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1:50 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?  —  Things are sure shaking over at Google, since the sudden departure on Monday of Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's head of product management and one of its most senior executives.
Discussion: Tech and China
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
The Larry Page Reorg: Top Lieutenants Promoted to SVP
Discussion: SAI and Mashable!
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
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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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 …
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. …
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.
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.”
BBC:
Russia's President Medvedev denounces cyber-attack  —  President Medvedev has enthusiastically embraced new media  —  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has condemned as “outrageous and illegal” a cyber-attack on a popular social networking website that hosts his blog.
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Alexandra Odynova / The Moscow Times:
State Blamed in LiveJournal Attack
Discussion: WebProNews and ONI
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.
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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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
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flash use dips at top Web sites since November  —  Web-page speed guru Steve Souders, putting to use the latest in a string of useful tools he's created, has found the top 17,000 Web sites have eased off use of Adobe Systems' Flash Player in the last half year.
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 …
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 …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Mounting Evidence Shows Potential of Social Ecommerce, Contradicting Recent Reports  —  A new report by Forrester Research and another by the World Federation of Advertisers and research firm Millward Brown proclaim that Facebook will not play a signficant role in the future of ecommerce.
Discussion: MediaPost and Digits
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.
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 …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Posts Record Sales, Profit on Demand for Advanced Phones  —  HTC Corp. (2498), Asia's second-largest mobile-phone maker by market value, posted record quarterly profit and sales on demand for more-advanced high-speed handsets.  —  Net income almost tripled to NT$14.83 billion ($513 million) …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Features Honeycomb, 1GHz Processor, $450 Price  —  Another day, another Honeycomb tablet.  This one comes to us courtesy of Acer and looks nearly identical to its European cousin, the Acer-made Packard Bell Liberty Tab.  The Iconia costs an acceptable $449.99 complete with 16GB memory and a microSD card reader.
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.
 
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Dale North / Destructoid:
Music Unlimited: Streaming songs on your PSP, April 14
Discussion: CNET News and Ars Technica
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
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
StumbleUpon just crossed 1 billion stumbles per month
Discussion: MediaPost and VatorNews
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Special report: How News Corp got lost in Myspace
Discussion: SAI, MediaPost and MediaFile
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Here's an Unlike.ly Tale: Gadhafi Does Swimming.ly on the Internet
Discussion: Gearlog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Colorful Weekend  —  This past weekend, I headed down to Mexico …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Curtis M. Wong / The Huffington Post:
75-Year-Old Woman Cuts Off Entire Nation's Internet Service
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Six states use nearly half of all pirated software in the U.S.
Discussion: Techland and The Atlantic Online
John Markoff / Bits:
Augmented Reality Comes Closer to Reality