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10:55 AM ET, April 10, 2011

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Electronista:
Maine school district buys iPad 2s for every kindergartner  —  Young students in Auburn, Maine will be using cutting edge technology right from the start of their school experience: the district has bought 285 iPad 2s to use for each kindergartner and teacher in the classrooms.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Israeli parody details the rise and fall of Apple's iBoy, humanity as a whole (video)  —  For those unaware, Eretz Nehederet is effectively the Israeli equivalent to The Onion, and on the 1st of April, they covered the hardest-hitting piece of Apple news to cross their news desk in quite some time.
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
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Has Stopped Street View Photography In Germany  —  In most locations, Google sends its Street View cars out on a repeated basis “to make sure the information is accurate and kept up to date,” as the Street View website explains.  —  But that's not happening in Germany.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Feel Like a Wallflower?  Maybe It's Your Facebook Wall  —  ONE recent rainy night, I curled up on my couch with popcorn and Netflix Instant, ready to spend a quiet night at home.  The peace was sweet — while it lasted.  Soon, my iPhone began flashing with notifications from a handful …
Discussion: The Next Web
Ohad Samet / TechCrunch:
Paypal Is About To Get A Bruising From Facebook And Square  —  Editor's note: Guest author Ohad Samet is an expert in managing fraud and other risks in payments systems.  He is a cofounder of Signifyd, and years ago was a senior manager at PayPal and blogs at As Risky As It Gets and Tweets at @ohadsamet.
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 …
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple: The Accidental Gaming Giant
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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.
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Brian Heaton / Government Technology News:
Mayor-Elect Discusses Open Source 311 for Chicago  —  Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel intends to eventually open the city's 311 system to the public, he announced on Wednesday, April 6, during a tour of the Microsoft Chicago Technology Center.  —  In a statement on his blog …
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
Discussion: @jason and The Next Web
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.
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 …
 
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