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3:25 PM ET, March 9, 2010

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook Will Allow Users to Share Location  —  Starting next month, the more than 400 million Facebook users could begin seeing a new kind of status update flow through their news feed: the current locations of their friends.  —  Facebook plans to take the wraps off a new location-based feature …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Just In Time For The Location Wars, Twitter Turns On Geolocation On Its Website  —  When I wrote that location would be this year's Twitter at SXSW, I also meant that Twitter's geolocation would be this year's Twitter at SXSW.  The service has just turned on geolocation on its website today for the first time.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
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.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cisco's New Router Could Let Everyone In China Make A Video Call At Once  —  Cisco's major news is finally out: a new large-scale core router, the CRS-3, capable of handling 322 Tbps.  —  That number — three times what Cisco's current best product, the CRS-1, can handle — is just a theoretical upper limit.
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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.
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Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
German publisher in row with Apple over pin-ups in iPhone app
Discussion: textually.org
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:   Steve Ballmer praises Apple for creation of iPhone App Store
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Foursquare Introduces New Tools for Businesses  —  Foursquare, a location-based social network, plans to distribute a new analytics tool and dashboard in the coming weeks that will give business owners access to a range of information and statistics about visitors to their establishments.
John Poirier / Reuters:
U.S. considers some free wireless broadband service  —  (Reuters) - U.S. regulators may dedicate spectrum to free wireless Internet service for some Americans to increase affordable broadband service nationwide, the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday.
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 …
JG Mason / Gadgetell:
Breaking: Black Swan is ready: Google Voice returns to iPhone via slick weblication  —  What the heck is a “weblication?”  The answer is in Riverturn's new Google Voice web application that looks more like a native app, in fact, it fooled everyone I showed it to.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Samsung E6 e-reader coming to Barnes and Noble this spring for $299  —  Samsung still hasn't committed to a formal launch date for the e-reader line it launched at CES, but the company narrowed down the launch date from “early 2010” to “this spring” this morning — which makes sense, seeing as spring has nearly, uh, sprung.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Imeem founder raising funds for a new, stealthy startup  —  Dalton Caldwell, co-founder and former chief executive of music startup Imeem, appears to be working on a new company called Mixed Media Labs.  And he has raised $370,000 of a targeted $600,000 in debt financing to get started …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Palm's New Gaming Platform Won't Save Palm (PALM, AAPL)  —  As Palm continues to try and ape Apple's iPhone success, it's pushing into mobile gaming, which has been a huge hit for Apple.  —  This is not a stupid move on Palm's part — at this point, anything is worth a shot.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla borrows from WebKit to build fast new JS engine  —  Mozilla's high-performance TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, which was first introduced in 2008, has lost a lot of its luster as competing browser vendors have stepped up their game to deliver superior performance.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
New MSN Homepage Begins Full Roll-Out—With Customized Headlines, More Local  —  After a month-long delay, Microsoft's overhaul of the MSN homepage is going live to the site's 100 million users over the next two weeks.  Perhaps the three most significant of the 30 updates Microsoft (NSDQ …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: iPodNN, Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
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.
Samuel Axon / Mashable!:
PlayStation First to Sell HD Movies from All Major Studios  —  Sony Computer Entertainment is proudly shouting “FIRST” (YouTube commenter-style) with an announcement that claims the PlayStation Network is the first online service to sell high-definition movies from all the major movie studios …
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.
Discussion: CloudAve and CrunchGear
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft researcher wins Turing Award, computing's Nobel Prize  —  Charles Thacker, a Microsoft Research technical fellow, this morning was named the recipient of the Turing Award, considered the Nobel Prize of computing, for his work designing the early Alto personal computer during his time at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
Glenn Fleishman / Boing Boing:
When RealNetworks Settled on DVD Copying, We All Lost  —  RealNetworks just screwed us all by settling lawsuits in which it might have lost—but which might also have given some new life to fair use for digital media.  The post-RealDVD world means that unless there's a major change …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple To Build 5 Million iPads In First Half 2010, Analyst Says  —  Apple (AAPL) is on track to build 5 million iPads in the first half of 2010, according to FBR Capital chip analyst Craig Berger.  —  “We believe various news articles and competitor notes calling for a build delay were just false alarms,” he writes.
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 …
 
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Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Target puts mobile coupons on customers' cellphones
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Team Europe Ventures starts €6m fund for early stage Internet …
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
The Upside of the VC Bust
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and DealBook
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Verizon Wireless strips NFL sponsorship from Sprint
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Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Google welcomes chance to export to Iran, Cuba
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Digits
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
iPhone app usage peaks at 9PM on weeknights, study finds
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Go Tribal Wants To Help Women Coordinate Social Plans
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Apple patent: use your iPhone as an electronic “iKey”
Guardian:
Facebook security measures criticised after Ashleigh Hall murder
Discussion: BBC
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Another one bites the dust: Cisco steps out of the WiMAX game
Ethan Zuckerman / Worldchanging:
Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
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