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Henry Blodget / SAI:
The Guy Who Says He Owns 50% Of Facebook Just Filed A Boatload Of New Evidence — And It's Breathtaking  —  Remember Paul Ceglia?  —  He's the fellow in upstate New York who sued Mark Zuckerberg last July, claiming that, way back in 2003, Zuckerberg had agreed to give him a 50% ownership in the project that became Facebook.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Paul Ceglia vs. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Here's the complaint and it's a good read  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg won a legal victory over Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who were appealing to increase a $65 million settlement, and now there's another lawsuit on the horizon.
Discussion: The Register
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Camera Business; Will Give Pink Slips To 550 Employees  —  Wow.  Cisco has just issued a release stating that in a strategic plan to “align its operations,” the company will exit parts of its consumer businesses and realign the remaining consumer business …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Run iPhone Apps Directly From Your Browser With Pieceable Viewer  —  Part of i/o Ventures first cohort, Pieceable is launching its first product today, the Pieceable Viewer.  As you can see above with the Yelp app or here with apps like Hipmunk or Foodspotting, the viewer allows you to run …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HTC Sensation 4G official: 1.2GHz dual-core, qHD display, and Sense 3.0  —  We've known about the so-called HTC Pyramid for months, long before the Vodafone leak this morning.  Now the long-rumored Android phone is official and coming to T-Mobile under the moniker HTC Sensation 4G.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Bing Now Powers 30% of US Searches  —  Bing is doing what no one used to think was possible: knocking search market share points off of Google, and collecting them.  —  Yes, Bing-powered search in the United States just broke the 30% barrier, clocking in at 30.01% in March according to Hitwise.
Samuel Gibbs / TUAW:
iPad 2 gets glasses-free 3D display using front-facing camera for head tracking  —  Now that the iPad 2 has a front facing-camera and some decent horsepower under the hood, there's a lot of potential for really interesting camera-plus-screen coordination hacks.
Violet Blue / Tech Broiler Blog:
AOL/HuffPo Shuts Down Download Squad  —  In a surprise move Monday night, popular software blog Download Squad became the latest tech casualty in Huffington/AOL's so-called ‘consolidation’ of its content sites.  In an end-of-the-day email, Download Squad's staff was told that the blog …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Winklevosses To Challenge Today's Facebook Ruling  —  Earlier today a panel of Federal Appeals judges ruled that the Winklevoss twins had to accept a ruling that had them make due with a meager $65 million in settlement.  But apparently the case is not closed, as the Winklevosses will be filing …
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
Winklevoss twins must accept Facebook deal: court
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Amazon.com to Sell Kindle Digital Reader With Ads for $114  —  Amazon.com Inc., the largest online retailer, will begin selling a version of its Kindle electronic- book reader that features advertisements and costs $114, 18 percent less than the ad-free device.
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Confirmed: Sprint getting Motorola XOOM with WiMAX  —  We exclusively reported Sprint would be getting an identical version of the Motorola XOOM sans LTE and adding a WiMAX radio, and we now have received a second confirmation — cases for the Motorola XOOM just started showing up at Sprint stores nationwide.
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Start-ups Rejected By Y Combinator (And Investors) Flock To YC Reject  —  Allan Teruel didn't make the cut with his application to Y Combinator, the popular Silicon Valley incubator last week.  So after being “bummed out,” he decided to start YC Reject, a program for those who didn't get in.
Discussion: YC Reject
Bloomberg:
Nokia Workers Face Steepest Cut in 20 Years as Job Talks Near  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) workers are bracing for what may be the steepest job cuts in almost two decades as the world's largest maker of mobile phones prepares to start a partnership with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)
Discussion: SAI and The Next Web
Dan Goodin / The Register:
How is SSL hopelessly broken?  Let us count the ways  —  Blunders expose huge cracks in net's trust foundation  —  Analysis Every year or so, a crisis or three exposes deep fractures in the system that's supposed to serve as the internet's foundation of trust.
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Why Firefox Rapid Release Schedule Is a Bad Idea  —  Mozilla has committed to a more aggressive release schedule for the Firefox Web browser.  There were nearly three years between the launch of Firefox 3 and Firefox 4, but Firefox 5 is expected to be introduced in a matter of months at the end of June.
Discussion: SAI
Steve Augustino / Telecom Law Monitor:
FCC Rules VoIP Provider May Not Collect Access Charges  —  With the continued uncertainty regarding the classification of VoIP service and the application of intercarrier compensation to VoIP, litigation over VoIP charges is extensive.  In the latest case to reach a decision …
Nicholas Deleon / MobileCrunch:
Study: Smartphone Users Wasting Hundreds Of Dollars Per Year On Unnecessary Contracts  —  A new study says that smartphone users are overpaying for their service by several hundred dollars each and every year.  The study, put together by Billmonitor, notes that people are overspending primarily …
Discussion: BBC
Kellex / Droid Life:
Download: Skype with Video on Android  —  Here you go HTC Thunderbolt owners - Skype with video has arrived for you to install and enjoy.  Get your video chat on, from just about anywhere.  —  Download: com.skypevideo.apk [mirror] [mirror]  —  Download: [zipped version] - Do not try to flash in Clockwork.
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: HP held talks to buy Tibco  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) had considered buying business software company Tibco Software Inc (TIBX.O) until two weeks ago when talks fizzled, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.  —  The talks come as newly minted HP chief …
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Trends - now in 70 more locations  —  We first launched Trends as a useful way for people to find out what topics are being talked about around the world, right now.  Early last year, we added Local Trends to make it easier to find more locally relevant topics in specific countries and metropolitan locations.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple component makers downplay rumors of Retina iPad 3 arriving in 2011  —  Component makers for Apple's iPad claim that the company has released its roadmap for higher-resolution touchscreen tablets, but the project is still at the “initial planning stage” and an upgraded iPad is unlikely …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:   iPad 2 helps Apple suppliers post 141% year over year growth in March
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Dutch Government To Outlaw File-Sharing and Block The Pirate Bay  —  Through the actions of anti-piracy outfit BREIN, The Netherlands has been in the news regularly in connection with file-sharing and copyright related cases.  —  The group was responsible for the demise …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Resurrected Bebo gets a facelift  —  Social networking site Bebo has only been in the news sporadically since AOL sold it to Criterion Capital Partners last June, but the company says it has been steadily rolling out new features.  Today, it's unveiling a redesigned home page.
Discussion: paidContent, thinq_ and NetworkEffect
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
In Challenge To Google Places, Microsoft Launches “Bing Business Portal” For SMBs  —  This morning Microsoft is launching the “Bing Business Portal” (BBP).  It replaces the the Bing Local Listing Center, and all listings already there have already been migrated over.
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Vudu starts streaming movies to the browser, but only in SD
Bloomberg:
Smartphone By Intel Said Headed for Sale
Discussion: IntoMobile, PhoneArena and Electronista
Steven Levy:
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Google Invests $168 Million In “Solar Power Tower Plant”
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Windows 8 to feature an integrated App Store
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
The New Yorker Tries Requiring Users to Like Its Facebook Page to Access Articles
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Google Ordered To Disclose ‘Parked Domain’ Metrics
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
KIT Digital Buys IP Video Management And Delivery Company Ioko For $91.4M In Cash And Stock
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Twitter Investor Says Twitter's Valuation Is “Ridiculous”
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
On The Internet, No One Watches The Wiretappers
Discussion: PC World and SSRN