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2:45 PM ET, April 1, 2011

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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.
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.
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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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Inadvertently Classifies Google Places As A “Content Farm” And Removes From Search Index
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Facebook ‘sued for $1 billion’ over Intifada page said to threaten Jewish lives  —  The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook itself are being sued for a billion dollars over their alleged role in furthering a radical Palestinian page called “Third Intifada,” which threatened Jews in particular with death.
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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.
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 …
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: NetworkEffect and paidContent
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.
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.
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.
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
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Microsoft removes Imagewind from Marketplace, WP7 gets first bitter taste of rejection  —  Oh, sure, it was easy to pick on Apple for all those frustrating App Store rejections over the years, but Google's had its own run-ins with apps being pulled under unfortunate circumstances, and now it's time for WP7 users to get a taste.
Discussion: Neowin.net and MobileCrunch
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 …
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.
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.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Google Answers Viacom in YouTube Appeal (Exclusive) … Google has filed its brief to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the closely-watched $1 billion lawsuit brought by Viacom over alleged copyright infringement on YouTube.  —  In the 94-page document, Google outlines why it believes it qualifies for …
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.
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.
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.
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
 
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
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