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11:00 PM ET, April 9, 2011

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Dear Google: You Can't Threaten People Into Being Social  —  There have been signs over the past few months that Google is feeling the pressure to step up its social efforts — the +1 features it announced a week ago being just one of them.  But the clearest indication yet is a memo …
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Larry Page's first blunder  —  The Google founder is now CEO, and already he's taken a wrong turn on social networking  —  Computerworld - Eric Schmidt is out at Google.  Larry Page is in.  I miss Eric already.  —  Page, who started as CEO on Monday, wasted no time changing the company's focus and direction.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple: The Accidental Gaming Giant  —  The company's emergence as a huge factor in videogames was almost an accident.  Now it's a couple of years away from overtaking the incumbents.  —  Oh, !#$%, Jason Citron thought last April, nearly spitting up his coffee.
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Patrick Garratt / VG247:
Apple poaches top UK games PR from Nintendo, Activision  —  Apple is apparently making a serious play on the UK games PR space by hiring top men from both Nintendo and Activision.  —  MCV reckons Nintendo UK PR head Rob Saunders, who announced his departure after seven years earlier this week …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Facebook's Open Compute Project  —  Facebook just released Open Compute Project, their now-public datacenter and server design, optimized for situations in which hundreds or thousands of servers are needed such as the biggest websites and web-hosting companies.
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Amir Michael / Facebook:
Inside the Open Compute Project Server
Discussion: Perspectives, SAI and The Register
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ad.ly Versus Facebook: Something Doesn't Add Up  —  Earlier this week we heard whispers that Facebook was clamping down on Ad.ly and Crowdrally — two services that let users post sponsored updates to their Facebook Pages.  This is important, because the companies are monetizing Facebook Page feeds …
Discussion: Ad.ly
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Gives Ad.ly's Celebrity Endorsement Business the Boot  —  Ad.ly thinks there's big money to be made getting celebrities to sell stuff using social media platforms.  But it says Facebook won't let it set up shop.  —  Ad.ly says that at Facebook's insistence, it has stopped selling …
Discussion: @jason and The Next Web
Sara Yin / PC Magazine:
‘Anonymous’ Plans Sony Boycott on April 16  —  Say you're a hacker trying to cripple a major electronics company for suing its own users: how do you launch a cyberattack without harming the people you're trying to protect?  —  In the case of hactivist group ‘Anonymous,’ which has spent …
Discussion: AfterDawn.com, Examiner and Slashdot
Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks:
SEC opens the gates to crowdfunding and a new structure of capitalism  —  This is significant.  While talk doesn't necessarily lead to action, a significant shift in capitalism could be coming.  —  On Wednesday US SEC Chairman Mary Shapiro sent a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee.
Stuart Dredge / Apps blog:
Google survey finds games trump all other uses for tablets  —  Research finds that 84% of tablet owners are playing games, versus 51% who are consuming music and videos  —  A survey of more than 1,400 tablet owners in the US by Google's AdMob subsidiary has found that gaming is the most popular use …
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Greg Sterling / Internet2Go:
Tablets Cannibalizing PC and Laptop Usage
Discussion: CNET News
Parks Associates:
Parks Associates sees social gaming on track to become $5 billion industry by 2015  —  Virtual goods and new advertising revenues to drive market growth  —  Parks Associates forecasts revenues in the social gaming market will increase by five times from 2010 to 2015, due in large part …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Buddy Media Report on Facebook Page Posts: Shorter Is Better, but Avoid URL Shorteners  —  Page management company Buddy Media has released a study based on 200 of its clients illustrating best practices for Facebook Pages looking to increase their fan base's engagement — the volume of Likes and comments their posts receive.
Henry Blodget / SAI:
THE SEARCH FOR THE “TWITTER MOLE”: All Eyes On John Doerr  —  Michael Arrington's report that Google has a “high-level mole” at Twitter has Silicon Valley buzzing.  —  Arrington said Google was tipped off in advance that Twitter was trying to poach a senior Google engineer and that Google had made a …
Discussion: ITProPortal
 
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Where's the Other Twin Sergey Brin Been During GoogQuake?
Discussion: GigaOM and Search Engine Land
Paul Demery / Internet Retailer:
In Google's penalty box, Overstock takes a 5% hit on revenue
Discussion: Reuters
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