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11:05 AM ET, April 9, 2011

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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Where's the Other Twin Sergey Brin Been During GoogQuake?  —  Newly restored CEO Larry Page wasted no time in reorganizing Google during his first week on the job, promoting seven executives-most of whom are more techie than manager types-to oversee Google's most important divisions.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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. …
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Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Why Google's Opponents Are OK With The ITA Merger
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Fair Search
Jeff Huber / The Official Google Blog:
ITA Software acquisition cleared for takeoff
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News founder Krishna Bharat: For news consumers, “the whole experience is what counts”  —  Krishna Bharat founded Google News in 2002, partly in response to the US-centric news coverage served up by the American media after 9/11.  Since then, the project has had its ups and downs …
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: The Next Web
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 …
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 …
Paul Demery / Internet Retailer:
In Google's penalty box, Overstock takes a 5% hit on revenue  —  It's taking Overstock longer than expected to get beyond Google's problem with search links.  —  Six weeks after getting penalized by Google Inc. for using promotional links with university web sites that boosted its natural search rankings …
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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.
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.
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Is Amazon Entering the Display Ad Business?
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The Seven Most Interesting Startups At 500 Startups Demo Day (TCTV)
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Android chief Rubin's response to Android critics misses the point
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
House Votes Against ‘Net Neutrality’
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Mary Shapiro's letter on private company stock sales
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Royal Pingdom:
Windows 7 just overtook XP in the United States
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
About.com About To Expand Premium, Video Content
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IPhone Product Cycle Now More of a Platform Cycle
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Kai Lukoff / TechRice:
Blockbuster Rumor: Facebook Partners with Baidu to Enter China
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Won't Use Flickr Until They Release My Photo Hostages
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Steve Wozniak says would consider return to Apple