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10:25 PM ET, March 17, 2010

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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
Discussion: Gizmodo
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!
Umair Haque / Harvard Business Review:
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
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.
Discussion: CloudAve, Thanks:duivestein
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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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 …
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 …
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?
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: Digits, GigaOM and NPR Blogs
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Beware the new Facebook password reset scam  —  This is what the Facebook password reset scam e-mail looks like.  —  If you get an e-mail that appears to be from Facebook saying the company reset your password and urging you to open an attachment, it is a scam.  Repeat, it is a scam.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Local Onliner
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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: the Econsultancy blog and threatpost, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Lenovo Rethinks Design and Price of the ThinkPad  —  Lenovo is rethinking the ThinkPad.  —  For years, the iconic laptop brand, originally created by IBM, has been known for solid construction and great keyboards, but with a boxy black design and relatively high prices.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
New Mozilla Labs Project Wants to Give You Total Control Over Your Address Book  —  Currently, your contacts live in address books that are distributed all over the Internet and your desktop.  Because of this, chances are that you have numerous address books on the web that are often “inconsistent and disjointed.”
Discussion: Mozilla Labs
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IT's ‘love affair’ with Windows XP ending, says survey  —  Admins divorce aging OS, hook up with sexier Windows 7 trophy  —  Computerworld - Businesses are finally prying their hands from Windows XP as they warm to Windows 7, a research company said today.
Discussion: internetnews.com
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 …
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 …
Doug Tsuruoka / IBD Click:
In China, Internet Fast Replacing TV  —  The U.S. media were rife with stories in the 1950s and 1960s about how TV, also known as the boob tube, was changing U.S. family lifestyles forever.  —  Well, the same thing seems to be happening with family Internet use in China these days.
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Nokia's Kallasvuo: We Must “Move Even Faster”
Discussion: FierceWireless and Electricpig
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Coming Soon: Log in to Digg with Twitter, Google and More [PIC]
Discussion: Digg Blog
Ryan Calo / Stanford CIS:
Google Italy & Privacy: Not What You Might Think
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Notches 100,000 New Users In 10 Days
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Free wiki hosting company Wikia to let you create your own question and answer sites
Discussion: VatorNews
 Earlier Items: 
Louis Gray:
Twitter Tightens Security With Encryption Expert Hire
Discussion: broadstuff and CloudAve
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Canada's $75 iPod levy returns (and might legalize P2P)
Discussion: CrunchGear and Electronista
Gawker:
HarperCollins Rethinking Bloggy Book Label
Jon Brodkin / InfoWorld:
Linus Torvalds named most influential open source blogger
Discussion: MindTouch
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 3.0 reaching end of the line
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and Mashable!
 

 
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