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11:15 AM ET, March 9, 2010

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Fred von Lohmann / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
All Your Apps Are Belong to Apple: The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement  —  The entire family of devices built on the iPhone OS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) have been designed to run only software that is approved by Apple—a major shift from the norms of the personal computer market.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple talks tough to handset makers  —  The HTC lawsuit capped blunt talks that have reportedly shaken their faith in Google  —  Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner issued a behind-the-scenes report Tuesday that sheds a lot of light on the patent suits Apple (AAPL) filed last week against HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone maker.
Pedro Bustamante / Panda Research Blog:
Vodafone distributes Mariposa botnet  —  Here is yet another example of a company distributing malware to its userbase.  Unfortunately it probably won't be the last.  —  Today one of our colleagues received a brand new Vodafone HTC Magic with Google's Android OS.  “Neat” she said.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPhone Apps on the iPad  —  Brian X. Chen at Wired, on the default iPhone apps that aren't present on the iPad: … Actually, it's sort of the opposite problem.  It's not that Apple couldn't just create bigger versions of these apps and have them run on the iPad.  It wasn't a technical problem, it was a design problem.
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
Amazon Is Building a Better Browser for Kindle  —  Browsing the web on one of Amazon's Kindle e-readers is like taking a step backwards in time.  It's clunky and has only limited support for web standards and bare-bones JavaScript capabilities.  —  But now Amazon may be looking …
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Apple's iTunes LP 6 Months Later: LP What?  —  When it was first unveiled, Apple's new iTunes LP format — codenamed “Cocktail” and introduced at a “rock and roll event” in San Francisco — promised to give consumers a new reason to buy albums instead of individual songs.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Another one bites the dust: Cisco steps out of the WiMAX game  —  It's still far, far too early to call WiMAX a dead technology, but with the second major infrastructure supplier moving away from it in as many months, that's a pretty damning sign, isn't it?  After Alcatel Lucent's announcement …
Discussion: DSLreports and Phones Review
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foursquare + Google Maps = FourWhere  —  With the SXSW conference approaching in Austin, we are seeing a lot of geo-location launching this year.  A lot of startups are taking advantage of Foursquare's APIs in particular to get their geo apps quickly out of the gate.  —  Take FourWhere.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Report: Microsoft moves up Windows 7 SP1 release date  —  Analyst argues that Microsoft should delay SP1 to maintain momentum of fast-selling OS  —  Computerworld - Even though Microsoft has dropped a plan to wait nearly two years after Windows 7's launch to issue a first service pack …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mainsoft's Harmony Brings Google Docs To Microsoft Outlook  —  Google's recently announced $25 million acquisition of DocVerse represented one saga of an ongoing war between Google and Microsoft over dominance in the productivity suite place.  Today, Israeli enterprise software company Mainsoft …
AppleInsider:
FileMaker Pro 11 released with quicker, easier database creation  —  FileMaker Pro 11, the latest version of the Mac database software, was officially released Tuesday, packing in improved chart visuals, “on the fly” reporting, a new Quick Find capability, and a number of productivity tools …
TEDTalks / The Huffington Post:
Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide  —  At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for “raw data now” — for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web.  At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up.
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Apple patent: use your iPhone as an electronic “iKey”  —  The Daily Telegraph reports that a new Apple patent has surfaced which could potentially allow the iPhone, or another Apple portable, to act as a sort of electronic key.  The potential applications are as limitless as the number of things locked by old-school metal keys.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP Slate makes an appearance to show off Flash, stays for a rock concert  —  It shouldn't be any surprise that the HP Slate supports Flash, since it runs Windows 7, but we've seen so little of the device since Steve Ballmer first waved it around at CES that we're still totally intrigued by this video from Adobe showing it in action.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google's online-only phone selling model has failed  —  Well, it's been a while now since Google launched the Nexus One — and so far, it hasn't lived up to their expectations.  I guess it's not as bad as the Google Buzz roll-out, but Google's attempt at fundamentally changing the way we buy cell phones has yet to bear much fruit.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Testing TV Search Service On Android-Enhanced Set-Top Boxes (GOOG, DISH)  —  Google is testing a new TV search service with Dish Network, the no. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider, the WSJ reports.  —  The service lets you search TV shows and Web video, including YouTube videos, the WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro reports.
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
German publisher in row with Apple over pin-ups in iPhone app  —  Conflict sparks debate about online censorship and highlights Apple's control over software platform  —  The International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP) is considering making a complaint to Apple …
Discussion: textually.org
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sobees Streamlines Native Twitter Client For Windows, Integrates Realtime Search  —  We've written about Twitter client Sobees, which is working to create the best social media client on the market, competing with both TweetDeck and Seesmic.  Today Sobees is releasing a new version …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
More states propose Internet sales taxes  —  Jeremy Bray received an e-mail message this morning with an unwelcome surprise: Amazon.com told him it had canceled its affiliate program, which provides small payments for referring customers, for everyone in the state of Colorado.  —  The reason?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Looks To Be Partnering With Eventbrite To Monetize Events  —  Here's a fascinating idea - Facebook looks to be partnering with Eventbrite to let users sell tickets to the 3.5 million events added to Facebook each month.  —  Earlier this month we confirmed that Facebook intends …
Discussion: All Facebook and Electricpig.co.uk
Guardian:
Facebook security measures criticised after Ashleigh Hall murder  —  Networking site under fire after conviction of Peter Chapman, who posed as a teenager to lure and kill 17-year-old girl  —  Facebook was today accused of a “glaring failure” to implement advice on protecting children online …
Discussion: BBC
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Could Have Dominated Location.  (And Snuck Up On Facebook And Twitter.)  —  Tomorrow it will be exactly one month since the launch of Google Buzz.  The song remains the same: it's a mess.  Normally, that wouldn't bother me so much — after all, a lot of services are a mess — but Buzz has a lot of potential.
Ethan Zuckerman / Worldchanging:
Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention  —  Secretary Clinton's recent speech on Internet Freedom has signaled a strong interest from the US State Department in promoting the use of the internet to promote political reforms in closed societies.  It makes sense that the State Department …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
FDIC: Hackers Took More Than $120M in Three Months  —  Ongoing computer scams targeting small businesses cost U.S. companies US$25 million in the third quarter of 2009, according to the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  —  Online banking fraud involving the electronic transfer …
Discussion: Krebs on Security
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Tumblr Hits Major Milestones, Plans to Start Generating Revenue  —  Tumblr, one of the simplest blogging platforms around, is doing really well.  Situated between WordPress, which requires a bit more effort to create and organize content, and Twitter, which requires almost no effort …
Discussion: bijan sabet, Tumblr Staff and VatorNews
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online:
New York Times to spin off Book Review for e-readers  —  The New York Times is planning to offer its Book Review as a separate digital e-reader product, disaggregated from the rest of the Times content on the mobile devices, according to James Dunn, director of marketing for The New York Times.
Discussion: The Wire, TeleRead, mocoNews and Guardian
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Bump Technologies closes in on 10 million downloads  —  Sequoia-backed Bump Technologies Inc. is closing in on 10 million downloads for its nifty contact and data-sharing app.  With iPhone and iPod Touch sales estimated to be around 80 million, co-founder Jake Mintz says this means …
Discussion: Pulse2
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Web-Connected TV: A Distant Dream for App Makers
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Sues MicroJet Alleging Patent Infringement Over Cartridges
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen's Vulcan says case involving fired workers is ‘tainted’
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fourface Is Foursquare As Modern Art
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Canada Now Somewhat Less Anti-Startup
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Vivek / delicious blog:
Early Beta of Delicious Chrome extension available
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
When It Comes to Social Sharing, Don't Forget About Email
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Acer to launch a frameless-screen ultra-thin notebook with touch keyboard in 2H10
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft changes algorithm behind its browser ballot
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Hey, ‘Friend,’ Do You ‘Like’ My Sad Story?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Investors Say “Count Me In” To Plancast
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, CloudAve and paidContent
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Backflip doesn't allow non-Market apps, proves AT&T doesn't get Android
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