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4:55 PM ET, March 18, 2010

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Aaron / YouTube Blog:
Broadcast Yourself  —  Around the globe, YouTube has become a metaphor for the democratizing power of the Internet and information.  YouTube gives unknown performers, filmmakers, and artists new ways to promote their work to a global audience and rise to worldwide fame …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Defense: Viacom “Secretly Uploaded” Content, And They Tried To Buy Us  —  Earlier today, several previously sealed legal documents in the longstanding copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube by Viacom were made public.  In conjunction with the public release of those documents …
Discussion: paidContent and NewTeeVee
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Filings in Viacom's Suit Against Google
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Got the Loot? How YouTube Split Up Google's Billions.
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Races to Strike Content Deals Ahead of iPad Release  —  Apple Inc. is still working to secure content for the iPad with just weeks to go before the tablet computer's release, said people familiar with the matter, as the company tempers some of its initial ambitions for the much-hyped device.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘Hundreds Of Thousands’ Of iPads Pre-Ordered, Says WSJ (AAPL)  —  Apple's iPad is off to a solid start, which could lead Wall Street to increase its Apple estimates for the year sooner than later.  Apple has taken “hundreds of thousands” of pre-orders for the tablet, according to the WSJ.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iGroups: Apple's New iPhone Social App in Development  —  Apple is working on a new communications based social networking application that they're simply calling “iGroups.”  According to the documents published by USPTO today, Apple's iGroup will be a new service that will work on your iPhone and likely work with MobileMe.
Amazon:
Introducing “Kindle for Mac” — the Free Application for Reading Kindle Books on the Mac, Now Available in over 100 Countries  —  Read on Your Kindle, Read Some on Your iPhone, and Now, Read Some on Your Mac - Read Wherever and Whenever You Want, and Never Lose Your Place
Nick Douglas / All Shook Down:
SXSW Interactive Is Dead  —  No annual festival, conference, or party will ever be as good as the first year you went.  That's not what I'm talking about when I say that South by Southwest Interactive died this year.  —  Earlier this week, Jolie O'Dell wrote the usual “Why SXSW Sucks” post.
Discussion: AdAge, Guidewire Group and SiliconANGLE
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
RandomDorm: Chatroulette for the College Set  —  Taking a dizzying spin through the video chat service Chatroulette can be highly entertaining — you might stumble onto a celebrity or an impromptu performance by a pianist.  —  But there's always the chance of encountering something unsavory on the service …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Phone 7 Series will have copy & paste, eventually  —  Contrary to the controversial report out of Microsoft MIX10 this week that Windows Phone 7 Series will not feature copy & paste functionality, a person close to the den explained that copy & paste is definitely a scenario and feature …
New York Times:
A Rift at Amazon on E-Book Prices  —  Amazon.com has threatened to stop directly selling the books of some publishers online unless they agree to a detailed list of concessions regarding the sale of electronic books, according to two industry executives with direct knowledge the discussions.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring iPhone audio text message, walkie-talkie feature  —  Apple has been brainstorming a new capability that could allow iPhone users to transmit data — such as simple text messages — to each other over voice channels, forgoing a reliance wireless carriers' backend servers …
Discussion: EverythingiCafe, SlashGear and Erictric
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HTC responds to Apple's patent lawsuit, will ‘fully defend itself’  —  HTC hasn't filed its official reply to Apple's patent lawsuit in court yet, but the company just gave us an updated and expanded statement on the case, saying that while it “strongly advocates intellectual property protection …
Noah Elkin / The eMarketer Blog:
Looking Beyond the Staggering Mobile Stats in the BRIC Countries  —  My latest report - on wireless usage and advertising trends in the BRIC countries (Brazil / Russia / India / China) - launches today.  Given their large populations, some of the numbers are understandably eye-popping.
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Xbox 360 gaining USB storage support in 2010 update  —  Documentation obtained by Joystiq - and subsequently confirmed with two separate sources - reveals that “USB Mass Storage Device Support on Xbox 360” will soon be a reality.  The document, authored by a senior software development engineer at Microsoft …
BBC:
Facebook rules out ‘panic button’  —  Facebook says it will not install a “panic button” on its main pages for users to report suspected paedophiles, but will develop its existing system.  —  The company says it will have links to organisations including the Child Exploitation and Online Protection …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft removes hardware virtualization barrier to running XP Mode  —  Microsoft is making a slew of virtualization-related announcements on March 18 — including one that will be welcome by customers who've been stymied by the chip-level virtualization requirements for running Windows 7 in XP Mode.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Facebook Co-Founder Hughes Launches Philanthropic Venture Jumo  —  Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook and director of online organizing for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, unveiled his new project on Thursday: a Web site for charitable organizations.
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
The Future of TV  —  On Friday I had a debate with Mark Cuban on the future of TV.  We disagreed on most things.  The main debate circled around whether the future living room will be driven by the Internet, or by the existing TV infrastructure delivered by Cable/Sat/IPTV operators.
Gmail Blog:
Smart Rescheduler in Google Calendar Labs  —  As you can imagine, those of us on the Google Calendar team spend a lot of time thinking about scheduling.  We regularly talk to people who schedule and reschedule a lot of meetings: administrative assistants.  Talking to them …
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID update delayed?  —  We have heard from multiple sources that the much-awaited Android 2.1 OS upgrade due to start today, has been delayed.  We're told a last minute bug late last night was found.  There is no new ETA.  We've reached out to Verizon for confirmation.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gist Acquires Startup Weekend App ‘Learn That Name’  —  Every few weeks (and sometimes even more often than that), dozens of techies gather together for regional Startup Weekends — fast-paced code writing frenzies where entrepreneurs and developers conceive of and build a new application …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Report: T-Mobile USA ponders joint venture with Clearwire  —  It seems that every month there's a new story out about the future of T-Mobile USA, the fourth biggest mobile operator in the U.S. Last month, BusinessWeek reported that Deutsche Telekom — the parent company of T-Mobile — was contemplating an initial public offering.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple preps 27-inch LED Cinema Display, dodeca-core Mac Pro  —  Apple is putting the finishing touches on a pair of new products targeted at its professional customers, namely a larger version of its LED Cinema Display and a major update to its Mac Pro workstations, AppleInsider has been told.
Discussion: MacRumors
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIM BlackBerry ‘T’ (Talladega?) slider launching next month?  —  Hang with us for a sec as we conjure up a speculative device from a sordid collection of rumors.  By now we've all seen the leaked BlackBerry slider right?  How about the “Mr. T” phone, heard of that?
Discussion: SlashGear, SlashPhone and Erictric
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Live Streaming Sites Beat YouTube in Video Hours Uploaded  —  YouTube yesterday touted the fact that it now processes about 24 hours worth of video content each minute — a milestone for the site.  But while that number is impressive, there are a few others that say they can beat it.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Fascinating motion magazine demo highlights iPad's potential  —  Tablet devices, and more specifically Apple's iPad, are bound to forever alter the landscape for print and digital publishers, as evidenced by captivating concepts such as motion magazines like one being worked on by Alexx Henry Photography …
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Color and Video Coming to Kindle?  Partner Shows New Screens  —  Color e-reader screens that can imitate video playback were on show Thursday from the company that makes the Kindle for Amazon.com, as similar technologies move closer to debuting in finished products.
Andrew Browne / Digits:
Microsoft Sees a Window in Google's China Woes  —  From China Real Time Report:  —  Chinese officials are masters of divide-and-rule, a tactic they've put to good use to enhance their bargaining position with the foreign business community. … So there was some eye-rolling among …
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech and CHINAdaily
Reuters:
Kremlin picks site for Russian “Silicon Valley”  —  (Reuters) - President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday announced that Russia would build a high-tech hub near Moscow to spur modernization of the economy and reduce its dependence on oil and gas.  —  The center, designed to develop five priority sectors …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Pentagon Sees a Threat From Online Muckrakers
Discussion: Gawker and Silicon Alley Insider
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zillow Launches Android App To Browse Home Sales And Rental Listings On The Go
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New York Times:
Time Seems Right for Paypal to Fly
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
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When Couples Fight on Facebook, Everyone Knows the Score
Ben Horowitz / Voices on All Things Digital:
The Case for the Fat Start-Up
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai