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5:10 PM ET, March 3, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Backs Its Boy, HTC, In The Apple Lawsuit Ring  —  As you've undoubtedly heard by now, Apple has filed a lawsuit against device-maker HTC over 20 patents they control.  As you might imagine, Google has something to say about it too. … A little odd that Google would proactively send us …
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Jonathan Adams / New York Times:
Strain on HTC From Apple Suit Is Likely to Be Long-Term  —  TAIPEI — Apple's patent lawsuit against HTC will not cause major problems for the Taiwan technology company in the short term, analysts said Wednesday.  But it could strain its relations with partners in the crucial U.S. market …
Harry McCracken / PC World:
Eight Questions About Apple's Suit Against HTC
Discussion: PC World, Business Week, GMSV and Engadget
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Research head dubs holy PageRank ‘over-hyped’  —  Norvig mum on ‘Caffeine’ search shot  —  Google research head Peter Norvig says that the search giant's hallowed PageRank link analysis algorithm is overrated.  And always has been.  —  “One thing that I think is still over-hyped is PageRank …
Discussion: Rob Hof's Blog and Bruce Clay Blog
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google mulls blend of education, search
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google ‘personalizes’ one in five searches
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Digits
Tim Difford / The Next Web:
First Google Buzz iPhone App Hits The Store - It's Buzzie!  —  Buzzie, the first iPhone app aimed squarely at users of Google's new social networking tool Google Buzz is in the iTunes App store.  —  The app gives non-Buzz users a taste of what the service is all about by letting them tune …
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Rupert Murdoch: WSJ iPad App ‘Under Padlock And Key’ (NWS)  —  News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch confirmed that the Wall Street Journal is planning on building an application for Apple's iPad.  —  “In fact, we've been allowed to work on one, and it's under padlock and key,” he told the crowd, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Reuters:
AT&T CEO sees iPad mostly used on Wi-Fi  —  * Does not see a lot of subscriptions for iPad  —  AT&T Inc (T.N) expects users of Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPad to connect to the Internet mostly using short-range Wi-Fi networks rather than AT&T's cellular network, the chief executive of AT&T said on Tuesday.
Joel Spolsky / inc.com:
Let's Take This Offline  —  A decade ago, I started Joel on Software, a blog that put my company on the map.  But as the business matures, I've come to realize that blogging is holding me back.  —  You've started a business.  You've built a great product.  Now you're trying to get the word out.
Discussion: Marketing Nirvana and /message
Cedric Dupont / The Official Google Blog:
Stars make search more personal  —  We've long believed that personalization makes search more relevant and fun.  For nearly five years, we've been tailoring results with personalized search.  Today we're announcing a new feature in search that makes it easier for you to mark and rediscover your favorite web content — stars.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Staffer Stops Blogging After Backlash  —  Alex Payne, a Twitter engineer, is shutting down his personal blog after a comment he posted on Twitter became the subject of a TechCrunch blog post and caused a minor firestorm among Twitter application developers and others involved with the company.
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, Thanks:westmoon
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nokia adds Skype to Ovi Store, foreshadows death of regular phone calls  —  Skype for Symbian.  A freely downloadable application that allows you to converse with your Skype-equipped friends over a WiFi or 3G connection.  Seriously, why would you ever make another cellular call again?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Playdom Acquires Facebook Game Developer Offbeat Creations  —  Social gaming company Playdom has acquired Facebook game developer Offbeat Creations.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Offbeat Creations has developed several popular apps on Facebook including Super Farkle.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Socialtext 4.0 Launches With Groups, Better Search, And Activity Stream Filtering  —  There are a plethora of enterprise friendly collaboration platforms to choose from these days, with Yammer, Salesforce, Jive, Bantam Live, Socialcast, and others all vying for marketshare.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chris DeWolfe Makes His Move - Raises Big Round, Acquires Gaming Platform MindJolt  —  Last year we reported that MySpace founder and former CEO Chris DeWolfe was raising a big round of capital to start acquiring companies.  He's now closed on that round of capital and has made his first acquisition.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Could (and should) Microsoft buy Twitter?  —  A number of Web pundits have suggested during the past year-plus that Microsoft should buy Twitter.  (An equal number have advocated for Google to buy the company and save it from Microsoft's clutches.)  —  Would a Microsoft buy …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft OneAlbum: Find your photos in friends' albums  —  Microsoft is working on new face-recognition technology via a its OneAlbum project, which allow users to find their photos across various social networks.  —  OneAlbum is another of the Microsoft Research projects that Microsoft …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare And Gowalla Line Up For A SXSW Brawl With Site Updates  —  Last year at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, both Foursquare and Gowalla had their public unveilings.  This year, with each rapidly gaining adopters (and mainstream interest), the two will likely battle …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Google and PayPal to Support New Government Login System  —  Open Identity Exchange (OIX) is a newly founded non-profit organization, launched today at the RSA Conference 2010 by Google, PayPal, Equifax, VeriSign, Verizon, CA and Booz Allen Hamilton.  The aim of this new organization is exchange …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Twitter Speeding Toward 10 Billion Tweets  —  About one year ago Twitter reached a huge milestone: one billion tweets.  Four months ago, five billion tweets were served.  And now, in about one day, Twitter should reach another very important milestone: 10 billion tweets.  —  Notice the trend?
Discussion: Bit Rebels, Twittercism, Erictric and Pulse2
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu dumps the brown, introduces new theme and branding  —  Canonical has revealed the style of the new default theme that will be used in Ubuntu 10.04, the next major version of the popular Linux distribution.  In a significant departure from tradition, Ubuntu is shedding …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
SharesPost Index tracks blue chip pre-IPO stocks  —  Facebook.  Linden Lab.  LinkedIn.  Serious Materials.  Tesla Motors.  Twitter.  Zynga.  These are the Dow Jones Industrial Index of venture-backed, pre-IPO companies according to SharesPost, which lets accredited investors buy …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
comScore, Inc.:
Facebook and Twitter Access via Mobile Browser Grows by Triple-Digits in the Past Year  —  Social Networking Penetration via Browser Reaches 30 Percent among Smartphone Owners  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study on social networking access via mobile browser.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Doug Aamoth / MobileCrunch:
Virgin Mobile increases value for prepaid broadband data buckets — $60 for 5GB  —  Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go prepaid 3G data service made a splash last summer by offering no-contract plans that came close to competing with two-year offerings from the likes of Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphones: So advanced yet so hampered by ancient business models  —  AT&T manages to remove Google's search from an Android device.  Verizon Wireless on the Devour drops in its Verizon Navigator to compete with Google's GPS capability.  Meanwhile, apps like Bing are being force fed …
DigiTimes:
Taiwan-based component makers doubt iPad production delay rumors  —  In response to reports that initial volumes of Apple's iPad in late March will be lower than originally planned and the launch will be only in the US market because production by Foxconn Electronics has been delayed …
Taylor Buley / Velocity:
Analyst: Microsoft's Planned $1B Mobile Investment Means Palm Acquisition ‘Unlikely’  —  With Microsoft mobile market share hovering in the low single digits and Palm's stock doing the same, there's been some speculation that the software giant could acquire the struggling handset manufacturer.
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Microsoft's Charney Suggests 'Net Tax to Clean Computers  —  How will we ever get a leg up on hackers who are infecting computers worldwide?  Microsoft's security chief laid out several suggestions Tuesday, including a possible Internet usage tax to pay for the inspection and quarantine of machines.
Zee / The Next Web:
All 10.5 Million Wordpress Blogs Take Another Big Leap Into The Real Time Web  —  The real time web is officially upon us.  Wordpress.com has just announced that all 10.5 million of its blogs have now gone real time.  —  Wordpress has ventured into real time before with support for RSSCloud …
 
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7 Fastest Selling OS
Discussion: The Windows Blog
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Livestream Calls Out Ustream and Justin.tv for Profiting Off of Piracy
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Facebook is growing up, beefing up Washington staff amid more scrutiny
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Arkayne Gets $1 Million Seed Round For Link Recommendation Plug-In
Discussion: The Arkayne Blog
Dave Pell / Velocity:
You Are the Internet's Managing Editor
Dan Rayburn / Silicon Alley Insider:
Adobe To Release Support For HTTP Flash Streaming Next Month
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Virtual world There.com shutting down March 9
Discussion: AppScout
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Slowly Moving Away From Its ‘Addiction’ To M&A Earn-Outs
Discussion: americasgc.com, Thanks:atul
 

 
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