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9:15 AM ET, March 2, 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’
Discussion: CloudAve and BetaNews
Edward Kim:
An Android Success Story: $13,000/month App Sales  —  Since releasing the “Car Locator” Android application about 5 months ago, I posted twice before with sales figures on the Android Marketplace.  First, when I got excited after it averaged $20/day for a few days, and second …
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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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   What Is Taking a Sip From the Twitter Firehose Going to Cost You?
Google Chrome Blog:
A polyglot Google Chrome beta, with new privacy features  —  Whether you're catching up on your favorite Arabic gameshow, getting up to speed on the latest Korean mobile gadgetry, or researching the local perspective for a dream trip to Machu Picchu, we're all constantly reminded that the internet is an amazingly multilingual place.
Sam Odio / sam.bluwiki.com:
A confession: I was the one who came forward about the Macbook Air  —  Daniel Brusilovsky recently asked the founder of a startup for a Macbook Air and offered coverage in exchange.  That founder was me, the CEO of Divvyshot.  I came forward to Mike at TechCrunch.
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 …
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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Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Sony blames leap year glitch for PlayStation troubles
Discussion: Inquirer
John Markoff / New York Times:
Striving to Map the Shape-Shifting Net  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a dimly lit chamber festooned with wires and hidden in one of California's largest data centers, Tim Pozar is changing the shape of the Internet.  —  He is using what Internet engineers refer to as a “meet-me room.”
Discussion: Digital Society
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With 10-fold graphics improvement, Nvidia gains dozens of customers for second-generation Ion netbook graphics chip  —  Graphics chip designer Nvidia is announcing today it has more than 30 customers signed up to use its second-generation Ion chip to provide eye-popping graphics to netbooks.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft: Don't press F1 key in Windows XP  —  Ignore sites that nag to press the Help key, says zero-day bug advisory  —  Computerworld - Microsoft told Windows XP users today not to press the F1 key when prompted by a Web site, as part of its reaction to an unpatched vulnerability …
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 …
Ben Horowitz / blog.pmarca.com:
Angels vs. Venture Capitalists  —  [This blog post is by Ben Horowitz, the Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz.]  —  At our new venture fund, we've been spending time looking into new ways that will make the lives of entrepreneurs seeking funding easier.  To that end, we've linked up with Ted Wang …
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator To Startups: “We think the iPad is meant to be a Windows killer”  —  Last August, we wrote about Y Combinator's latest idea: RFS, or, Requests for Startups.  Basically, this allows the incubator to lead entrepreneurs in a certain direction based on trends they think will be hot.
Discussion: Hacker News and TiPb
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Intel's rising star Maloney suffers stroke  —  The British executive tipped to take over the helm at chip maker Intel is taking extended medical leave after suffering a stroke.  —  Sean Maloney, 53 - who heads the sales division of the world's biggest computer chip company - became unwell over the weekend, the company said.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Firefox may never hit 25 percent market share  —  Firefox is on a decline.  It may not be as steady as Internet Explorer's death spiral, and it certainly has not been going on for as long, but if the last three months are any indication, Firefox will never hit that 25 percent market share mark …
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 …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Security Expert: Flash Is the Root of Browser Insecurity (Oh, and IE8 Isn't So Bad!)  —  You're probably relatively confident in your various machines' integrity against hackers.  Repeat Pwn2Own hacking competition victor Charlie Miller would like you to know that you're wrong—especially if you have Flash.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Twitter-for-the-office tool Socialcast adds enterprise edition  —  Socialcast offers what's best described as Twitter for work.  The company sells both hosted and self-installed versions of a Twitter-like stream of updates, with extra features built in to make security and privacy-conscious …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet  —  The biggest threat to the open internet is not Chinese government hackers or greedy anti-net-neutrality ISPs, it's Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence.  —  McConnell's not dangerous because he knows anything …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
On Weeping Second-Rate Tears  —  Over the weekend, I couldn't help but notice a very interesting tweet by Twitter engineer Alex Payne.  I couldn't help it because a number of people in my stream were retweeting it, or talking about it.  I took one look at it, and knew it was a story — because, well, that's what I do.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Lights Go Out For Streamy, Founders Flock To Facebook And Zynga  —  Alas, personalized news streaming service / social network aggregator Streamy hasn't been able to find a buyer willing to pay what the two founders were hoping to get for the assets, so the startup is shutting its awesome Web app down - for now.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail Security Enhancements Expected Tuesday  —  Google will roll out a number of security enhancements to Gmail this week, and perhaps as early as Tuesday, says a source with knowledge of the new features.  The changes are specifically designed to cut down on phishing and hacking attacks on Gmail accounts.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The Myth of iPhone App Piracy  —  People rarely talk about iPhone app piracy, but when they do, it sounds devastating: 90% piracy rates, $450 million in lost sales, etc.  Here's the truth: App Store piracy isn't a big deal—and it never will be.  —  With these shockingly high reports comes …
Discussion: EverythingiCafe, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ShareThis Introduces The Share Stream  —  You know all those share buttons across the Web?  They are getting more and more social.  What I mean by that is initially they were used to share stories or content mostly via email on a one-to-one basis, but over the past year or so services …
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and Mashable!, Thanks:keithdsouza
 
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Data theft creates notification nightmare for BlueCross
Mark Doherty / www.flashmobileblog.com:
Flash Player 10.1 - Installations and updates
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Researchers Call Google Hackers ‘Amateurs’
Discussion: CNET News
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
New, arbitrary App Store rejection reason: “Minimum User Functionality”
Discussion: The Register, Erictric and Gizmodo
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Backflip for AT&T unboxing and hands-on
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Twitter To Bring Big Changes To Its Geo-API …
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 Earlier Items: 
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
‘Salmon,’ Google's Open Source Social Web Aggregator
Discussion: Andy Beard, Thanks:chrismessina
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobclix Acquires iPhone App Sales Analytics Software Heartbeat
Discussion: IntoMobile, Mobclix and paidContent
Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Exec Offers First Look at Windows Phone 7 Series Device
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Dropcam puts home surveillance in the cloud
Discussion: CrunchGear and VentureBeat
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Apple prepping first Macs with HDMI - sources
 

 
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