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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 …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Filings in Viacom's Suit Against Google Are Released  —  Thousands of pages of court filings that are part of Viacom's copyright infringement suit against Google, the owner of YouTube, were unsealed on Thursday.  The filings are the first significant revelations in the three-year-old lawsuit …
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
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)
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google TV Should Finally Push Apple TV Beyond A “Hobby”  —  For the past couple of years now, when talking about the Apple TV product, Apple likes to throw out the word “hobby.”  It's as if they're ashamed of the device.  And considering sales are anemic next to Macs, iPods, and iPhones, it's no big surprise that they talk this way.
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Google and Partners Seek a Television Foothold
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 Biggs / CrunchGear:
Tech world mourns the loss of Jerome York  —  Jerome York - Jerry to the folks at Apple - joined the Apple board in 1997, the board that voted Steve Jobs back into the CEO position after a decade in the wilderness.  York died of an aneurysm.  Apple dedicated their entire front page to his memory:
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.
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Netflix VP Apologizes & Explains Why They're Killing Friends  —  Todd Yellin, Netflix's VP of Product Management, posted an apology on the Netflix blog for how they handled the removal of the Friends feature, and he explains that they're permanently removing it because only 2% of customers used the feature:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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John Cook / TechFlash:
Report: T-Mobile USA ponders joint venture with Clearwire
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Spring Brings Funding for Formspring.me
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble CEO Steps Down, BN.com President William Lynch Takes Over
Andrew Browne / Digits:
Microsoft Sees a Window in Google's China Woes
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel notebook CPUs in tight supply, says sources
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China Mobile Getting Desperate for iPhone, iPad Deal?
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Pentagon Sees a Threat From Online Muckrakers
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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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New York Times:
Time Seems Right for Paypal to Fly
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Ben Horowitz / Voices on All Things Digital:
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