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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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Analysis Of Google And Viacom's Arguments Over YouTube: A Lot Of He Said/She Said  —  I've spent the last few hours going through the motions for summary judgment from both Google and Viacom in the YouTube case.  If you'd like to kill a few hours yourself:  — Viacom Summary Judgment Motion (pdf)
Viacom:
Viacom Statement  —  YouTube was intentionally built on infringement and there are countless internal YouTube communications demonstrating that YouTube's founders and its employees intended to profit from that infringement.  By their own admission, the site contained “truckloads” …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Viacom Seems To Be Misrepresenting YouTube Founder's Call To “Steal It!”
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Got the Loot? How YouTube Split Up Google's Billions.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and TechCrunch
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)
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Google May Shut Down Chinese Unit on April 10, China Business News Reports  —  Google Inc. may pull out of China on April 10, China Business News reported today, citing an unidentified Chinese sales agent for the company.  —  The search engine may announce its exit on March 22 …
Discussion: Digital Daily, Reuters and Engadget
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Whatever Happened to Web 2.0?  —  Not so long ago, calling something “Web 2.0″ increased its value.  It meant fresh, new, interactive, responsive.  Now, if someone uses that term you know they're woefully out of touch.  —  For me, it's been a trip to re-adopt my former web beat …
Thanks:atul
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.
Rick Pal / 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?
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Pay to Play: Some iPhone App Sites Demand Money for Reviews  —  If you can't pitch the press, pay them.  That's the proposition some review sites have for publicity-starved iPhone developers.  —  Several websites dedicated to iPhone app reviews are requesting payments from developers …
Discussion: The Loop, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga Was PayPal's Second-Largest Merchant in 2009  —  A surprising fact came up at last week's 2010 Media Summit in New York.  An eBay spokesman said that Zynga was PayPal's second-largest merchant in 2009, following eBay itself.  Overall, PayPal processed about $500 million in virtual goods payments …
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.
Reuters:
Website's instant posts of Wall Street research banned  —  (Reuters) - A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday barred the financial news service Theflyonthewall.com from issuing immediate news about analyst research from several Wall Street banks, often before recommendations are shared with clients.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Piracy” sounds too sexy, say rightsholders  —  For years, we've heard complaints about using the term “piracy” to describe the online copyright infringement—but most have come from Big Content's critics.  —  As noted copyright scholar William Patry argued in his most recent book …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Yelp Goes On the Offensive About Filtering  —  As reported by the Journal, the reviews Web site Yelp is under fire.  It is facing three lawsuits from businesses that claim it improperly skews reviews in favor of companies that advertise with it and against those that do not.
Liz Tay / iTnews:
Employers: Look to gaming to motivate staff  —  Gamer rewards could boost employee engagement.  —  Clearly defined goals and fair, incremental rewards are two game design techniques that could motivate the ‘gamer generation’ in the workforce, according to a US academic.
Discussion: VG247, GamePolitics News and Techland
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
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 …
Billboard.Biz:
Updated: UMG To Launch U.S. Pricing Test  —  The Universal Music Group could rewrite U.S. music pricing when it tests a new frontline pricing structure, which is designed to get single CDs in stores at $10, or below.  —  Beginning in the second quarter and continuing through most of the year …
 
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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