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5:15 PM ET, April 5, 2011

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ChangeWave Research:
ChangeWave Survey Results: AT&T iPhone 4 Owners vs. Verizon iPhone 4 Owners  —  A new ChangeWave survey of 4,068 consumers has taken a close up look at key comparisons between Verizon iPhone 4 owners and AT&T iPhone 4 owners - including customer satisfaction and dropped call rates.
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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  —  When Apple's iPhone was exclusively on AT&T it was the butt of endless jokes that went something like, “It's a great phone unless you want to make a phone call.”  —  Now that it's on Verizon it looks like those jokes are moot.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Restructuring: Engineers, Not Managers, In Charge  —  Jonathan Rosenberg said his resignation from Google yesterday was precipitated by Larry Page's return as CEO, but unrelated to Page's effort to restore the urgency of innovation and nimbleness that was once the company's hallmark.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google's new cloud-based Android Music app leaks out  —  Wondering what Google's answer to Amazon's cloud music player for Android will look like?  Then it would seem you now have your answer —the Tech From 10 website somehow managed to receive a developer version of the Android Market …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Why Nasdaq is giving Apple less weight, and Microsoft more  —  Nasdaq this morning sent a wave through the stock market with the announcement that that it will “rebalance” its closely followed and largely tech-oriented Nasdaq 100 Index to reduce the influence of Apple and boost the impact of Microsoft …
Discussion: TUAW and Tech Trader Daily
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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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft confirms Silverlight 5 beta to ship in mid-April
Discussion: SlashGear
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter to Offer Brand Pages Like Facebook's, Report Says
Discussion: Gizmodo and Techie Buzz
Sebastian Moss / PlayStation LifeStyle:
Anonymous Gets Serious, Attacks Sony Employees [Updated]  —  Infamous hacking group, Anonymous, began a series of attacks against Sony earlier today, bringing down several Sony sites and the PlayStation Network.  However, a radical offshoot of the main group believe that the attacks aren't enough …
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 …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Decline, plateau, decline: New data on The Daily suggests a social media decline and a tough road ahead  —  While the news industry looks at smartphone and tablet apps as a chance to build more engaged readers — and maybe even get people to pay! — for those of us who watch the business, apps are frustratingly opaque.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Brix, a New Google Docs App  —  Google Docs code includes references to a new application code-named Brix.  The files created using this application are called “Brix documents”, so Brix can't be a photo editor or a video editor.  —  Here's an icon that could be used for Brix documents: it shows some Lego bricks.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Toyota Pulls Out From Cydia - Struck By Apple's Lightning  —  We hear from time to time about apps that avoided Apple's approval process by going to Cydia.  Those apps can then be sold to jailbroken users.  If you're a big company like Toyota, it might not be that simple to do, not to mention naive to even try.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga buys MarketZero team: 11th acquisition in 11 months  —  Zynga announced today its 11th acquisition in 11 months, acquiring the team working for MarketZero, the creator of PokerTableRatings, the largest online portal tracking career stats of online poker players.
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Read Cisco CEO's Mea Culpa: ‘No Excuses’ … Cisco CEO John Chambers is floating an “our bad” admission about Cisco's recent stumbles, which have weighed on the company's stock price.  (Read Cari Tuna's news story HERE.)  —  Cisco's mea culpa doesn't have the writerly panache …
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Google loses autocomplete defamation case in Italy  —  Google has lost a case in Italy over the defamatory nature of autocomplete suggestions, according to a lawyer for the complainant.  —  On Tuesday, lead counsel Carlo Piana wrote on his blog that the Court of Milan has upheld …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Obama and Zuckerberg to Field Questions From Users at Facebook Live Town Hall  —  President Barack Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will answer questions from users as part of a Facebook Live townhall to be held at the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto.
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
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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Likely Fake iPod 5th gen photos floating around, capacitive home button  —  We were happy to skip over these images that landed in our mailbox last night but they are starting to pop up all over the web so we're posting for discussion.  Notice the capacitative button and the remarkable 128GB of space available in these images.
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.
Francoise Brougher / The Official Google Blog:
Free phone support for AdWords advertisers  —  We've worked hard to keep in touch with our AdWords customers and we're always looking for new ways to support you.  Currently we offer email and online support, and today we're introducing free phone support for all of our U.S.- and Canada-based AdWords customers.
Jessica Dolcourt / The Download Blog:
Fring for Android, iPhone getting group video chats  —  With more and more smartphones and tablets getting front-facing cameras these days, video chatting is on the forefront.  VoIP company Fring, like rival OoVoo, is making group calling its next step.  —  The latest beta update to Fring …
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Mark Hurd Appeals Letter Release to Delaware Supreme Court  —  Mark Hurd appealed a judge's decision that Hewlett-Packard Co. must release most of a letter about the ex-chairman's involvement with contractor Jodie Fisher, the relationship that led to his departure from the company.
Discussion: SAI and NewEnterprise
 
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Sheerly Avni / Open Culture:
The Onion: Fake News Site Launches Real Archive
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Twitter unveils a new homepage, with a focus on interests
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Huffington Post, Thanks:bradmccarty
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Big Vote Is Today: Will San Francisco Hang on to Twitter?
Discussion: Associated Press
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
FounderLY: An Open Platform for Sharing Startup Stories
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Tenenbaum Appeal Heard: Is It Okay To Make Someone Pay $675,000 For Downloading 30 Songs?
Discussion: Boston Herald
Alyson Shontell / SAI:
Amazon Is The Most Reputable Company In The U.S.
Discussion: TechSpot
Todd Haselton / BGR:
T-Mobile expands 4G HSPA+ network to 10 new markets, speed boost coming soon
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Verizon pays $93.5 million to settle false claims case
Discussion: IntoMobile and Android Phone Fans
Steven Church / Bloomberg:
Google to Get $25 Million Breakup Fee If Rival Wins Bid for Nortel Patents
Venessa Miemis / emergent by design:
The Bank of Facebook: Currency, Identity, Reputation
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Wins Reversal of $625.5 Million Mirror Worlds Verdict