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4:40 PM ET, April 14, 2011

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Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Trouble @Twitter  —  Boardroom power plays, disgruntled founders, and CEO switcheroos are clipping the wings of this tech high flier.  —  FORTUNE — In March, shortly after Jack Dorsey went back to work for Twitter, the company he co-founded four years ago, he did a Q&A session …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Twitter Turned Down A $10 Billion Offer From Google - Report  —  Fortune's Jessi Hempel says that last fall, Twitter's board turned down a $2 billion offer from Facebook, and a $10 billion offer from Google.  She says Microsoft almost made an offer.  —  If the report is true, we are befuddled.
Discussion: @jason
David Pogue / New York Times:
A BlackBerry Tablet, but Where Are the Apps?  —  Listen, I'll be straight with you.  I realize that tablets are crazy hot right now, that 2011 is the Year of the iPad Clone and that every company and its brother is rushing one to market.  But I'm sorry.  I'm not going to review every …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
PlayBook: A Tablet With a Case Of Codependency  —  Now entering the tablet wars: the BlackBerry PlayBook, a contender from Research In Motion, maker of the iconic smartphone.  —  Unlike most tablets aiming to take on the iPad juggernaut, the PlayBook, which I've been testing for five days …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook review
Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces First Quarter 2011 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.  —  “We had a great quarter with 27% year-over-year revenue growth,” said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google.  “These results demonstrate the value …
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Data Center GM Timmons Heads to Apple  —  Microsoft data center executive Kevin Timmons speaks at a 2010 event in Quincy, Washington.  —  Kevin Timmons, who helped build the data centers that power Microsoft's global cloud computing operation, has left the company and is expected to take a leadership position at Apple.
Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Upcoming changes to Spotify Free/Open  —  Spotify's aim from the very beginning was to make music on-demand available to all.  To give you the power to listen to, discover, share and manage your music the way you want to - simpler, faster, better - while making sure the artists whose music …
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Mike Bloomberg:
April 16 Declared @Foursquare Day in NYC  —  New York City is proud to join Foursquare's founders and fans in celebrating the first global social media holiday.  Mayor Bloomberg has issued the following official proclamation declaring April 16, 2011 - 4/16, the fourth sixteenth of the year - to be Foursquare Day in New York City:
Larry Hyrb / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Kinect support for Netflix  —  Today we released an update to the Netflix experience on Xbox 360.  The next time you start up Netflix, you'll be prompted to accept the update which introduces Kinect support for Netflix.  —  That means controller-free navigation of thousands of movies and TV show …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel: USB 3.0 in 2012 with ‘Thunderbolt’  —  Intel went on the record today saying that its silicon will support USB 3.0 in 2012 and urged developers to target both USB and its new “Thunderbolt” technology.  —  “Intel is going to support USB 3.0 in the 2012 client platform.
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Apple Says White iPhone 4 Is Coming This Spring  —  Customers who have waited nearly 10 months for the white version of the iPhone 4 won't have to wait much longer. … Apple said Thursday the white iPhone was would be released in the spring, reiterating a projection the company made in October.
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Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Ready Sale of White IPhone After 10-Month Wait
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Zoom, zoom: Zipcar is a $1 billion company!  —  No profits, no problem.  —  Car-sharing service Zipcar (ZIP) is having a huge first day on the public markets, with its stock climbing 70% above its $18 per share IPO price at one point.  As of last check, the shares were at around $28.58 …
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Zipcar Prices IPO at $18, Above Range, Debuts Thursday
Discussion: SAI, Reuters and PE Hub Blog
Cabel / Panic Blog:
Introducing Prompt.  Nice SSH for iOS.  —  In our State of the Union blog post, I mentioned that we've been working on some iOS proof of concept / research projects here in the Panic Office.  It's been a lot of fun for us.  —  In fact, we liked one of those projects so much internally, we just promoted it to “real thing”!
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The ruthless Rose  —  Kevin Rose, the founder and former CEO of Digg, says he won't spend Milk Inc.'s VC money keeping bad products on life support.  —  FORTUNE — A month ago, Kevin Rose, the founder and former CEO of Digg, built something creepy.  He had been nursing an idea that would test …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Tragic Death of the Flip  —  Left, Eric Risberg/Associated Press; Paul Sakuma/Associated Press  —  Did the smartphone, right, kill the Flip camcorder?  —  Day before yesterday, my jaw hit the floor, and I still haven't managed to get it back up again.  —  Cisco is killing the Flip camcorder.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Releases iOS 4.3.2 [Direct Links]  —  Apple just released iOS 4.3.2.  It's available now in iTunes if you check for updates, and direct links to the downloads will be available shortly.  —  As previously reported, iOS 4.3.2 fixes issues with FaceTime calls (freezing or displaying random photos …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In The Post-Client Era, Did Tweetbot Just Swipe Twitter's iPhone Crown?  —  Don't focus on making new Twitter clients.  —  The message has been very clear — well, moderately clear — for weeks now.  If you're a third-party looking to develop in the Twitter ecosystem, you should focus on data or niche experiences.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Flipboard Confirms $50 Million Funding at $200 Million Valuation  —  Late last month, BoomTown posted about a huge venture funding effort by the high-profile and even more highly designed social media reading app for the Apple iPad, Flipboard.  —  Today, its Co-founder …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Comcast Extreme 105 serves up 105Mbps internet speeds for home users with deep pockets  —  We first caught wind of Comcast's 105Mbps broadband plans back in May of last year, but the time since then has been filled with silence until this very moment, when the service has gone official.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
About That Lawsuit...  The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media — including being ridiculed as the “dumbest lawsuit ever” — I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond.
The Airbnb Blog:
Rent anything from a couch...to a country!  —  If you've been a member of our community for awhile, you've probably know you can rent anything from a couch for a night, a treehouse for week, or a boat for a month.  Well, as of today, you can now rent anything from a couch to a country on Airbnb!
Discussion: TechCrunch, Techland and The Next Web
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia W7 and W8 tipped as first Windows Phone models  —  If you can accept what we're about to tell you as rumor, and nothing more, then we'd like to let you in on the latest scuttlebutt surrounding Nokia's first dip into the shallow Windows Phone waters.  Eldar Murtazin, the eternal Nokia antagonist …
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
The New Rules of Raising Cash  —  Raising money for start-ups is relatively easy in Silicon Valley these days.  But longtime entrepreneurs and venture capitalists say it is still nowhere near as simple as it was in 1999 and 2000, when a cash flood fueled the dot-com bubble.
Dean Praetorius / The Huffington Post:
Bill Gates Was Puzzled By Gmail, Book Reports  —  Many people love the seemingly infinite amount of space Gmail provides.  —  Bill Gates, at least initially, didn't see the need.  —  In his new book In The Plex, Steven Levy details Bill Gates' reaction to Gmail six months after the service first launched.
 
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
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Jim Giles / Technology Review:
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Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
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 Earlier Items: 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
Twenty Years of Linux according to Linus Torvalds
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Android Provides More Eyeballs to Advertisers, While iPhone Offers Most Revenue to App Creators, Study Finds
IDC:
Global PC Market Contracts in the First Quarter, But Swaths of Growth Remain, According to IDC
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does anyone in Silicon Valley care about Windows anymore?
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Would You Sign My Kindle?  —  SITTING at a table in a Barnes & Noble …
Discussion: Techland