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9:50 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: BGR, @dickc, NBC Bay Area, Betabeat and SAI
Mark Milian / CNN:
Google making app that would identify people's faces  —  Santa Monica, California (CNN) — Google is working on 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.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
He Said/She Said Between Google & CNN On Face Recognition Story
Discussion: CNN, @jonfingas and @markmilian
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Has 250 Million Mobile Users (And A New Unified Mobile Website To Match)  —  For years now, Facebook has offered quite a few ways to access the site from mobile devices, and they've proven immensely popular.  In February 2010 the site had 100 million mobile users per month …
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Lee Byron / Facebook:
One Mobile Site to Serve Thousands of Phones
Discussion: GigaOM
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
CHART OF THE DAY: How Many Users Does Twitter REALLY Have?  —  How many people use Twitter?  Many fewer than Twitter would lead you to believe.  —  According to its “about” page, Twitter has 175 million registered users.  But “registered users” is a funny term.  What it really means is the number of accounts.
Discussion: ChasNote
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 …
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hollywood Rolls Out $30 Rentals.  Smart.  —  Would you pay $30 to rent a movie?  —  Hollywood thinks you may.  Four of the big studios are rolling out a “premium VOD” offering, where renters at home can pay extra to see films that were just in theaters but aren't yet out on DVD.
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 …
James Kanter / New York Times:
Google Plays Down Microsoft's Antitrust Complaint in Europe  —  BRUSSELS — Google played down the significance of an antitrust complaint filed by one of its main rivals, Microsoft, on Thursday and said its discussions were continuing with European Union regulators.
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Jay Greene / CNET News:
Why Microsoft is taking on Google in Europe
Discussion: BetaNews, Examiner and TechNet Blogs
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC ThunderBolt outselling iPhone 4 at Verizon Wireless stores, analyst claims  —  BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk says HTC's latest beastly smartphone for Verizon Wireless is going toe to toe with the iPhone 4, and is even outselling Apple's iPhone at many Verizon Wireless store locations.
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
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Time Warner Pulls Channels From iPad App  —  Time Warner Cable on Thursday abruptly removed several channels from its app that replicates the TV viewing experience on an iPad.  —  The cable company yanked the channels, including MTV and FX, after receiving complaints from three major media companies …
Bloomberg:
Amazon.com Said to Be Considering Mobile-Payment Service for Smartphones  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is considering the introduction of a service that would let consumers pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores using their mobile phones, according to two people with knowledge of the project.
Discussion: Crave, CNET News, SlashGear and MacNN
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Data.gov & 7 Other Sites to Shut Down After Budgets Cut  —  Two years ago the incoming Obama administration launched a number of ambitious websites, most notably Data.gov, that were dedicated to offering public and government data to the outside world.  The stated intention was to foster transparency …
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
In Big Endorsement, AP Embraces Mozilla's ‘Do Not Track’ Header  —  Among the many new features in Firefox 4 is support for the Do Not Track (DNT) HTTP header.  If you turn on the DNT header in Firefox 4's preferences pane, the browser will broadcast a custom header in HTTP requests …
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog
Cari Tuna / Digits:
Intuit, Salesforce.com Team Up to Target Small Businesses  —  Intuit and Salesforce.com are teaming up to take more small businesses to the cloud. … The two companies on Friday are set to announce a partnership that marries Intuit's accounting software for small businesses …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Rise of the “Second Internet” and What It Means  —  What is the thread that ties together the rapid rise of companies as different as Facebook, Zynga, Twitter, The Huffington Post and Quora?  Wedbush Securities, a brokerage firm that analyzes the valuations of private companies …
Discussion: SAI, Thanks:nelsonb
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 …
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: The Social and TechCrunch
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring multi-camera iPhone systems for 3D picture taking  —  Apple has toyed with the idea of adding two or more rear-facing cameras and sensors to a device like an iPhone, allowing pictures to be taken and displayed in 3D.  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week revealed …
Discussion: MacStories, TiPb, SlashGear and The Next Web
 
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
BMW to Launch NYC Tech Incubator With $100 Million Investment Fund
Discussion: Mashable!
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Tighter security available to .com sites, but upgrades required
AbdelKarim Mardini / The Official Google Blog:
Two new Google domains: Iraq and Tunisia
Discussion: The Next Web and WebProNews
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
PlayStation One games appear in Android Market, predictably restricted to Xperia Play
Discussion: SAI and mobiputing
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft enables Internet Explorer 9 desktop notifications for Hotmail
Discussion: The Windows Blog and Neowin.net
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, 31 other companies sued for patent infringement
Discussion: iLounge and Electronista, Thanks:jdalrymple
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Graber / The Next Web:
Twitter warning to UberSocial users: Your DM's might be public
Discussion: @twidroyd
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
A Closer Look at the Salesforce Deal for Radian6
Discussion: TechCrunch
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Looks to Taiwan for iPad 2 Panels
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's Music Search Engine Quietly Vanishes From The Web
Discussion: Technologizer and SAI
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
Facebook, Your Future Bank
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and MediaPost