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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.
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: SAI and Mashable!
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.
Discussion: MacStories, everythingiCafe and MacNN
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Rumor [Smashed]: 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 …
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.”
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.
Thanks:noahr
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why Facebook open-sourced its datacenters
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Facebook Open Sources Its Servers and Data Centers
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.
Discussion: Plancast, TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
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  —  LiveJournal Russia, the country's main platform for uncensored political discussion, recovered Tuesday from its biggest-ever hacker attack — which bloggers said could not have been staged without state resources.  —  The Cyrillic segment of the blogging service …
Discussion: ONI
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Google Will Trigger More Antitrust Complaints to EU Agency, Almunia Says  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) will trigger more complaints to European Union antitrust regulators given its “extremely large” market share for Web search and advertising, the EU's competition commissioner said.
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
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
Blinkx Buys Burst Media To Chase Higher Video Ad Rates  —  Video index and ads firm Blinkx is buying up UK ad tech vendor and network Burst Media for $30 million (£18.5 million).  —  The rationale?  A host of buzz phrases: “Blinkx will create contextually relevant video channels …
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
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.
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: Electronista
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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
A Nokia Symbian Event On April 12?  No, There Is No Event  —  This is a public service announcement for those Nokia (NYSE: NOK) watchers out there thinking that next week there would be a London event to reveal some juicy news about Symbian: there is no actual, physical event taking place.
Discussion: The Nokia Blog, Thanks:ingridlunden
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.
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.
 
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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
StumbleUpon just crossed 1 billion stumbles per month
Discussion: VatorNews
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Special report: How News Corp got lost in Myspace
Discussion: SAI and MediaFile
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
Discussion: Gearlog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Colorful Weekend  —  This past weekend, I headed down to Mexico …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
Google Apps gets ability to force encryption, reset PINs on Android devices
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Is Facebook Investor Accel Investing In Hollywood? Because It's a Facebook Investor
Lawrence Coburn / The Next Web:
The Unlit Social Graph
John Markoff / Bits:
Augmented Reality Comes Closer to Reality
Discussion: New York Times and Beyond Search
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Pandora sends user GPS, sex, birthdate, other data to ad servers
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New York Times Paywall Cost: More Like $25 Million