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5:55 PM ET, April 10, 2011

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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.
Discussion: PC Magazine
Groklaw:
Groklaw Articles Ending on May 16th  —  I have decided that Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on our anniversary, May 16.  —  I know a lot of you will be unhappy to hear it, so let me briefly explain, because my decision is made and it's firm.  In a simple sentence, the reason is this …
Discussion: TechSpot, Thanks:ilamont
Goldy / The Stranger:
Obsessed with Jacob  —  The US Government Keeps Harassing a UW Researcher Who Speaks for WikiLeaks  —  One day after being detained at the Canadian border trying to enter Washington State, Jacob Appelbaum jokes about writing the first Yelp reviews of all of our nation's airport detention areas.
Discussion: @jilliancyork and @zephoria
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: Scobleizer and All Facebook
Ohad Samet / TechCrunch:
Paypal Is About To Get A Bruising From Facebook And Square  —  2011 is going to be a big year for payments, with more startups and mature companies getting funded in the space than almost ever before.  It's important to make the distinction between the headline chasers …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
No More Privacy Paranoia  —  Last week the Federal Trade Commission and Google signed a broad privacy settlement that requires the search company to submit to “privacy audits” every two years.  The agreement ended a dispute that began last year, when Google launched Buzz, the ill-fated social-messaging system built into Gmail.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Loves TV, and The Feeling Is Mutual  —  Twitter has been making a persistent pitch to TV in recent months: Work with us, and we'll boost your ratings.  —  And here's a TV network taking them up on the offer: Viacom's Comedy Central, which is counting on Twitter to promote its “Comedy Awards” show tonight.
Discussion: PR Newswire and AppScout
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.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Sony's Move.me database used to create gesture-enabled mouse driver (video)  —  Unless you're into weird promotional mascots, video games, or measuring the rotation of the earth, the PlayStation Move probably hasn't caught your eye.  Here's an idea: what if you could wave it about to control your PC?
Discussion: PC Magazine and LAPTOP Magazine
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Samsung to release two Bada 2.0 handsets with NFC in Q4, software update in July?  —  Some of you Samsungers are probably anticipating the snazzy Wave 578 due out in May or June outside the US, but the sad news is it won't be shipped with the upcoming Bada 2.0 OS.
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.
Discussion: Examiner
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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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 …
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ad.ly Versus Facebook: Something Doesn't Add Up
Discussion: Ad.ly, The Next Web and MediaMemo
Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks:
SEC opens the gates to crowdfunding and a new structure of capitalism
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Parks Associates sees social gaming on track to become $5 billion industry by 2015
Discussion: Gamasutra and VentureBeat
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Russia denies plans to ban Gmail, Skype
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Facebook's Open Compute Project
Discussion: Facebook and The Register