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1:50 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)  —  An independent study released this morning by neutral app store GetJar indicates that the market for mobile apps should grow to a whopping $17.5 billion within the next three years.
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Jon Brodkin / InfoWorld:
Linus Torvalds named most influential open source blogger  —  O'Reilly media founder Tim O'Reilly is ‘the most powerful voice,’ according to a new ranking of influential open source personalities  —  O'Reilly media founder Tim O'Reilly is “the most powerful voice” in open source …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Citizen Sports  —  Yahoo has just confirmed that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquired Citizen Sports.  —  Press release below:
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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 …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola CLIQ XT comes to T-Mobile for $129.99
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!).
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!
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 …
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
WiMAX-enabled HTC Supersonic rumored to debut on Sprint at CTIA  —  There's hardly anything here that we didn't already know, but an unveiling date of “next week” sure catches our eye.  A new report over at The Wall Street Journal confirms earlier details that were fed to us over Sprint's …
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.
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
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
 
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Darin Fisher / Google Chrome Blog:
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Where Marries Geo-local App With the Web
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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:
Digg redesign ‘will not dilute appeal’
Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
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MIT building self-assembling computer chips
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Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
How the New York Times and CNN try to keep up with the tech companies
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”
Marcia / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Posts Documents Detailing Law Enforcement Collection of Data …
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