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11:40 AM ET, April 6, 2011

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DISH Wins Bankruptcy Auction, Buys Blockbuster Assets For $228M In Cash  —  DISH Network this morning announced that it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, which went belly up in September 2010.
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
So Why Did Dish Really Buy Blockbuster?  —  Dish Network said Wednesday that it it will pay around $320 million to buy embattled movie rental chain Blockbuster out of bankruptcy proceedings which have led to significant store closings and layoffs over the past year.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola Xoom A Flop, Just 100,000 Sold So Far  —  Google's first real answer to the iPad is not exactly blowing the doors off.  —  According to an estimate from Deutsche Bank, Motorola has only sold 100,000 Xooms thus far.  Deutsche Bank got its estimate after looking at the Android developer website …
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Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Motorola Mobility: Xoom, Atrix Both Duds, Pacific Crest Says  —  Xoom: No boom, just gloom.  —  Motorola Mobility (MMI) isn't seeing much love for its current cornerstone smart phone and tablet products, Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette asserts in a research note this morning.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Suppliers delivered 2.4M-2.6M iPad 2 units to Apple in March - report  —  Perhaps offering an indication of how many iPad 2 units were sold at launch, a new report claims Apple received between 2.4 million and 2.6 million of the hot-selling device from suppliers in the month of March.
Discussion: BGR
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DigiTimes:
Cover lens supply key for Apple to reach 2Q11 iPad 2 shipment goal, say sources  —  A sufficient supply of cover lenses for touch panel modules will be the key for Apple and other vendors to reach their shipment goals for tablet PCs in second-quarter 2011, according to sources at upstream touch panel suppliers.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn's Answer to Facebook's Open Graph  —  Professional social network LinkedIn has opened up access to a new developer platform today that should bring LinkedIn content, buttons, Twitter-esque “profile summaries” and more to websites throughout the Web.  —  The platform, though, isn't just for developers.
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Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
The New LinkedIn Platform: Help Build the Professional Web  —  Today, we are very happy to announce that we are opening up full access to LinkedIn's new platform for building the professional web.  —  In October, LinkedIn announced early access to a new Javascript platform to help make integrating LinkedIn faster and more powerful.
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
A keyboard-less webOS phone - the Stingray?  [Exclusive]  —  The enterprising tipster who sent us the image of a Verizon Pre 3 has one more device to show you: the above device that by all appearances is a webOS device without a keyboard.  Our best guess is that it has a screen resolution of 480x800.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google boots Grooveshark from Android Market  —  WASHINGTON—Google yesterday removed Grooveshark's music app from the Android Market, a move that comes after some of the top music labels have accused the service of violating copyright law, sources said.  —  “We remove apps from Android Market …
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google's new cloud-based Android Music app leaks out
Discussion: Pulse2, SAI and FierceMobileContent
Tim Schiesser / Tech From 10:
The Android Test Market...?
Wall Street Journal:
Lions Gate Finalizing Netflix Deal to Stream All Seasons of “Mad Men”  —  Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., which produces the hit television series “Mad Men,” has finalized a deal with Netflix Inc. to stream all seven seasons of the critically-acclaimed show about a 1960s advertising agency, according to people close to the situation.
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Bashing Microsoft ‘like kicking a puppy,’ says Linux Foundation chief  —  Linux has already defeated Microsoft, Linux Foundation chief says  —  Two decades after Linus Torvalds developed his famous operating system kernel, the battle between Linux and Microsoft is over and Linux has won …
Discussion: TechSpot, TechEye and WinRumors
Fred A. Bernstein / New York Times:
A Corporate Campus Made to Mirror Facebook  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook, which started out in a dormitory at Harvard, transferred to a rented house in Silicon Valley and now occupies a cluster of office buildings in Palo Alto, Calif., is about to make its biggest move yet …
Discussion: SAI and Betabeat
John Casasanta / tap tap tap:
Camera+ hits 2 million sales / Revealing details about upgrade numbers and in-app purchase sales  —  Fresh off the heals of the Camera+ 2.2 release including our killer feature, Clarity, I'm happy to announce that this weekend we've sold our 2 millionth copy of Camera+.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube's New Search Options Format  —  YouTube has a new interface for related searches and advanced search options.  Now you can select multiple filters from a category and combine related searches.  For example, you can find long-form HD videos that are available in the WebM format.
Discussion: Mashable!
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
USB 3.0, Thunderbolt Possible in Future iOS 30-Pin Connectors  —  For those of you wondering how Apple is planning on supporting next-generation high-speed data port technology for future (and current) iPads, Pods and Phones, you might have your answer.  Patently Apple has unearthed …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Sulzberger: $40 Million Estimate For Paywall Cost Is ‘Vastly Wrong’  —  Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that the New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT) spent $40 million or more to build the digital paywall that went live late last month.  Not so, insists Arthur Sulzberger …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
One-Third Of Teens Plan To Buy An iPhone Soon  —  Teenagers are fickle, but one thing never seems to change.  —  They love Apple products.  —  More than one-third plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months, and 20% are planning to buy a tablet — which probably means iPad.
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Intel Unveils Chips for ‘Mission Critical’ Server Tasks  —  Generating buzz for a new microchip — one that is for servers, no less — is challenging.  But Intel gave it a try with its latest line of microprocessors, the Xeon E7, unveiled on Tuesday, by renting a former bank and briefing reporters in the vault.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Spanning Cloud Apps Raises $2 Million For Cloud Backup Services  —  The Austin-based startup Spanning Cloud Apps, a cloud-based app developer, today announced that it has closed a $2 million series A round, led by the Foundry Group, a VC firm based in Boulder.
Discussion: alarm:clock
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Estimate: In Two Years, Streaming TV Will Be An $800 Million Business for Netflix and Hulu  —  By the end of this year, an estimated 2 million households in the U.S. will have abandoned TV for the Web, cutting the cord with their cable companies.  This estimate comes from Convergence Consulting Group …
Discussion: Sramana Mitra and Fortune
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Vote Is in and Twitter Gets its Tax Breaks.  Now, What about Everyone Else?  —  We just got word that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted 8-to-3 to approve the Mid-Market incentive plan that would give Twitter- and other companies- a six year payroll tax deferral for net …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft creates new consumer channels group to be headed by Chris Capossela  —  A week after Microsoft Senior Vice President of Central Marketing Mich Matthews announced plans to leave, Microsoft announced her replacement will be former Office marketing chief Chris Capossela.
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
GameStop Mulls a Tablet, Will Soon Buy Yours  —  When a brick-and-mortar retailer decides to go digital, one possible strategy goes something like this: Buy a smaller digital company or two, and hope to make them big.  —  That's what GameStop did last week when it acquired Stardock's Impulse …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pixable's Smart iPhone App Aggregates Photos From Facebook, Flickr, And Instagram  —  We've written about startup Pixable previously because of its sleek web photo creation and categorization tools.  Earlier this year, the startup launched Photofeed, a Facebook app and companion iPad app …
Discussion: Mashable!
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney.com:
Bloomberg opens NYC data to entrepreneurs  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — New York City's government agencies are sitting on a deep reservoir of data — a geeky treasure trove of information on topics ranging from crime reports, building complaints and traffic stats to public health.
Discussion: NYConvergence.com
 
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Joe Brockmeier / Network World:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Pulse2 and VatorNews
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Google Shuts Down Position Preference For AdWords Bidding
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Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
How Microsoft learned ABCs of D.C.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
House moves to overturn FCC on Net neutrality
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Key music industry lawyer now EU copyright chief
Discussion: Boing Boing
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Google Chrome to warn of malicious Windows executables
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Twitter Accidentally Shows Users Someone Else's Timeline, Disables #NewTwitter To Fix
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Dell Aims To Boost Innovation With Silicon Valley R&D Center
Discussion: Forbes
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Brix, a New Google Docs App
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Sebastian Moss / PlayStation LifeStyle:
Anonymous Gets Serious, Attacks Sony Employees [Updated]