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2:20 PM ET, April 22, 2011

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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Employee Accused Of Goldman-Related Insider Trading Got A Raw Deal  —  Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported that Facebook fired a corporate development manager named Michael Brown because he bought Facebook shares on a secondary market, violating the company's insider trading rules.
Discussion: StartupMuse
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Ron Conway Threatened To Ruin Ex-Twitter Employees' Careers If They Didn't Sell Him Stock  —  Two high profile Silicon Valley angel investors are locked in a heated battle over shares of Twitter, Brad Stone at BusinessWeek reports.  —  Both Ron Conway and Chris Sacca have raised large funds …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Silicon Valley Cashes Out Selling Private Shares  —  SecondMarket and its ilk allow investors and employees—including Facebook's—to convert pre-IPO shares into millions.  But is it healthy for startups?  —  Vince Thompson doesn't appear in any accounts of Facebook's early years.
Discussion: SAI and @sacca
Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Collect User Data  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhones and Google Inc.'s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Apple and Google, respectively, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google: Of Course Our Location-based Services Require Your Location Info
Discussion: Android Community
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Web Services Starting to Come Back Online but Problems Persist & Questions Arise  —  Amazon Web Services disruption issues are now into their second day as engineers work to get the last of the availability zones restored.  Meanwhile, the customers affected spent the day talking …
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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung countersues Apple over iPhone, iPad  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co has filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm's iPhone and iPad in a tit-for-tat case after Apple claimed Samsung's smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products.
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Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Counter Sues Apple as Patent Dispute Deepens  —  Samsung Electronics Co. said it sued Apple Inc. (AAPL) claiming patent infringement, a week after the iPhone maker filed a complaint in U.S. federal court alleging the South Korean company copied its products.
Discussion: beyondbrics and GigaOM
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google talks to Spotify to power music service  —  Rather than launch it's own digital music service, Google is considering whether to partner with an existing service, including Spotify, to power Google Music.  —  According to a source with knowledge of the talks, Google has told the labels …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
One Difference Between Apple's Music Locker and Amazon's: Label Deals
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin production of Thunderbolt MacBook Airs next month  —  Apple next month will reportedly begin manufacturing the first updates to its rejuvenated MacBook Air line as the company looks to maintain the impressive sales momentum generated by the ultra-thin notebooks and limit …
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Army Picks Android to Power Its First Smartphone  —  For the Army, Droid does, all right.  —  The Army wants every soldier to carry a smartphone to stay networked.  It doesn't yet have a program for that, having spent the last year working through the implications of what it might mean …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Google Updates Its Management Page...By Taking Almost Everybody Off It  —  We'd chided Google recently for its out-of-date management page, given the departures and promotions since Larry Page took back the CEO title on April 4.  Now the company has, indeed, updated its management page...by taking almost everybody off of it.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Offers An Unusual Glimpse Inside One Of Its Data Centers  —  Google posted a video tour of one of its data centers today, highlighting some of the steps it takes to keep data secure and maintain reliability.  —  Google has been notoriously tight-lipped about its data centers …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
A Disaster In The Making?  Sony's PlayStation Network Suffers Prolonged Global Outage  —  Sony's PlayStation Network, its online service for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles, suffered from a major outage today, which remains ongoing.  According to Sony's blog …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Sprint's Google Voice integration now live  —  Despite leaked information that Sprint and Google would launch Google Voice integration services on April 26th, multiple sources have confirmed that the service is already being rolled out to users.  Sprint and Google announced the partnership last month …
Fred / A VC:
comScore Total Universe Report  —  For the past three or four years, I'd look at Twitter's numbers on comScore, or Alexa, or Quantcast, or some other third party measurement service and I'd wonder “what would they be if they included mobile devices like phones and tablets”?
Discussion: comScore, Inc. and MediaPost
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
A Clash Over the Airwaves  —  LAS VEGAS — Dropped calls.  Maps that take eons to load.  Echoing voices on a mobile phone.  And, as iPhone users know, the dreaded “Cannot Open Page.”  —  Those annoyances are likely to get worse, as airwaves that carry cellphone signals and wireless Internet connections grow ever more crowded.
Discussion: textually.org
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's Data Shows Hollywood's Headache: Netflix Searches Booming, DVDs Fading Away  —  Here's a very nice explanation of why Hollywood is so freaked out about Netflix: A chart that shows Web searches for the movie rental service booming, while queries for “DVD” are plummeting.
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft bashes Google Docs offering with Office 365 comparison
Discussion: Network World and Neowin.net, Thanks:tomwarren
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's iPhone and Android Apps Let You Find Friends From Your Phone Book, Grow the Site
Discussion: TiPb
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facts Should Be Free: SimpleGeo Puts 20 Million Places in the Public Domain
Marshall Heyman / Heard & Seen:
Re-Tweeting (Not-So) Humble Promoters
Discussion: Techland
George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
Verizon Selects Level 3 for 4G LTE Rollout
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Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Obama attends private fundraiser in Silicon Valley
Romil Patel / Venture Level:
Why Groupon Sucks For Merchants and LivingSocial Doesn't
Discussion: NewsGrange and WebProNews
Ryan Spoon:
Twitter Promotes Mobile Apps & SMS To Logged-Out Users. Smart.
Discussion: WebProNews and The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Japanese Company GREE Buys Mobile Social Gaming Platform OpenFeint For $104 Million In Cash
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents New Peer-to-Peer Sharing Technology that Utilizes Unique Magnetic Compass …
Discussion: SlashGear, Neowin.net, TUAW and 9 to 5 Mac
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple floats iPhone ‘4S’ with A5 chip to select developers to prepare for next-gen iPhone