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8:40 PM ET, March 15, 2010

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
@anywhere  —  When we designed Twitter, we took a different approach—we didn't require a relationship model like that of a social network.  Keeping things open meant you could browse our site to read tweets from friends, celebrities, companies, media outlets, fictional characters, and more.
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter launches “At Anywhere” platform, integrates tweets, profiles across the web  —  Twitter CEO Ev Williams demonstrated a new platform that will spread the microblogging network's profiles, tweets and possibly advertising across the web.  It's taking the hovercards it launched …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Lackluster Twitter CEO keynote leads many to bail  —  AUSTIN, Texas—It's hard to believe, given the power Twitter wields at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) festival here, but not half an hour into his keynote address, people are walking out on Twitter CEO Evan Williams.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:   Twitter CEO Evan Williams to entrepreneurs: Think big, look outside the Valley
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Netflix prototyped for Windows Phone 7 Series  —  We just got a quick at Netflix for Windows Phone 7 Series, one of the third-party apps Microsoft's showing off here at MIX10, and it looks... well, very Netflixy — it's red to the bone.  Unlike other mobile Netflix apps …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Confirmed: Marketplace will be the only way to get apps on Windows Phone 7 Series  —  We just got out of a meeting with Microsoft's Todd Biggs, who dropped a little bombshell on us: the only official way to get apps on a Windows Phone 7 Series device will be to download them from the just-detailed Windows Phone Marketplace.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7 Series dev partners and details apps: Sling, Pandora, Foursquare and Xbox gaming (video!)  —  Microsoft just dropped its first press release of MIX 10 on us, and in addition to detailing the Sliverlight and XNA-based Windows Phone 7 Series development situation …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Like iPhone, Windows Phone 7 Won't Fully Multitask  —  Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series shares one trait in common with Apple's iPhone: It doesn't support full multitasking.  —  While the iPhone does allow some limited multitasking (the phone and iPod apps can run in the background) …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple iPad orders drop sharply  —  A rough three-day estimate, based on an analysis of order numbers: 152,000 units  —  After the initial burst of excitement on Friday that saw iPad pre-orders coming in at the rate of 25,000 per hour, there was a dramatic fall-off over the weekend.
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Apple hires ‘Senior Prototype Engineer’ for work on wearable computing  —  Richard DeVaul's Linkedin status changed last month from Founder & President at AWare Technologies to Senior Prototype Engineer at Apple computer.  This is a significant hire for Apple and one that shows the company …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
40% of Blackberry users willing to trade in for an iPhone  —  BlackBerry users may be ready to move on to other smartphone platforms, suggesting that RIM isn't keeping up with consumer demand in its efforts to combat growing encroachment from the likes of iPhone and Android.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hitwise says Facebook Most Popular U.S. Site  —  New data released from analytics service Hitwise today names Facebook the largest website in the U.S. with 7.07% of all U.S. visits.  Google is second at 7.03%.  Yahoo Mail is third with 3.8% and Yahoo is fourth at 3.67% …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Web guru Tim Bray takes Google Android job  —  Tim Bray—co-inventor of XML, notable tech blogger, and until recently a Sun Microsystems employee—has joined Google's Android team in part to show the world what he thinks is wrong with Apple's iPhone.  —  The move puts a personal face on the cultural …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fandango Begins Rolling Out Mobile Tickets That Let Moviegoers Go Paperless  —  Waiting in line for movie tickets is still the worst part of going to the movies (unless you are going to see The Bounty Hunter).  With so many mobile phone movie apps, it's easy to find what's playing …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ning CEO Gina Bianchini to Step Down-Becomes an EIR at Andreessen Horowitz  —  Gina Bianchini, the high-profile CEO of social networking platform Ning, is stepping down and will become an Executive in Residence at the Andreessen Horowitz venture firm.  —  Bianchini (pictured here) …
Lucas Mearian / Macworld:
A trend?  Intel releases $125 ‘affordable’ SSD  —  Editor's Note: This story is excerpted from Computerworld.  For more Mac coverage, visit Computerworld's Macintosh Knowledge Center.  —  On the heels of OCZ Technology Group's release of its first sub-$100 solid-state drive (SSD) …
Discussion: CNET News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
PayPal Launches Revamped iPhone App, Teams With Bump For Phone-Tapping Money Transfers  —  PayPal has just launched an upgraded iPhone application that adds new features and includes a facelift that's meant to help instill a greater sense of security.  And it also brings with it big news …
Discussion: Bits and App Advice
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Top Ad Money-Maker Bradford Leaving for New Job at Demand Media  —  According to several sources, Yahoo's SVP of U.S. Revenue and Market Development Joanne Bradford (pictured here) is planning on leaving the Internet giant to take a new position as Chief Revenue Officer of online content upstart Demand Media.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
MOG launches mobile apps with unlimited downloads to your phone  —  Music streaming service MOG unveiled its mobile strategy today, laying out Android and iPhone apps that will let users get unlimited song downloads to their phones for $10 a month.  —  Subscribers will be able to get on-demand streams …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google sees mobile ad rates passing PC rates  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc said that it expects the rates that companies pay for search ads on mobile phones could surpass the rates of its existing PC-based ad business thanks to the growing popularity of powerful smartphones.
Discussion: Digits and PC World
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
‘Enriched’ e-books: Will they fly?  —  Amazon.com early on made a habit of pricing digital versions of new release books at $9.99, well below hardcover list price.  That irked publishers, who thought the $9.99 standard would devalue books in the minds of consumers.
Discussion: Associated Press
Neil Vidyarthi / SocialTimes.com:
ICQ Is Back And It Uses Facebook and Twitter  —  Do you remember ICQ ("I Seek You")?  It was one of the first desktop download chat applications and was sold to AOL for $400 million in 1998.  Strangely, it fell off the map after the acquisition, but has since resurfaced as a type …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
U.S. Mac sales up 39% in Jan. and Feb.  —  NPD data show iPod sales were also up — 7% year to year — for the first time in 16 months  —  In a report to clients issued Monday afternoon, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster — a long-time Apple (AAPL) booster — found much to cheer …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Hacker News Just Banned Google And Every Other Search Engine  —  Talk about making a point, Hacker News (a service of YCombinator) has just blocked every search engine from indexing their website.  Want proof?  Take a look at this:  —  By blocking robots spidering their website, Google …
DigiTimes:
HTC shipping CDMA-version Nexus One to Verizon, says paper  —  HTC (High Tech Computer) has started shipping CDMA-version of the Nexus One Google phones to Verizon Wireless, which will begin to market the smartphones this month or in April at the earliest, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharing and Link Sites Declared Legal in Spain  —  Despite many rulings which have declared file-sharing sites legal if they don't profit directly from copyright infringements, in recent years its become something of a custom in Spain for music rights groups to attempt to close down sites …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Wikipedia Should Be Trusted As A Breaking News Source  —  Most any journalism professor, upon mention of Wikipedia, will immediately launch into a rant about how the massively collaborative online encyclopedia can't be trusted.  It can, you see, be edited and altered by absolutely anyone at any moment.
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
PEW: 82% Of Users Will Abandon Their Favorite News Site If They Put Up A Paywall  —  Project for Excellence in Journalism's annual state of the news industry study has a few depressing stats for the news sites looking to charge online.  —  Out of six in 10 Americans who say they get at least some news online during a typical day:
 
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Cheapest iPad Outselling Most Expensive Version More Than Two To One
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
TubeMogul Expands Into Ad Sales
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV Turns To Law Professor Eric Goldman As It Battles Live Video Piracy
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Skyhook Announces SpotRank - Allows Mobile App Devs to Work with Hotspots
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Digg overhaul expected to lessen coveted traffic spikes to publishers
Discussion: Fast Company, Epicenter and Telegraph
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
PayPal to Introduce Cheaper Way to Process Small Transactions
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm launches a new slogan for webOS: Life moves fast.  Don't miss a thing.
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Breaking: Silverlight now on 60% of Internet-connected devices
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Erictric
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Directors Establish $100 Million Fund To Invest In The Midwest
Discussion: VentureBeat
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
For NPR, the iPad Means a New App-And a New Web Site
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Report: 98.9% Of Downloads On The Android Market Are Free
Discussion: Kindle Review
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple practices ‘legal alchemy’ to mask IP theft, claims Nokia
Discussion: Digital Daily