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11:05 AM ET, March 4, 2010

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John Kennedy / Silicon Republic:
In three years desktops will be irrelevant - Google sales chief  —  Google believes that in three or so years desktops will give way to mobile as the primary screen from which most people will consume information and entertainment.  That's according to Google Europe boss John Herlihy …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
This Apple-HTC Patent Thing  —  There are two aspects surrounding Apple's patent litigation against HTC that demand further consideration.  First, the severe problems with the U.S. patent system as a whole, particularly with regard to software patents.  Second, the strategic implications of Apple's decision to file suit.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Steve Jobs: A man aggrieved  —  A new theory about why Apple decided to take HTC — and indirectly, Google — to court  —  Two thirds of the way through a 3,000-word essay on This Apple-HTC Patent Thing, Daring Fireball's John Gruber quotes a tweet by John Siracusa that gets to the heart of the matter:
Nick Bilton / Bits:
An Explosion of Mobile Patent Lawsuits  —  At first glance, it looks as if we're in the middle of a patent lawsuit Super Bowl party.  Nearly every large mobile phone player — with the exception of Microsoft, Palm and, so far, Google — has recently been involved in some sort of patent litigation regarding mobile technologies.
Yang Li / Google Mobile Blog:
Search your Android phone with written gestures  —  As mobile phones become increasingly powerful and can store more data, we've introduced new methods of search to get you to your content faster, such as search suggestions or search by voice.  But sometimes, typing to get to the right search suggestion takes …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes  —  Pretends they were never there  —  Wi-Fi hotspot detecting applications are the latest on Apple's list of verboten apps, and even developers are being left in the dark as to why.  —  Wi-Fi detection is something of a niche …
Discussion: App Advice and Pocket-lint
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Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:   “Problematic Wi-Fi Access”: Apple Bans Augmented Reality App Sekai Camera
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Its First Android App.  Yes, Google's Platform.  —  In December 2008, Microsoft surprised a lot of people by releasing an iPhone app — Seadragon Mobile.  A month later, they ensured the move wasn't taken as a joke or gimmick by launching another app, Tag, into Apple's App Store.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook CEO in No Rush To ‘Friend’ Wall Street  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Most everyone in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street agrees: The eventual IPO of social-networking site Facebook could make its founder the world's richest twenty-something.  —  Yet Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, now 25 …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Android marketshare growing, iPhone shrinking says Quantcast  — IT TOPICS:Macintosh & Apple, Mobile & Wireless, Open Source, Operating Systems, Personal Technology  —  Apple, if they needed a reason to go after HTC, and by proxy Google, may have had it in marketshare numbers.
Discussion: Internet2Go and Distorted-Loop.com
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.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Lords copyright change ‘could block YouTube’  —  One of the most contentious parts of the controversial digital economy bill was voted down by the House of Lords last night - only to be replaced by a clause that campaigners say is even more draconian.  —  The Liberal Democrats forced through …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Microsoft's Project Pink Lives, and It's Coming to Verizon  —  After the Windows Phone 7 launch passed without so much as a mention of Project Pink, Microsoft's other new phone project started to fade into memory.  Today, we can confirm: Pink is coming, and Verizon's the carrier.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Google admits its SEO could use a little work  —  Google has published a detailed, 49-page report that rates the search engine optimization (SEO) on its various properties including the Google search home page.  The result?  It's failing in a number of categories.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook Ads Strike Some as Off-Key  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is selling more ad spots to big companies like Wal-Mart Stores, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo.  —  But the site's pages are also home to countless ads from smaller companies that can be funny …
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
ASUS CEO talks tablets, smartbooks and Windows Phone 7 Series phones  —  Ever wonder about the man behind the insane amount of ASUS products we cover?  We do too, which is why we jumped at the chance to sit down with ASUS CEO Jerry Shen here at CeBIT.  Our lengthy discussion covered …
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Microsoft to Double Down on HTML5 With Internet Explorer 9  —  With the latest releases of Opera, Google Chrome and Firefox continuing to push the boundaries of the web, the once-dominant Internet Explorer is looking less and less relevant every day.  —  But we should expect Microsoft …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Nokia helped Iran “persecute and arrest” dissidents  —  A new report out of Finland suggests that the country's corporate poster child, Nokia Siemens, has been involved in some pretty tawdry dealings with Iran, dealings that go beyond the company's admitted involvement with the Iranian regime.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Bing's Facebook Page Gets 400,000 New Fans in a Day Through Ad Offer in Farmville  —  In the latest example of brand advertising integrated into social games, Microsoft ran an advertising offer for Bing within Zynga's hit game FarmVille on Tuesday.  If users became a fan of Bing's Facebook Page …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Microsoft: More Windows Mobile 6.5 phones to come  —  But hopes for upgrades to Windows Phone 7 series not looking good  —  Microsoft?has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it will continue to support its Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system for some time yet following the announcement of?
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds weigh expansion of Internet monitoring  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who said that Einstein 3 could only be discussed in a classified setting, speaks at the RSA conference on Wednesday.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Homeland Security and the National Security Agency may be taking …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Neil J. Rubenking / PC Magazine:
Magensa Pairs iPhone, Credit Card Reader  —  Magensa's QwicKey uses a credit card as an authentication factor, so it should come as no surprise that the company's new iDynamo technology with QuikPay should use a credit card as well.  —  The iDynamo uses a “jacket” that plugs into the bottom …
Discussion: Security Watch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera Releases Beta Of Native Opera Mini 5 App For Windows Mobile Phones  —  Opera Software has been busy lately, releasing fresh finalized and beta products on a near-daily basis.  This morning, the company announced that it has released a native version of Opera Mini 5 beta for handsets running Windows Mobile 5 and 6.
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
How cybercriminals invade social networks, companies  —  SAN FRANCISCO — “Hey Alice, look at the pics I took of us last weekend at the picnic.  Bob”  —  That Facebook message, sent last fall between co-workers at a large U.S. financial firm, rang true enough.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Netvibes and Orange team up to bring world's largest widget collection to 130M mobile users  —  Netvibes — one of the leading personalized home page providers — is partnering with Orange — the world's fifth largest telecom operator — to deliver widgets to 130 million mobile users.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Index to Go Real Time  —  Google is developing a system that will enable web publishers of any size to automatically submit new content to Google for indexing within seconds of that content being published.  Search industry analyst Danny Sullivan told us today that this could be “the next chapter” for Google.
Discussion: Beyond Search, The Next Web and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Valve teases a Mac release of Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress 2  —  Even I was dubious about the rumor the other day of Steam coming to the Mac, but now here's something straight from Valve hinting that it might actually happen.  MacRumors got an image of Half-Life's Gordon Freeman via email... with an Apple logo on his chest.
 
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