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11:45 PM ET, April 3, 2011

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David Carr / New York Times:
Team From Engadget Makes Jump to SB Nation  —  In 2005, Jim Bankoff was working at AOL as executive vice president in charge of products and programming.  He decided that AOL needed to move aggressively into news if the business, then still a portal clinging to dial-up customers …
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Joshua Topolsky:
This is my next project  —  As you may have already heard (or read), there's some activity going on in the world of Joshua Topolsky.  Earlier this evening, David Carr published a piece in the New York Times about a new project that I'm embarking on... and I want to just say a few things about it.
Discussion: BoomTown
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Windows 8 recipe: Hint of Office, dash of Xbox, ounce of Windows Phone  —  Microsoft has already hinted that it wants to make Windows more like Xbox by supporting the Kinect sensor technology and adopting elements of the Xbox Live interface for Windows-based games.
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 8 Explorer teases file syncing and web sharing  —  Earlier today, Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott released the second batch of screenshots featuring unlocked features inside the latest build of Windows 8 to be leaked.  It's apparent now Microsoft is committed to bringing the Ribbon user experience …
Daniel Bailey / ConceivablyTech:
Firefox 5: Social Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer, Tab Apps  —  Details about the next version of Firefox are slowly emerging.  The browser will receive significant UI revisions and feature updates that will make Firefox more social and adopt several features that are already working well in Google's Chrome browser.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's Larry Page must mend image of firm, self  —  Tackling Google's mounting public perception challenges should sit high on the “to do” list as co-founder Larry Page steps into the CEO role on Monday, observers say.  —  A series of antitrust probes, privacy blunders and regulatory slaps …
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Larry Page set to take over as Google CEO starting Monday
Discussion: Associated Press
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Google profile in China shrinking  —  BEIJING - A year after a public spat with Beijing over censorship, Google Inc. says its business with Chinese advertisers is growing even as the Internet giant's share of online searches in China plunges.  —  A major Chinese portal announced last week …
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Patrick Chovanec:   Going After Google  —  When Google threw down the gauntlet …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Erasing the Digital Past  —  THE Internet never forgets.  —  Just ask the New York City teacher who recently divorced his wife of five years.  Drop his name into Google, and his ex-wife appears in pictures of vacations and Christmas parties.  “It's difficult when you're trying to date …
Discussion: Examiner, Gawker and Digital Trends
John Markoff / Bits:
The Asymmetrical Online War  —  In 1975, John Brunner wrote a science fiction novel, “Shockwave Rider,” about a lone programmer who creates a computer worm that exposes a repressive regime's secrets and ultimately undermines a tyrannical government.  —  Life invariably seems to find a way to imitate art …
Alex Howard / Gov 2.0:
Congress weighs deep cuts to funding for federal open government data platforms  —  Data.gov, IT.USASpending.gov, and other five other websites that offer platforms for open government transparency are facing imminent closure.  A comprehensive report filed by Jason Miller …
Michael Stone / Examiner:
Anonymous attacks Sony: Operation PayBack continues  —  #OpSony  —  Saturday the Internet hacktivist collective known as Anonymous launched a cyber attack on media giant Sony.  According to a press release issued in the name of Anonymous the attack is part of Operation PayBack.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5 packs Photo Stream social feature into Photos.app?  —  We already told you that Apple has a photo-based social component called Photo Stream up its sleeve and now glimpses of this feature are appearing in customer's iPhones. 9to5mac reader Mario Piombo spotted references to Photo Stream albums in his iOS 4.3 iPhone 4.
 
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Momentum building for online piracy legislation
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Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Android Trojan Highlights Risks of Open Markets
Discussion: eWeek
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the US needs to blacklist, censor pirate websites
Ben Woods / ZDNet:
Ubuntu Natty Narwhal beta surfaces from Canonical
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
The RSA Hack: How They Did It  —  The hack last month …
Discussion: Speaking of Security
Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla puts squeeze on slow Firefox add-ons