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8:45 PM ET, March 18, 2010

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Zahavah Levine / 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: NewTeeVee and paidContent
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Got the Loot? How YouTube Split Up Google's Billions.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Viacom:
Viacom Statement  —  YouTube was intentionally built on infringement …
Discussion: VentureBeat and PC World
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:   Viacom, YouTube Point Fingers Over Copyright Infringement
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)
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Palm Sold Only 408,000 Smartphones Last Quarter (PALM)  —  Palm's third quarter was terrible, as anticipated.  The company slashed its guidance a few weeks ago, and today confirmed that its Pre and Pixi smartphones are simply not selling very well.  —  Specifically, Palm's smartphone sellthrough …
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   Palm earnings: ‘Underperformance’ is disappointing; So is the outlook
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.
David Marmaros / 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 …
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.
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 …
Zak Cohen / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Google Buzz widget for Android  —  Since we launched Google Buzz for mobile, we've been working on ways to make it quicker and easier to share your thoughts and experiences while you're out and about.  —  Today, we're excited to release a Google Buzz widget for Android phones …
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Will Soon Offer A Way For Users To Opt-Out Of Google Analytics Tracking  —  Some people don't like the idea of Google having any data about them.  Unfortunately, if you visit a site tracked by Google Analytics (and chances are you hit several each day), you have no choice.  But soon, you might.
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
Khris Loux / paidContent:
How Twitter Can Become A New Breed Of Technology Company  —  Khris Loux is the founder and CEO of Echo, a commenting platform.  He tweets at @Khrisloux.  —  With leadership from its founders and a significant infusion of cash from investors, Twitter has created an innovative no-charge service …
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: Bits, planet iPad, Engadget and VizWorld.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
August Capital Bets Big On Blippy  —  Blippy is always fun to write about because so many people are enraged by its very existence.  But all that rage apparently hasn't stopped the company from getting lots of investor attention.  In addition to landing a bevy of top tier angels …
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.
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.
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: Kindle Review
Pde / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
FTC to Internet Companies: Start Using SSL  —  HTTPS is the backbone of web security.  The protocol, which is also commonly known as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), is what guarantees we can use the web to transmit sensitive information — financial, medical, or other — with relative confidence that it won't be intercepted or stolen.
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?
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 …
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
Rick / Yahoo! Mail Blog:
A Yahoo! Contacts That Updates Itself  —  Have you ever lost track of a friend because she moved and forgot to let you know her new address and phone number?  When you've changed your contact information, did you remember to let all of your friends and colleagues know?
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: VentureBeat, AdAge and Guidewire Group
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Craig Newmark on the Web's Next Big Problem  —  I had the chance to sit down with Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark recently at his favorite breakfast spot in San Francisco, just a block or two from the house where Craigslist was launched 15 years ago this month.
 
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon seeks Unpay trademark
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
VirnetX files same patent claims against Windows 7
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mozilla, Video, and Mobile Computing
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Rachel King / The Toybox:
Roewe 350 touted as the world's first Android-powered automobile
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Live Streaming Sites Beat YouTube in Video Hours Uploaded
Brad Stone / Bits:
Spring Brings Funding for Formspring.me
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Barnes & Noble CEO Steps Down, BN.com President William Lynch Takes Over
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The Future of TV  —  On Friday I had a debate with Mark Cuban on the future of TV.
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Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Netflix VP Apologizes & Explains Why They're Killing Friends
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Gist Acquires Startup Weekend App ‘Learn That Name’
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HTC responds to Apple's patent lawsuit, will ‘fully defend itself’
 

 
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