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1:25 AM ET, April 26, 2011

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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Is Latest Rival to Groupon and LivingSocial  —  Facebook said late Monday that it would introduce Deals, an effort by the social networking giant to tap into the consumer frenzy over online discounts.  With Deals, which had long been expected, Facebook is entering a crowded market led …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Facebook Deals Is Being Unveiled Tonight With Credits And Partners In Tow  —  Whoops.  —  Looks like The New York Times has a little embargo breaking situation on their hands.  (Which we love — chaos!)  They've just put up a story with the URL: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Launches “Social Deals” To Challenge Groupon & LivingSocial
Discussion: Screenwerk
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs on iOS Location Issue: 'We Don't Track Anyone'  —  There has obviously been a lot of discussion about last week's disclosure that iOS devices are maintaining an easily-accessible database tracking the movements of users dating back to the introduction of iOS 4 a year ago.
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Elliot Lynde / Facebook Blog:
Sharing with Small Groups  —  It's always been easy to share with all your friends on Facebook, but until we introduced Groups last October, there wasn't a simple way to share with just a few people.  Much of what we share in our daily lives is only meaningful to smaller groups of people, like our family, roommates, or co-workers.
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
EXCLUSIVE: YouTube Finally Goes Hollywood With New Movies on Demand Service  —  YouTube will imminently launch a movie-on-demand service charging users to stream movies off the world's largest video sharing site, TheWrap has learned.  —  The new service means a full-bore challenge …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Joichi Ito to Be Named Head of M.I.T. Media Lab  —  For centuries diplomas have been synonymous with the nation's universities.  —  That makes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's decision to name a 44-year old Japanese venture capitalist who attended, but did not graduate …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
FBI Raids Apartment of Alleged King's Speech Uploader  —  The FBI has raided the Los Angeles apartment of a Screen Actors Guild member the bureau believes was first to upload the Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech as well as Black Swan, and other in-theater-only films to the Pirate Bay in January …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Moves Fast — Real Fast — To Scoop Up IntoNow For $20 - $30 Million  —  This past January, upon seeing a demo of IntoNow, we noted that the media check-in game just changed.  Apparently, Yahoo agreed — they've just acquired the company for something in the range of $20 to $30 million, sources with knowledge of the deal tell us.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires TalkBin, A Feedback Platform For Businesses That's Only Five Months Old  —  It's been a good day for Y Combinator.  Hot on the heels of news that YC portfolio company Wufoo landed a $35 million exit, YC alum TalkBin has just announced that it's been acquired by Google …
Discussion: NetworkEffect
Arn / MacRumors:
Next MacBook Pro to Get New Case Design  —  MacRumors has heard reliable confirmation that the next revision of Apple's MacBook Pro line will utilize a new case design for the first time in several years.  —  The possibility of a new case design was first revealed by iLounge in February …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix Now Officially Bigger Than Comcast  —  Netflix continued to post impressive quarterly financial numbers, ending the first quarter 2011 as the largest subscription video service in North America.  —  In the first quarter, Netflix added 3.6 million subscribers, ending the period with more than 23.6 million subscribers in total.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix Earnings Up 88 Percent, Adds 3.6 Million Subscribers
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analyst: 15,000 to 120,000 Xooms sold.  Motorola's survival at risk  —  Rather than try to out-innovate Apple, he says, it should sue its Android competitors  —  There's some pretty blunt language in the latest note to clients from Global Equities' Trip Chowdry, who may have been spending …
Discussion: brian s hall and MobileBurn.com
Dan DeFelippi / Razor Fast:
Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project  —  Yesterday morning I woke up much earlier than I wanted.  Instead of lying in bed, wishing I was asleep, I decided to get up and check out Hacker News.  Better to waste my time reading industry news than lying around.
Discussion: Network World
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows 8: History Vault user interface revealed … Microsoft is currently working on a new feature for Windows 8 named History Vault.  —  The feature will allow Windows 8 users to backup files and data automatically using the Shadow Copies function of Windows.
Discussion: Windows 8 News and Neowin.net
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Google Traffic to Demand Media Sites Down 40 Percent  —  Are the halcyon days of content farming over?  Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr  —  Here's some plain, easy-to-understand proof that Google's recent algorithm overhaul is doing exactly what it was meant to do …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
This Is Why Your Tumblr's Down  —  Welcome to Davidville!  Turbulence at Tumblr Tests Tempers As Start-Up Scales Success  —  It was the last Thursday of October, and David Karp, the brown-haired, pale blue-eyed 24-year old founder of Tumblr, was chatting with his long-time mentor Fred Seibert …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets get official  —  Sony's hosting a press event in Tokyo today where it just made it's first announcement: a pair of Android 3.0 tablets.  The first is the S1 media tablet with a curved top much like a folded magazine and both front- and rear-facing cameras.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Exclusive: Lenovo 7-inch Honeycomb tablet coming later this year  —  Sure, we know all about Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet (or Think Slate) now, but it appears there's yet another Honeycomb tablet in store from the Chinese computer manufacturer.  Included in the rather hefty PowerPoint deck we got …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Reveals its Specialty Servers, Racks  —  The design concept for the Microsoft servers that power its global cloud computing platform.  Click for a larger version of the image.  —  REDMOND, Wash. - As it seeks to slash power usage across its global cloud computing platform …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Google Launches Instant Previews for Ads  —  Last November, Instant Previews made their debut on Google's search results pages.  Today, Google is taking this concept one step further by introducing Instant Previews for Ads as well.  Thanks to this new feature, you can now get a preview …
Zoran Basich / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Y Combinator Success Leads To Copycats, Incubator Raiders  —  The early success of seed-investment program Y Combinator has led to a wave of new incubators and accelerators, all hoping to capitalize on a Web investment boom and cheap-to-build technology that can quickly make fast, nimble start-ups attractive acquisition targets.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon.com tries to toss Apple ‘app store’ trademark suit, cites Steve Jobs in its own defense  —  Amazon.com today responded in court to Apple's lawsuit over the name of its Android Appstore — calling the iPhone maker's claim to the “App Store” trademark baseless, and pointing to a statement …
Discussion: PC World and Yahoo! News
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
White iPhone “Mystique” Will Drive Sales  —  Nearly a year after it was promised, the white iPhone 4, that rarest of handsets, is finally headed to market, perhaps as soon as this week.  Will its arrival have any material impact on sales?  —  Analysts seem to think it will …
 
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
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Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Microsoft Reportedly To Sell Ciao Comparison Shopping Business
Discussion: SAI and LiveSide.net
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Oracle Co-President Safra Catz Adds CFO Duties as Jeff Epstein Leaves
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Abandons their Efforts to Secure the “POD” Trademark
Discussion: TUAW, MacStories and Unwired Loop
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Not Serious About Online Gaming? This Job Offer Suggests Otherwise
Discussion: SAI
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Possible iPhone 5 pictures revealed
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Beyond the browser: Microsoft's ‘C3’ next-gen platform for HTML-based applications
Discussion: WinBeta
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
With Update, Barnes & Noble's Nook Color Gets More Tablet-Like