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10:30 AM ET, March 8, 2010

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Airs First iPad Commercial During Oscars, Steve Jobs at Event [Ad Video Posted]  —  Apple just aired their first iPad commercial during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.  A description of the ad by Doju:  —  The commercial was just on, depicted a person using the iPad on their lap …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple kicks off iPad ad blitz at Oscars; Cash cow in the making?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Fast Company
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Microsoft ‘takes on Goliath’ with Bing ads mocking Google  —  Microsoft's ‘Bing and decide’ campaign, starting on television this week, attacks ‘information overload’ of rival's results  —  Microsoft is to launch a multimillion-pound TV ad campaign for its search engine Bing …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How Pandora Slipped Past the Junkyard  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Tim Westergren recently sat in a Las Vegas penthouse suite, a glass of red wine in one hand and a truffle-infused Kobe beef burger in the other, courtesy of the investment bankers who were throwing a party to court him.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
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 …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
The First Ever Gloriously Big, Gloriously Detailed Shots of an iPad Game  —  There has been much talk about gaming on the iPad, but not a whole lot of delivery.  —  In fact, I can only think of one game that I know of that will be made specifically for the iPad: Trism Spinoff.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forrester Forecast: Online Retail Sales Will Grow To $250 Billion By 2014  —  Online retail sales aren't growing at the torrid pace they once were, but they continue to grow steadily.  Forrester Research put out a new five-year forecast today predicting that e-commerce sales in the U.S …
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:   E-Commerce Growth Slows, But Still Out-Paces Retail
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
An Apple App Star Explains Why He Won't Work With Android  —  Smule's Jeff Smith is one of the app revolution's success stories.  His start-up has generated some of the biggest hits at Apple's iTunes app store, from novelty items like Sonic Lighter to more ambitious stuff like Leaf trombone.
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PC World:
Intel Investigating Sale of Fake Core I7 Chip  —  Intel acknowledged Monday that at least one counterfeit version of its Core i7-920 processor made its may into the U.S. market, and said it's trying to determine how many more are out there.  —  On Friday, hardware site HardOCP reported …
Discussion: The Toybox
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
NewEgg sells 300 counterfeit Core i7-920 CPUs, KIRFers pump their fists
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: Download Squad, Gizmodo and TiPb
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Blockbuster Won't Survive: CEO Says “Conservative Approach” Required For Digital  —  Eight months ago I wrote a post entitled “Ten Years Later, Blockbuster Still Lacks A Digital Media Strategy” where I outlined some of the ways that Blockbuster has faltered with their strategy for the digital distribution of movies.
Discussion: DSLreports, Thanks:danrayburn
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Energizer Bunny's software infects PCs  —  USB battery recharger status software contains Trojan, says US-CERT  —  Computerworld - The Energizer Bunny infects PCs with backdoor malware, the Department of Homeland Security's US-CERT said Friday.  —  According to researchers at US-CERT …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
The New York Times is hiring 12 techies and a social media whiz  —  While pundits climb over each other to predict the death of The New York Times Company, the NYT is looking to hire at least a dozen full-time software engineers and Web designers, plus one social media marketing manager.
Aaron Back / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Aims for Upgrade in China  —  BEIJING—China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. is working with Apple Inc. to introduce iPhones with Wi-Fi wireless Internet capability to China, Unicom Chief Executive Chang Xiaobing said.  —  Apple and Unicom, one of three Chinese state-owned telecommunications carriers …
 
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Buzz, Latitude May Be Integrated, Google Says
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China: We Are in Talks With Google.  Also, We Are Not in Talks With Google
Discussion: Digits and Macworld
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Appcelerator revs up its Titanium platform for app development
Discussion: InfoWorld
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Has business press lost touch with the tech industry?
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Olive Telecom India announces AAA-powered handset
DigiTimes:
RFID market to reach US$5.35 billion in 2010, says ABI Research
Logan Westbrook / The Escapist:
Ubisoft DRM Authentication Servers Go Down
Bloomberg:
IPhone Network Congestion Opens Up $3.6 Billion Slot for Time Warner Cable
Discussion: IntoMobile
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Berners-Lee to Share Reins at World Wide Web Consortium with …
Discussion: CNET News, PC World and Boston Globe
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Hopes Internet Exports Will Help Open Closed Societies
Discussion: Mashable! and Hillicon Valley
Will M / All Facebook:
Facebook Ads: “Keywords” Will Change to “Likes and Interests” This Week
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Just Made Your Location History A Lot More Interesting
BBC:
Mobile phones learn to lip read
Discussion: Telegraph
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Hey, America! …
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