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11:05 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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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.
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
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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.
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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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.
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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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: StartupNorth and bub.blicio.us
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.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Soon, There'll Be More Mobile Web Users In China Than People In The United States
Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google charts new territory with ads in maps  —  Google has begun putting ads on its popular maps pages in Australia, a sign that the search engine giant wants to convert more of the high traffic to its websites into advertising dollars.  —  Logos for Bankwest, JB Hifi, LJ Hooker …
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 …
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.
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
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
BBC website to add Facebook and Twitter features  —  Talking to The Telegraph, Mr Huggers said that partnerships with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Bebo were already in place and the first consumer manifestations of those relationships would come to light soon with the launch of iPlayer 3.0's beta.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Choosing Sides?  John Doerr Leaves Amazon's Board Of Directors  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner John Doerr, perhaps the most celebrated venture capitalist and certainly one of the most successful, will leave the Amazon board of directors this year.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts, Tnooz and TechFlash
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.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
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: Softpedia News and The Next Web
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
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” …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Trada Raises $2.2 Million For Crowdsourced SEM Management Service  —  Stealth startup Trada launched to the public today as an online marketplace allowing small and medium businesses and agencies to essentially crowdsource search engine marketing services.  The startup has raised $2.2 million …
Discussion: paidContent and PE Hub Blog
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Videoplaza raises $5 million for video ad-serving technology  —  Videoplaza, a Swedish startup that helps publishers optimize the way they serve video ads, raised $5 million to expand across Europe.  Creandum and Northzone, two leading Scandinavian venture capital firms …
Discussion: paidContent, Beet.TV and NewTeeVee
 
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Juliana Gruenwald / Tech Daily Dose:
Microsoft Blasts Google's Ad Policies
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In China, Internet Fast Replacing TV
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Lenovo Rethinks Design and Price of the ThinkPad
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Nokia's Kallasvuo: We Must “Move Even Faster”
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IT's ‘love affair’ with Windows XP ending, says survey
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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