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12:00 PM ET, April 15, 2011

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Biz Stone:
The Trouble Bubble  —  We founded Twitter, Inc. in March of 2007 and while we have long said it's about the users, not the service, we have nevertheless enjoyed favorable media coverage.  What took so long for somebody to write the article that says we are falling apart?
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Biz Punches Back at Fortune's Twitter-Bashing (Sort Of!)
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter: Too many cooks could spoil this bird
Discussion: CNN, ITProPortal and Techie Buzz
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
Discussion: BetaNews
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?
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Betabeat, Fortune, @eldon and @hpnews
Joe Light / Wall Street Journal:
Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow  —  Companies Scramble for Engineers Who Can Write Software for Smartphones  —  This year, magazine publisher Hearst Corp. intends to add five software engineers to its mobile development staff.  Social-networking company Ning Inc. plans to nearly double its mobile development team.
Discussion: PhoneArena and FierceMobileContent
Zak Stambor / Internet Retailer:
Facebook wants to make daily deals more social  —  The social network hopes to leverage its news feed to help consumers discover their friends' interactions with Facebook Deals.  The move is designed to distinguish Facebook's offering from competitors such as Groupon and LivingSocial.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
These People Sold Twitter For Just $5 Million Back In 2006  —  How would you feel if a company you sold for $5 million less than five years ago was now reportedly fetching offers as high as $10 billion?  —  That's almost exactly what's happening to the dozen or so original owners of Twitter.
Discussion: The Business Insider
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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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook for iPhone Now Pulls the News Feed From m.facebook.com  —  Earlier this month, Facebook released an update for the Facebook for iPhone mobile app that included an “Improved news feed”, but no one seemed to understand what had actually changed.  We've determined that the native app …
Discussion: TUAW
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Secret Tasty Labs Prototype Unleashed To A Select Few  —  Delicious founder Joshua Schachter always had a funny answer when we asked him what his new startup, Tasty Labs, would focus on. … But a few months have gone by, the company raised a nice store of cash and they're about to release …
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.
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Google Faces Antitrust Complaints in South Korea on Popularity of Android  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), the largest Internet- search company, is facing antitrust complaints in South Korea as mobile phones using its Android software gain dominance, adding to global scrutiny of the company's businesses.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
mSpot offers Netflix-like movie club for new streaming movies  —  Netflix has made a big splash with its library of movies for low fixed monthly subscription fees.  Now mSpot, which provides streaming movie services for a bunch of big carriers, is offering similar monthly deals …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2x now available online for $200, hitting stores April 20th  —  T-Mobile's Android roster is growing in number and sheer benchmarking virility today with the launch of the LG-produced G2X.  This handset runs bone stock Android (Froyo today, Gingerbread in the future) …
Nicole Scott / netbooknews.com:
MeeGo Gets A New Look At IDF Beijing 2011  —  IDF Beijing 2011 isn't a show where MeeGo is hiding meekly in the corner.  Today there was an announcement from Tencent and Intel launching a joint Innovation Centre in Shanghai.  The partnership isn't brand spanking new, as they announced …
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:
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 …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Business Market Plays Cloud Computing Catch-Up  —  The big spenders on technology are businesses and government agencies.  They buy about 75 percent of the computing goods and services sold worldwide.  Yet it is increasingly evident they are not driving the new ideas …
Discussion: Bottom Line
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
FCC boss says wireless spectrum allocation is key to making mobile broadband competitive  —  Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski said today he is hopeful that the government will be able to reallocate spectrum to satisfy the insatiable appetite for mobile broadband capacity.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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.
Peter Farago / Flurry:
Apple and Google Capture U.S. Video Game Market Share in 2010  —  Last year, Flurry reported that iPhone and iPod touch game sales surged from 2008 to 2009.  From a standing start, and in just one year, iPhone games captured 5% of the mature U.S. video game market.
 
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Paul Kapustka / PC World:
LightSquared Poised to Build Nationwide 4G Network
Discussion: PhoneArena
Mark Boslet / PE Hub Blog:
VCs Put More Money to Work in Fewer Deals in Q1: Report
Philiana Ng / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox, Color App Partner for ‘Water for Elephants’ Premiere (Exclusive)
Discussion: Fast Company and WebProNews
Horace Dediu / asymco:
First quarter PC forecast: Windows down 2%, Mac+iPad up 250%
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Check-ins Are Dead? Location App Life360 Adds 1 Million Users in 10 Weeks
Discussion: WebProNews
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Entrepreneurs Plan To Legalize and Monetize Illegal Music
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Europe's “fundamental rights” trump judge-ordered Internet filters
Discussion: TorrentFreak, TechEye and Inquirer
Thom Weidlich / Bloomberg:
News Corp.'s Myspace Sued for Giving Away Data on Members Without Consent
Discussion: Inquirer and SocialTimes.com
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Apple Says White iPhone 4 Is Coming This Spring