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4:35 PM ET, March 31, 2011

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Doug Bowman / Twitter Blog:
So a bar walks into an app...  Last month, we released an update to Twitter for iPhone and iPad containing a number of features that made finding friends and sharing information on Twitter even easier.  The iPhone app also contained a new feature we wanted to test named the QuickBar.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Kills The #Dickbar  —  Yes, it's happened.  Three days after Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey comes back in to head product, the dreaded #Dickbar, or the Quickbar that inserted trending topics and promoted ads into your tweet-stream on the iPhone, is dead.
Discussion: Betabeat and @dickc
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.
James Kanter / New York Times:
Google Plays Down Microsoft's Antitrust Complaint in Europe
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’?
Discussion: Geekosystem
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Ditches Barcodes for NFC  —  Google is moving away from barcodes and towards NFC (near field communication) if a pair of stories about the search company are tied together.  Yesterday, news broke out about Google's decision to officially end support for the use of QR codes …
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
After Blippy, Pud Contemplates His Next Move  —  As a little boy, Philip Kaplan, the serial entrepreneur long known as Pud, was “force fed” Ritalin.  Kaplan says this with a laugh, but even today, the 35-year-old admits to having trouble focusing for too long on any one thing.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Boxcar Pushes Its Way Onto The Mac  —  My love of Boxcar should be pretty clear at this point.  Because I'm an information junkie, it's probably the app I use the most on my iPhone/iPad besides Safari.  And earlier this year, they brought the notification goodness to the web as well.
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Looks to Taiwan for iPad 2 Panels  —  Apple is scrambling to retool its supply chain following this month's devastating earthquake in Japan, searching out new suppliers to avoid running out of components as demand for the iPad 2 surges.  Taiwan's Economic Daily News reports that Apple …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
EBay Unveils a Local Strategy That Has Nothing to Do With Daily Deals!  —  Groupon and LivingSocial, the poster children of local commerce, have done a bang-up job of making us believe that the trend is all about offering steep discounts to restaurants, spas or other nearby merchants.
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost and NBC Bay Area
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: Fortune, Apple Bitch and PhoneRPT.com
Abhijit Kalamkar / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Cloud Print Ready printers now available  —  Imagine printing an important email from your Chrome notebook on your train ride to work, then finding the completed printout in the printer tray when you reach the office.  Or printing your airline boarding pass from your smartphone to your home printer …
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
MyStream launches the first free iOS app to share music over WiFi  —  Have you ever tried to share a pair of headphones on the subway train, only to have someone's bulky body knock the buds painfully from your ears and disturb your listening experience?  I have, quite a few times …
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat and Macworld
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's Music Search Engine Quietly Vanishes From The Web  —  At the end of October 2009, my colleague Jason Kincaid traveled all the way to Hollywood, Los Angeles, for the official unveiling of Google's new music search initiative by the Internet giant and its partners, Lala, Rhapsody, imeem and MySpace Music / iLike.
Discussion: SAI
Tom Graber / The Next Web:
Twitter warning to UberSocial users: Your DM's might be public  —  Be aware if you are using Twitter Direct Messages longer than 140 chars sent via “d username” on UberSocial for Blackberry/iPhone & Twidroyd are currently visible publicly.  —  via @safety: … The proper parties have been notified and a fix is in the works.
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.
 
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, 31 other companies sued for patent infringement
Discussion: iLounge, Thanks:jdalrymple
Patrik Runald / Security Labs:
LizaMoon mass injection hits over 226,000 URLs (was 28,000) including iTunes
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:tomwarren
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hollywood Rolls Out $30 Rentals. Smart.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Variety
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
A Closer Look at the Salesforce Deal for Radian6
Discussion: TechCrunch
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Groupon Co-Founders Invest in Qwiki
Discussion: SAI, VatorNews and TechCrunch
Electronista:
Korea's SK Telecom mulls bid for Blockbuster
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China report claims Google-linked companies broke tax rules
Discussion: MarketWatch, Inquirer and thinq_
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ben Horowitz On Shifting Technologies: “Go Out And Build ‘Question Mark’ ...”
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Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Startup Visa D.O.A., and Startup America Just a Giant Press Release?
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
Chris Ziegler:
And away I go  —  This is my last week at Engadget.
Discussion: paidContent and @carnage4life