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12:10 AM ET, April 8, 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 …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why Facebook open-sourced its datacenters
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Here's The Memo Telling ALL Google Employees Their 2011 Pay Depends On Google Sucking Less At Social
Discussion: The Business Insider
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.
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Todd Haselton / BGR:   Apple working on iPhone ‘Smart Bezel’ with illuminated buttons, patent suggests
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 …
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.
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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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.
Jeff Simmermon / Time Warner Cable Untangled:
We Filed A Request For Declaratory Judgment With Viacom This Afternoon  —  Last week, we pulled a number of channels from our iPad app.  The Internet - not exactly a haven for measured discourse or patience for complex ideas - lit up with verbiage more commonly found in war movies and interviews with professional wrestlers.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Six states use nearly half of all pirated software in the U.S.  —  Six U.S. states are responsible for nearly half of all the suspected cases of corporate software piracy, the Business Software Alliance reported on Wednesday.  —  The BSA, which collects piracy tips from its online reporting …
Discussion: Techland and The Atlantic Online
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Intel Capital, Conde Nast Owner Invest $30 Million in Kno; Intel Takes Over Student Tablet Hardware Biz  —  According to sources close to the situation, Intel Capital and Advanced Publications will lead a $30 million round in Kno, the high-profile student tablet start-up.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Electronista
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.
Curtis M. Wong / The Huffington Post:
75-Year-Old Woman Cuts Off Entire Nation's Internet Service  —  A 75-year-old Georgian woman is facing jail time after she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and caused all Internet services in neighboring Armenia to crash.  —  As the BBC is reporting, the Georgian Interior Ministry confirmed …
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Uh Oh, Now Verizon iPad 2 Owners Can't Connect To 3G  —  So much for all the excitement that the iPad 2 is available for a carrier other than AT&T.  —  Verizon iPad 2 owners are flocking to this discussion forum on Apple.com saying they can't connect to 3G.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and CNET News
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New York Times Paywall Cost: More Like $25 Million  —  Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. insists a $40 million estimate for building New York Times (NYSE: NYT) Co.'s pay scheme is “vastly wrong”.  But that's where the NYTCo chairman stopped in a Q&A at Columbia University earlier this week.
PhysOrg.com:
World's information consumption: 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes per year  —  Three scientists at UC San Diego have rigorously estimated the annual amount of business-related information processed by the world's computer servers in terms that Guttenberg and Galileo would have appreciated …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Colorful Weekend  —  This past weekend, I headed down to Mexico with a group of friends for a bachelor party.  It was a lot like The Hangover — if you replace tigers, Mike Tyson, and Zac Galifianakis with Macs, iPhones, and iPads.  Clearly, we're all in the tech scene.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Pandora sends user GPS, sex, birthdate, other data to ad servers  —  Pandora's Android app transmits a plethora of personal information to third parties after all, at least according to an analysis done by security firm Veracode.  The company decided to do a follow-up on the news that Pandora …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Bold Touch hands-on!  —  What, you thought we were stopping with our exclusive hands-on with the BlackBerry Touch (Monaco / Monza)?  Not at all, we're back at it with the big boy in RIM's 2011 lineup: the BlackBerry Bold Touch.  We first scooped this smartphone back in January and we have to say …
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Droid X2 pictures appear again, looking a lot like its older brother  —  Look what we have here — why, that's the as-yet-still-unannounced Motorola Droid X2.  We don't have a whole lot of new information to go with, but it matches up with previous leaks (here and here), and we see it's running Froyo …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, U.S. Near Accord on Travel Deal  —  Google Inc. and the Justice Department are close to an agreement that would clear the search giant's $700 million acquisition of flight-data company ITA Software Inc. in return for granting federal regulators authority to monitor a part of its operations …
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.
 
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Myriam Joire / Engadget:
White Nexus S with AT&T bands hands-on! (video)
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and SAI
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Here's an Unlike.ly Tale: Gadhafi Does Swimming.ly on the Internet
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Latitude Check-In Offers Go Nationwide
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Is Facebook Investor Accel Investing In Hollywood? Because It's a Facebook Investor
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Spam, spam, spam: Twitter's arms race
Discussion: AllTwitter
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Richard Branson's Virgin Oceanic sub to feed deep-sea data to Google Earth
Discussion: Techland
Lawrence Coburn / The Next Web:
The Unlit Social Graph
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John Markoff / Bits:
Augmented Reality Comes Closer to Reality
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Ecosystem Poster Child SocialFlow Secures The Firehose And $7 Million Round
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
FCC Proposes Giving Signal Boosters a Boost to Dismay of Cellular Industry
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple offering upfront cash payments to secure components, block out competitors
Discussion: eWeek, IntoMobile and Electronista
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Surprise Appeal, TJX Hacker Claims U.S. Authorized His Crimes
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How many iPhones did Apple sell last quarter?
Discussion: WebProNews and MacStories
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft launches Bing for iPad app with voice search