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4:50 PM ET, April 7, 2011

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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Facebook Open Sources Its Servers and Data Centers  —  Facebook has shared the nitty-gritty details of its server and data center design, taking its commitment to openness to a new level for the industry by sharing its infrastructure secrets much like it has shared its software code.
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Jonathan Heiliger / Facebook:
Building Efficient Data Centers with the Open Compute Project  —  A small team of Facebook engineers spent the past two years tackling a big challenge: how to scale our computing infrastructure in the most efficient and economical way possible.  —  Working out of an electronics lab …
James Hamilton / Perspectives:
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to release iOS 4.3.2 in the next two weeks  —  We've just been told by one of our Apple ninjas that the company is working on another iOS 4.3.x release: iOS 4.3.2.  It's said to include a few enhancements, address security issues, and it will also fix several bugs that have affected users.
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 …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Larry Page Just Tied ALL Employees' Bonuses To The Success Of Google's Social Strategy  —  New Google CEO Larry Page, who stepped into the job this week, believes that Google needs to go “social” to compete.  —  To that end, he sent out a company-wide memo last Friday …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon Forced to Let Rivals Use Networks For Data  —  AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless must let smaller competitors use their networks for mobile Internet service under rules approved today by a divided Federal Communications Commission.  —  The agency voted 3-2 with Democrats approving …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
FCC approves controversial data roaming rules  —  The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules today at its monthly public meeting that will require wireless service providers, such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, to negotiate wireless data roaming deals with competitors.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google begins tablet version of Chrome OS  —  A Google mock-up from last year of a Chrome OS tablet is coming to fruition.  —  Details in Google's source code reveal that company programmers have begun building a tablet version of Chrome OS, its browser-based operating system.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Blows us Away with Smart Bezel Details!  —  Apple has been teasing us with various smart bezel patents over the last year but a new patent application revealed by the USPTO today, provides us with how they're intending to implement this feature and the details will blow you away.
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Time Warner Cable Seeks Court Ruling To Approve iPad App For Viacom Nets  —  Viacom Responds With Countersuit Charging MSO Is Violating Terms of Distribution Agreement  —  Time Warner Cable filed a request for declaratory judgment Thursday relating to Viacom cable networks in federal court …
Discussion: Reuters
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Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
US to use Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts  —  WASHINGTON - The government's color-coded warning system is being replaced with a more specific and informative plan that would offer two levels of alerts — elevated and imminent.  —  According to a draft Homeland Security Department plan obtained …
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Android Chief Andy Rubin: Nothing's Changed (Except The Deals They Don't Talk About...)
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How many iPhones did Apple sell last quarter?  —  Analysts' estimates range from nearly 20 million to less than 13.25 million Apple's second fiscal quarter, which ended March 26, was a tricky one for analysts trying to figure out how many iPhones the company sold.
Discussion: WebProNews and MacStories
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft launches Bing for iPad app with voice search  —  Our friends over at Redmond have surprised us pleasantly with the Bing app for iPhone last year.  Today, they've launched an iPad version and it looks awesome.  It's the same like the iPhone version only, you know, bigger.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring hybrid e-ink-LCD displays with independent regions  —  Apple has shown interest in creating a new iPad with a hybrid display that could dynamically switch all or just part of the full-color screen to low-power black-and-white e-ink for text and other static content.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Breaking: Expedia to split into two companies, separating out TripAdvisor  —  Expedia announced today that it plans to separate into two publicly-traded companies, one which will operate the more traditional online travel business and the other around the travel review site TripAdvisor.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
500 Startups plans a fund that's all about designers  —  People in Silicon Valley like to talk about the importance of design, but now incubator and early-stage investment fund 500 Startups is creating a new fund around that idea.  —  Enrique Allen, the firm's designer and the founder …
Chad Whitney / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn for Android: Ready for Business  —  The LinkedIn Mobile team is excited to announce the availability of LinkedIn for Android version 1.0.  The app is available in the Google Marketplace or from our website:  —  Download LinkedIn for Android  —  Since the launch of our Beta …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Justice Near Pact on ITA Deal  —  Google and the Justice Department are close to agreeing a legal settlement to avert a court challenge to the company's $700 million acquisition of flight-data company ITA Software.
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Dell Plans to Spend A Billion Dollars to Build 10 New Data Centers  —  Dell is announcing a big push around cloud computing services today, and is promising to spend $1 billion in an effort to build 10 new data centers around the world between now and 2013 as key aspect of it.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
T-Mobile G2x landing April 15th for $199.99, in stores April 20th  —  T-Mobile has confirmed that its G2x smartphone will be available online starting on April 15th, and in stores on April 20th, for $199.99 with a new two-year contract.  The LG-built T-Mobile G2x was announced during CTIA 2011 …
Discussion: SAI, Engadget and MobileCrunch
Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Scarred by the Dot-Com Bust, Reinvented for Social Media  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Thomas Weisel doesn't have much personal experience with social media.  He has never opened a Facebook or Twitter account, and he has resisted buying an iPhone.  —  But Mr. Weisel knows a lot about overheated markets.
 
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Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Series 9 Makes a Statement
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Electronista:
Apple may have helped delay BlackBerry PlayBook by a month
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
I Just Rode In An Uber Car In New York City, And You Can Too
Discussion: Gearlog and Betabeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Said To Have High Level Mole At Twitter, Makes Massive Counteroffers To Retain Employees
Discussion: SAI, Fortune and PC World