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7:40 AM ET, March 5, 2010

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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
First Shots of Microsoft's Secret Project Pink Phone  —  These are the first photos of Microsoft's Project Pink phones, snatched from deep within the bowels of the Microsoft/Verizon industrio-complex —not the Turtle, but the larger, Sidekick-like Pure.  This doesn't look like Windows Phone 7, so what is it?
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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.
Reuters:
Microsoft to sell phone on Verizon by summer-source
Discussion: mocoNews
Wall Street Journal:
Sony Gadgets Take Aim at 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 videogames, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sony's Comeback Plan Includes PlayStation Smartphone  —  The long-rumored Sony (NYSE: SNE) Playstation phone is now becoming a reality.  —  Sony is developing a new lineup of handheld products, including a smartphone that would be capable of downloading and playing PlayStation games …
Discussion: Digits and Phones Review
Ckindel / Charlie Kindel on Windows Phone Development:
Different Means Better with the new Windows Phone Developer Experience  —  In just over a week we (finally!) get to pull the cover off of the Windows Phone application & game developer experience at MIX10.  There, through keynotes and more than 12 technical sessions over 3 days, we will …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft talks Windows Phone 7 Series development ahead of GDC: Silverlight, XNA, and no backward compatibility  —  Microsoft is keen on unveiling the meat of its developer story around Windows Phone 7 Series at MIX10 in less than two weeks, but with GDC coming up next week …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Ballmer: Microsoft ‘Betting Our Company’ On The Cloud  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is still most closely associated with its desktop software (Windows, Office etc.), but on Thursday CEO Steve Ballmer said Microsoft was “betting our company” on the cloud.  About 70 percent of Microsoft employees …
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The Tor Project / Google Open Source Blog:
Google and the Tor Project  —  When it comes to code, Google's support has made a big difference to the Tor Project.  Providing privacy and helping to circumvent censorship online is a challenge that keeps our software developers and volunteers very busy.  The Google Summer …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Launches Auto-Captions For All Videos  —  I'm here at YouTube's office in San Bruno, where the company is holding a press conference to discuss the launch of auto-captions.  YouTube Director of Product Management Hunter Walk kicked off the event by discussing some of YouTube's goals through …
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Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Fired ‘Call of Duty’ developers sue Activision for more than $36 million [Updated]  —  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has led to legal warfare at Activision.  —  Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former heads of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare development studio Infinity Ward, who were fired on Monday …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Ubisoft's Uber DRM Cracked Within a Day  —  As an anti-piracy tool DRM simply doesn't work - and it never will, although not everyone fully realizes this.  For example, Ubisoft recently decided to introduce a new solution to prevent pirates from playing their games.
Discussion: PC World, Techdirt and TechSpot
Yelp Official Blog:
Different Day, Different Lawyer, Same Meritless Claim: A Classic Race to the Courthouse  —  As many folks know, a lawsuit was filed against Yelp last week alleging we move reviews around to reward advertisers and punish non-advertisers.  Of course, we don't.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
‘Severe’ OpenSSL vuln busts public key crypto  —  Private keys pilfered through power supply  —  Computer scientists say they've discovered a “severe vulnerability” in the world's most widely used software encryption package that allows them to retrieve a machine's secret cryptographic key.
Discussion: Darknet, Thanks:atul
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac Developer license falls to $99/year, Mac App Store coming?  —  We're running on pure Ultra 94 Octane Speculation here but might Apple be readying a Mac App Store?  —  Before you hit the Flame button, hear us out.  Today, after that long outage, the App Store came back up with a survey …
Discussion: TiPb, Macworld and AppleInsider
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Viacom vs. Google court fight heats up  —  The copyright fight being waged by Viacom against Google will move into a crucial stage on Friday.  —  According to documents filed with federal court on Thursday, both companies are expected to file motions for summary judgment …
Tom Downey / New York Times:
China's Cyberposse  —  The short video made its way around China's Web in early 2006, passed on through file sharing and recommended in chat rooms.  It opens with a middle-aged Asian woman dressed in a leopard-print blouse, knee-length black skirt, stockings and silver stilettos standing next to a riverbank.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
China's Twitter Clones  —  The popularity of Twitter has produced a number of clones in China, just as there are Facebook clones.  Some of China's Twitter clones have been closed down by the Chinese government, but some have survived.  We take a look at both cases in this post.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Clicker Redesigns Its Online Video Guide  —  When Viacom announced this week that it would pull “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” from Hulu, the popular video hosting site, many online video viewers were understandably upset.  Even though the videos won't disappear from the Internet …
Discussion: Clicker Blog, building43 and Techland
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Lesser players seek browser choice prominence  —  Unhappy with their lot, six of seven second-tier browsers have petitioned regulators for better prominence in a screen that gives Windows users in the European Union a choice of browsers besides Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Discussion: BBC
Craig Mod:
Books in the Age of the iPad  —  Books in the Age of the iPad  —  Print is dead.  Digital is surging.  Everyone is confused.  A collections of thoughts on the future of books in the context of the iPad.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Google's Android Favoritism Punishes Users and Partners  —  First it was Google Maps Navigation (Beta), which at first brought free spoken turn-by-turn directions to only the Motorola Droid (and later devices running OS 1.6 and up).  Then came Google Buzz for mobile, the controversial social …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Popular Science Puts Entire Scanned Archive Online, Free  —  Gadget nerds: Prepare to lose the rest of your day to awesomeness.  PopSci, the web-wing of Popular Science magazine, has scanned its entire 137-year archive and put it online for you to read, absolutely free.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Eye Tracking Study: Users Largely Blind To Real-Time Results In Search  —  Online marketing firm OneUpWeb recently conducted an eye-tracking study about the impact of integrating real-time data into search results.  The study involved 44 people divided into two groups: “consumers” and “information foragers.”
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Google Claims Disaster Recovery Edge
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Amazon looks to boost literary presence
Discussion: TechFlash
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
MOG preps a mobile app for SXSW showdown with Spotify
Darren Murph / Engadget:
New Potato's FLPR IR dongle gives your iPhone home automation capabilities
Discussion: Gadget Lab and SlashPhone
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Obama's CIO ready to bring government tech up to speed
Discussion: PC World and Seattle 2.0
Om Malik / GigaOM:
U.S. Mobile Market: Highly Competitive, and the iPhone Still Rocks
Discussion: Eloqua Login and Electronista
Economist:
The bigger picture  —  Video on the internet: Why are public …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
White House Cyber Czar: ‘There Is No Cyberwar’
Discussion: Guardian, CNET News and Forbes
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How Google became the indispensable frenemy
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Mia / YouTube Blog:
New Default Size for Embedded Videos
Discussion: TechLifeWeb
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
First web copyright crackdown coming
Discussion: TeleRead
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Viacom: “Fair use works for us,” unlikely to sue bloggers
Discussion: Techdirt and Gothamist
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Becomes Location Aware
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