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2:05 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
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.
Discussion: SAI, eWeek and Tech Trader Daily
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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Why Nasdaq is giving Apple less weight, and Microsoft more
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: FierceWireless
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Verizon pays $93.5 million to settle false claims case  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Communications (VZ.N) has agreed to pay $93.5 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the U.S. government on contracts for voice and data services, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Alyson Shontell / SAI:
Amazon Is The Most Reputable Company In The World
Todd Haselton / BGR:
T-Mobile expands 4G HSPA+ network to 10 new markets, speed boost coming soon
Venessa Miemis / emergent by design:
The Bank of Facebook: Currency, Identity, Reputation
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Edible Apple:
MLB.com CEO Bob Bowman says iOS users are more likely to purchase content than Android owners
Discussion: Android Community, TUAW and Neowin.net
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Government's ‘Pirate’ Domain Seizures Failed Miserably
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
American Airlines' Fares Return To Expedia And Hotwire
Discussion: PR Newswire and New York Times
Max Chafkin / Inc.com:
Can Rob Kalin Scale Etsy?
Discussion: SAI and A VC
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
The new Ubuntu Desktop: Unity
Discussion: Datamation
Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NETFLIX CEO REED HASTINGS: Netflix's Market Opportunity Is A Lot Bigger Than You Think
Wall Street Journal:
Mobile-App Makers Face U.S. Privacy Investigation