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11:30 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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Restructuring: Engineers, Not Managers, In Charge
Discussion: eWeek
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Departing Product Chief Rosenberg Will Write A Book With Eric Schmidt
Discussion: Guardian and Fortune
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Verizon iPhone Owners Don't Have As Many Dropped Calls As AT&T iPhone Owners
Discussion: Computerworld and MacRumors
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.
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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
Steven Church / Bloomberg:
Google to Get $25 Million Breakup Fee If Rival Wins Bid for Nortel Patents  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) will be paid a $25 million breakup fee if another bidder wins a proposed auction for bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp. (NRTLQ)'s patent portfolio, according to court papers.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Google, Facebook take France to court over privacy  —  PARIS — Internet heavyweights including Google and Facebook are to file a complaint with France's highest judicial body against a decree obliging them to keep web users' personal data for a year.  —  More than 20 Internet companies active …
Kenneth Leftin / Google Mobile Blog:
See your location history dashboard and more with Google Maps 5.3 for Android  —  Today, we're happy to announce Google Maps 5.3 for Android, which lets you see your Google Location History dashboard, check in at “home,” and add your own aspects for places when rating them.  —  Location History dashboard
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Wozniak: Tablet is the PC for ‘normal people’  —  IDG News Service - Tablets are the culmination of what Steve Jobs wanted to create at Apple from the beginning, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said Monday.  —  During a keynote session at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California …
The Silverlight Blog:
Standards-based web, plug-ins, and Silverlight  —  As we drive toward MIX, we wanted to share our thoughts on the role of plug-ins in general, and Silverlight in particular, in the context of HTML5 and the future of the web.  As we have been more vocal about our commitment to and investment …
Discussion: ZDNet, SlashGear, InfoQ and WinRumors
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPad 2 tops Consumer Reports tablet rankings  —  Apple's iPad 2 has topped Consumer Reports' tablet ratings according to a press release issued on Tuesday.  Consumer Reports has taken an odd stance on Apple's mobile products in recent history, particularly where the iPhone is concerned.
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Apple's Weighting in Nasdaq-100 Index Cut; Microsoft Raised  —  Apple Inc.'s weighting in the Nasdaq-100 Index was cut as the technology-heavy equity gauge had its first major reshuffle since 1998 to better reflect companies' market value.  The maker of the iPhone fell in pre- market trading.
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
Discussion: AllTwitter
Venessa Miemis / emergent by design:
The Bank of Facebook: Currency, Identity, Reputation  —  design by ericaglasier.com - @EricaGlasier  —  How will Facebook and the global economy interact in the future?  —  There has been much speculation recently about the role Facebook Credits could play in becoming a global virtual currency …
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Dell 10-inch Tablet Not Coming Until Fall  —  Back in February, Dell announced it would release a 10-inch, Windows 7-based tablet at some  —  point in 2011.  The delivery date for that device, it turns out, won't be until the fall, according to a company source.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AMD ships 32nm quad-core Llano APU, expects systems ‘later this quarter’  —  Whoa, Nelly!  AMD, a company that has struggled to nail its ship dates in years past, has just pulled the ultimate 180.  If you'll recall, we heard last month that its quad-core Llano APU was on track for a Q3 2011 release …
Sarah Shearman / Marketing Magazine:
Twitter to offer brands Facebook-style pages  —  Twitter is considering creating Facebook-style branded pages as part of its drive to increase its revenue from advertising.  —  Twitter: considering Facebook-style branded pages  —  Branded pages, through which advertisers could deliver tailored messages …
Michelle Ruhfass / MobileBurn.com:
Sprint Nexus S 4G Android smartphone shipping April 6 for $199.99  —  News by Michelle Ruhfass on Monday April 04, 2011.  —  Sponsored links, if any, appear in green.  —  Best Buy has updated its website to reflect that April 6 will be the ship date for its Nexus S 4G smartphone for Sprint.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
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