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4:30 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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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.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Palm unleashes webOS PDK beta on the public  —  If you've been looking to get in on some of that red hot game development action that Palm's been all about lately, check it out: among the announcements at this year's GDC, Palm has announced the release of its public beta PDK for webOS.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Palm's New Gaming Platform Won't Save Palm (PALM, AAPL)
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 …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Steve Ballmer praises Apple for creation of iPhone App Store  —  Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer recently had positive words about Apple's success with the iPhone and its App Store, adding fuel to rumors of a potential alignment between Apple and Microsoft to bring Bing search to the iPhone.
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 …
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, TUAW, Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
White House Can't Stream Biden's Speech; So Uses Justin.tv Instead  —  Here's a nice surprise.  Apparently Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Israel, and giving a speech at Tel Aviv University.  However, without the official White House television crew, they didn't think they'd be able …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
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.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Samsung reveals just how expensive 3D in the home is going to be  —  At CES this year, every major consumer electronics company involved in the HDTV market had floorspace dedicated to 3D TVs.  They were convinced that 3D in the home is ready for widespread adoption, and the popularity of James Cameron's Avatar would kickstart adoption.
Sean / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
PDF Based Targeted Attacks are Increasing  —  Microsoft schedules its security updates on the second Tuesday of the month.  Adobe recently began following this schedule as well, and while there are no Adobe updates today, there was an out-of-cycle security update two weeks ago.
 
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Glenn Fleishman / Boing Boing:
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Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
iPhone app usage peaks at 9PM on weeknights, study finds
Discussion: localytics.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Springpad Takes on Evernote with Semantic Technology, Barcode Scanner
Discussion: WMExperts
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mainsoft's Harmony Brings Google Docs To Microsoft Outlook
TEDTalks / The Huffington Post:
Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide
Discussion: CloudAve and CrunchGear
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