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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 …
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, Pocket-lint and MacNN
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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:
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
TiVo: Appeals Court Upholds Contempt Finding In DISH Case  —  TiVo (TIVO) shares are rocketing higher after a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling which found found DISH Network (DISH) and Echostar (SATS) in contempt of a previous ruling which found infringement of TiVo's DVR patents.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 and /message, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments to Grow 20 Percent in 2010  —  Mobile PCs to Account for Nearly 70 Percent of All PC Shipments by 2012  —  Worldwide PC shipments are projected to total 366.1 million units in 2010, a 19.7 percent increase from 305.8 million units shipped in 2009 …
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 …
TechCrunch:
In Mobile, Fragmentation is Forever.  Deal With It.  —  Editor's note: Richard Wong is a venture capitalist with Accel Partners, an investor in AdMob, GetJar, and SunRun, and a former mobile industry executive.  In this guest post he argues that the fragmentation of mobile devices and platforms …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skimlinks Launches Discovery Tool For Publishers To Find Affiliate Programs  —  U.K. startup Skimlinks is hoping to revolutionize the affiliate model by turning normal product links into affiliate links.  The startup gives publishers access to affiliate programs of thousands of merchants across a number of affiliate networks.
Discussion: Between the Lines and The Next Web
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
Thumbplay launches music service for BlackBerry  —  Thumbplay is set to launch on Thursday the mobile version of its subscription-based music service for BlackBerry devices, with Android and iPhone versions to follow shortly.  —  Thumbplay is best known for selling ringtones …
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.
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
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft to Spend $9.5 Billion on Research in 2010  —  Microsoft plans to spend $9.5 billion on research and development this year, which a senior executive said Thursday is more than any competitor.  —  The figure is $3 billion more than the next closest technology company, said Kevin Turner …
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.
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
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Netvibes and Orange team up to bring world's largest widget collection …
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