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11:00 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.
Discussion: Communications …
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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.
Electronista:
comScore: Android now 33% of US smartphones, iPhone still up  —  Android is continuing its rise upwards but has yet to take any share away from the iPhone, comScore found on Friday.  February, the first month of the Verizon iPhone's availability, saw Android climb up to exactly 33 percent …
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Snafus forced Twitter data center move: sources  —  (Reuters) - An ambitious plan to prevent “Fail Whales,” the cartoon icon that greets frustrated Twitter users during network outages, has turned into a fail whale of its own.  —  A new, custom-built facility in Utah meant …
Discussion: AllTwitter
Nicole Perlroth / Everything Ventured:
The New Normal: Bessemer and Accel Both Close Billion Dollar Funds  —  “A million dollars isn't cool.  You know what's cool?  A billion dollars.”  —  Bessemer Venture Partners and Accel Partners each closed oversubscribed mega-funds today.  It took Bessemer only ten weeks to raise its new $1.6 billion fund.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
IDG-Accel raises $1.3B for China, riding buzz from Facebook and IPOs  —  IDG-Accel, a joint venture between media giant IDG and venture capital firm Accel Partners, has finished raising two new China funds totaling $1.3 billion.  —  The warchest is significantly larger than the joint venture …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
It's No Joke.  IPOs Are Back, Baby  —  Fourteen venture-backed companies went public in the first quarter of 2011, raising $1.4 billion in the process, according to the National Venture Capital Association.  That's the highest number to go public in a quarter since 2007.
Discussion: IBD Click
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon 4G LTE ‘blows away’ Sprint's WiMAX in 1,000 speed tests  —  Sprint is no longer the “4G king,” BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk proclaimed on Friday following a massive speed test that pitted Sprint's HTC EVO 4G against Verizon Wireless' HTC ThunderBolt.
Chris / cdixon.org:
App store shenanigans  —  I've downloaded and tested a few hundred iPhone and iPad apps.  One thing that I've noticed is that many of the top rated and ranked apps are pretty scammy.  Take for example “Night Vision.”  —  It's a top app in under Utilities for both paid and free iPhone apps.
Discussion: @cdixon
Bloomberg:
Acer Sets Sights on Apple, HTC After HP Chase 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.  —  The rift led to Lanci quitting yesterday …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Fires Employee for Insider Trading  —  Updated Adding comment from Michael Brown and revisions throughout.  —  Facebook fired a senior employee who bought Facebook shares through secondary markets in violation of the company's policy on insider trading, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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TechCrunch:
Facebook Terminated Corporate Development Employee Over Insider Trading Scandal
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 …
Owen Thomas / The Wire:
My Plan To Build The Next Great Media Brand  —  As many of you know, today I leave my post as executive editor of VentureBeat for a new opportunity.  I've joined the Daily Dot, a media startup, as its founding editor.  —  What's that, you ask?  The Daily Dot is a bold experiment …
Discussion: Poynter and GigaOM
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
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.
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued For $1 Billion After Not Removing A Page Fast Enough
Discussion: Examiner and Switched
 
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Robert McMillan / Network World:
UberSocial fixes direct-message privacy bug
Discussion: PC World
Robert Lemos / InfoWorld:
VeriSign DNS fix paves way for safer Internet
Discussion: internetnews.com
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
MTV Loves Facebook, and Facebook Likes MTV a Lot (Video)
Discussion: All Facebook
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Google Answers Viacom in YouTube Appeal (Exclusive)
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Microsoft removes Imagewind from Marketplace, WP7 gets first bitter taste of rejection
Discussion: Neowin.net, PC World and MobileCrunch
Michael Kan / PC World:
China's Baidu to Compensate Songwriters for Music Downloads
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 Earlier Items: 
Haaretz:
Israeli startup Conduit with more users than Twitter negotiating billion-dollar exit
Discussion: NetworkEffect and paidContent
Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
What's The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:intercult_url
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google's Schmidt beats Apple's Jobs in employee approval ratings
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and SAI
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Google foe won't take “no” on Buzz cash
Discussion: paidContent and Adotas
Neil McAllister / InfoWorld:
What to expect from Gosling at Google
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Touch (Monaco / Monza) hands-on!