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4:50 AM ET, March 15, 2010


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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
For Power Users, Gmail Set To Get Up To Speed  —  During the Behind the Scenes of Gmail panel today at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, team member Jonathan Perlow made a revelation that will be a huge relief to power Gmail users: things will soon get a lot faster.
Discussion: Erictric and Gizmodo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google May Start Pre-Testing New Buzz Features With Users
Michael Calore / Underwire:
Gowalla Tops Foursquare at SXSW Web Awards (But Benson Smokes 'em All)  —  AUSTIN, Texas - Providing further proof that location-sharing services are currently all the rage, Gowalla picked up the award for best site in the Mobile category Sunday at the 13th annual SXSW Web Awards.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare And Gowalla In A Dead Heat In The Location War
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Forbidden Fruit: Microsoft Workers Hide Their iPhones  —  Steve Ballmer Sours on Apple Product; Work for Ford, Drive a Ford  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Microsoft Corp. employees are passionate users of the latest tech toys.  But there is one gadget love that many at the company dare not name: the iPhone.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Accused of Unfairness, Banned by Trackers  —  One of the most significant changes in the new uTorrent is uTP, the ‘micro transfer protocol’.  UTP is a new and improved implementation of the BitTorrent protocol which is designed to be more network-friendly than its predecessor.
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
25 years of .com domain names  —  On March 15, 1985, a Massachusetts computer systems firm registered the first .com Internet domain name.  —  Although didn't spark an instant gold rush, the event planted the first seed of a transformation that has changed the world …
danah boyd:
“Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity”  —  [This is a rough unedited crib of the actual talk]  —  Citation: boyd, danah.  2010. “Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity.”  SXSW.  Austin, Texas, March 13.  —  Good afternoon!  —  Let me begin by saying that I'm tremendously honored to be here doing the welcoming keynote at SXSW.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Pew: readers prefer ad-supported news to pay walls  —  Advertising remains the primary means of support for online news outlets, and there's a long uphill battle facing anyone trying to forge new business models, at least according to a report produced by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
E-Readers Will Survive the Onslaught of Tablets  —  If you think the coming wave of tablets is about to make e-book readers obsolete, guess again.  —  Although dozens of tablets are scheduled to hit the market this year — from companies like Apple, HP and Dell, as well as upstarts like JooJoo …
Don Faul / Facebook Blog:
New Offices to Support You Around the World  —  As more and more people share and connect on Facebook, we are growing our operations and teams to support them around the world.  Just last week, we announced plans to invest in a new Austin, Texas, office, and today in India we unveiled our intentions to open an office in Hyderabad.
Discussion: Reuters
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scamville Marches Onto The iPhone, Sneaks Back Into Facebook  —  In our Scamville series of posts last October we exposed the massive user fraud occurring Facebook and MySpace social games.  Fake quizzes tied to long term mobile subscriptions, malware-laden toolbar downloads and other scams were the center of the controversy.
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.
Discussion: Engadget
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook May Begin Allowing Developers To Store User Data For More Than 24 Hours  —  Facebook's f8 conference is shaping up to have quite a few improvements in store for developers, and we think we've come across another one: a change to Facebook's data retention policy.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Firehose May Be Released at Developer Conference F8
Discussion: All Facebook
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