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12:55 AM ET, April 9, 2011

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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. …
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Why Google's Opponents Are OK With The ITA Merger
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DOJ Willing To Approve Google's $700M ITA Deal, With Conditions
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: Digits, BGR, NBC Bay Area and YouTube Blog
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
Internet probe can track you down to within 690 metres  —  Online adverts could soon start stalking you.  A new way of working out where you are by looking at your internet connection could pin down your current location to within a few hundred metres.  —  Similar techniques are already in use, but they are much less accurate.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple Says It's Investigating Verizon iPad 3G Issues  —  Apple said on Friday that it is looking into reports that some users are having issues connecting their iPad 2 to Verizon's network.  —  “We are aware that a small number of iPad 2 customers have experienced connectivity issues …
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.
Rob Lewis / Techvibes:
Toronto's Pushlife acquired by Google for $25 Million  —  StartupNorth just reported that Toronto's PushLife has been acquired by Google for a reported $25 Million.  The news was first tweaked by fellow Mantella portfolio company Chango.  —  PushLife is a Mobile Entertainment Platform …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
What, Zuck Worry?  Mad Magazine “Honors” Mark Zuckerberg With His Own Cover  —  Mark Zuckerberg has finally joined the ranks of Richard Nixon, Bart Simpson, Barack Obama, and Thom Yorke, all folks who have been honored as some of the few celebrities to grace the cover of everyone's favorite potrzebie title, Mad Magazine.
Evan Williams / evhead:
Five Easy Pieces of Online Identity  —  Every Internet service that has a concept of users has to deal with identity.  And for anything social (which seems like everything these days) identity is a huge part.  For the Internet as a whole, there are battles waging to “own” identity—or, at the very least, not let someone else own it.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Marissa Mayer Bypassed As Google Appoints New Head Of Local And Commerce  —  Last fall, Google's Marissa Mayer was removed from leading search — its core business — to head up the company's local efforts.  —  At the time, Googlers debated whether it was a demotion or a lateral move …
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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple keeping iPhone 5 cards ‘extra close to the vest’ in supply chain  —  As rumors of a later-than-usual iPhone launch for 2011 persist, a new report reveals that the notoriously secretive Apple is being even more careful than usual when dealing with overseas suppliers.
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 …
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 …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Android chief Rubin's response to Android critics misses the point  —  Android chief Andy Rubin has finally issued a statement in response to recent reports regarding Android's deteriorating openness.  He characterizes the media reports as “misinformation” and says that he is speaking up …
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and Gadgetell
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Mary Shapiro's letter on private company stock sales  —  Earlier today, we discussed a WSJ story that federal regulators may relax certain rules on share issuance by private companies.  The article was prompted by a letter from SEC chair Mary Shapiro to Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
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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.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Is Amazon Entering the Display Ad Business?
Discussion: SAI, Domain Name Wire and WebProNews
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Seven Most Interesting Startups At 500 Startups Demo Day (TCTV)
Discussion: VentureBeat, GeekWire and Plancast
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
House Votes Against ‘Net Neutrality’
Royal Pingdom:
Windows 7 just overtook XP in the United States
Discussion: Techie Buzz, Thanks:pingdom
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
About.com About To Expand Premium, Video Content
 Earlier Items: 
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IPhone Product Cycle Now More of a Platform Cycle
Discussion: The Loop
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Won't Use Flickr Until They Release My Photo Hostages
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flash use dips at top Web sites since November
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Google Will Trigger More Antitrust Complaints to EU Agency, Almunia Says
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Facebook's Next Hardware Project: Data Storage
Discussion: Facebook and Ars Technica, Thanks:noahr
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Google has developed speech-recognition technology that actually works.