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12:50 PM ET, March 17, 2010

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Agence France Presse:
Mobile ‘apps’ a $17.5 bln market by 2012: study  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A study released on Wednesday indicated that the market for mobile device software programs should rocket to 17.5 billion dollars (US) within three years.  —  Downloads of mobile applications to handsets will leap from slightly …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
GetJar: Mobile App Sales Will Overtake CD Sales By 2012 (Video + Slides)
Discussion: Digits, GMSV and Silicon Alley Insider
Yang Li / Google Mobile Blog:
Gesture Search now available for Android 1.6  —  Since we launched Gesture Search on Android Market two weeks ago, I've seen quite a bit of feedback.  For example, some of you have requested Gesture Search for earlier versions of Android, as well as access to it outside the US.
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
How Google is Managing the Android Fragmentation Issue  —  In what's looking like a standard operating procedure, Google just released its free Gesture Search software for Android 1.6 devices and expanded availability outside of the U.S. The application launched two weeks ago on Android 2.x devices.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
New MacBook Pro, Air and Mac Pro pricing potentially leaked by Apple ads and online store (updated)  —  Could this be another example of online advertising presaging the onset of a hardware upgrade from Cupertino?  Apple's ads on Australian tech pub PC Authority have been spotted displaying …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Motorola Droid's Android 2.1 update to be rolled out OTA starting Thursday  —  And just like that, we now have the date for the official Motorola Droid's Android 2.1 update.  It was just approved today and will be rolled out in batches of 250,000 starting this Thursday, March 18, at high noon (EDT).
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google's Traffic Is Giant, Which Is Why It Should be Your ISP  —  Everybody knows Google is one of the net's big kids, but how big is it exactly?  —  Well, as Arbor Networks measures it, if Google were an ISP it would be the third largest in the world and the fastest growing …
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple bans protective screen film from Apple Store  —  Apple has banned protective screen film from its retail and online stores, iLounge has confirmed with several separate companies, a policy that will affect both cases and individual film packages beginning in May.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 Series won't have copy and paste  —  Ready for another long, drawn-out copy and paste controversy to overtake your every waking moment for a year or two?  Good: Microsoft just mentioned in a Q&A session here at MIX10 in no uncertain terms that clipboard operations won't be supported …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 3.0 reaching end of the line  —  A few months later than expected, Mozilla is calling it quits for version 3.0 of its Firefox browser.  —  “There will be no more updates for Firefox 3.0.x,” Mozilla said Tuesday in a meeting planning document.  The last update will be Firefox 3.0.19 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
PayPal Wants To Go From 1000 To 2000 Employees In Asia - This Year  —  PayPal has seen the future, and apparently it lies out East.  The eBay company has just announced plans to double its presence in the Asian-Pacific region by the end of 2010, and made a couple of other, separate announcements to underscore its focus on Asia.
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:   PayPal Partners With China UnionPay to Challenge Alipay's Dominant Share
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
How Privacy Vanishes Online  —  If a stranger came up to you on the street, would you give him your name, Social Security number and e-mail address?  —  Probably not.  —  Yet people often dole out all kinds of personal information on the Internet that allows such identifying data to be deduced.
Discussion: threatpost, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn for iPhone 3.1: Better, Stronger, Faster. … On December 28, 2009, we decided to ring in the new year a little early with the launch of the new LinkedIn for iPhone v3.0 application.  Since that time, we've seen tremendous excitement and enthusiasm around the new application.
Discussion: RotorBlog.com and Mobile Knots
TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Is 89 Percent Male, 47 Percent American, And 13 Percent Perverts  —  This is a guest post by Robert J. Moore, the CEO and co-founder of RJMetrics, an on-demand database analytics and business intelligence startup.  His last guest post was an analysis of Twitter user data.
Abhishek Bapna / Google Enterprise Blog:
Now it's easy switch to Google Apps from Microsoft® Exchange  —  Today we're making it a lot easier for customers of Microsoft Exchange to go Google with Apps.  Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange is a new server-side tool that migrates your company's email …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola CLIQ XT comes to T-Mobile for $129.99  —  Your hopes, dreams, and deepest desires for a keyboardless CLIQ have finally materialized today now that Motorola's CLIQ XT has reached T-Mobile shops across the country.  Interestingly, yesterday's leaked documentation pegged the date …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Canadian Movie Pirate ‘maVen’ Sent To Jail  —  Half a decade ago ‘maVen’ was one of the most active movie release groups on the Internet, known for distributing high quality ‘Telesync’ versions of major blockbuster titles.  In the summer of 2006 ‘maVen’ releases suddenly halted …
Discussion: p2pnet and CBC News
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Waledac botnet ‘decimated’ by MS takedown  —  Up to 90,000 zombies freed  —  Communications within the notorious Waledac botnet have been “effectively decimated,” thanks to a novel takedown approach that combined court actions with a variety of technical measures, a Microsoft program manager said Tuesday.
Marcia / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Posts Documents Detailing Law Enforcement Collection of Data From Social Media Sites  —  EFF has posted documents shedding light on how law enforcement agencies use social networking sites to gather information in investigations.  The records, obtained from the Internal Revenue Service …
Chris Pendleton / Bing:
new bing maps application: worldwide telescope  —  About 2 years ago, I posted the announcement of Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope (WWT) - a project to map out the stars, planets, solar systems and anything not on the Earth (see WorldWide Telescope Now Available!).
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Search Blog
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Where Marries Geo-local App With the Web  —  After having seen tremendous success with its geo-local app, Where, the Boston-based uLocate Communications today rebranded itself as Where.  The company also launched a new web site that allows mobile users to sync information in the app between the phone and the PC.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Screenwerk
Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
Digg redesign ‘will not dilute appeal’  —  CEO Jay Adelson says that the new Digg website will allow users to focus more effectively than ever on what's of interest to them  —  The forthcoming revamp of Digg, the social news curation website, will concentrate rather than dilute …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AOL Partners With Celebrity Chefs To Launch Recipe And Foodie Site KitchenDaily
Discussion: paidContent, AOL Corporate and The Wire
Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
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Times Online Blocks Media Monitor Meltwater
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Brian Krebs / Technology Review:
Data Mining for Dodgy Machines
Discussion: Krebs on Security
Bloomberg:
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MIT building self-assembling computer chips
Discussion: MIT and Bits
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
How the New York Times and CNN try to keep up with the tech companies
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John Chambers / Business Week:
Why America Needs a National Broadband Plan
Discussion: A VC and Computerworld
Lawrence Coburn / The Next Web:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Talks Revenue, API, Brands, and “Beyond the Badge”
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Twitter's @anywhere could prove risky for users
Rik Ferguson / CounterMeasures:
Who's checking your Facebook profile? Scammers.
Discussion: Switched and Help Net Security