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4:20 AM ET, April 5, 2011

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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google: Product chief, Silicon Valley veteran Jonathan Rosenberg to step down  —  Larry Page's retaking the reins as Google's (GOOG) CEO Monday came with the most significant change in years in the makeup of the company's tight-knit senior management core: Jonathan Rosenberg …
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Departing Product Chief Rosenberg Will Write A Book With Eric Schmidt
Discussion: Guardian
Kent Walker / The Official Google Blog:
Patents and innovation  —  The tech world has recently seen an explosion in patent litigation, often involving low-quality software patents, which threatens to stifle innovation.  Some of these lawsuits have been filed by people or companies that have never actually created anything …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google bids $900M for Nortel patents, but Microsoft already has them in the bag  —  [Post updated at 1:45 p.m. with clarification of Microsoft's rights to these patents under a previous licensing deal with Nortel.]  —  An executive with bankrupt Nortel Networks calls its intellectual property holdings …
SuperSite for Windows:
Windows 8 Secrets: Modern Reader  —  Part four in a series of co-posts by Windows 8 Secrets co-authors Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott.  —  There are two big pieces of news in today's revelation.  First, Microsoft will apparently be including its own PDF reader in Windows 8.
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:   Windows 8 to include new AppX PDF reader
Wall Street Journal:
Mobile-App Makers Face U.S. Privacy Investigation  —  Federal prosecutors in New Jersey are investigating whether numerous smartphone applications illegally obtained or transmitted information about their users without proper disclosures, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Discover new accounts and search like a pro  —  We've made it easier to find and follow Twitter accounts based on your interests.  When you search for a topic, you can now discover accounts that are relevant to that particular subject.  (Previously, you would have seen accounts that have the specific term in their name or username. )
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Twitter Improves “Who To Follow” Results & Gains Advanced Search Page
Tom Lauricella / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Crunched in Nasdaq Rebalance  —  Nasdaq is taking a bite out of Apple.  —  In a move likely to ripple across the stock market, Nasdaq OMX plans to announce Tuesday a rare rebalancing of its Nasdaq-100 index, which will reduce the big weighting of Apple Inc. The company currently makes up more than 20% of the index.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
In Race With Groupon, LivingSocial Raises $400 Million  —  Last summer, Tim O'Shaughnessy drafted a fictional article, entitled “How LivingSocial Won the Local Commerce Space.”  —  In 1,500 words, the chief executive of LivingSocial spun a tale about how his site had fiercely battled its rival Groupon and emerged the victor.
Discussion: VC Experts, TechCrunch, eMoney and VentureBeat, Thanks:bensign
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
LivingSocial Expects $1 Billion in Revenues in 2011; Adds Former CBS Exec Neil Ashe to Board
Discussion: SAI
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Wins Reversal of $625.5 Million Mirror Worlds Verdict  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) won a court ruling that throws out a $625.5 million patent-infringement verdict over how documents are displayed on a computer screen.  —  A federal judge in Tyler, Texas, today said Apple didn't infringe …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Android is a mess, say developers  —  A new survey analyzes the pros and cons of writing for various mobile platforms  —  On the heels of the debate played out over the weekend between Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson and Instapaper's Marco Arment about whether it's wiser to be writing apps for Apple's …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Milk: Kevin Rose's New Company Aims to Solve Big Problems on the Mobile Web  —  Well by Silicon Valley standards, that certainly wasn't a long “stealth” period.  Just weeks after he quit Digg, Kevin Rose is announcing details of his new startup.  Knowing Rose, I can tell why he's so excited to get started.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
The Clock on the Wall Says It May Be Time for More Analog Deals  —  The surprise acquisition of National Semiconductor by Texas Instruments has given stocks in other companies that make analog semiconductors a big jolt.  —  Here's a sampling: Fairchild Semiconductor is up nearly 5 percent in after-market trading.
Discussion: Engadget and Tech Trader Daily
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Texas Instruments to Acquire National Semiconductor for $6.5 Billion
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook For iPhone Gets Event Check-Ins, Maps, And Unfriending  —  A couple weeks ago, after All Facebook spotted the ability to check-in to Facebook events, the social network confirmed to us that the feature would be launching shortly on the iPhone and their mobile-based touch site.  Today, here it is.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Announces Fire Hose Marketplace: Up to 10k Keyword Filters for 30 Cents!  —  Like a prism to a ray of sunlight, stream-hacking startup Mediasift CEO Nick Halstead took the stage today with Twitter's Ryan Sarver at the Data 2.0 conference to announce Twitter's second data resales channel partnership.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter and Mediashift Partner To Resell Firehose Data
Discussion: @rsarver
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
The new Ubuntu Desktop: Unity  —  When Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu announced that the next version of the popular Linux, Ubuntu 11.04, would use Unity, instead of GNOME as its default desktop interface he shocked the Linux desktop community.  Now, with the release of the Ubuntu 11.04 beta, we can get a real look at Unity.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
FT won't give up subscriber relationship to Apple  —  (Reuters) - The Financial Times wants to keep selling subscriptions for its digital news directly to readers rather than surrender control of new customers who sign up via Apple's iPad, the managing director of FT.com said.
Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NETFLIX CEO REED HASTINGS: Netflix's Market Opportunity Is A Lot Bigger Than You Think  —  Our INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK this week is with one of the most successful Founder-CEOs in the history of the online industry: Reed Hastings of Netflix.
Bloomberg:
Google Said to Be Possible Target of U.S. FTC Antitrust Probe  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering a broad antitrust investigation of Google Inc. (GOOG)'s dominance of the Internet-search industry, two people familiar with the matter said.  —  Before proceeding with any probe …
Discussion: The Register, Reuters and CNET News, Thanks:dinabass
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
After 201 days in review, Apple greenlights iPhone app that unmasks blocked calls (updated with video)  —  Apple's review process has gone a long way since the early days when every day would bring a new story about a controversial rejection.  It's rare nowadays that an app would take longer …
Max Chafkin / Inc.com:
Can Rob Kalin Scale Etsy?  —  In a hip loft, in the hippest borough of the hippest city in America, a hundred or so energetic young people wearing vintage dresses, modded Nikes, and skinny jeans turn to face a makeshift stage.  This is Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where a selection of creative types …
 
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Wozniak: Tablet is the PC for ‘normal people’
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
American Airlines' Fares Return To Expedia And Hotwire
Discussion: PR Newswire and New York Times
Sean Michael Kerner:
Mozilla Messaging folds into Mozilla Labs
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yelp Now Drawing 50 Million Users A Month To Its 17 Million Reviews
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
VMware Takes Over EMC's Mozy Cloud Storage Service
Discussion: VMware Blogs, eWeek and GeekWire
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Making Facebook Ads More Buyer-Friendly
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AOL's Going(.com) Going Gone!
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jott Blog:
Jott service ending on May 3rd, 2011
Discussion: Mobilized and GeekWire
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
It could be worse: data caps around the world
Discussion: CrunchGear, PC World and msnbc.com
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft may announce Silverlight for Xbox next week
Zach Epstein / BGR:
AT&T confirms early upgrade price changes for iPhone 4, other smartphones