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12:00 AM ET, March 30, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Two New IPhones Coming; One May Be Aimed at Verizon  —  Apple Inc. is developing a new iPhone to debut this summer and also appears to be working on a model for U.S. mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless, say people briefed on the matter.  —  While Apple has unveiled a new iPhone every June …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
WSJ: Apple ‘developing new iPhone,’ plus another for Verizon (update: iPhone HD?)  —  You heard right, folks — according to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently “developing a new iPhone to debut this summer,” and as if that weren't enough, it's also “working on another model for US mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless.”
Discussion: Reuters, Neowin.net and Phones Review
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
WSJ's Lame Entry in the iPhone Rumors Game  —  The Wall Street Journal: … Keep in mind there's a big difference between “is” and “appears to be”.  And they have no actual details of the next-generation iPhone.  Nothing.  Not the A4-family CPU system-on-a-chip.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Rumored iPhone 4 Specs: 960x640 Display, Front Facing Camera, Multitasking  —  Daring Fireball builds on the WSJ iPhone 4 rumors earlier today by dumping what they know: An almost iPad-level 940 x 640 resolution display, an iPad-esque A4 CPU and a front facing camera.  AND, multitasking in iPhone OS 4.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless?  If so, it'll freeze smartphone upgrades
Discussion: PC World
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The State of the Internet Operating System  —  I've been talking for years about “the internet operating system”, but I realized I've never written an extended post to define what I think it is, where it is going, and the choices we face.  This is that missing post.
Discussion: Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac gets undressed  —  We've just scored some of the first shots of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, and while they are said to be very early, you can clearly see the progress that has been made in the transition to native Cocoa applications.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Android Froyo to take a serious shot at stemming platform fragmentation  —  We had a couple people at CTIA last week — people whose words carry weight — tell us off the record that the next major version of Android would take big strides toward stopping the ugly trend toward severe fragmentation …
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
Facebook Killing ‘Become A Fan,’ Embracing ‘Like’  —  Facebook is scaling back on the word “Fan” and ramping up usage of “Like” on brand pages.  According to a confidential e-mail sent to ad agencies today, the social media site will change the “Become A Fan” button to read “Like” within the next few weeks.
Marc Benioff / TechCrunch:
Hello, iPad.  Hello, Cloud 2.  —  The first piece of software I ever wrote was on the TRS-80 Model 1.  It was called “How To Juggle”, and it had 4K of memory.  It was my version of “Hello World”, what every programmer first writes on a new piece of hardware.
Discussion: deal architect
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's Best Buy distribution changes iPad unit calculus  —  Apple's iPad lands at Apple stores April 3 and Best Buy's distribution heft will be riding shotgun.  The double-barreled distribution channel for the Apple iPad may change the calculus behind Wall Street's unit guessing game.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Starts Shipping iPads to Customers
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple offering video iPad tutorials online
Grant Gross / PC World:
Lawmakers Ask for FTC Investigation of Google Buzz  —  Eleven U.S. lawmakers have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's launch of its Buzz social-networking product for breaches of consumer privacy.  —  The representatives — six Democrats and five Republicans …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Zune HD v4.5 firmware ‘coming soon,’ adds SmartDJ, new codecs, and Marketplace access via AV dock (update: video!)  —  We know you've been waiting at the edge of your seat for that added codec support and SmartDJ for Zune HD, patient ever since its CES unveiling, and now we're here to assure …
Discussion: Neowin.net and WMPoweruser.com
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter And The Nine-Month Bounce  —  I've long suspected that the basic usage pattern for Twitter is that people try it, don't get it or become discouraged because they don't know anyone else on it, but it grows on them eventually until they start using it every day.
Discussion: Sysomos
Arn / MacRumors:
Future Apple's iPad OS Upgrade Pricing Policies Revealed as Apple Seeds GM iPad SDK, Firmware and Licensing Agreement  —  Apple has begun seeding the Golden Master version of the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK to developers.  This represents the shipping version of the software that developers must use to develop iPad applications.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fake Steve Jobs Blog Likely To Shut Down  —  It took a year for anyone to figure out that Forbes (now Newsweek) writer Dan Lyons was the guy behind the Fake Steve Jobs blog.  Now, a couple of years later, the blog is still going strong.  And it remains very, very funny.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Getting Smoked In The Sharing Race By A Dead Man  —  In the 2000 elections, incumbent Republican Senator John Ashcroft was defeated by Governor Mel Carnahan in the race for one of Missouri's U.S. Senate seats.  The only problem?  Carnahan was dead.
Discussion: paidContent
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes 9.1 to Bring eBook Support, Genius Mix Enhancements, Automatic Bitrate Conversion?  —  MacRumors has received information from a source claiming to have knowledge of a forthcoming iTunes 9.1 update that will presumably be released around the same time as the iPad's U.S. launch this Saturday.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Toshiba Unveils Pocket-Sized 1TB Backup Drives  —  The company's new Windows 7-based Canvio portable hard drives are aimed primarily at consumers but could also be something SMBs and midrange businesses might find useful, since they are inexpensive, easily transportable and capacious.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Mainstream Commenters Choose Yahoo Logins  —  When given a choice of login systems, visitors to mainstream media properties such as Slate, Forbes, Newsweek, Discovery, Time and Press Enterprise are most likely to choose Yahoo, according to data collected by commenting system Echo, which helps power such sites.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Android Devices Crave Google's Attention  —  Android's smartphone army is at least 20 phones strong, plus a ragtag rear guard of e-book readers, tablets and set-top boxes.  —  But those oddball devices bringing up the rear are running into an unexpected challenge: neglect by Google.
Discussion: Liliputing
Chad Whitney / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn for BlackBerry: Anytime, Anywhere  —  I'm Chad Whitney, the Product Manager responsible for mobile products at LinkedIn.  This is my first blog post for LinkedIn, so why not kick things off with a bang?  I'm excited to announce the full release of LinkedIn for BlackBerry v1.0.
Discussion: Mashable!
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Yahoo adds Facebook status updates to Mail  —  Yahoo continues to inject social networking into its services.  —  Starting later today, Yahoo Mail users will be able to update their Facebook status from their Yahoo Mail inbox.  Facebook users will be able to log into their accounts right …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google, Microsoft to team up on privacy push launching tomorrow  —  The world's biggest tech heavyweights are set to team up with each other to influence the future of Internet privacy law.  Google, Microsoft and a number of other civil liberties groups, think tanks and tech companies …
Discussion: CNET News and Search Engine Land
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Warner Bros. Recruits Students to Spy on Pirates  —  The people who work at the anti-piracy divisions of Warner Bros. and other large media companies have to be experts in file-sharing technology.  It is therefore no surprise that Warner Bros. is actively recruiting students for a job as Anti-Piracy Intern …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
UK Court Rules Against Usenet Indexing Site  —  Hollywood has been handed a legal victory against U.K.-based Usenet indexing site Newzbin by the England and Wales High Court today.  The court found Newzbin to be liable of copyright infringement and ordered it to prevent any further acts …
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
FourSquare Funding Battle: And Then There Were Three...  Last week, TechCrunch reported that four VC firms were “fighting furiously to be the lead investor in FourSquare's next venture round.”  —  That story remains mostly accurate today, except that the four is now a three.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
One less news app: Did BBC's iPad support threaten the EU's ‘Digital Agenda?’
Discussion: BBC and The Register
JP Gownder / Marketing and Strategy:
Windows 7 Early Adopters Were Satisfied Upgraders
Discussion: eWeek, Digits and Ars Technica
PC World:
Amazon Adds Private Streaming to CloudFront
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Smart!  Microsoft Chose ‘Bing’ Over ‘Bang’ For Its Search Engine Name (MSFT)
Sarmad Ali / Digits:
Looking to Capitalize on the Boom in Mobile Apps
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
DirecTV will launch 3D capability in June, including ESPN 3D
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Cracking Facebook's Dominance: New Cross-Network Commenting Protocol …
Discussion: louisgray.com, Thanks:chrismessina
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How Facebook May Save Elevation Partners
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu's a Towering Success — Just Not Financially
AppleInsider:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.3 with QuickTime X, OpenGL improvements
Discussion: eWeek, Apple, TUAW and Boy Genius Report
Jeff Whatcott / Brightcove Blog:
The Present and Future of HTML5 Video Experiences