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2:20 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.
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)
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 …
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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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 …
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
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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Mark Fidelman / MindTouch:
The Most Powerful Voices in Open Source
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Darin Fisher / Google Chrome Blog:
At the end of the rainbow, a new pot of Chrome!  —  Earlier this month, we launched a new beta of Google Chrome that brought automatic translation and fine-grained privacy controls to the browser.  Today, those features have been promoted to the stable channel so all Chrome users can try them out.
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!
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
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.
Discussion: Main Justice
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!).
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
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 …
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.
Gawker:
HarperCollins Rethinking Bloggy Book Label  —  The founding publisher of HarperStudio has departed, and parent company HarperCollins is expected to consider what to do next with the imprint, originally launched to experiment with new business models for publishing.  Woe unto the aspiring blogger-author?
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) …
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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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Where Marries Geo-local App With the Web
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Canadian Movie Pirate ‘maVen’ Sent To Jail
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Spotify will launch in US this year, confirms Ek
Brian Krebs / Technology Review:
Data Mining for Dodgy Machines
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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
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Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Talks Revenue, API, Brands, and “Beyond the Badge”
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