That Rains Music
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.
Discussion: Apple Bitch, Fortune and PhoneRPT.com
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 …
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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.
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With +1, Google Search Goes Truly Social — As Do Google Ads
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.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
eBay reveals its iPad 2 sales data  —  While the wait continues for the official number of iPad 2s sold by Apple since its launch earlier this month, eBay this morning is sharing a peek at two weeks of iPad 2 buying activity from its U.S. site.  —  Unsurprisingly the hard-to-get tablet …
Discussion: Digital Trends, GigaOM and 9 to 5 Mac
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
Facebook, Your Future Bank  —  Forget sharing photos.  Mark Zuckerberg may soon manage your finances  —  Fall behind in the game FarmVille and the poor crops inside your Facebook window wither.  Remedies include biplanes or rejuvenating your “farm coins,” but if you're out of those …
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China report claims Google-linked companies broke tax rules  —  (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have found three companies linked to Google broke tax rules and are continuing to probe for possible tax avoidance, a state-run Chinese newspaper said on Thursday, raising the possibility of a new bout …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci resigns amid disagreement about company's future direction  —  Acer's board and CEO don't seem to have been getting along too brilliantly lately and now the situation's come to a point with the resignation of one Mr. Gianfranco Lanci from the company's helm.
Mark Milian / CNN:
Google making app that would identify people's faces  —  Santa Monica, California (CNN) — Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week.
Discussion: Popular Science and Techland
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ben Horowitz On Shifting Technologies: “Go Out And Build ‘Question Mark’ ...”  —  Andreessen Horowitz Founder/Partner Ben Horowitz took the stage today at Web 2.0 Expo SF to talk about what to invest in and what to build during a technological shift.  —  Comparing our current technological shift …
Electronista:
Google rumored standardizing Android 3.0, ARM chips  —  Google may be pushing for much more consistency not just in Android 3.0 but also in the ARM processors that power it, notebook makers claimed late Wednesday.  Details of the process were vague, but it was implied it would be more than just the decision …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple suppliers Samsung, AU Optronics ramp up as iPad 2 demand surges [u]  —  Samsung will hire 300 engineers and technicians for a semiconductor plant in Austin, Tex., in the company's latest round of expansion largely driven by increased demand for the iPad and iPhone …
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Startup Visa D.O.A., and Startup America Just a Giant Press Release?  —  President Obama seems to understand the role that startups play and the contribution that skilled immigrants make to U.S. economic growth.  He has talked a lot about the importance of science and engineering …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Joins NFC Forum To Advance Near Field Communication Technology
Steve Souders / High Performance Web Sites:
Announcing the HTTP Archive
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Sequoia Capital Keeps The Chinese IPO Hits Coming
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and DealBook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
White-Label App Marketplace Platform Appia Raises $10M At $100M Valuation
Bloomberg:
Nokia Rating Cut for First Time by S&P on Smartphone Share
Discussion: SAI and BGR
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Scaling Instagram: How the Photo Sharing Startup Avoided Catastrophe in Its First Days
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Gecko Scurries Away, Camino Looks To WebKit To Save Itself
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
New, Lean Firefox 4: Re-Built to Play Catch-Up
Discussion: Ars Technica
John Cook / GeekWire:
Exclusive: Fast-growing Swype scores cash from Ignition, hints at Apple iOS integration
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
iPad generated nearly 100% of media tablet revenues in 2010
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Crippled Phones Reveal AT&T Isn't Ready for 4G
Discussion: IntoMobile and GottaBeMobile, Thanks:gadgetlab