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10:25 PM ET, March 1, 2010

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Virginia / Picnik Blog:
Picnik Acquired by Google  —  When Bitnik, Inc was created, our founders envisioned making great software for real people and giving users the power to edit digital photos in their browser, without having to purchase or download complicated software.  While our first office in 2005 only had two desks …
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Picnik CEO: Google deal comes with ‘a very happy number’  —  Picnik Chief Executive Jonathan Sposato chatted with TechFlash this afternoon shortly after the online photo editing service sold out to Google, marking the second time that the search giant has purchased one of his startup companies.
Discussion: BetaNews and CloudAve
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google: Flickr Can Keep Using Picnik.  Yahoo: We Have No Comment.  —  Earlier today, in writing about Google buying the photo-editing service Picnik, we noted that the most interesting thing about the buy may be that Picnik is currently Flickr's default photo editor.
Discussion: TechFlash
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation.Blog:
PlayStation Network Service Restored  —  We are aware that the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units other than the slim model, recognized the year 2010 as a leap year.  Having the internal clock date change from February 29 to March 1 (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms …
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Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Bug plagues PlayStation 3, Sony warns of data loss  —  NEW YORK -  —  Sony Corp. said a glitch has knocked PlayStation 3 users off the game console's online network, and the company warned that data loss could occur if gamers continued using the machines.  —  Sony said in a blog post Monday …
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation.Blog:
Latest info on PlayStation Network Status
Rsarver / Twitter Blog:
Enabling A Rush of Innovation  —  Even before Twitter was officially a company, we opened our technology in ways that invited developers to extend the service.  Before long, Twitter became a platform and an ecosystem of innovation began to grow.  Recently we've announced partnerships with Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft.
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Opens Up the Firehose to Startups
Discussion: TechCrunch
David Flynn / APC:
Microsoft: “No Windows Phone 7 upgrade for Windows Mobile 6.x devices”  —  Microsoft's tight hardware spec for Windows Phone 7 smartphones means that Windows Mobile 6.x devices - including HTC's just-launched HD2 - can't be upgraded.  —  Owners of HTC's highly-praised HD2 touchscreen smartphone …
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Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Exec Offers First Look at Windows Phone 7 Series Device
AppleInsider:
Apple prepping first Macs with HDMI - sources  —  Apple plans to introduce HDMI connectivity on some of its personal computers this year, embracing an emerging trend that has seen the high-definition audio/video interface crop up on an increasing number of systems from rival PC manufacturers, AppleInsider has learned.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google wins patent for location-based advertising  —  While the blogosphere was buzzing over the patent Facebook won for its news feed last week, Google earned a killer one too.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded the search giant a patent for using location in an advertising system last Tuesday …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Production Delays Mean iPad Inventories May Be Tight at Launch  —  When Apple's new iPad slate begins to arrive at market later this month, limited availability may leave some early adopters empty-handed-assuming it goes on sale this month at all.  —  In a research note this morning …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show off new ‘Mobile Surface’ at TechFest 2010  —  It looks like Microsoft has finally figured out how to turn its table-sized multi-touch Surface computer into a more portable experience.  —  Microsoft is planning to demonstrate this week at its employee-only Microsoft Research showcase …
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Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Microsoft Research working on real-time phone conversation translation
Discussion: TechFlash
Pew Internet:
Understanding the Participatory News Consumer  —  Overview  —  In the digital era, news has become omnipresent.  Americans access it in multiple formats on multiple platforms on myriad devices.  The days of loyalty to a particular news organization on a particular piece of technology in a particular form are gone.
Tim Hrenchir / Topeka Capital-Journal:
‘Topeka to be Google, Kansas’  —  Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten signed a proclamation Monday calling for Topeka to be known for the month of March as “Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics.”  —  Bunten told city council members about the proclamation prior to a special meeting …
Discussion: TechCrunch, TechFlash and Fox News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Series Seed Documents-With an Assist From Andreessen Horowitz-To Help Entrepreneurs With Legal Hairballs  —  Series Seed Documents, templated term sheets for entrepreneurs to use for seed-stage deals, will be launched today, part of an effort by Silicon Valley lawyer Ted Wang and pushed by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and Tech Beat, Thanks:atul
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Interview: Why Platial Shut Down and What That Means for Geo  —  Today the news came out that Platial, a first-generation map mashup startup, was throwing in the towel on its product and encouraging users to export their data.  The company actually ran out of money 18 months ago …
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Users Prefer Broadcast Media  —  A couple of weeks ago, I posted an entry about Facebook becoming the largest news reader.  Facebook does send more traffic to News and Media sites than Google News but looking more closely at the data, I noticed that the two sites send traffic …
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
Additional thoughts on last week's lawsuit, or How a Conspiracy Theory is Born  —  (The following is a continuation of my blog post from last Friday.)  —  I have said that false allegations that Yelp manipulates reviews for money ignore empirical evidence to the contrary and instead rely on conspiracy theories.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobclix Acquires iPhone App Sales Analytics Software Heartbeat  —  Mobile ad network Mobclix has made its first acquisition.  The startup is buying up Heartbeat, a cloud-based SaaS that helps iPhone app developers manage and access sales data, crash reporting, ongoing hourly usage stats, reviews and rankings.
Discussion: paidContent and Mobclix
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
How AT&T Plans to Keep SXSW From Swamping Its Network  —  Smartphones, including iPhones, were all the rage at SxSW in 2009.  —  Last year, the hordes of South by Southwest-attending geeks toting iPhones blew out the AT&T network around the convention center in Austin …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Dropcam puts home surveillance in the cloud  —  Last August, I wrote about converting a Webcam into a home security tool, and truth be told, the results were underwhelming.  Sure there are services and specialty hardware that let you do it with very little setup, but there continued …
Discussion: CrunchGear and VentureBeat
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing Adds Search History To Auto-Suggest  —  Bing has announced that it's using your search history in its auto-suggest feature.  In a post on its Search Blog, Bing says that “44% of non-navigational search sessions last longer than 1 week,” meaning the inclusion of previous searches …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Details How It Tests Code, But Won't Say How It Misdelivered Private Messages  —  Last week, Facebook was affected by a glitch that sent what appear to be thousands of private messages to the wrong people — a very alarming security breach given the amount of data 400 million users have entrusted to the service.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Math of Publishing Meets the E-Book  —  In the emerging world of e-books, many consumers assume it is only logical that publishers are saving vast amounts by not having to print or distribute paper books, leaving room to pass along those savings to their customers.
Discussion: AppleInsider and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Peter Corbett / iStrategyLabs:
Apps for the Army - a first of its kind app dev contest for .mil  —  Disclaimer: iStrategyLabs does not represent the views and options of the US Army.  The views and options contained in this post are to be taken solely as those of Peter Corbett, CEO, iStrategyLabs.
Discussion: InformationWeek
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
Comcast's iPhone App Now Lets You Record On-The-Go; BlackBerry App Next  —  Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) has updated its mobile application for the iPhone and iPod Touch to enable customers to update their DVR settings remotely, including the ability to search and schedule new recordings, cancel recordings and sort TV listings by category.
Discussion: Comcast Voices and IntoMobile
 
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Brian Heater / Gearlog:
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Discussion: Verizon and IntoMobile
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Movieclips Makes Legally Licensed Movie Clips Available Internationally
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Aggressively Pursues ‘Joint Venture’ Trademark
Discussion: Computerworld, Pulse2 and 9 to 5 Mac
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
New Wacom Cintiq 21UX Has 2048 Pressure Levels and Back Touchpads
Discussion: Obsessable and CNET News