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9:45 PM ET, March 7, 2010

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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Steve Jobs spotted at the Oscars, iPad ad runs  —  Is this Steve Jobs?  Hint: He's to the right of the woman in the white dress.  —  (Credit: Wayne Sutton)  —  He wasn't lining up for an interview with Ryan Seacrest about what designer made his suit, but a few eagle-eyed bloggers on location …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love  —  Did you know that blocking ads truly hurts the websites you visit?  We recently learned that many of our readers did not know this, so I'm going to explain why.  —  There is an oft-stated misconception that if a user never clicks on ads …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Just Made Your Location History A Lot More Interesting  —  As has been made abundantly clear to me over the past two weeks, just about every location-based service is planning big things for the SXSW festival, which starts later this week in Austin, Texas.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Andreessen's Advice To Old Media: “Burn The Boats”  —  Legend has it that when Cortes landed in Mexico in the 1500s, he ordered his men to burn the ships that had brought them there to remove the possibility of doing anything other than going forward into the unknown.
Mary Lou Jepsen / What's Happening at Pixel Qi:
DIY Pixel Qi Kits  —  Just a quick note to say the DIY kits from our distributor will be available towards the end of Q2.  We will be announcing with them prior to distrbution.  Thanks for your patience.  —  One of the reasons I'm personally committed to doing this goes …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple's New Stance On ‘Cookie Cutter’ Apps: Add More Features Or Perish  —  In the wake of Apple's sudden decision to remove nearly all “sexy” applications from the App Store, we've been hearing that the company is also clamping down on so-called “cookie-cutter” applications …
Discussion: TiPb
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
And BitTorrent's Oscar Goes To.... District 9  —  Tonight, Hollywoods biggest stars will walk the red carpet into the Kodak Theater for the Academy Awards ceremony.  —  In anticipation of the glamorous Oscar night, we enter the dark side of the movie business to find out which of the 10 nominees …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Hey, America!  Our draconian copyright law could kick your draconian copyright law's ass  —  I've always had mixed feelings about the DMCA.  —  On the one hand, as an author, I like that it gives me a way to stop illegal copies of my work being distributed in the US …
Discussion: Telegraph and broadstuff
murdaFSM / FSMdotCOM:
UK Carrier O2 Updates iPhone Plans And Reveals That iPhone 4G Will Do Video Chat  —  In the past we talked about the fact that Apple leaks itself, and also we showed you how and why they do that.  But before Apple does that, we can benefit from all the mistakes committed by various mobile operators.
BBC:
Mobile phones learn to lip read  —  Technology that could see an end to the bane of many commuters - people talking loudly on their mobile phones - has been shown off by researchers.  —  The prototype device could allow people to conduct silent phone conversations.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
What Would You Do For $5?  —  Fiverr is a marketplace for gigs that are priced at $5.  Essentially, you can sell and buy tasks for $5.  So anyone can create a gig for small service on the site, and visitors can accept gigs as well.  Gig prices are fixed at $5.
Discussion: Switched, Thanks:debbiedoes
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Rumor: Palm Elan - Mystery AT&T webOS Smartphone?  (Update: or perhaps just the Pixi)  —  Never underestimate the investigative search prowess of PreCentral members.  Shadow-36 tips us to let us know that he's done some digging based off some information dropped by TopTongueBarry …
Discussion: Engadget, Phone Arena and SlashPhone
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Typical Windows user patches every 5 days
Discussion: The Register
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 and G10 Micro Four Thirds Cameras …
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