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1:40 PM ET, April 30, 2011

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Andrew Norman Wilson:
Workers Leaving the Googleplex  —  In September 2007 I was hired jointly by Transvideo Studios and Google, both headquartered in Mountain View California.  Transvideo had a contract with Google and took care of 100% of their video production in Mountain View, and sometimes elsewhere.
Discussion: The Business Insider, @jenny8lee and @mathewi, Thanks:laureni
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Google's Secret Class System  —  Life in the Googleplex has a fairy tale allure: gourmet food!  Ski trips!  Giant dessert statues popping up out of nowhere every six months!  And if working for the company seems like some alternaworld fantasy dreamscape, well, it kind of is.  Just not, it turns out, for everyone.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's Upcoming ‘Reading List’ for Safari to Compete with Instapaper and ReadItLater  —  Apple is working on a new feature for Safari in Apple's Mac OS X Lion that will bring a different kind of bookmarking functionality to the browser.  Apple calls it “Reading List” and is meant to offer users a way to save pages for later reading.
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Marco Arment / @marcoarment:   For many reasons, I believe Instapaper would still have a market even if Apple implemented Reading List synced to iOS devices.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Is Wireless Tether About to Get the Android Axe?  Carriers Finally Starting to Block it?  —  If you aren't sure what that picture is saying, let me attempt to break it down for you.  After receiving a tip that Verizon may be blocking Wireless Tether from the market, I decided to do a little digging on the variety of devices I own.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Many Mulligans Does Color Get?  —  WARNING: mixed sports metaphors ahead.  —  How many do-overs does a startup get before users give up on it for good?  As far as I can remember, the answer is zero.  I can't think of an example where a startup launched into the wild, flailed badly …
Discussion: Telegraph
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Why You Should Think Twice About Opting-In to the Delicious-AVOS Transfer  —  It takes “only 30 seconds” to transfer your Delicious bookmarks to its new owner AVOS, though few are aware that Delicious users are signing up to a vastly different set of terms.  —  Most people are unaware of what they just agreed to.
Discussion: @andrewbaron
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Every Single Person Should Take 30 Seconds to Opt-in to the Delicious Data Transfer
Discussion: Net Patrol and CNN
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
When Will Microsoft's Internet Bloodbath End?  —  “Online Services Division revenue grew 14% year-over-year primarily driven by increases in search revenue.”  —  That was Microsoft's statement about the Online Services Division in their earnings release yesterday.  Growth!  Yippee!
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Will Reveal A Revamped Version Of Google TV Soon  —  The first version of Google TV may be a dud, but the company is working on the next version and could show it off at its I/O conference next month.  —  An industry source says the next version of Google TV has a lot more potential than today's version for three main reasons:
Michael Geist Blog:
Wikileaks Cables Show Massive U.S. Effort to Establish Canadian DMCA  —  Wikileaks has released dozens of new U.S. cables that demonstrate years of behind the scenes lobbying by U.S. government officials to pressure Canada into implementing a Canadian DMCA.  The cables include confirmation …
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com and Techdirt
Yoko Kubota / Reuters:
Sony's No.2 Hirai to brief media Sunday on data theft  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp's No.2 Kazuo Hirai will brief media on Sunday about a huge security breach of its PlayStation Network, the first time an executive of the Japanese electronics giant will publicly address the case, which could prompt global legal actions.
Discussion: Joystiq, VG247 and I4U News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Pitfall Of Twitter's ‘Promoted Trends’ #RoyalWedding  —  Twitter recently upped its rates on Twitter Promoted Trends from $60K-$70K to between $100K-$120K which means the demand for the unique form of advertising is certainly there.  But what are brands getting in return?
Peter Lloyd / ABC News:
Hackers run up debt for PlayStation user  —  An Adelaide PlayStation user whose private details were held by the Sony Corporation has had $2,000 of unauthorised charges run up on his credit card in recent days.  —  It could be the first documented case of fraud in the wake of the theft …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Lawsuits Filed Against Twitter, Facebook & MySpace For Confirming That A User No Longer Wanted Text Messages  —  Ah, class action lawsuits in action.  If you want an idea of how the class action lawsuit process is often used for completely ridiculous purposes, just take a look …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey Shares Some Big Square Numbers: 341,688 Readers Shipped, $137M Total Flow  —  Square founder and CEO Jack Dorsey just tweeted a photo of the company's internal dashboard, and, aside from looking very sexy, it's boasting some impressive numbers.  Among them: Square has shipped 341,688 …
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Amy Harmon / New York Times:
Memories Lost to a Whirlwind Alight on Facebook to Be Claimed
Jeff Hecht / New Scientist:
Ultrafast fibre optics set new speed record
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo CEO's pay package falls 75 pct to $11.9M
Discussion: SAI
Cory Hicks / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Lessons Netflix Learned from the AWS Outage
Bloomberg:
FTC Said to Contact Companies About Google Investigation
Discussion: Electronista and Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
MIT:
Amar Bose '51 makes stock donation to MIT
Discussion: PC Magazine, I4U News and CrunchGear
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Appeals Court: No Hacking Required to Be Prosecuted as a Hacker
Discussion: epic.org
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
That's what she said: Software that tells dirty jokes
Discussion: Gizmodo, Techdirt and The Escapist
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Intel touts 50Gbps interconnect by 2015, will make it work with tablets and smartphones too
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Facebook takedown followup: what happened, and what Facebook needs to fix