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3:51 AM ET, April 15, 2011

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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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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google's Profit Falls Short of Estimates as Employee Costs Rise  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), the largest Internet- search company, reported profit that missed estimates after spending more on hiring and marketing to ward off competition from Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. (AAPL) The shares fell 4.3 percent.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Ditches YouTube, Goes Back To Relying On Nemesis Microsoft For Earnings Calls
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Tragic Death of the Flip  —  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.  Let's see if I can get this straight.  Only two years ago, Cisco bought Pure Digital, the company that made the Flip, for $590 million.
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:   Cisco's axing of Flip had an additional casualty: the unnannounced FlipLive streaming camera
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 …
Matthew Kato / gameinformer:
Multiple Sources Confirm New Nintendo HD Console  —  Gamers have been waiting years for Nintendo to finally release its Wii successor, and Game Informer has heard from multiple sources that the company will unveil it at E3 this summer if not sooner.  —  We have confirmed with multiple sources …
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Why is Chrome so important to Google?  It's a ‘locked-in user’  —  Google's Chrome browser historically has looked like just another side project for the company.  Sure Chrome is a speedy browser.  Sure Google has garnered impressive market share in a short time.  And yes Google gets to push browser development a bit.
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.
Groklaw:
The Google-Microsoft Fight About FISMA Certification - Updated  —  If you were as puzzled as I was by the blog fight, as Geekwire calls it, between Google and Microsoft over whether or not Google was FISMA certified, then you will be glad to know I gathered up some of the documents from the case …
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Tim O'Reilly / @timoreilly:   Wow, per groklaw, it's Microsoft cloud services that aren't FISMA certified, despite $MS claims that Google's aren't! http://bit.ly/f4s8rv
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
This Tech Bubble Is Different  —  Tech bubbles happen, but we usually gain from the innovation left behind.  This one—driven by social networking—could leave us empty-handed  —  Phillip Toledano  —  As a 23-year-old math genius one year out of Harvard, Jeff Hammerbacher arrived at Facebook …
Justin Case / Android Police:
[Updated] Exclusive: Vulnerability In Skype For Android Is Exposing Your Name, Phone Number, Chat Logs, And A Lot More  —  Update: Skype is investigating the issue, we've been told.  —  The safety of our personal information is often a concern of mine -who has my email address, my phone number, my date of birth?
Wall Street Journal:
Groupon to Pick Goldman, Morgan Stanley to Lead IPO  —  Groupon Inc. is expected to pick Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley as its two lead underwriters for a planned public offering later this year, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The IPO is expected to value the Chicago company …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Reuters and The Tech Trade
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 …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Microsoft's latest WP7 chassis spec includes second-gen Snapdragon, optional gyroscope  —  The minimum specs for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS have taken a nice bump upwards, it has been revealed at this year's MIX.  Current WP7 handsets are all running the Qualcomm MSM8x50 Snapdragon …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
First quarter PC forecast: Windows down 2%, Mac+iPad up 250%  —  Charles Arthur of The Guardian writes that PC sales “have passed peak”.  That's a powerful, concise statement.  It's backed up by a quote from Gartner's Mikako Kitagawa: … IDC even lays part of the blame to something called “media tablets"[1]:
Discussion: Guardian, MacDailyNews and Gartner
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google: 3 Billion Android Apps Installed; Downloads Up 50 Percent From Last Quarter  —  On Google's earnings call today, Jeff Huber, Senior VP Commerce and Local, revealed that there have been over 3 billion Android apps installed.  And downloads of Android apps are up 50 percent from Q4 2010.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Chiefs Defend PlayBook Tablet Against Critics as Debut Approaches  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie said criticism of the company's PlayBook tablet computer, which goes on sale next week, are misguided because they ignore RIM's base of BlackBerry faithful.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Check-ins Are Dead?  Location App Life360 Adds 1 Million Users in 10 Weeks … Location-based “check-ins” - are they hot - or not?  Two days ago we ran a guest post by Mark Watkins, CEO of mobile startup Goby, who argued that check-in services were unlikely to thrive and that startups had to do something more.
Discussion: lalawag and WebProNews
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Blogging for HuffPo Is Like Writing Open-Source Software  —  There's been a lot of sturm und drang recently about the lawsuit that some bloggers have launched against The Huffington Post, arguing they deserve to be compensated for their writing, despite having agreed to provide their work knowing full well they wouldn't be paid.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Paul Allen on 60 Minutes: Book about history, not revenge against Bill Gates  —  OK, we can finally let you in on a secret we've been keeping here at GeekWire: A “60 Minutes” crew has been in Seattle working on a piece about Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, his new book “Idea Man” and his complicated relationship with Bill Gates.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter: Too many cooks could spoil this bird  —  Over at Twitter, they like metaphors that involve birds.  Maybe a little too much.  So here's one for them: Right now, according to a couple of in-depth reports about Twitter's past and present executive structure, the whole company sure looks …
Discussion: VentureBeat, BoomTown and SAI
 
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Lance Whitney / Crave: The gadget blog:
Toshiba to launch self-erasing hard drives
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Entrepreneurs Plan To Legalize and Monetize Illegal Music
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Thom Weidlich / Bloomberg:
News Corp.'s Myspace Sued for Giving Away Data on Members Without Consent
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Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
Intel and Micron shrink NAND flash
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Firefox Add-on ‘Undoes’ U.S. Government Domain Seizures
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Cabel / Panic Blog:
Introducing Prompt. Nice SSH for iOS.
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Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
IGDA warns Android game developers about Amazon's Appstore terms
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Releases iOS 4.3.2 [Direct Links]
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
Google to sentence YouTube violators to ‘copyright school’
Larry Hyrb / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Kinect support for Netflix
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does anyone in Silicon Valley care about Windows anymore?