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1:05 AM ET, March 10, 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.
Chris Vander Mey / The Official Google Blog:
Open for business: the Google Apps Marketplace  —  Every day, thousands of businesses choose the cloud.  More than 2 million businesses have adopted Google Apps over the last three years, eliminating the hassles associated with purchasing, installing and maintaining hardware and software themselves.
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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.”
Del Harvey / Twitter Blog:
Trust And Safety  —  As Director of Twitter's Trust and Safety team, a big part of my job is focused on the detection and prevention of spam and abuse.  A couple weeks ago, Biz explained how Twitter users were being victimized by phishing scams spread primarily through links in Direct Messages.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Twitter Starts Routing All Links Through New Anti-Phishing Service
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
February Search Results Are In: Bing Is Up Again, Yahoo Is Down Again (MSFT, YHOO)  —  Another month, another weak search performance from Yahoo.  —  The latest data from comScore on the US search market came out today.  —  It shows Bing had 11.5% of the search market in February, up from 11.3% in January.
Don Reisinger / Crave: The gadget blog:
Analyst: PlayStation 3 to win console war in the end  —  Even though Sony's PlayStation 3 is far behind both the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 in console sales, analysts at Strategy Analytics contend that when all is said and done, Sony will sell more consoles than its competitors.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Eternal optimist Verizon calls iPad launch ‘an opportunity’ to sell some data plans  —  That's the “glass is half full” attitude we like, Verizon — always looking for a way to sign a few more of those lucrative data contracts, no matter the circumstances!  Turns out Big Red is tipping off …
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Google Maps to add bike maps, directions  —  Google Maps is set to provide a new option for getting around town: biking directions.  —  The company plans to unveil what it called “the most requested addition to Google Maps” during the National Bike Summit in Washington …
Discussion: TechFlash, GigaOM, Gadgetwise and Autopia
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MetaLab Accuses Mozilla Of Plagiarizing Its Design (Updated)  —  Andrew Wilkinson of MetaLab has just written a blog post accusing Mozilla of plagiarizing the design of its FlightDeck editor.  To make matters worse, Wilkinson says that MetaLab actually bid on creating the design for FlightDeck months ago …
Discussion: The Next Web and MetaLab
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Retweet.com Sells for $250,000  —  Retweet.com, which put itself up for sale last month, has sold for $250,000 in an online auction on Flippa.  The auction saw a fair amount of interest with 45 bids in total, but it appears that the winning party came in with a “buy it now” …
Discussion: The Next Web and Pulse2
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.
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Once-fading MySpace undergoes youthful reincarnation  —  BEVERLY HILLS — Facebook thumped it, and Twitter threatens it as a source for entertainment news and real-time searches.  —  But MySpace, nestled in the entertainment capital of the world, thinks it can survive — even thrive …
Discussion: BoomTown and Sean Percival's Blog
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 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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft adds XNA Game Studio 4.0 to its Windows Phone 7 arsenal  —  This week, at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Microsoft is slated to begin explaining part of its Windows Phone 7 tooling story — specifically how it plans to get more games developed for its new mobile platform.
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: IntoMobile and TUAW
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Chief Economist: “Newspapers Have Never Made Much Money From News”  —  Earlier today, Google chief economist Hal Varian gave a presentation to an FTC workshop on the changing economics of the newspaper industry.  We all know that newspaper ad revenues have been falling off a cliff for years.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Almost #3 now: Dell's decline is Acer's gain  —  With the economic sinkhole of 2008-09 now a figment of many technology companies' past, most PC manufacturers are back on their regularly scheduled growth curve.  Last month, Dell had indicated to investors that it was returning to that curve as well …
Discussion: Computerworld and iSuppli
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Phonebooth Launches Free Google Voice Alternative for Startups and Small Businesses  —  Phonebooth.com, a VOIP service for individuals and small businesses, just launched a free version of its service.  Phonebooth, just like Google Voice and Ribbit Mobile, provides its users …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Norwest: Starting to Put $1.2 Billion to Work  —  Norwest Venture Partners late last year closed a huge new venture-capital fund of $1.2 billion, nearly double the size of the Silicon Valley venture firm's last fund in 2006 that was $650 million.  Now NVP is starting to put a chunk of that money to work.
Ben Hardwidge / THINQ.co.uk:
AMD - Game devs only use PhysX for the cash  —  Apart from Epic, that is...  Facebook  —  Print Favourite Zoom Out Font Zoom In Font  —  As AMD announced the next step of its Open Physics Initiative today, the company also hit out at Nvidia's PhysX technology, saying that most game developers only use it for the money.
Lindsay Fortado / Bloomberg:
Pink Floyd Suing EMI Label Over Online Royalties  —  Pink Floyd, the band that recorded the best-selling album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ is suing record label EMI Group Ltd. in London over online royalty payments and the sale of single tracks.  —  The band is asking for clarification …
Matthew Futterman / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Will Carry NFL's RedZone  —  The National Football League and Verizon Wireless struck a deal to distribute live games and the league's wildly popular RedZone Channel beginning next season.  —  The four-year deal between the country's most powerful sports league and the largest U.S. wireless operator …
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.
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 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 …
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Without Colbert, Stewart, Hulu Could Cede Some Ground To Viacom
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
On Tap for Facebook: New Technology for Linking to Web Sites
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Web Standards for E-books
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Does TiVo make Products or Patents?
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MySpace's Response Time Slowest Among Social Networks
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T-Mobile USA Says They Ditched Yahoo For Google Because Consumers Demanded It
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8000 iPhone and Android users duped into joining smartphone botnet
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla borrows from WebKit to build fast new JS engine
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