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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.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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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.
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  —  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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Inadvertently Classifies Google Places As A “Content Farm” And Removes From Search Index
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued For $1 Billion After Not Removing A Page Fast Enough  —  I took my sweet time to check if this was an April Fools joke to be put on our exhaustive 2011 list, but it appears to be as real as can be.  —  Larry Klayman, a renowned American activist …
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THE DRUM:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Just Like That, Time Warner Cable Adds A Bunch More Channels To Its iPad App  —  Give Time Warner Cable some credit for bouncing back quickly.  —  A day after announcing that it was getting rid of a bunch of channels from its streaming iPad app, pressured by network lawyers …
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
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
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.
Robert Lemos / InfoWorld:
VeriSign DNS fix paves way for safer Internet  —  DNSSEC faces long path to full adoption, but VeriSign's move is a step toward better Internet security  —  VeriSign, the administrator of the .com domain, announced on Thursday that the company had deployed the domain-name system (DNS) …
Discussion: internetnews.com
Ben Laurie / Google Online Security Blog:
Improving SSL certificate security  —  In the wake of the recent Comodo fraud incident, there has been a great deal of speculation about how to improve the public key infrastructure, on which the security of the Internet rests.  Unfortunately, this isn't a problem that will be fixed overnight.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Onion, America's Finest News Source, Picks Finest Day To Debut iPad App  —  This is not a joke.  The Onion, “America's Finest News Source” (TM), released its iPad app fittingly enough on April Fools Day.  IPad apps are serious stuff.  This one delivers fake news stories, videos …
Discussion: Mashable!, MacStories and The Next Web
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
MTV Loves Facebook, and Facebook Likes MTV a Lot (Video)  —  Twenty years after “the MTV Generation,” the TV network is now wooing the Facebook generation.  —  MTV this week aired a behind-the-scenes episode of its show “Diary” about employees at Facebook that was basically a half-hour recruiting video …
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Michael Kan / PC World:
China's Baidu to Compensate Songwriters for Music Downloads
Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
What's The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.
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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
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Evelyn Rusli / New York Times:
Bessemer Venture Partners Closes $1.6 Billion Fund
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Massive SQL injection attack making the rounds—694K URLs so far
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Data.gov & 7 Other Sites to Shut Down After Budgets Cut
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC ThunderBolt outselling iPhone 4 at Verizon Wireless stores, analyst claims