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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] …
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: Mashable!
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.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Larry Page Just Tied ALL Employees' Bonuses To The Success Of Google's Social Strategy
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: iPad 2 Mishandling Gets Best Buy Blacklisted By Apple  —  A reader who works at Best Buy just told us that there's been a bit of a misunderstanding between the electronics retailer and Apple.  Apparently, Best Buy was holding off on selling the iPad 2s it had in stock …
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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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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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.
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.”
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 …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
New Verizon Incredible 2 pics show it booted up, ready to rock Froyo  —  Well, well, what have we here?  An all-new, hot-off-the-press, get-it-while-it's-hot look at the upcoming (and still not actually announced) Incredible 2 on Verizon.  From what we can tell, the body's exactly the same …
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.
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: Digits
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: Beyond Search and New York Times
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 …
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
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.
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.
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
StumbleUpon just crossed 1 billion stumbles per month  —  In January, we reported that StumbleUpon had broken a new record with 27.5 million stumbles in one day.  At the beginning of this month, we interviewed Marc Leibowitz, StumbleUpon's VP of Marketing and Business Development who told us that since 2009 …
Discussion: VatorNews
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 …
Electronista:
AMD said hiring to add Android support, no threat to iPad  —  A slip detailing Computex show launch plans may have given away AMD's plans to get into Android in earnest.  Industry contacts claimed AMD has been recruiting engineers to write Android drivers.  The move is likely the first step …
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 …
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
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
 
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Dena Aubin / Reuters:
Blockbuster takeover bid by Dish wins judge's OK
Discussion: SlashGear and BGR
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Here's an Unlike.ly Tale: Gadhafi Does Swimming.ly on the Internet
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Uh Oh, Now Verizon iPad 2 Owners Can't Connect To 3G
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Crave
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
Google Apps gets ability to force encryption, reset PINs on Android devices
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Richard Branson's Virgin Oceanic sub to feed deep-sea data to Google Earth
Discussion: Techland
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Pandora sends user GPS, sex, birthdate, other data to ad servers
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Ecosystem Poster Child SocialFlow Secures The Firehose And $7 Million Round
Discussion: Pulse2
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Surprise Appeal, TJX Hacker Claims U.S. Authorized His Crimes
Discussion: The Register, CNET News and TechEye
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring hybrid e-ink-LCD displays with independent regions
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google begins tablet version of Chrome OS
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to release iOS 4.3.2 in the next two weeks