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6:50 AM ET, March 18, 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
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Amazon stealthily releases Kindle app for Mac  —  [No press release], no big fanfare, but reader Chris sent in the news earlier tonight: Amazon's long-awaited Kindle application for Mac is ready for download.  The 22 MB free application works on Intel Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 and above, and reports a version number of 1.0.0 beta 1.
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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
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.
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 …
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
More Bad News For Adobe & Flash - Wikipedia Is Going Open Video  —  Adobe already has trouble on its hands over Apple's decision to not support Flash on the iPhone and the iPad - and the general public's “meh” response.  —  Now Adobe's got bigger Flash problems.
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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.
Discussion: I4U News, Gizmodo and TechFlash
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.
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
When Couples Fight on Facebook, Everyone Knows the Score  —  WHAT is the sound of an awkward silence on Facebook?  If you have to ask, then you probably don't have friends like James Gower and Ashley Andrews, high school sweethearts from Spring, Tex., who are both 22 and engaged to be married this May.
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
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Ben Horowitz / Voices on All Things Digital:
The Case for the Fat Start-Up  —  Much has been written and said about the current economic downturn and the resulting lessons on how to run a high-technology company.  Quite famously, Sequoia Capital, the premier venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, held a mandatory all-CEO meeting …
Discussion: blog.pmarca.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
Discussion: Mashable!
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Letting Users Share Music (Updated)  —  For the longest time I've complained that Facebook should make it possible to share MP3 files on the site, without requiring users to upload the files.  By simply providing a player for linked files, they can make the users responsible for any MP3 they link to.
Discussion: The Next Web
James Niccolai / PC World:
Hosted Drupal CMS Planned for Midyear  —  Acquia hopes to make a hosted version of its Drupal open-source content management system widely available in about three months, the company's CTO said Wednesday.  —  The service, called Drupal Gardens, is in beta testing now with a “couple of thousand” …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Interview With Drupal Founder Dries Buytaert
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 …
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Facebook emails traffic, stat summaries to Page owners — but it's only a test  —  Facebook users listed as admins of Pages, public profiles that enable users to share a business or product, may start noticing an email with the subject line “Your Weekly Facebook Page Update” in their inboxes.
Discussion: Stay N' Alive and Mashable!
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.
New York Times:
Time Seems Right for Paypal to Fly  —  Should eBay change its name to PayPal?  The company's auction business is mature, but PayPal, its online payments business, is growing fast.  Plans announced on Wednesday to double PayPal's Asian staff by the end of the year accentuate the point.
RSnake / ha.ckers:
Effectiveness of User Training... and Security Products in General  —  It's not every day I come across real wisdom in research but I saw a link yesterday to So Long, And No Thanks for the Externalities: The Rational Rejection of Security Advice by Users which is a research paper written by one of the guys at Microsoft.
Discussion: Securosis Blog
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.
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 …
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?
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Hyperlocal Newswire Fwix To Provide Content To NYTCo Properties
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Asks Mobile Companies For Help With FTC Over Admob Deal
Discussion: Electronista
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Revised cybersecurity bill introduced in Senate
Discussion: CNET News and eWeek
Juliana Gruenwald / Tech Daily Dose:
Microsoft Blasts Google's Ad Policies
Doug Tsuruoka / IBD Click:
In China, Internet Fast Replacing TV
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
New Mozilla Labs Project Wants to Give You Total Control Over Your Address Book
Discussion: Mozilla Labs
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Nokia's Kallasvuo: We Must “Move Even Faster”
Discussion: Electricpig, FierceWireless and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IT's ‘love affair’ with Windows XP ending, says survey
Discussion: internetnews.com
Ryan Calo / Stanford CIS:
Google Italy & Privacy: Not What You Might Think
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Free wiki hosting company Wikia to let you create your own question and answer sites
Discussion: VatorNews
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
AOL Sets Up $10 Million Venture Fund To Back Local Startups
Discussion: Local Onliner
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Canada's $75 iPod levy returns (and might legalize P2P)
Discussion: CrunchGear and Electronista
Abhishek Bapna / Google Enterprise Blog:
Now it's easy to switch to Google Apps from Microsoft® Exchange