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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.
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.
Jonathan Schwartz / What I Couldn't Say:
Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal  —  I feel for Google - Steve Jobs threatened to sue me, too.  —  In 2003, after I unveiled a prototype Linux desktop called Project Looking Glass*, Steve called my office to let me know the graphical effects were “stepping all over Apple's IP.”
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
U.S. weighing China Internet censorship case: USTR  —  (Reuters) - The United States is studying whether it can legally challenge Chinese Internet restrictions that hurt Google and other U.S. companies operating in China, but direct talks with Beijing might yield faster results, the top U.S. trade official said on Tuesday.
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Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Google welcomes chance to export to Iran, Cuba
Discussion: Digits and Hillicon Valley
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)
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.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and IntoMobile
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.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile USA Says They Ditched Yahoo For Google Because Consumers Demanded It  —  T-Mobile USA executives explained that it abruptly ended its year-old exclusive search deal with Yahoo, and replaced it with Google (NSDQ: GOOG), because it is what their subscribers wanted.
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.
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.
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
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.
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
8000 iPhone and Android users duped into joining smartphone botnet  —  Two researchers at TippingPoint's Digital Vaccine Group have duped thousands of iPhone and Android smartphone users into joining a mobile botnet by spreading a seemingly innocuous weather application.
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 …
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.
 
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