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4:55 PM ET, March 17, 2010

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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.
Sprint:
Nexus One from Google Coming to Sprint; Availability Date Announced Soon  —  Nexus One(TM) is planned for the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network with twice the network coverage of AT&T and ten times the network coverage of T-Mobile, both by square miles; Expands Sprint's Android(TM) portfolio
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 …
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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Grant Gross / PC World:
FTC Member Rips Into Google's Privacy Efforts  —  Several major U.S. Internet companies, including Google and Facebook, need to “step up” and better protect consumer privacy or face tougher penalties from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a commissioner said Wednesday.
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Emily Steel / Digits:
Google Buzz Exemplifies Privacy Problems, FTC Commissioner Says  —  Citing the recent launch of Google's social-networking service, Google Buzz, outgoing Federal Trade Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour said technology companies are setting a dangerous precedent of publicly exposing consumer data …
Abhishek Bapna / Google Enterprise Blog:
Now it's easy to 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 …
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
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 …
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
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple adds social networking, iPhone features to iWork.com  —  Apple on Wednesday added a few new features to its iWork.com Web site, including the ability to share documents on social networking Web sites.  —  With the enhancements, users of iWork.com can now share their documents on Web sites and social networking sites.
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Marcia / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Posts Documents Detailing Law Enforcement Collection of Data …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Blockbuster Brings New Releases to Android, Windows Mobile Phones  —  Blockbuster is bringing its OnDemand service to both Windows Mobile and Google Android phones, starting March 24th with the launch of the T-Mobile HTC HD2 smartphone.  On that device, Blockbuster customers will be able …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Latest Version of Google Chrome Adds Auto-Translation and New Privacy Features  —  Google just launched a new stable version of Google Chrome, the company's increasingly popular browser, which introduces a number of new features and more advanced privacy controls.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
AOL Sets Up $10 Million Venture Fund To Back Local Startups  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL)—which is doubling down on its own local efforts—is now setting up a $10 million venture capital fund to invest in the local space.  The company cites the “increasing number of startups” in the market as driving …
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!).
Vincent Chu / The Official Posterous Posterous:
New Feature: Schedule your posts for the future  —  Now it's super easy to schedule your posts anytime in the future.  When sending posts via email, just add the following tag to your subject line and type when you'd like your post to appear in plain, simple english.  For instance, all of the following will work
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and Mashable!
Nick Bilton / Bits:
G.M. Tinkers With Augmented Reality System for Cars  —  The navigation element of General Motors' enhanced vision system could help drivers find their destination by pointing to an exact building.  —  In foggy or dark conditions, the system helps define the edges of the road and points to upcoming road signs.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Pulse2
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! to Acquire Citizen Sports  —  Strengthens Social Strategy by Combining the Power of the No. 1 Online Sports Destination with the Web's Most Popular Social Sports Company  —  As part of its ongoing commitment to be the center of people's online lives, Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
YouTube Is Huge: 24 Hours of Video Now Uploaded Every Minute  —  YouTube has just announced that it has surpassed yet another milestone, and this one's a doozy: 24 hours of video is now uploaded to the social video site every sixty seconds.  Every second you are browsing YouTube, a full 24 minutes of video is uploaded to the site.
Discussion: YouTube Blog, NewTeeVee and AppScout
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
Louis Gray:
Twitter Tightens Security With Encryption Expert Hire  —  On Tuesday, Twitter added computer security veteran Bob Lord to the company's expanding employee roster as the manager of network and infrastructure security, bringing with him 20 years of experience focused on electronic security systems …
Discussion: CloudAve
 
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