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10:30 PM ET, March 5, 2010


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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft's Courier ‘digital journal’: exclusive pictures and details (update: video!)  —  We've been dying to know more about Microsoft's Courier tablet / e-book device ever since we first caught wind of it last September, and while our entreaties to Mr. Ballmer went unanswered …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Microsoft Courier's Devolution
Natalie Harrison / Apple:
iPad Available in US on April 3  —  Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models.  In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPad to be released on April 3, pre-orders on March 12  —  You'll have to make do with this until April  —  Get thee to the clickery!  The iPad is hitting the streets on April 3 and you can start pre-ordering on March 12.  —  As far as we can tell there was no real “delay” here, per se.
Jonathan Rochelle / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Docs welcomes DocVerse  —  ​The future of productivity applications is in the cloud.  We've always believed the web is the best platform for creating and sharing information, and Google Docs has already helped millions of people become more productive.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg Broke Into A Facebook User's Private Email Account  —  This is the story of how, in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg hacked into the email accounts of two Harvard Crimson reporters using data obtained from's logs.  The details are drawn from a broader investigation …
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs emails Swede that the iPad won't tether to the iPhone  —  Not content with answering tech questions from Americans, Steve Jobs this week answered a question from all the way over in Sweden.  —  The question was a good one, and one we've had on our minds as well: … Jobs' answer?
Discussion: App Advice and TiPb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:   Apple's multitouch lawsuit is both dumb and dangerous.
Gabor Cselle / reMail:
reMail is now Open Source  —  Last month, we announced reMail's acquisition by Google.  Since we'll be focusing on other projects at Google, we also decided to remove reMail from the App Store.  Existing users were able to keep using it because reMail is a client-only application.
Flora Graham / CNET News:
HTC on Nexus One cracked screen: “They don't go in pockets”  —  Last month, we shared the sad story of how our brand-new Google Nexus One went from Crave fave to purple nurple, with a cracked screen that scarred its beautiful AMOLED screen forever.  —  We took our Nexus One to HTC support …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Yahoo Loses Exclusive T-Mobile USA Search Deal To Google  —  T-Mobile USA has ended its year-old exclusive search deal with Yahoo, and has replaced the company with its chief rival—Google (NSDQ: GOOG).  —  The deal shifts the U.S. mobile search dominance away from Yahoo and in favor of Google …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Redpoint Invests $4.4 Million In Fast Growing Posterous  —  San Francisco based Posterous, a fast growing publishing platform, has taken a $4.4 million investment from Redpoint Ventures.  Partner Satish Dharmaraj, who is also an individual investor in Posterous, led the round and joins …
John Furrier / SiliconANGLE:
Cisco Wants To Rule Your Living Room - Launching New Set Top Box March 9  —  According to multiple sources Cisco is preparing to announce on March 9th a massive vision for a land grab dubbed “changing the future of the Internet”.  —  Future High Speed Network Featuring a New Set Top Consumer Box
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm's PDK to Allow Easy Porting of iPhone Apps  —  Palm's single biggest asset is webOS.  Sadly, the company's single biggest deficit-aside from the public's apparent lack of interest in its smartphones-is the webOS application ecosystem.  But that's changing.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another YouTube Revenue Guess: $1 Billion in 2011  —  Since Google releases almost no information about YouTube's financial performance, the best we can do is make educated guesses.  Here's another one: The word's biggest video site will generate over $1.1 billion in revenue by 2011, and Google will keep about $700 million of that.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
iPhone lessons from Google's Nexus One  —  Android phone shows key areas where Apple needs to improve  —  In 2010, as in 2007, the entire technology industry gathered at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, only to have the hot tech news of the week usurped by a smartphone announcement back in the Bay Area.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
William M. Bulkeley / Digits:
MIT Unveils New Digital Sandbox  —  The famed Media Lab at Massachsetts Instiute of Technology unveiled its new home, a $90 million, six-story playpen.  It's designed to let some of the world's smartest and most creative engineers explore their inner robot, create new social networking tools or build intelligent music systems.
Discussion: MIT
Dan Moren / Macworld:
iPad developers struggle with hands-off approach  —  Hard as it may be to believe, the original iPhone shipped two and a half years ago with just 16 applications, all of them designed by Apple.  Today, that number has increased by a factor of thousands, a fact that Apple hasn't been the least bit shy about using to its advantage.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Maps Rolls Out Its Largest Image Update  —  Bing Maps has rolled out what Microsoft is calling its “largest amount of new imagery ever in terms of square kilometers.”  Apparently that represents 6.7 million square kilometers.  There's new aerial and Bird's Eye imagery across many countries on several continents.
Discussion: Bing, Erictric, BoomTown and Maximum PC
Abe Sauer / The Awl:
Why Apple Deserves an Oscar Too  —  Avatar is in contention for an Oscar because it dominated its field, both technologically and financially.  But another cinematic player was even more dominant last year: Apple.  In the 44 films in 2009 that topped the box office for at least one weekend …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Hands Out Salary Hikes, Bigger Bonuses To Top Execs  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is doling out about $8 million in bonuses to several top employees “in recognition of executive officers' contributions to performance,” according to an SEC filing just filed.  All of the payments are up considerably from last year.
Benjamin Bidder / Spiegel Online:
The Russian-American Battle over Chatroulette  —  Late last year, only 500 people were using the Web site that Andrey Ternovskiy launched.  Now Chatroulette gets around 1.5 million visitors daily.  With Russian billionaires offering him cash and Google on the other line, the Moscow teenager has to make a decision: America or Russia?
Discussion: Mashable! and Quintura blog
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Yahoo Disbands Mobile Group As Part Of Reorganization
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