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3:40 AM ET, April 4, 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 and GottaBeMobile
Jim Bankoff / @bankoff:
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 …
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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.
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 …
B.L. Ochman / AdAge:
Most Fortune 50 Brands Still Hiding Their Social Media  —  Looking for Facebook or Twitter Icons on Corporate Websites?  Keep Looking  —  Surely, as we head into the second quarter, the Fortune 50 — if not all big companies — are now at least involved in social media and want us to find them everywhere they have an online presence.
Discussion: FM Blog
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How We All Missed Web 2.0′s “Netscape Moment”  —  (Editor's note: This is the third installment in a series about the late stage, secondary investing craze sweeping the venture capital business.  For the first two installments go here and here.)  —  On May 26, 2009 Mike sat down with Yuri Milner …
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 …
Discussion: @jason, Thanks:techchronicle
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Larry Page set to take over as Google CEO starting Monday
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Milian / CNN:
Why Nintendo isn't making a phone  —  Playing Super Mario on a Nintendo phone will remain a pipe dream.  —  Although Microsoft and Sony — Nintendo's rivals among the “Big Three” gaming companies — have branched into mobile phone development, Nintendo isn't planning to build a phone …
Discussion: GeekWire
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, Digital Trends and Gawker
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 …
Kansas City Star:
KCK courted Google Internet project quietly, cautiously  —  The order for 500 large cupcakes and 300 iced sugar cookies came with a mystery.  —  MeMa's Bakery owner Loraine Waldeck was told that treats for an event last week would need to be custom-decorated, but just how was a secret.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Person Finder: a tool born of disaster, from Hurricane Katrina to Japan's quake, tsunami  —  About one hour after a 9. earthquake struck Japan on March 11, Google's Person Finder system was up and running, collecting records and enabling people to search through them online …
 
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Alex Howard / Gov 2.0:
Congress weighs deep cuts to funding for federal open government data platforms
Michael Stone / Examiner:
Anonymous attacks Sony: Operation PayBack continues
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5 packs Photo Stream social feature into Photos.app?
Discussion: App Advice
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Momentum building for online piracy legislation
Thanks:gnagesh
 Earlier Items: 
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