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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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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
The Larry Page Reorg: Top Lieutenants Promoted to SVP  —  Google on Thursday formally promoted the six executives new CEO Larry Page has put in charge of its new business units.  Sundar Pichai is now senior vice president of Chrome, Vic Gundotra is SVP of social, Andy Rubin SVP of mobile …
Discussion: Fast Company
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] …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Larry Page Just Tied ALL Employees' Bonuses To The Success Of Google's Social Strategy
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
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.
Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Lead $30 Million Funding of Education Startup Kno  —  Intel Corp.'s venture capital arm is investing in digital textbook and tablet maker Kno Inc., the companies plan to announce in the next week, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: CNET News
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Intel Capital, Condé Nast Owner Invest $30 Million in Kno; Intel Licenses Student Tablet Hardware Design  —  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.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple controlling 60% of available touch panel capacity, analyst says  —  Apple has exerted strong control over the touch panel supply chain to prevent shipping delays of the iPad 2, booking as much as 60 percent of the total available capacity, says one analyst.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple offering upfront cash payments to secure components, block out competitors
Discussion: eWeek, IntoMobile and MacNN
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
White Nexus S with AT&T 3G bands hands-on! (video)  —  Well, what do we have here?  Sure enough, it's that coveted white Nexus S with AT&T-compatible 3G that we mentioned yesterday, and we just got our dirty little paws on it thanks to a friendly tipster.  This particular handset was purchased …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
John Markoff / Bits:
Augmented Reality Comes Closer to Reality  —  Last week I wrote about how cyber politics and crime on the Internet had been foreseen with eerie accuracy by science fiction writers.  For example, the computer scientist Vernor Vinge's classic 1981 novella “True Names” described the impact …
Discussion: New York Times
Lawrence Coburn / The Next Web:
The Unlit Social Graph  —  A few years ago, it was not uncommon to hear search people talk about The Dark Web (also known as Dark Net or the Deep Web).  Basically, the Dark Web is made up pages or files that are unreachable by search engines.  Examples of this sort of content include information …
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 …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Special report: How News Corp got lost in Myspace  —  (Reuters) - As Rupert Murdoch stepped into the Grand Ballroom of San Francisco's Palace Hotel at the Web 2.0 conference in October 2007, the developers and engineers who packed the room fell into a respectful hush.
Discussion: MediaFile
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Latitude Check-In Offers Go Nationwide  —  A few weeks ago, just in time for SXSW, Google launched check-in offers for Latitude, its location-based service and social network.  At the time, these offers were only available at a limited set of places in Austin - the home of SXSW …
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 Crave
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.”
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.
 
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Dena Aubin / Reuters:
Blockbuster takeover bid by Dish wins judge's OK
Discussion: BGR
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Colorful Weekend  —  This past weekend, I headed down to Mexico …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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 and Gawker
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Richard Branson's Virgin Oceanic sub to feed deep-sea data to Google Earth
Discussion: Techland
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Ecosystem Poster Child SocialFlow Secures The Firehose And $7 Million Round
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
FCC Proposes Giving Signal Boosters a Boost to Dismay of Cellular Industry
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Surprise Appeal, TJX Hacker Claims U.S. Authorized His Crimes
Discussion: CNET News and TechEye
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Droid X2 pictures appear again, looking a lot like its older brother
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring hybrid e-ink-LCD displays with independent regions
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How many iPhones did Apple sell last quarter?
Discussion: MacStories and WebProNews
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon Forced to Let Rivals Use Networks For Data