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Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/24/2011

The Circuit: Twitter may rehire Dorsey; more weigh in on merger; Apple AirPlay

LEADING THE DAY:Twitter may be in talks with co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey to have him return to the company full-time as a chief product officer. Dorsey has been working one day a week at Twitter since November. Business Insider reported that unnamed sources familiar with the situation say that Dorsey, now the CEO of Square, may rejoin Twitter to supervise product development. It is possible, the report noted, that the company may simply expand Dorsey’s current consulting role rather than create a new position for him.

TechCrunch and the New York Times have both reported they’ve independently confirmed reports that Twitter is talking to Dorsey with their own unnamed sources. The New York Times said that Dorsey will likely remain CEO at Square.

Merger quick-hit opinions: Two California Democrats, Reps. Loretta Sanchez and Joe Baca have voiced support for the AT&T, T-Mobile merger, saying it will create jobs. Forbes reports that Huawei also supports the merger, saying it could lead to more demand for its products and will likely lead to spectrum divestiture. Meanwhile, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, CCIA, has issued a statement saying the deal would be a “lose-lose” for innovation and consumers.

Apple may license AirPlay for video: Bloomberg reported Thursday that Apple may license its AirPlay technology for video streaming as well as audio streaming. The move, which would let users stream video from their Apple mobile devices to their televisions, could put the company in a good position in a growing area of the market.

Google launches publication, Think Quarterly: Google has published an online magazine, Think Quarterly. Based in the UK, the publication’s first issued focuses on data . As The Guardian reported, Google’s new product is more marketing booklet than magazine, offering up contemplative pieces on industry trends. Google’s UK managing director Matt Brittin writes in the introduction that the publication is intended to be a “breathing space in a busy world.” A Google spokesman told The Guardian that this is not an indication that Google is trying to become a media company. “There are only a limited number of copies, and they aren't for sale or designed for anyone other than our partners – but anyone who's interested can visit the companion Web site at www.thinkquarterly.co.uk," he said.

Gmail moving slowly in China: As both Google and China continue to deny responsibility for speed issues related to Gmail, new numbers have come out showing just how bad they are. According to The Next Web, a site called Greatfirewall.biz has run tests revealing Gmail is running 45 times slower than Tencent’s QQ and eight times slower than Yahoo.

In Egypt, revolutionaries face growing pains: The Washington Post reports that Egypt’s Facebook revolutionaries are now facing a sort of identity crisis after a successful revolution that forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down. With their main goal accomplished activists are trying to figure out where to focus the energy and support they gained during the revolution, what form they should take next — and whether they should continue to exist at all.

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