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12:10 PM ET, April 1, 2011

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TechCrunch:
Facebook Terminated Corporate Development Employee Over Insider Trading Scandal  —  Facebook corporate development manager Michael Brown (pictured left in happier days) recently and abruptly left Facebook, and the company then hired a senior Google employee to replace him.
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.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
April Fools 2011: The Big List  —  Yes, folks, that's right.  That special, special time of year is upon us.  It's April Fools 2011!  We take April Fools pretty seriously around here, so we'll be constantly updating this post with the best April Fools jokes and pranks the World Wide Interwebernets has to offer.
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Lee Byron / Facebook:
One Mobile Site to Serve Thousands of Phones  —  Building for the mobile Web is a big challenge.  You have to plan for thousands of different devices with varying capabilities, screen sizes, keyboards, CSS and JavaScript support, underlying technologies, and browser bugs.
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Touch (Monaco / Monza) hands-on!  —  Part of RIM's upcoming 2011 BlackBerry lineup we leaked in January contained the company's latest evolution of a full touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Monaco / Monza.  Both names are codenames that signify different carriers the phone will land on …
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 …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Massive SQL injection attack making the rounds—694K URLs so far  —  Hundreds of thousands of URLs have been compromised—at the time of writing, 694,000—in an enormous and indiscriminate SQL injection attack.  The attack has modified text stored in databases, with the result that pages served …
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.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
New Book on Google Shows Gaffes in China  —  When Google opened for business in China in 2006, Eric E. Schmidt, its chief executive, said, “Google has 5,000 years of patience in China.”  But its divorce from the country just four years later was inevitable because operations there were troubled from the start.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Patent Shows that Apple is Bringing “Spaces” to the iPad  —  In an Apple Discussions forum on Spaces for iPad, Robb Manning stating back in 2010 that having “the ability to touch one button and switch spaces to where I have safari up to do some research would be awesome.”  Well, today we move closer to that reality.
Discussion: mocoNews, TUAW, OS X Daily and MacStories
Bloomberg:
Acer Sets Sights on Apple, HTC After Lanci Chase of HP Stumbles  —  Gianfranco Lanci tried to make Acer Inc. the world's largest laptop maker by outselling Hewlett- Packard Co. The board says he should have set his sights on Apple Inc. and HTC Corp. instead.
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.
Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
What's The Most Difficult CEO Skill?  Managing Your Own Psychology.  —  “It's f**ked up when your mind's playin' tricks on ya” —The Geto Boys  —  By far the most difficult skill for me to learn as CEO was the ability to manage my own psychology.  Organizational design, process design …
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:intercult_url
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google's Eric Schmidt beats Apple's Steve Jobs in employee approval ratings  —  Even as Eric Schmidt steps down as chief executive at Google on Monday, he can leave with the satisfaction that his employee approval rating is at an all-time high.  There's an art to quitting when you're on top.
Discussion: TechCrunch, SAI and Electronista
John Cook / GeekWire:
Sony Online to shut doors on Bellevue game studio  —  Sony Online Entertainment is closing down game studios in Bellevue, Denver and Tucson, Arizona, a move which will eliminate 205 jobs.  The company also said that it would discontinue development on “The Agency,” an online spy game which had been highly touted.
Neil McAllister / InfoWorld:
What to expect from Gosling at Google  —  Google has lots of Java projects in the works, but the search giant and Java's creator don't always see eye to eye  —  When James Gosling resigned from his position at Oracle last April, it wasn't exactly for greener pastures.
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 …
Evelyn Rusli / New York Times:
Bessemer Venture Partners Closes $1.6 Billion Fund  —  These days, owning a slice of Facebook or Groupon — two of the most popular and valuable companies on the Web — is worth at least some bragging rights in Silicon Valley.  —  But at least one firm has attracted significant capital by avoiding the frenzy.
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google foe won't take “no” on Buzz cash  —  (Reuters) - An Internet privacy group that prodded U.S. regulators to scrutinize Google Inc is miffed about getting cut out of a class action settlement over the search behemoth's Buzz social network.  —  The Electronic Privacy Information Center objected …
Discussion: Adotas
Haaretz:
Israeli startup Conduit with more users than Twitter negotiating billion-dollar exit  —  The company has 230 million users of its products, half the number of Facebook users, and more than LinkedIn and Twitter; if the deal comes off, it would be the biggest sale of an Internet firm in Israeli history.
Discussion: paidContent and NetworkEffect
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Facebook-Enabled, Social Recommendations of Mobile Apps Are Here With Apptitude  —  Facebook may be dragging its heels on offering mobile app recommendations based on your friends' tastes.  But that isn't stopping third-party developers from doing it on their own.
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.
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Pamela McClintock / Reuters:   Theater owners fuming over studios' VOD plan
 
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Peter Cartwright / Netbooknews:
Eee Pad Transformer coming soon to BestBuy for $400 (Update: dock spotted for $150)
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
FCC's Copps not pleased with AT&T bid for T-Mobile
David Gilson / All About Symbian:
Nokia publish Symbian source code
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Rise of the “Second Internet” and What It Means
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Jay Greene / CNET News:
Why Microsoft is taking on Google in Europe
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
Cari Tuna / Digits:
Intuit, Salesforce.com Team Up to Target Small Businesses
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Time Warner Pulls Channels From iPad App