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12:20 PM 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 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.
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, MacNN and Pocket-lint
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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.
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Sony Readies Gadgets to Rival Apple  —  Threatened by Apple Inc.'s growing stable of portable devices, Sony Corp. is developing a new lineup of handheld products, including a smart phone capable of downloading and playing PlayStation games, according to people familiar with the matter.
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 …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google adds free cloud “backup” to Apps, feature that reduces risk of data loss  —  Google, in its continued quest to lure enterprise customers to switch to the cloud-based Google Apps suite, is upping its offering with a free feature called synchronous replication.
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 …
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.
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.
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, Gizmodo, The Next Web and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Unintended Consequences: Twelve Years under the DMCA  —  Related Issues: DMCA, DMCA Rulemaking, Innovation, Intellectual Property  —  This document collects reported cases where the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA have been invoked not against pirates, but against consumers, scientists, and legitimate competitors.
Discussion: TeleRead, p2pnet and Boing Boing
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
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 …
 
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft to Spend $9.5 Billion on Research in 2010
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Magensa Pairs iPhone, Credit Card Reader
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