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March 14, 2011

The Facebook logo is displayed on a computer screen in Brussels April 21, 2010. REUTERS/Thierry RogeFacebook signaled an increased interest in deals, poaching a member of Google’s corporate development team to lead its fledgling merger and acquisition efforts and underscoring the rivalry between the social networking company and the search engine giant.

AOL hired Twitter co-founder Biz Stone as a strategic adviser for social impact. Its newest addition, The Huffington Post, also announced several hires. AOL announced last week that it was firing 20 percent of its global workforce and editor in chief for AOL’s Engadget Joshua Topolsky quit over the weekend. Still unclear was the fate of AOL freelancers.

Sales of Apple’s iPad 2 eclipsed that of its predecessor on its debut weekend, with around 1 million units being gobbled up. One analyst sees the iPad 2’s early success as a warning sign of a global tablet bubble, where supply could outpace demand for tablets by about 36 percent. While a glut might not make tablet makers happy, consumers aren’t likely to complain about the price drops that could result.

Did your iPhone wake you up on time this morning? Daylight saving time went into effect on Sunday in the U.S., but at least one person was late for work on Monday after his iPhone, having updated to DST on Sunday, reverted back to standard time on Monday, writes Engadget’s Sean Hollister.

GigaOM’s Ryan Kim thinks the deal between Angry Birds developer Rivo and to offer the sequel to the hugely popular game exclusively at the online retailer’s Android app store shows is serious about supporting the smartphone platform and highlights the importance of third-party app stores.

Need to know how to fend off a mountain lion or uncork a champagne bottle with a saber? A new iPhone app based on the website and “Show Me How” books has the answers.

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