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4:45 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.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and I4U News
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  —  We launched the Open Compute Project, an effort to nurture industry collaboration on the best practices and implementation of power- and cost-efficient compute infrastructure, yesterday.  At the heart of the project lies the Open Compute server …
Discussion: SAI, Perspectives and The Register
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  —  While there are dozens of forecasts out there, most of them with aggressive predictions of growth, no one knows really how big the tablet market will be.  Much of that will depend on pricing.  Regardless, tablets are not a fad and there's considerable evidence …
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.
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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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
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 …
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.
Agence France Presse:
Russia denies plans to ban Gmail, Skype  —  MOSCOW (AFP) - The Russian security service denied Saturday it had plans to ban Skype and Gmail after one of its top officials said such services posed a serious security risk.  —  The information and special communications director of the Federal Security Service …
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
DOJ defends WikiLeaks probe of Twitter accounts
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News founder Krishna Bharat: For news consumers, “the whole experience is what counts”
Paul Demery / Internet Retailer:
In Google's penalty box, Overstock takes a 5% hit on revenue
Discussion: Reuters
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Is Amazon Entering the Display Ad Business?
Discussion: WebProNews, SAI and Domain Name Wire
Evan Williams / evhead:
Five Easy Pieces of Online Identity
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple Says It's Investigating Verizon iPad 3G Issues
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Android chief Rubin's response to Android critics misses the point
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
What, Zuck Worry? Mad Magazine “Honors” Mark Zuckerberg With His Own Cover