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4:25 PM ET, March 2, 2010

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Steve Dowling / Apple:
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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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple sues HTC for infringing 20 iPhone patents  —  Looks like Apple's going on the warpath, kids.  Just a few months after Cupertino got into it with Nokia over phone patents, Apple's filed suit against HTC, alleging that the company is infringing 20 patents “related to the iPhone's user interface …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Complaint: Apple's Patent Lawsuit Against HTC Is All About Android  —  Earlier today, Apple issued a press release stating that it has filed suit against cell phone manufacturer HTC for patent infringement.  No mention of Android or Google was in the press release.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple vs HTC: a patent breakdown
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Digital Daily, Gizmodo and TUAW
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.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare, Baby, Foursquare.  —  Foursquare may still be relatively small (around 450,000 users), but wow have they been able to woo certain areas of the mainstream quickly.  We already know about the deals with Conde Nast, Marc Jacobs, the New York Times, and others — some of which are pulling in revenue.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Virgin Mobile USA To Kill Their Postpaid Service (Helio) On May 25th  —  Update: This is now confirmed.  See Virgin Mobile's statement below.  —  According to a series of tips I've just received from multiple trusted sources, Virgin Mobile USA is planning to shut down the post-paid chunk of their wireless services on May 25th, 2010.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Bogus Copyright Claim Silences Yet Another Larry Lessig YouTube Presentation  —  Nearly a year ago, we wrote about how a YouTube presentation done by well known law professor (and strong believer in fair use and fixing copyright law), Larry Lessig, had been taken down, because his video …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Adobe Opens Up About Apple, HTML5 and Flash [VIDEO]  —  Adobe Flash has been in the spotlight recently, and not for the right reasons.  Now the company has opened up on the the iPad, iPhone and HTML5 debate in an exclusive interview with Mashable.  —  Fewer than two months ago, Apple revealed the iPad to the world.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Carol Bartz Shoots A Subtle Dig At Facebook On CNBC, Asks “What's Their Revenue?”  (YHOO)  —  Carol Bartz appeared on CNBC to talk Yahoo since today is the company's 15 year anniversary.  In the course of the interview she heard the usual questions:  — Would she have sold to Microsoft for $36?
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and GigaOM
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.”
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
iPhone gross profit margin nears 60%  —  An analyst takes a close look at Apple's margins and finds the Street's consensus lacking  —  Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi gets a lot of attention from critics when he shortchanges Apple (AAPL).  (See, for example, The case of the missing iPhones.)
Discussion: MacNN and Macsimum News
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.
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: Geekword and Internet2Go
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
First Look: How Penguin Will Reinvent Books With iPad  —  As the race to be be ebook format of choice hots up, Penguin is making some bold, experimental bets.  These first-look demos of forthcoming books from iPad's iBook Store, presented by Penguin Books' CEO John Makinson in London on Tuesday …
John Cook / TechFlash:
The 2005 email that spawned Picnik, Google's latest buy  —  Entrepreneurial ideas can strike anytime, anywhere.  For Picnik founders Mike Harrington and Darrin Massena — who announced the sale of their online photo editing startup to Google on Monday — that moment hit on Saturday, Dec. 10 …
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.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
ASUS makes DR-900 e-reader official  —  We've spent all our time hearing about a DR-950, but today at CeBIT ASUS has trotted out a DR-900 as its first 9-inch ebook reader.  It doesn't appear manifestly different from what we've heard and seen already, with WiFi connectivity augmented with a 3G option …
Lauren Hatch / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bloggers File Lawsuit For Access, New York Gives Them Press Passes In Return  —  Bloggers are now legit in New York City.  —  After blogger Rafael Martinez Alequin filed a lawsuit against the city of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's crew responded by allowing certain online journalists …
Discussion: New York Observer
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.
Nielsen Wire:
For Social Networking, Women use Mobile More Than Men  —  In a demographic view of social networking activity on mobile devices, women were found do use their phones to “tweet” and “friend” 10% more than men.  And while social networking is commonly thought of as something for “the kids,” …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
E-book piracy costs U.S. publishers $3 billion, says study  —  In response to my post yesterday, “Book industry nears its Napster moment,” copyright protection company Attributor pointed me to a recent report in which Attributor claimed that unauthorized copies of digitized books …
Matt Burns / MobileCrunch:
TomTom's iPhone app to get real-time traffic alerts and Google local search  —  TomTom is serious about its iPhone navigation app and the upcoming update brings it one step closer to the feature set found on high-end dedicated GPS units.  Version 1.3 is currently held up by App Store reviewers …
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.
Discussion: Erictric
John Cook / TechFlash:
Founder's Co-op leads $250K investment in Untitled Startup  —  Founder's Co-op didn't have to look too far for its latest deal.  The Seattle investment group is pumping $250,000 into Untitled Startup, the early-stage social media tools company which for the past several weeks has been sharing office space with the Founder's Co-op.
Discussion: The Next Web
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Colorado law sets new rules for Amazon, other online retailers  —  A bill signed into law by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter last week is adding a new twist to the debate over Amazon.com and internet sales tax.  The law requires Amazon and other online retailers to inform Colorado residents how much they owe in sales tax on web purchases.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
How Small Business Is Using Social Media [STATS]  —  The University of Maryland's Smith School of Business looked at the relationship between social media and small businesses and found that the technology adoption rates in the U.S. have doubled in the past year from 12% to 24%.
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, TiPb and Electricpig.co.uk
John Sargent / Macmillan Blog:
Macmillan CEO John Sargent on the agency model, availability and price  —  After the events of the past several weeks, I have been in touch with many of you.  It has become clear to me that there is far too little accurate information available in this time of unprecedented change.
Discussion: TUAW, Thanks:atul
 
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google says no timetable to leave China; lawmakers tell firms to stand up to censors
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
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