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3:35 PM ET, April 8, 2011

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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Exclusive: Google CEO Larry Page completes major reorganization of Internet search giant  —  Larry Page, who returned as chief executive of Google on Monday, put his stamp on how he will run the Internet giant with a major reorganization of his management team on Thursday.
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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  —  Last Friday, new Google CEO Larry Page announced that all Google employees will have their 2011 bonuses either go up or go down as much as 25% depending on how well Google “perform[s] …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
PageYank: As New SVPs Are Born at Google in CEO Reorg, What Happens to the Old Ones?
Discussion: Tech and China and NetworkEffect
Jeff Huber / The Official Google Blog:
ITA Software acquisition cleared for takeoff  —  How cool would it be if you could type “flights to somewhere sunny for under $500 in May” into Google and get not just a set of links but also flight times, fares and a link to sites where you can actually buy tickets quickly and easily?
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Requires Google Inc. to Develop and License Travel Software in Order to Proceed with Its Acquisition of ITA Software Inc. … WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice announced today that in order for Google Inc. to proceed with its proposed acquisition of ITA Software Inc. …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DOJ Willing To Approve Google's $700M ITA Deal, With Conditions  —  Google has just come close to winning approval from he U.S. Justice Department of its $700 million acquisition of travel software company ITA.  Google has been embroiled in an investigation by the Justice Department …
Jacques Hebert / YouTube Blog:
YouTube is going LIVE  —  With over 2 billion views a day, it's easy to think about YouTube as a place to watch videos recorded in the past.  But you've told us you want more - and that includes events taking place right now.  In response, we've live streamed a number of popular concerts …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Finally Launches Live Streaming Portal to Select Partners
Discussion: BGR and YouTube Blog
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Best Buy responds to alleged iPad 2 sales freeze divulged by Best Buy staffers [updated]  —  Reports of an iPad 2 sales freeze that may have gotten Best Buy in hot water with Apple emerged Thursday night, and the possible explanation given by someone claiming to work for Best Buy was odd at best.
Agence France Presse:
Russian security service ‘wants to ban Skype, Gmail’  —  MOSCOW — The Russian security service is proposing to ban Skype, Hotmail, and Gmail as their “uncontrolled use” may threaten Russia's security, a service official said during a government meeting on Friday.
Discussion: Inquirer, The Next Web and Electronista
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Alexandra Odynova / The Moscow Times:
State Blamed in LiveJournal Attack
Discussion: WebProNews and ONI
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Steve Wozniak says would consider return to Apple  —  (Reuters) - Steve Wozniak would consider returning to an active role at Apple, the company he co-founded, and believes the consumer electronics giant could afford to be more open than it is, he told Reuters.
Discussion: CNET News and NBC Bay Area
Kai Lukoff / TechRice:
Blockbuster Rumor: Facebook Partners with Baidu to Enter China  —  The internets are ablaze tonight with a blockbuster rumor: Facebook will enter China.  Marbridge Consulting reports: According to a microblog post by Hu Yanping, founder of Beijing-based market research firm Data Center of the China Internet …
Discussion: @christinelu
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 8 to feature native SmartScreen file checking  —  As Microsoft anticipates a richer “apps” ecosystem for Windows 8, they appear to be taking some extra steps to shield users from malicious applications with the introduction of an in-built file verification policy powered by the SmartScreen Filter.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The day Fred Wilson dumped AAPL  —  The VC at the center of an Android vs. iOS debate bet publicly against Apple two years ago  —  “I am selling my entire position in Apple this morning including the stock I bought earlier than last fall.  My average price on my entire position in Apple is $96 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Won't Use Flickr Until They Release My Photo Hostages  —  Freemium business models are always hard.  You have to give users enough for free that they try your service out and get hooked.  Then you hit them with fees for upgraded features that make it even better.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Google has developed speech-recognition technology that actually works.  —  If you've got an Android phone, try this: Hit the microphone icon on the home screen, then ask, “How many angstroms in a mile?”  Use your normal speaking voice—don't speak slowly or strain to over-pronounce “angstrom.”
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Technology IPOs: SEC Might Raise Shareholder Limit  —  The SEC has said it is considering raising the shareholder limit for private companies in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa obtained by the WSJ.  —  The SEC has a rule that says that once a private company reaches 500 individual shareholders …
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E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Facebook's Next Hardware Project: Data Storage  —  Yesterday we heard about the Open Compute Project.  Facebook's director of hardware design, Frank Frankovsky, tells us about part two of the social network's plan to spur suppliers to build the products it needs.
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Dave Schappell / GeekWire:
Two Days in Silicon Valley: An inside look at 23 startups from Dave McClure's Demo Days  —  I've been thinking a lot about passion lately — passion for ideas, teams, the shared pursuit of common goals.  More and more, I believe passion is the critical differentiator between really good, and great, teams.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
House passes bill protecting Apple's lithium batteries from limitations  —  In a move that could save Apple and other electronics manufacturers billions of dollars, the U.S. House of Representatives recently approved legislation barring proposed limitations that would have classified lithium batteries as hazardous materials.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IPhone Product Cycle Now More of a Platform Cycle  —  If Apple's not unveiling the iPhone 5 at its 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference, when can we expect to see the device?  Autumn, perhaps?  Certainly that seems the most logical option if Apple is moving away from its traditional June/July timeframe.
Discussion: The Loop
 
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Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Google Hotpot Being Subsumed Into Places
Discussion: Google LatLong and TechCrunch
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flash use dips at top Web sites since November
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
A Nokia Symbian Event On April 12? No, There Is No Event
Discussion: The Nokia Blog, Thanks:ingridlunden
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Blinkx Buys Burst Media To Chase Higher Video Ad Rates
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Google Will Trigger More Antitrust Complaints to EU Agency, Almunia Says
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Features Honeycomb, 1GHz Processor, $450 Price
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Mounting Evidence Shows Potential of Social Ecommerce, Contradicting Recent Reports
Discussion: MediaPost and Digits
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
StumbleUpon just crossed 1 billion stumbles per month
Discussion: MediaPost and VatorNews
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Special report: How News Corp got lost in Myspace
Discussion: GigaOM, SAI, MediaPost and MediaFile
Bloomberg:
Intel Said Funding Ed-Tech Startup Kno 12:04 AM