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9:50 AM ET, April 7, 2011

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Android Chief Andy Rubin: Nothing's Changed (Except The Deals They Don't Talk About...)  —  Last week, Bloomberg Businessweek published an article titled Do Not Anger the Alpha Android, in which it detailed the decreasing level of openness and increasing restrictions Google is placing …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, @markmilian and GigaOM
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Andy Rubin / Android Developers Blog:
I think I'm having a Gene Amdahl moment  —  [This post is by Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering —Tim Bray]  —  Recently, there's been a lot of misinformation in the press about Android and Google's role in supporting the ecosystem.  I'm writing in the spirit of transparency and in an attempt to set the record straight.
Wall Street Journal:
Google to Revamp YouTube With ‘Channels’  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube video website is working on a major site overhaul to organize its content around “channels” as it positions itself for the rise of Internet-connected televisions that allow people to watch online video in their living rooms, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Daniel Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
Google to Open Office in Beverly Hills … Furthering its Southern California expansion, Google has inked a deal with the city of Beverly Hills to open a 13,465-square-foot office for the company's entertainment division in a city-owned property.  —  The 11-year lease agreement …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Founders Now Take the Money and Maintain Control  —  In a small office in San Francisco, electronic music blared as several programmers loomed over two computers.  David Morin, the founder of Path, a social network start-up, gave the signal and the company's site and iPhone application went live.
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:   The Money Network  —  Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Twitter …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Said To Have High Level Mole At Twitter, Makes Massive Counteroffers To Retain Employees  —  Google may have paid as much as $150 million in stock grants to retain key product employees Sundar Pichai and Neal Mohan, say multiple sources.  Both were offered the chief product role …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
HTC Climbs Past Nokia in Market Cap  —  HTC just passed a stunning financial milestone, surpassing yet another formidable rival.  Having recently roared past Research in Motion in market cap, the company has soared on past Nokia as well.  —  HTC's market cap today sits at about $33.8 billion …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Executives In A Heated Battle Over Opening More Retail Stores  —  An internal battle is raging at Microsoft over whether and how fast the company should open more retail stores.  —  According to sources close to the company, CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner are both hot …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Android to Command Nearly Half of Worldwide Smartphone Operating System Market by Year-End 2012  —  Worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, a 57.7 percent increase from 2010, according to Gartner Inc. By the end of 2011, Android will move to become …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
If Google Was New York City & Online Piracy Was Knock-Off Handbags...  Imagine my shock when I used Bing to search for “Where to buy knockoff products in New York” and found a treasure trove of information on the web leading me to an apparently little-known area of New York City where such products are available around Canal Street:
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Google: don't give private “trolls” Web censorship power
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Samsung Tablet Prices Cut Again in Rising Challenge to IPad  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless cut the price of the Galaxy Tab tablet computer for the second time this year, signaling more competition for Apple Inc.'s iPad.  —  The Tab, made by Samsung Electronics Co. …
Discussion: The Apple Core Blog and TG Daily
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi edition landing April 10th for $349.99 [updated]
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Series 9 Makes a Statement  —  I am writing these words on an extremely thin and stylish, but very light, laptop made of metal.  Despite its slender body, it has a full-size screen and keyboard, good performance and claims strong battery life.  Like a tablet, it uses solid-sate memory instead …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Tweets Some Big Q1 Stats; 155 Million Tweets A Day Now  —  Since the first quarter just ended, Twitter's PR team decided to tweet updates stats regarding the state of Twitter today.  Of them, the biggest is that Twitter saw a 41 percent increase in tweets per day (and a 38 percent increase in the U.S.) for the quarter.
Forbes:
The Midas List — 2011's Top Tech Investors  —  1 Jim Breyer Accel Partners Technology — 2 Michael Moritz Sequoia Capital Technology — 3 Reid Hoffman Greylock Partners Technology
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Promotes Group Buying Feature Deals With Home Page Ads and Emails  —  Facebook stepped up its marketing efforts recently for its new group-buying feature Deals.  Users have seen home page ads asking them to invite their friends to subscribe to news feed and email notifications about Deals.
Discussion: SAI
Blake Patterson / Touch Arcade:
Atari Brings 100 Retro Titles to iOS in “Atari's Greatest Hits”!  [Out Now]  —  Retro gaming junkies, you may want to sit down for this.  In a launch that's sending pixellated shockwaves across the App Store, Atari has just released Atari's Greatest Hits [NZ App Store], a Universal app that brings 100 …
Pat Fox / Office For Mac:
Coming Soon: Office for Mac 2011 SP1  —  Next week, we will release Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 (SP1) which will provide increased stability, security, and some new features to the suite - including improved Outlook syncing support - as well as some performance enhancements.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
FCC to vote on mandatory wireless-data roaming  —  The Federal Communications Commission may soon set new rules that could help ensure that your smartphone is able to access the Internet anywhere in the U.S. that wireless service is offered, even if your provider doesn't offer network coverage.
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Apple Pushing Eastward, Has Plans For Moscow Store  —  Top executives of Apple's retail team visited Moscow (Russia) last month to finalize a decision on leasing space inside the trade gallery of the historic and reconstructed Hotel Moskva, just steps away from Red Square …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
webOS 3.0 screenshots: Bing Maps, Music, and more [Exclusive]  —  While we're sitting around waiting for webOS 3.0 and the HP TouchPad to land in our laps, we couldn't help but wonder about some of the details of that tablet operating system.  Well fret not, dear reader …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, TiPb and mocoNews
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
First Official Facebook Phone, INQ Cloud Touch, Debuts  —  U.K. stores are seeing the debut of the INQ Cloud Touch, the closest thing there is to a first official Facebook phone.  —  Executives at the social media company have alternated between saying there is no official Facebook phone …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
I Just Rode In An Uber Car In New York City, And You Can Too  —  So do you remember about a month ago when I wrote that Uber (the order-a-car-from-your-iPhone sensation in taxi-challenged San Francisco) is coming to New York City?  (Sure you do.  It was a great story.)  Well, that day is here.
Discussion: Betabeat and @fromedome
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video Game Retailer GameStop Opens For Business On Facebook  —  Video game retailer GameStop is throwing its hat into the social e-commerce ring today with the launch of a Facebook store, powered by, Adgregate Markets.  The store is available on GameStop's Facebook  —  page here.
Samuel Gibbs / Download Squad:
Gmail Contacts auto-save can now be disabled plus myriad of small updates  —  The Gmail team has been busy behind the scenes of late addressing a plentiful supply of little niggles.  First up on the chopping block is the annoying (or amazing, depending on how you look at it) auto-save contacts feature …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL Fires Moviefone Editor Who Offered Fired Freelancers the Chance to Work for, Um, Free  —  Yesterday, AOL's Huffington Post Media Group got into hot water after the top editor at its Moviefone unit sent a memo to freelancers it was in the midst of firing, offering them an opportunity to …
Electronista:
Apple may have helped delay BlackBerry PlayBook by a month  —  Apple may have inadvertently contributed to a month-long delay for the BlackBerry PlayBook.  Touchscreen panel builders said late Wednesday that Apple had booked so much touchscreen production for devices like the iPad …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
500 Startups Sends 22 of Them Into the World  —  500 Startups-Dave McClure's seed fund, accelerator program, communal office and yes, he dares call it an “incubator"-today held its first open house to show off 22 young companies.  —  In attendance were many of the same angelic faces that showed …
Discussion: VentureBeat, VentureBeat and VatorNews
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Google invests $5 million in German solar power plant
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google Instant's Autocomplete Suggestions Work
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple succeeding in tough China market, as consumers flock to buy iPhones and iPads
Discussion: The Next Web and 9 to 5 Mac
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple receives approval to proceed in lawsuit against accessory makers
Discussion: Bloomberg
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Majority of iFund startups now also developing for Android
Discussion: IntoMobile, Fortune and CNET News
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Hewlett-Packard sues former exec at Oracle
Discussion: Inquirer
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update
Discussion: The Next Web
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AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: iChat 6 adds Yahoo IM, account integration, web page sharing
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Justice Department opposes digital privacy reforms
Discussion: paidContent and PC World
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Promotes Social E-Commerce
Discussion: Digits and Fast Company
Krishna Gade / Twitter Engineering:
Twitter Search is Now 3x Faster
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
100,000 Motorola XOOMs sold isn't bad, it's good