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11:40 AM ET, March 2, 2010

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PR Newswire:
Apple Sues HTC for Patent Infringement  —  Apple® today filed a lawsuit against HTC for infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.  The lawsuit was filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Goes After HTC In Lawsuit Over 20 iPhone Patents  —  Apple is using its strong patent portfolio to fight iPhone competitors in court.  Its latest target is HTC.  Apple has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the cell phone manufacturer.  The suit involves “20 Apple patents related …
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.
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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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?
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: GMSV, CloudAve and BetaNews
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
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 …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
AT&T removes Google search from Android in favor of Yahoo  —  Next week, AT&T customers will finally be able to purchase their first Android phone, but the carrier has decided to remove one of the most used features of Google's operating system.  AT&T went out of their way to replace Google search with Yahoo.
Discussion: Internet2Go and BerryScoop
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Is Surveying Interest In An iPhone App  —  There has never been a shortage or rumors that Netflix streaming is coming to the iPhone.  It just makes sense that eventually, the hot device and the hot service will meet.  And that may be happening sooner rather than later if a survey being sent out by Netflix is any indication.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HootSuite Rolls Out Android App; Partners With 140 Proof To Serve Ads On Mobile Clients  —  HootSuite, the Twitter clients that dubs itself as a social media dashboard for professionals, is launching an Android app, a new version of its iPhone app with Facebook integration and is integrating targeted ads …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
CoTweet Acquired By Email Marketing Firm ExactTarget  —  CoTweet, the Twitter CRM tool used by several massive brands including JetBlue and Ford, has been acquired by ExactTarget, an email marketing firm.  —  In a statement, ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey said, “By combining the power …
Discussion: paidContent, CoTweet and Business Wire
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 …
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.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
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.
Associated Press:
Force10 Networks plans to raise $143.8M in IPO  —  NEW YORK — Force10 Networks Inc., a company that provides equipment for computer networks, plans to raise $143.8 million in an initial public offering, according to a Tuesday regulatory filing.  —  The San Jose, Calif. …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Ex-Mozilla Security Chief Takes Job at Apple  —  Former Mozilla security chief Window Snyder has been hired by Apple.  —  Snyder started her new job Monday, where she's now working as a senior security product manager, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacNN
Rachael King / Business Week:
Fighting a Flood of Counterfeit Tech Products  —  As distributors hunt for fakes, an “epidemic” of bogus chips, routers, and computers costs the electronics industry up to $100 billion annually  —  Edward Dimmler dips a cotton swab in acetone and rubs it on the surface of a computer chip that was ostensibly manufactured by Samsung.
Matt Cutts / European Public Policy Blog:
Google, transparency and our not-so-secret formula  —  Recently the European Commission opened a preliminary inquiry into competition complaints.  Part of the complaint alleges that Google operates without sufficient transparency into how and why web sites rank in our search results.
 
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Booyah starts dabbling in location-sensitive virtual goods
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Mark Doherty / www.flashmobileblog.com:
Flash Player 10.1 - Installations and updates
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Lights Go Out For Streamy, Founders Flock To Facebook And Zynga
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet
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Twitter-for-the-office tool Socialcast adds enterprise edition
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Researchers Call Google Hackers ‘Amateurs’
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
New, arbitrary App Store rejection reason: “Minimum User Functionality”
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The Myth of iPhone App Piracy
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