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“My last three months working for Google was a whirlwind of desperation. The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.”
— Ex-Google employee James Whittaker (CNNMoney)
* The first crop of iPad reviews are in. The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg believes this generation’s new features — sharper display and 4G LTE connection included — keep it on top; David Pogue over at The New York Times is more muted. “The new iPad doesn’t introduce anything that we haven’t seen before, either in the iPhone or in rival tablets,” writes Pogue. “There’s no Steve Jobs ‘one more thing’ moment here.” Meanwhile, The Verge’s Josh Topolsky remains unwaveringly positive. “The new iPad is the most functional, usable, and beautiful tablet that any company has ever produced.” (The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Verge)
* A review of the new Apple TV and why it’s bad news for Blu-ray. (TechCrunch)
* Google (GOOG) is enhancing its search engine. Expect search results over the next several months to become more thorough, with more facts and direct answers to search queries. (The Wall Street Journal)
* The mistake Netflix (GOOG) is making now. (Fortune)
* Which cloud service provider has the potential to give Amazon Web Services a run for its money? GigaOm has assembled a short list of competitors. (GigaOm)
* Digg founder Kevin Rose’s new company Milk is closing down after just four months. (The Next Web)
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