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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Google and Partners Seek a Television Foothold  —  Google and Intel have teamed with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes.  —  The move is an effort by Google and Intel to extend their dominance …
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Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:   Intel, Logitech and Sony team up for Android-powered Google TV
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
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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 …
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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Umair Haque:
Twitter, SXSW, and Building a 21st Century Business  —  So, how was your week?  Mine's been interesting.  In case you haven't heard, I interviewed Twitter CEO Evan Williams at the keynote at this year's South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference on Monday in Austin, Texas.
Discussion: broadstuff
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Umair Haque responds to SXSW criticism of his interview with Twitter CEO
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
What Drove Yahoo's Purchase Of Citizen Sports  —  To buy or to build?  That's the question that drove Yahoo's decision to buy social sports startup Citizen Sports, which owns a series of sports-related apps on the iPhone and on Facebook, according to Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) media head James Pitaro.
Discussion: Relevant Results
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely  —  More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.
Thanks:duivestein
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
URL Shorteners Slow Down The Web - Especially Facebook's FB.me  —  It's hard to imagine a Web sans URL shortening services nowadays but you can rest assured that they're here to stay - for better or worse.  Question is: how do the likes of bit.ly, TinyURL and Goo.gl score in terms of speed and availability?
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Complaints Against Yelp's “Extortion” Practices Grow Louder  —  Yelp has been hit with another lawsuit, the third in a matter of a few weeks.  Similar to the previous complaints, this lawsuit filed by Boris Levitt, the owner of Renaissance Furniture Restoration in San Francisco, claims that Yelp's …
Discussion: NPR Blogs and GigaOM
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!).
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 …
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.
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Palm Grasps at Relevance Ahead of Earnings  —  The news Thursday from Palm will be bad.  —  We know that because the company pre-announced its earnings a few weeks ago.  The company's credibility problem from both a marketplace and managerial perspective is serious; and investors who enjoyed …
Discussion: Digital Daily and MacDailyNews
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps for Android: Search 'n Swipe, Latitude Widget, and More  —  Making sense of a fast paced and changing world is difficult under the best of circumstances, but when you're on the go, it's even harder.  With the new Google Maps for mobile 4.1, we're introducing a few features …
Ryan Calo / cyberlaw.stanford.edu:
Google Italy & Privacy: Not What You Might Think  —  Reading through Italian news coverage of the Google Italy case, another picture emerges.  User privacy may well be at issue, but not in the way you probably think.  I grew up in Italy and now research and teach Internet law in the United States.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Free wiki hosting company Wikia to let you create your own question and answer sites  —  Wikia, a site which allows anyone to create their own free wiki page, has announced a new service, Answers from Wikia, that will enable anyone to create their own question and answer sites as well.
Discussion: VatorNews
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IT's ‘love affair’ with Windows XP ending, says survey
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Coming Soon: Log in to Digg with Twitter, Google and More [PIC]
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Notches 100,000 New Users In 10 Days
Louis Gray:
Twitter Tightens Security With Encryption Expert Hire
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New Feature: Schedule your posts for the future
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Canada's $75 iPod levy returns (and might legalize P2P)
Discussion: CrunchGear and Electronista
Jon Brodkin / InfoWorld:
Linus Torvalds named most influential open source blogger
Discussion: MindTouch
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Where Marries Geo-local App With the Web
Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
Digg redesign ‘will not dilute appeal’
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 3.0 reaching end of the line
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and Mashable!
Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn for iPhone 3.1: Better, Stronger, Faster.
Discussion: RotorBlog.com and Mobile Knots
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Motorola Droid's Android 2.1 update to be rolled out OTA starting Thursday
 

 
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