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4:15 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Inadvertently Classifies Google Places As A “Content Farm” And Removes From Search Index  —  Power struggles within Google's executive team, which have been brewing since the announcement of long time CEO Eric Schmidt's departure, are apparently bubbling up to the surface.
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
April Fools 2011: The Big List
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Delimiter
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 …
Discussion: CNN, @markmilian and @jonfingas
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
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
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.
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: iClarified and GigaOM
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
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
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 …
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 …
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: OS X Daily, TUAW and MacStories
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 …
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.
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: CNNMoney.com and Examiner
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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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, SlashGear, Crave and MacNN
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
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 …
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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Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
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AbdelKarim Mardini / The Official Google Blog:
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Discussion: The Next Web and WebProNews
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, 31 other companies sued for patent infringement
Discussion: iLounge and Electronista, Thanks:jdalrymple
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
EBay Unveils a Local Strategy That Has Nothing to Do With Daily Deals!
Discussion: IBD Click, The Social and TechCrunch
Abhijit Kalamkar / Google Chrome Blog:
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
After Blippy, Pud Contemplates His Next Move
Discussion: Mashable! and SAI
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Apple Global Marcom VP Allison Johnson Leaving Company