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Iain Dodsworth / The TweetDeck Blog:
Official: TweetDeck Has Been Acquired By Twitter  —  I am extremely happy and proud to let you know that TweetDeck has been acquired by Twitter.  We completed the deal on Tuesday and are now in the process of “joining the flock”.  —  The past three years have been an epic journey …
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Dick Costolo / Twitter Blog:
All Decked Out  —  In early 2008, a London-based programmer named Iain Dodsworth began thinking about how to organize everything happening on Twitter.  His answer was TweetDeck, a groundbreaking dashboard for monitoring what people are saying in real-time.  Today, we're pleased to announce that the TweetDeck team has joined Twitter.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Q&A With TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth on His Sale to Twitter  —  Now it's a done deal.  Twitter has indeed purchased TweetDeck.  —  The deal closed last night, and Twitter has paid between $40 and $50 million in cash and stock for the startup.  —  But we knew all that …
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Facebook To Launch Music Service With Spotify  —  .  —  Facebook has partnered with Spotify on a music-streaming service that could be launched in as little as two weeks, sources close to the deal have told Forbes.  —  The integrated service is currently going through testing …
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Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Sean Parker, scourge of record labels, calls the bottom of the music industry  —  Sean Parker - co-founder of Napster, backer of Spotify - is suddenly very bullish on the old-school record label business.  —  He believes the distribution system which he helped to break is “on the verge of being fixed” …
Discussion: Gawker, AllThingsD and Filthy Rich
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Nokia's Smartphone Chief On Microsoft Alliance, Future Windows Devices  —  Ask Jo Harlow how it feels to have one of the most difficult jobs in the mobile industry and you're likely to get a good-natured laugh in return.  As Nokia's recently-appointed head of Smart Devices …
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Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Windows Phone Marketplace on the Web for Mango  —  Yesterday at events all around the world, Microsoft unveiled the key features of the next version of Windows Phone, code named Mango.  The demonstrations focused on Mango's ability to make it easier to connect and share with friends and family …
Om Malik / GigaOm:
Reed Elsevier Leads $6M Investment in GigaOM  —  Reed Elsevier Ventures — the London-based venture arm of Reed Elsevier, one of the largest publishing companies — is leading a $6 million investment in the parent company behind GigaOM, GigaOM.tv, GigaOM Events and GigaOM Pro.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Raises Another $6 Million At $40 Million+ Valuation
Discussion: paidContent
Apple:
How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware  —  A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus.  The user is then offered Mac Defender “anti-virus” software to solve the issue.
Marie Mawad / Reuters:
Twitter says to protect users' right to self-defence  —  * Twitter says will seek to notify its users  —  Twitter will seek to notify its users so they can defend themselves before it hands over user information to the authorities, a senior manager said on Wednesday when asked about a privacy dispute in Britain.
Discussion: @amac
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Matt Mohebbi / The Official Google Blog:
Mining patterns in search data with Google Correlate  —  It all started with the flu.  In 2008, we found that the activity of certain search terms are good indicators of actual flu activity.  Based on this finding, we launched Google Flu Trends to provide timely estimates of flu activity in 28 countries.
Royal Pingdom:
Why email is crucial to Google, Microsoft and Yahoo  —  Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.  These three companies rule webmail with Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail, the three largest email services on the Internet.  —  What might escape a lot of people, though, is just how important email services …
Discussion: ZDNet, Digital Trends and WebProNews, Thanks:pingdom
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Store Customers Satisfied Even If They Don't Buy Anything … -A 2001 prediction by David Goldstein, president of Channel Marketing, about Apple's then newly launched retail stores  —  In Apple's history, there are many come-from-behind, or out of nowhere, success stories-the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.
Anya Kamenetz / Fast Company:
Peter Thiel Gives Whiz Kids $100K To Quit College, Start Businesses  —  It sounds like a reality show pitch: The legendary Facebook investor, PayPal founder, and thorn in the side of college deans everywhere announces what happens when 24 people, picked to live among mentors and innovation experts …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Is Six Years Old and Huge: Three Billion Views a Day  —  Last year YouTube made a big deal of its fifth birthday, with a special Web site, special messages from the likes of Conan O'Brien, etc.  —  This year's commemoration is more muted.  Basically, just a blog post that notes that the site is really, really big.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
How Tech Legend Bill Gross Blew The TweetDeck Deal  —  With today's news that Twitter has acquired TweetDeck for ~$40 million, it has become clear: UberMedia's Bill Gross - the Bill Gross who's famous for inventing search advertising as we know it - seems to have blown it this time around.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and The Equity Kicker
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Yahoo execs grilled of Alibaba investment disclosure  —  Yahoo's top brass set aside the first hour of its annual analyst day today to receive a public flogging for its missteps in handling the spinoff of one of the jewels in it's portfolio, the Chinese online payments group, Alipay.
Discussion: Reuters
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Gady Epstein / Beijing Dispatch:
Sources: Yahoo Spurned New Offer By Jack Ma For Part of Alibaba Stake
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Thanks:niubi
Gregg Keizer / InfoWorld:
Microsoft backpedals from Ballmer's Windows 8 comments  —  One analyst, betting on late 2012, early 2013 release, says Microsoft has “one chance” to get next version of Windows right  —  Microsoft backed away from comments made yesterday by CEO Steve Ballmer, who had told Japanese software developers …
Rachel Chitra / Reuters:
BofA, JPMorgan, Wells form JV for online banking services  —  REUTERS - Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells Fargo & Co have teamed up to create a joint venture for online banking services.  —  The move comes as eBay Inc unit PayPal and the world's largest search engine Google Inc …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Zynga About to File for IPO  —  Zynga is poised to file for its initial public offering, according to sources close to the situation.  —  The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission could come as early as this week, or next week at the latest.
Shea Bennett / AllTwitter:
Twitter About To Hit 500 Employees (And 5% Of Them Still Have The Default Avatar)  —  Back in February I wrote about Twitter's escalating employee count, which back then was closing in on 400 members of staff.  Way back in May 2009 - when Twitter was black and white and made out of wood - that number was just 69 (dude).
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyfight: EFF co-founder enters e-G8 “lion's den,” rips into lions  —  “I just arrived at the Tuileries for the #eG8, already a hoot.  Unfounded smugness to rival the World Economic Forum.”  —  John Perry Barlow—EFF co-founder, Grateful Dead lyricist, and, improbably, now a rancher …
Discussion: Techdirt and New York Times
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company  —  Today, at TechCrunch Disrupt, editor Erick Schonfeld took the stage to interview Alex Rampell, TrialPay; Stephanie Tilenius, VP of Google Commerce and Payments, and Lewis Gersh, Metamorphic Partners; addressing online to offline mobile commerce.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
AT&T rolling out 4G LTE in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio this summer, 10 more markets in H2 2011  —  AT&T's president and chief executive John Stankey made some interesting 4G LTE-related announcements this morning at the Barclays Capital Global Communications, Media and Technology Conference.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple MacBooks top all Consumer Reports laptop categories  —  If you were wondering how good Apple's MacBook line of portable computers are, the answer is simple — they are the top computer every category on Consumer Reports.  —  Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air scored a 62 out of 100 taking the top spot in the small laptop section.
 
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Senator Franken asks Apple, Google to require privacy policies for apps
Thanks:eastd
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Amnesty for web firms over ‘cookie’ privacy law
Discussion: MarketingVox News & Trends and BBC
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Exclusive: SEC wasted $1 million on data storage, watchdog says
Discussion: DailyTech and TechEye
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Roelof Botha: R.I.P. Good Times Was No Mistake (And Yes, They Do Read Their Email)
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Skype Kills Off “Skype For Asterisk” - A Sign of the New Microsoft Era?
Discussion: Digium, Alec Saunders and Skype Journal
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Instagram Surpasses 4 Million Registered Users, Is Now Posting 10 Photos A Second
Discussion: BloggingPro and Computerworld