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2:45 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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”
Discussion: Technologizer and Electricpig
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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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 …
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: SlashGear, EverythingiCafe and Erictric
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
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.
Discussion: Mozilla Links
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China Mobile Getting Desperate for an iPhone, iPad Deal?  —  Four years after first entering them, China Mobile — China's largest wireless phone operator, is still in talks with Apple (AAPL) about adding the iPhone to its smartphone line-up.  But these days its sounding a bit more hopeful for a deal.
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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
 
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Tech world mourns the loss of Jerome York
Discussion: Apple and Wall Street Journal
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
HP settles inkjet cartridge patent complaints
Discussion: Tech Eye
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
Discussion: CHINAdaily
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel notebook CPUs in tight supply, says sources
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Pentagon Sees a Threat From Online Muckrakers
Discussion: Gawker and Silicon Alley Insider
Reuters:
Kremlin picks site for Russian “Silicon Valley”
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zillow Launches Android App To Browse Home Sales And Rental Listings On The Go
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Kaltura Launches HTML5Video.org, Publishes HTML5 Media Library
Discussion: Beet.TV
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Trada Raises $2.2 Million For Crowdsourced SEM Management Service
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Choosing Sides? John Doerr Leaves Amazon's Board Of Directors
New York Times:
Time Seems Right for Paypal to Fly
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
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