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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.
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 …
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.
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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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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Eye-Fi launching new 8GB wireless SD card today, kicking out Direct Mode for iOS and Android next week  —  Remember how Eye-Fi was cooking up some software to let their WiFi-enabled SD memory cards sling photos directly to your tablet or phone?  Here's some sweet news — starting next week …
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Starting Up: A Generation of Zuckerberg Wannabees  —  Palo Alto's Cyrus Pishevar, 13, is one of Silicon Valley's second generation of Web innovators—teens who grew up online, watching and feeding the rise of Facebook and other nearby ventures  —  (Bloomberg) — The Facebook application …
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Google Invests $168 Million In “Solar Power Tower Plant”  —  Last week, Google announced that it was investing $5 million in a German solar power plant, and many people nodded in appreciation.  Only it turns out the search giant was just warming up, as the company announced today it's …
 
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Resurrected Bebo gets a facelift
Discussion: paidContent, thinq_ and NetworkEffect
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Dutch Government To Outlaw File-Sharing and Block The Pirate Bay
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Vudu starts streaming movies to the browser, but only in SD
Bloomberg:
Smartphone By Intel Said Headed for Sale
Steven Levy:
Kremlinology  —  In 1999, when Google had its first press conference …
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Windows 8 to feature an integrated App Store
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Google Ordered To Disclose ‘Parked Domain’ Metrics
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Twitter Investor Says Twitter's Valuation Is “Ridiculous”
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
On The Internet, No One Watches The Wiretappers
Discussion: PC World and SSRN
David Howard / TechNet Blogs:
Google's misleading security claims to the government raise serious questions