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10:20 AM ET, March 11, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Motorola partners with Microsoft, will use Bing search and maps on Chinese Android phones  —  Uh, whoa.  When we heard Google's threatened pullout of China had prompted Motorola to seek out an alternative search provider for its China-bound handsets, we can't say we were expecting a partnership with Microsoft to result.
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Mexico's Carlos Slim knocks Bill Gates off his top billionaire perch  —  Bill Gates is no longer the world's richest man.  The Microsoft co-founder was knocked out of the top slot in Forbes annual ranking of the top billionaires.  —  So who is the richest?
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Official Google Reader Blog:
And now for something completely different  —  Since I've been working on Google Reader, I've told a lot of my friends about how great it is.  And while some of them try Reader and find it really useful, many of them aren't interested in taking the time to get Reader set up.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Reader Play: Google Reader's New Fast Flip Style Interface
Discussion: Google Labs and PalmAddicts
Mark Ward / BBC:
Hard drive evolution could hit XP  —  Hard drives are about to undergo one of the biggest format shifts in 30 years.  —  By early 2011 all hard drives will use an “advanced format” that changes how they go about saving the data people store on them.  —  The move to the advanced format …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Opera Mini 5 Beta Now Available For Android  —  Sure, Opera Mini may (or may not) already be the most popular mobile browser in the world — but why stop there?  Following up on the Android release of Opera Mobile 4 just over a year ago, Opera has just launched Opera Mini 5 for Android into public beta.
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Sean Ludwig / PC Magazine:   Hands On with Opera Mini for Android
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.Rory:
Facebook v Daily Mail  —  On the one hand, you have what many regard as Britain's most influential daily newspaper; on the other, a social network with more than 400 million members and global reach.  The Daily Mail and Facebook are at war, with new media accused of failing to protect children …
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Facebook Threatens to Sue Daily Mail Over Sex Predator Claims
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Mail
Ed Hunsinger / Laughing Squid:
Chatroulette Map: Not So Anonymous Anymore  —  Whenever people mention the random webcam site, Chatroulette, it inevitably leads to talk of how there are certain less-than-desirable webcam chat partners on the service.  Some would wager that the guise of anonymity on Chatroulette helps these users feel a bit safer when baring it all.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
JooJoo revamps interface ahead of launch, adds local video playback — and changes color  —  The JooJoo tablet's launch date might have been pushed back a month while Fusion Garage sorts out issues with the capacitive touchscreen, but it looks like the extra time has given the company a chance …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Digg Digs Cassandra  —  Digg, the San Francisco-based social media company, is dropping MySQL and instead betting its future on Cassandra, an open-source data store.  It's just the latest sign of the growing popularity of the software, which was developed (and open sourced) by Facebook to search through its inbox.
Discussion: What is Digg? and OStatic blogs
Kevin Rose / Telegraph:
Kevin Rose: ‘My Foursquare data will tell my life story’  —  Foursquare is reaching a tipping point, says Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg and Foursquare investor  —  “Foursquare felt very much like Twitter did a few years ago.  When people think of Twitter, they think it's this great new start-up that launched six months ago.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sony Motion Controller is Called PlayStation Move, Launches Fall 2010  —  Sony's finally put a name to their motion controller, and it's called PlayStation Move.  Live Updating  —  Sony will have multiple packages.  A standalone Move controller, or a package with PlayStation Eye + Move + a game, or an entire console solution.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why AOL May Just Abandon Bebo Rather Than Sell It  —  Newly independent Aol is still struggling with the fate of Bebo, the social network they acquired for $850 million in 2008.  —  No one argues that Aol underpaid for Bebo.  And the social network has fallen from 22 million monthly unique visitors …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
It's Time to Declare War Against Apple's Censorship  —  The App Store censorship horse may have been beaten to death, but mainstream German media—whose iPhone applications have been censored by Apple because of its content—are not surrendering.  I'm glad.  In fact, I hope they win this war.
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AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 4.0 software to deliver multitasking support  —  Apple this summer will go a long way towards silencing critics and catering to one of the most prevalent demands of its iPhone user base, when it introduces a multitasking solution through the handset's 4. software update …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Secret Lives Of Objects: StickyBits Turn Barcodes Into Personal Message Boards  —  Every place and object in the world has a secret past: who lived there, who passed by, who touched it.  The secret lives of objects are filled with such details.  If only you could make them talk.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Kindle for Android Finally Coming Soon?  —  We already know that Dell's Mini 5 handheld runs the Google Android operating system.  We've seen the custom interface and lovely 800 x 480 resolution of the 5″ display.  And based on FCC testing, it's a safe bet that the device will support …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Paul Allen Backed Semantic Service Evri Has Been Acquired  —  Think the semantic web is all hype with no bite?  Paul Allen backed semantic startup Evri will announce tomorrow that it has been acquired, we've learned from a reliable source.  The service specializes in extracting the names of people …
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
New Gestures coming to an iPhone/iPad near you: triple tap and long press  —  On the surface, the latest iPhone 3.2 Beta 4 SDK didn't have much new information.  Diving a little deeper however, we find some very exciting news.  —  In the gestures folder, you'll see two new types of commands …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big Media or Big SEO Spammers?  —  Faced with declining revenues and increasingly dismal prospects, some mainstream media outlets are adopting questionable tactics, specifically dead-end web pages stuffed with outbound links and pay-per-click ads.  A liberally funded LA startup is only too quick to help them.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
You Will Have the Power of a PS3 In Your Pocket In 3 Years  —  I spoke to Imagination Technologies—maker of the PowerVR chip that powers smartphones like the iPhone, Droid and many others—and they said, definitively, that you'll have graphics comparable to the PlayStation 3 in 3 years.
Discussion: SlashGear and Maximum PC
Louis Gray:
Brazen Careerist Adds Future-Focused Social Resumes  —  For most of us, resumes are updated with great irregularity - usually just before leaving one job, and just after arriving at another.  These resumes also are much more focused on our pasts than our future - highlighting previous jobs and degrees …
Discussion: The Next Web and Stay N' Alive, Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
MyEdu Will Be Your Curriculum Guide And Virtual College Advisor Rolled Into One  —  Do you remember to the days of college, when you were required to sort through your curriculum and career goals with your designated college advisor?  Education startup MyEdu aims to replace …
 
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Classmates.com's Facebook Mimicking Prompts Privacy Suit
Discussion: ConsumerAffairs.com
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Credits Now the First Payment Option in FarmVille, Facebook's Biggest App
Discussion: Mashable! and RyanSpoon.com
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
As Twitter improves website, app makers push tweets in other directions
Discussion: iPhoneWorld.ca iPhone, mocoNews and Macworld, Thanks:atul
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme Edition ‘Gulftown’ review roundup
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
The Day Abu Dhabi Became an Unlikely Crossroad For Search Wars
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
M-Via lets you transfer money overseas from any phone — at a low cost
Sean Poulter / Daily Mail:
All mapped out: Virtually every road in the UK will now appear …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Irex's E-Reader Poses No Threat to the Kindle
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter turns on maps feature for its website, but not for search
Discussion: The Next Web and ResourceShelf
BBC:
Internet up for Nobel Peace Prize
Dan Moren / Macworld:
iTunes LPs not popular, but why?
Discussion: TiPb
John Cook / TechFlash:
RealNetworks' Rob Glaser on why Apple's model must be stopped
Discussion: mocoNews, GigaOM and Seattle Times
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comScore Reports January 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share
 

 
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