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6:15 PM ET, March 16, 2010

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Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
Day 74 Sales: Apple iPhone vs. Google Nexus One vs. Motorola Droid  —  Through applications using Flurry for analytics reporting, Flurry can detect and count unique devices in the market such as Google Nexus One and Motorola Droids.  Because applications embedded with Flurry have been downloaded …
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Google Nexus One:
Nexus One now compatible with the AT&T 3G network and shipping to Canada  —  In early January, we announced the Nexus One, the first device sold through Google's web store.  The Nexus One is unlocked, which means you can use it with a SIM card from most GSM operators worldwide.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Nexus One Is A Flop: 74 Days In, Just 135,000 Sold  —  This just in from mobile analytics company Flurry: Nexus One sales are still flopping.  After 74 days on the market, Flurry estimates that Google has sold 135,000 Nexus Ones.  —  In its first 74 days on the market, the Droid sold 1.05 million units.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft IE9 developer preview with HTML5 support ready for download  —  On March 16, Microsoft is making a first developer preview of Internet Explorer (IE) 9 available for download from www.IETestDrive.com.  —  The IE 9 Platform Preview doesn't include the IE 9 user interface; instead …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Internet Explorer 9: A Fresh Start, With HTML5  —  Ninth time's the charm, sometimes!  At least that's Microsoft's hope with IE9, which they've just announced at Mix, brings new HTML5 support (including HTML5 video!), hardware-accelerated graphics for text and images, and a totally new JavaScript engine.
Reuters:
China warns Google to obey rules even if it pulls out  —  (Reuters) - Google should obey Chinese government rules even if it decides to retreat from the country over hacking and censorship complaints, a Chinese government spokesman said on Tuesday.  —  Investors have sold off Google Inc shares …
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Digits:   Letter Offers Glimpse Into Fallout if Google Goes
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Google Partners in China Issue Plea to Web Giant
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Kicks Off Implementation Of QR Codes  —  I can't see this on my own Facebook profile yet, but we've gotten a number of tips in our inbox in the past 10 minutes so it's safe to assume it's not a hoax or anything: Facebook appears to have started enabling users to generate custom two-dimensional QR codes.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple iPad Sales Estimates are Wrong  —  NEW YORK, (TheStreet) — Pre-orders of the Apple (AAPL) iPad started Friday and so too did the guessing game around how many of new tablet devices were being sold.  —  One of the most closely watched Apple iPad sales bloggers Deagol's AAPL Model estimated …
Discussion: I4U News and Screenwerk
David Flynn / APC:
EXCLUSIVE: Samsung to release ‘slate’ PC  —  Samsung is working on a slate-based device with desktop docking, which it says will have enough processing muscle to become the “primary device” for many people.  —  A senior Samsung executive has confirmed that the company will release a ‘slate’ PC in the second half of this year.
Wayne Kao / Facebook Blog:
Delivering More Search Results as You Type  —  Discovering and making connections to friends, applications and other voices is an important part of your experience on Facebook.  That's why today we are rolling out an improvement to Search to help you quickly find and connect with the people …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek vague on U.S. launch, company has 320,000 paid subscribers  —  European music streaming service Spotify now has 320,000 paid subscribers, said chief executive Daniel Ek, speaking at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin today.
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Google: Android Market now serving 30,000 apps  —  At the most recent Mobile World Congress, Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that the company's partners are now selling over 60,000 Android handsets on a daily basis.  With that kind of growth rate, it's no wonder that the size of the Android Market …
Discussion: VentureBeat, mocoNews, Gizmodo and Erictric
Nielsen Wire:
Facebook, Google and Yahoo! are Top Sites While Watching Big TV Events  —  Americans are getting into the habit of going online while watching television, with 10% or more of viewers visiting social networks, searching the web and browsing content during major TV events.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
JooJoo's Refunds Smell Awfully Fishy  —  After the lawsuits and delays, this reader's experience—asking for a refund—truly puts JooJoo's reputation on the line.  It feels written by a Nigerian scammer, rather than customer support.  Here's their whole email exchange.  You'll be the judge.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Xobni Mobile brings its social email plugin to your BlackBerry  —  Xobni, a plugin that gives users more social context in their emails, is coming to BlackBerry smartphones today with the launch of two new services — Xobni Mobile and Xobni One.  —  Both services seem like smart moves for the company.
InfoWorld:
Did Uncle Sam try to kill Wikileaks?  —  A leaked document reveals a strategy by the U.S. Army to hack the whistle-blowing Web site and take it down.  Read on for the chilling details  —  I just received an email from Wikileaks editor Julian Assange that's pretty wild.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Softpedia News
Doug Hanchard / ZDNet Government:
FCC releases ‘Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan’  —  The report is finally complete.  Months of meetings, public input and feedback from websites like reboot.gov, broadband.gov and others, the FCC has released the report being submitted to Congress; Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Fake Steve Jobs, Larry Charles Working On EPIX Silicon Valley Comedy Series  —  Dan Lyons, the Newsweek writer, book author and creator of the Fake Steve Jobs persona, is currently writing a pilot script for a comedy series on Silicon Valley for entertainment channel and movie streaming network EPIX.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Pogoplug now streaming to Xbox 360 and PS3, handling offsite backups  —  It's been a long and painful four months since Pogoplug introduced its second generation NAS-ifier, but those who've been holding out for additional functionality can finally buy in.  In an effort to cater to these so-called …
Jolie O'Dell:
Why SXSW Sucks  —  “Too many people, not enough tech.”  —  I tweeted that earlier today from Austin, Texas.  Last year, I had a wonderful time meeting up with my friends at SXSWi.  This year, I have almost had a wonderful time meeting up with my friends but have spent most of my time trying …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Akamai Takes Over Majority of Netflix's Streaming Business  —  Netflix confirmed today that it has picked Akamai as its primary content delivery network in what looks like a move to lower its streaming costs.  The decision could also help the subscription video company to expand into markets outside …
Discussion: PR Newswire and InformationWeek
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
60% of virtual servers less secure than physical machines, Gartner says  —  As virtualization adoption grows, so do security risks  —  Sixty percent of virtual servers are less secure than the physical servers they replace, the analyst firm Gartner said in new research Monday.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Confirmed: HTC HD2 will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 7 series  —  Bad news, HTC HD2 owners: Microsoft has finally come right out and confirmed our suspicions that the mighty HTC HD2 won't be upgraded to Windows Phone 7 Series.  Joe Belfiore just told us that the HD2 is …
Rachel King / The Toybox:
Kingston rolls out HyperX memory kit; hails it as 'world's fastest memory'  —  Kingston Technology has unveiled the HyperX dual-channel DDR3 memory kit, which they are dubbing as the “fastest Intel-certified memory in the world.”  —  Clocked in at a speed of 2.4GHz, this RAM kit is certainly no joke.
Discussion: Maximum PC, SlashGear and TechSpot
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Online Hate Sites Grow With Social Networks  —  Terrorists and racists are turning to online social networks and depending less on traditional Web sites, according to a new report on digital terror and hate speech.  —  The report, by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, found a 20 percent increase …
Discussion: TG Daily
Nadia Majid / VentureBeat:
Hitwise: People get their news from Facebook and Google — not Twitter  —  The value of Twitter when it comes to breaking news and eyewitness reports has been discussed as length (evidenced by CNN's race to get the most followers, and the buzz surrounding the site's role in the Iran protests last year) …
 
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Opens Up Banner Ad Overlays to Everyone
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
eMusic Owner Dimensional Buying The Orchard; Valued At $12.77 Million
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PowerReviews Lands $6 Million To Power Customer Reviews For Retailers
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Is Worried That It Won't Get All 2,000 SXSW Pieces On Time (AOL)
Discussion: Gawker and Ex-Spectator
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ZumoDrive Brings Cloud Storage And Syncing Application To Android And Palm Devices
Richard Lardner / Associated Press:
Break the law and your new ‘friend’ may be the FBI
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NorthScale's Memcached Data Management Technology Attracts Zynga And Others
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
First Data and Tyfone announce partnership for NFC payments by microSD card
Discussion: Computerworld and SlashPhone
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter's @anywhere: Not a Bang But a Whimper
Discussion: louisgray.com and GMSV
Robin Wauters / CrunchGear:
Alex eReader now on sale in the U.S. for $399 a pop, starts shipping mid-April
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Opera Mini 5, Opera Mobile 10 graduate to stable
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sprint Rolls Out Virtual Kiosk That Lets Customers Test Drive Phones Before They Buy
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Emory University Saves Rushdie's Digital Data
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