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12:15 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’  —  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: Fast Company and 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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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 and louisgray.com
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
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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 …
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.
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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Series Seed Documents-With an Assist From Andreessen Horowitz …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and Tech Beat, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, Fox News and Gizmodo
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
‘Salmon,’ Google's Open Source Social Web Aggregator  —  Google engineers and the open source community have begun laying the groundwork to support an open social Web.  The group has been working on a protocol that would aggregate conversations at the source, bring them back to any Web site related …
Discussion: Andy Beard, Thanks:chrismessina
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.
Michael Geist Blog:
Major ACTA Leak: Internet and Civil Enforcement Chapters With Country Positions  —  On the heels of the leak of various country positions on ACTA transparency, today an even bigger leak has hit the Internet.  A new European Union document prepared several weeks ago canvasses the Internet …
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
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: mocoNews and Mobclix
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.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
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
 
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Twitter To Bring Big Changes To Its Geo-API …
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Q4 Wireless Scorecard: It's Good to Be the King
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Dancing tot prevails over UMG in YouTube fair use case
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Microsoft Research working on real-time phone conversation translation
Discussion: LiveSide.net and TechFlash
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
Comcast's iPhone App Now Lets You Record On-The-Go; BlackBerry App Next
Discussion: Comcast Voices and IntoMobile
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Google Sync Down, Affecting iPhone, WinMo, S60
 Earlier Items: 
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Who Are the Contenders for the Federal Cloud?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CNET News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Details How It Tests Code, But Won't Say How It Misdelivered …
Peter Corbett / iStrategyLabs:
Apps for the Army - a first of its kind app dev contest for .mil
Discussion: InformationWeek
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Aggressively Pursues ‘Joint Venture’ Trademark
Discussion: Computerworld, Pulse2 and 9 to 5 Mac
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Putting the Web in a Spreadsheet
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why Google makes it easy to leave Google
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Math of Publishing Meets the E-Book
Discussion: AppleInsider, VentureBeat and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 

 
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