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4:00 PM ET, March 15, 2010

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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:
Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7 Series dev partners: Sling, Pandora, Foursquare and more (updated)  —  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 …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Microsoft Challenges iPhone By Highlighting Easy App Development For Windows Phone 7
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Windows Blog
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.
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 …
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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 …
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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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
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) …
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Director Of Project Management RJ Pittman Defects To Apple  —  The battle between Google and Apple continues.  RJ Pittman, a prominent Director of Product Management at Google, has left the company to join Apple.  We've been tipped off to a tweet he sent out two days ago that said “My last day at Google.
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% …
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Eric Schmidt / Google Public Policy Blog:
A broadband catapult for America  —  Power.  Clean water.  The Interstate highway system.  It's easy to forget that the advantages of modern American life result from basic infrastructure investments made by earlier generations.  —  Tomorrow the FCC will release a national broadband strategy.
Discussion: PC World
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:   FCC unveiling sweeping national broadband plan
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Apps, iPhone Bigger Than Facebook Platform  —  When it comes to apps, the iPhone platform is now bigger than the Facebook platform, according to a report by Flurry, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics company.  Flurry said today that Apple's iTunes App Store has over 140,000 applications compared …
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.
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Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
PEW: 82% Of Users Will Abandon Their Favorite News Site If They Put Up A Paywall
Discussion: Guardian, Joho the Blog and BuzzMachine
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.
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 …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm launches a new slogan for webOS: Life moves fast.  Don't miss a thing.  —  We love webOS around these parts.  What we don't love — not one bit — is how they've been advertising it.  They kicked things off with creepiness, and then followed it up with mis-aimed cheesiness.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Digg overhaul expected to lessen coveted traffic spikes to publishers  —  Say goodbye to the “Digg effect”?  —  Digg Chief Executive Jay Adelson announced a vastly revised version of its social news website at an event Saturday during the South by Southwest Interactive conference.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Directors Establish $100 Million Fund To Invest In The Midwest  —  Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, two of Chicago's best-known tech entrepreneurs, plan to invest as much as $10 million annually in early-stage technology companies through a new fund dubbed Lightbank.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
PayPal to Introduce Cheaper Way to Process Small Transactions  —  PayPal Inc., the payment processor owned by EBay Inc., plans to introduce a cheaper way for businesses to handle online transactions that are less than $10, a company executive said.  —  PayPal will let companies accumulate …
Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove  —  Editor's note: When venture capitalists invest in early stage startups, more than anything else they are investing in the founders of the company and their ability to lead their employees through …
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.
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
U.S. Mac sales up 39% in Jan. and Feb.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Wikipedia Should Be Trusted As A Breaking News Source
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Breaking: Silverlight now on 60% of Internet-connected devices
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
GyPSii Raises Another $11 Million For Mobile Location Sharing
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For NPR, the iPad Means a New App-And a New Web Site
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Report: 98.9% Of Downloads On The Android Market Are Free
Discussion: Kindle Review
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Microsoft exec says Apple's HTC suit ‘is not necessarily a bad thing’
Discussion: IntoMobile and SlashGear
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple practices ‘legal alchemy’ to mask IP theft, claims Nokia
Discussion: Digital Daily
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
RateItAll helps businesses build their own Foursquare
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Volunteers Duplicate Federal Videos for an Online Archive
Discussion: ResourceShelf, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
China Issues Warning to Google's Partners
 

 
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