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Patrick Seybold / PlayStation.Blog:
Latest info on PlayStation Network Status  —  As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today.  This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.  —  We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug …
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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 …
Griffin McElroy / Joystiq:
PSN inaccessible, trophy-supporting games unplayable on non-Slim PS3s [update 3]
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Condé Nast Is Preparing iPad Versions of Some of Its Top Magazines  —  Condé Nast's plans for the iPad tablet computer from Apple are getting firmer.  —  The first magazines for which it will create iPad versions are Wired, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Glamour …
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.
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: VentureBeat, AppleInsider and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
The A4 and the A8: secrets of the iPad's brain  —  Most companies, when they go to the enormous expense of designing a complex chip, tell everyone about it.  Even a company like Sun or IBM, whose chips are used only in their own computers, unveil the details of their new processors …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Microsoft Spar Over Antitrust  —  Seeking $335,000 in unpaid advertising bills, Google Inc. filed suit against a small Internet site in Ohio in October.  The complaint was so routine it was just two sentences long.  —  Google never expected the response it got.
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
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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 …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Google Chrome only browser to make gains in February  —  Data collected by web metrics firm Net Applications suggests that over the month of February, Google's Chrome web browser was the only desktop browser to make any gains over the month.  —  Google Chrome saw a jump in usage share to 5.61%, up 0.39% from 5.22% in January.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why Google makes it easy to leave Google  —  We profiled Google's Data Liberation Front when the initiative was first made public last year, but what has Google's in-house data export team been up to since?  Designing stickers, for one thing.  —  “CAGE FREE DATA,” they proclaim …
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
Ian King / Bloomberg:
E-Readers' Price May Fall to $150 This Year With New Chip, Freescale Says  —  Freescale Semiconductor Inc., whose products power about 90 percent of electronic book readers, said a new chip will help drive down the price of the devices to less than $150 this year.
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: Tech Beat, Digits and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:atul
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Aggressively Pursues ‘Joint Venture’ Trademark  —  On March 1, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for “Joint Venture” under application 77942739.  Apple has filed their trademark under International Classes 35 relating to retail services …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Pulse2
Leslie Patton / Associated Press:
EU cell phone users to have limited online surfing  —  BRUSSELS -  —  Mobile phone operators must now limit how much they charge customers for using the Internet within the European Union, after new rules went into effect Monday.  —  Customers have until July 1 to set a maximum monthly cost …
Discussion: DSLreports and IntoMobile
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Opens Up the Firehose to Startups  —  Twitter has just announced that it has opened up its full data feed of all public tweets — aka the “Firehose” — to seven new startups, and is looking to partner with more to give them access to the data.  —  Currently, only a few partners …
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Putting the Web in a Spreadsheet  —  A new tool can be used to collect, analyze, and visualize large quantities of data.  —  Vast quantities of data are freely available on the Web, and it can be a potential treasure trove for many businesses—providing they can figure out how to use it effectively.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
New Wacom Cintiq 21UX Has 2048 Pressure Levels and Back Touchpads  —  I'm a fan of Wacom's Cintiq display tablets, so I'm excited about their new 21-inch model, the Cintiq 21UX.  According to Wacom, it has better pen performance and ergonomics.  The two back touch-strips have me intrigued.
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Google Sync Down, Affecting iPhone, WinMo, S60  —  Google Sync, which lets users sync Google's Gmail, calendar and contacts data with their smartphones, is apparently experiencing a glitch.  Google has acknowledged the issue and says it is working on a fix.  —  Complaints of spotty Sync services were first reported over the weekend.
 
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Who Are the Contenders for the Federal Cloud?
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Opera's Jon Von Tetzchner on browser choice, the iphone and Google
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Dan Levin / New York Times:
New Scrutiny on Censorship Issues for U.S. Companies in China
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Royal Pingdom:
Is Facebook secretly planning an internet-wide payment platform?
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