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Today in Tech: Facebook's failed Twitter buyout, Apple passing $100 billion in sales?

March 31, 2011: 6:00 AM ET

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  • Google released its "+1" social feature, which basically adds its own version of Facebook's "Like" button to web search results and will eventually apply to ads, too. So when users search results with the feature enabled -- right now, you have to opt in, but eventually it'll roll out to everyone -- they'll see a small clickable "+1" button next to each result, indicating to friends within their Google social graph which stories, posts, videos, etc. they enjoy. When +1 hits advertising, expect those search ads to be even more targeted to your preferences. (Fortune)
  • Twitter co-founder Biz Stone appeared on Howard Stern's SIRIUS XM show and among other things, revealed details about Facebook's failed acquisition of the social network. Apparently, that included an extremely awkward meeting with Mark Zuckerberg in which the Facebook creator "was prepared for every scenario," and offered a mix of cash and stock. Eventually, Stone would shoot Zuckerberg a polite note of a refusal. Here's the interview in its entirety. (TechCrunch and Howard Stern) More
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