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8:00 AM ET, April 1, 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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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  —  This morning I read the CNN story that said Google was finally going to incorporate facial recognition technology into its Goggles app or another mobile application.  I then wrote an opinion piece that argued Google was courting …
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: Andrew Hillman and ChasNote
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Play Him Off, Flugelhorn Feline: YouTube Time Travels To 1911  —  Head to YouTube after 4AM local time and you'll notice that it looks a little old fashioned — and not in a 1999 blinking construction sign sort of way.  —  YouTube is reverting back to what it would have looked like had it been around …
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
April Fools 2011: The Big List
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Peter Cartwright / Netbooknews:
Eee Pad Transformer coming soon to BestBuy for $400 (Update: dock spotted for $150)  —  Update: BestBuy has pulled the Eee Pad Transformer product page but NewEgg has both the 16GB and 32GB models up priced at $399.99 and $499.99 respectively.  Both out of stock.  J&R.com has the docking station which is priced at $149.
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.
Discussion: @dianneisnor
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Why Microsoft is taking on Google in Europe  —  At first, it's a bit jarring to see Washington-based Microsoft press its unfair competition claims against California-based Google in Belgium.  But Microsoft picked Europe as the latest venue in its fight with Google for the simple reason …
Discussion: Infothought and BetaNews
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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: TUAW, OS X Daily and MacStories
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
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Samsung and Visa Team up to Bring NFC to London 2012 Olympics  —  NFC-enabled mobile payments are coming to the London 2012 Olympics, thanks to a new partnership between Samsung and Visa, both sponsors of the upcoming Games.  In addition, Samsung will launch a specially branded …
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Introducing Page Speed Online, with mobile support  —  At Google, we're striving to make the whole web fast.  As part of that effort, we're launching a new web-based tool in Google Labs, Page Speed Online, which analyzes the performance of web pages and gives specific suggestions for making them faster.
David Gilson / All About Symbian:
Nokia publish Symbian source code  —  Nokia has just posted that it has completed putting the Symbian source code online at symbian.nokia.com.  This means that both company-supported and independent developers can now access the Symbian source code again, after the effective closure of the Symbian Foundation.
 
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google foe won't take “no” on Buzz cash
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
FCC's Copps not pleased with AT&T bid for T-Mobile
Discussion: Mobilized
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Rise of the “Second Internet” and What It Means
Discussion: SAI, Thanks:nelsonb
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
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
In Big Endorsement, AP Embraces Mozilla's ‘Do Not Track’ Header
Discussion: paidContent and The Mozilla Blog
Cari Tuna / Digits:
Intuit, Salesforce.com Team Up to Target Small Businesses
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hollywood Rolls Out $30 Rentals. Smart.
Abhijit Kalamkar / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Cloud Print Ready printers now available