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1:30 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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google April Fools' Day 2011  —  This year, Google's hoaxes are less inspired and some of them aren't original either, but they're still funny.  Here are some of them:  —  1. Google China invented teleportation.  “Through the search is to let Google take you through time and space …
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
April Fools 2011: The Big List
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Eric Schmidt Tried To Get Google To Hide His Political Donation In Search Results  —  Departing Google CEO Eric Schmidt was known for some of his bumbling public statements — like saying that privacy didn't matter — but apparently he made some internal blunders as well.
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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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Social browser RockMelt makes its first big upgrade  —  RockMelt, the Web browser that launched last fall with backing from Andreessen Horowitz, is releasing some improvements today that co-founder and chief executive Eric Vishria told me will tackle the two biggest requests from users.
Discussion: Inside Facebook, GigaOM and WebProNews
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 …
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.
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.
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
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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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 …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google's Schmidt beats Apple's 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: Between the Lines Blog and SAI
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.
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
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
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple may build its own external battery pack for recharging on the go  —  Apple has shown interest in integrating a rechargeable external battery pack into its standard charging cable, providing extra power for devices like a MacBook or iPhone when a power outlet isn't available.
Michael Kan / PC World:
China's Baidu to Compensate Songwriters for Music Downloads  —  China's largest search engine Baidu said it will start paying an agency representing songwriters for every music download on the site, after years of being criticized for providing links to pirated music downloads.
Discussion: TechEye and PlagiarismToday
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
M&A Activity Down 22 Percent in Q1, But IPOs And Acquisition Amounts On The Rise  —  DowJones Venture Source has released its quarterly data on venture-backed exists and its appears that M&A activity has dropped in Q1 2011 despite the momentum that venture-backed exits gained throughout 2010.
Discussion: GeekWire, IBD Click, GigaOM and Dow Jones
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 …
 
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Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
What's The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:intercult_url
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Facebook-Enabled, Social Recommendations of Mobile Apps Are Here With Apptitude
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google foe won't take “no” on Buzz cash
Discussion: Adotas
Peter Cartwright / Netbooknews:
Eee Pad Transformer coming soon to BestBuy for $400 (Update: dock spotted for $150)
Pamela McClintock / Reuters:
Theater owners fuming over studios' VOD plan
Discussion: MediaMemo
 Earlier Items: 
David Gilson / All About Symbian:
Nokia publish Symbian source code
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Rise of the “Second Internet” and What It Means
Discussion: SAI, Thanks:nelsonb