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9:15 AM ET, March 1, 2011

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Ben Treynor / Gmail Blog:
Gmail back soon for everyone  —  Imagine the sinking feeling of logging in to your Gmail account and finding it empty.  That's what happened to 0.02% of Gmail users yesterday, and we're very sorry.  The good news is that email was never lost and we've restored access for many of those affected.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Gmail's disappearing act: Blame the storage software update
Discussion: TechCrunch, Engadget and WebProNews
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola prices WiFi-only Xoom at £450 in the UK (update: €700 in Germany with 3G)  —  Finally Motorola gives us a chance to say something positive about its pricing of the 10.1-inch, Tegra 2-powered Xoom tablet.  UK electronics retailer PC World has just put up its Xoom pre-order page …
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Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Gordon Brown ‘blocked knighthood’ for Steve Jobs  —  Gordon Brown blocked an honorary knighthood for Apple founder Steve Jobs, it has emerged.  —  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs poses with the Apple iPad  —  The then-Prime Minister refused to knight Mr Jobs in 2009 because he turned …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Preparing Windows 8 Tablet Design Demos For June  —  According to a source at Microsoft, the company hopes to show off its new Windows 8 design for tablets by the end of its fiscal year in June.  —  This person claims that Microsoft is taking a more Apple-like approach to interface design …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview  —  Apple announced Mac OS X Lion with considerable fanfare at its Back to the Mac event last October, and now it's dropped the first developer preview on the world — giving us a chance to sample some of the big cat's new features and UI concepts.
Discussion: TUAW, Softpedia News and lalawag
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Ex-Apple employee pleads guilty in kickback scheme  —  * Devine worked as a global supply manager at Apple  —  * Accused of taking kickbacks from suppliers  —  * Devine “a good man who made a mistake” - defense lawyer (Adds comments from Devine attorney and Apple, byline)
Richard G Russell / Foredecker:
Working At Microsoft-20% Time and Prototypes  —  I quite often see assumptions on the inter-tubes that writing software at Microsoft is a mind-numbingly boring, tedious, manual, excruciating, soul-crushing bureaucratic exercise.  This couldn't be further from the truth - especially in Windows.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Report Finds Connected Devices, Not Phones, Leading the Explosion in Mobile Wireless  —  Wireless consultant Chetan Sharma has just released an updated report on U.S. mobile data for the last quarter of 2010, and it points to the growth in the wireless market, in mobile penetration and in data usage.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple Plots Move To Expand iPhone's Market Share  —  Apple (AAPL) continues to plot new moves in its campaign to conquer the world.  —  In a research note this morning, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi reports on a meeting he had last week with Apple COO Tim Cook, CFO Peter Oppenheimer and VP of Internet Services Eddy Cue.
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Boxee Picks Up $16.5 Million To Expand Connected TV Offerings  —  Cord-cutting has yet to hit the mainstream, but one service is beefing up its offering in an attempt to make it more of a reality.  The connected TV provider Boxee—which lets users watch TV programs, films and other content …
Jaron Schaeffer / Docs Blog:
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in 34 languages  —  Last June, we introduced the ability to upload documents into Google Docs using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).  OCR analyzes images and PDF files, typically produced by a scanner (or the camera of a mobile phone) …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
T-Mobile Killing Off Microsoft's Danger Servers Ahead of Android-based Sidekicks  —  One of the first smartphones is headed for an unceremonious farewell.  —  T-Mobile announced on Monday that it plans to kill off the Microsoft Danger service that powers the current generation of Sidekick devices …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
This 26-Year-Old Is Making Millions Cutting Out Traditional Publishers With Amazon Kindle  —  Welcome to disruption. 26-year old Amanda Hocking is the best-selling “indie” writer on the Kindle store, meaning she doesn't have a publishing deal, Novelr says.  —  And she shouldn't.
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Making Money in Mobile  —  Depending how you measure it, the mobile platform may already be the widest path from the software developer to the ordinary person.  It's for sure the fastest-growing.  So presumably there's serious software money to be made.  But how, exactly?
Discussion: Bits, parislemon and Daring Fireball
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Too Much Data?  New Evernote Should Help  —  Evernote today launched a redesigned version of its iPhone software, adding new views and features that further help to organize thoughts on the go.  Evernote 4, available in the iTunes App Store, now supports multiple attachments and up to 90 minutes of audio recording per note.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and MobileCrunch
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad channel inventory dries up  —  It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, but Apple has stopped production of the original iPads and cut of supplies to the channel.  We are getting reports that global retailers are no longer able to get their hands on iPads.
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google Street View now goes places cars can't  —  Google on Monday launched its largest-ever collection of Street View images taken by a humble but versatile vehicle — the tricycle — as the Internet giant greatly expands the reach of the popular but controversial program beyond public streets …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Investors Are Drawn Anew to Digital Music  —  Since it emerged in the 1990s, digital music has been hugely popular with fans, but for online music companies and their investors it has almost never been profitable.  —  And yet the money has again started pouring in.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Honeycomb statue finally at Google campus  —  It took a little while longer than its cousins, but the Honeycomb statue has finally arrived at Building 44 on Google's Mountain View, Calif., campus.  There she be, with a honeybee and the Android robot facing off.  Pretty cool, actually.  [via @cyngus]
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
Morgan Stanley Leak Shows Attack by China-Based Hackers Who Took On Google  —  Morgan Stanley experienced a “very sensitive” break-in to its network by the same China-based hackers who attacked Google Inc.'s computers more than a year ago, according to e-mails stolen from a cyber-security company working for the bank.
Discussion: Guardian, Help Net Security and Reuters
Sebastiaan de With / Cocoia Blog:
Getting Notified  —  There's some discussion on Apple-centric and tech news websites about a video that's doing the rounds with a new approach to notifications for iOS.  While the system in the video is really nothing new (there's been at least one alternative notification system in the App-Store …
Discussion: Engadget
Scott Moritz / TheStreet:
Verizon iPhone Clears 1 Million-Sold Mark  —  NEW YORK, (TheStreet) — Verizon's(VZ) Apple(AAPL) iPhone sales, while deceptively slow, still managed to fly past the 1 million-sold milepost.  —  Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless chief, told media outlets this weekend that 60% of the company's iPhone sales were preorders.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway, Chris Sacca And Others Invest 800K In PaaS Dotcloud  —  Hosted application platform DotCloud is announcing 800K in angel funding today, from notable angel investors Ron Conway, Chris Sacca, Jerry Yang, Raymond Tonsing, Roger Dickey, Ash Patel, Eric Urhane, Kenny Van Zant, Trinity Ventures and others.
Discussion: Fortune
John Cook / TechFlash:
Amazon pulls the plug on its AmazonTote pilot project  —  Amazon.com plans to shut down AmazonTote, a pilot project in Seattle in which customers were able to order select products online and then have them delivered to their homes for free.  We first got word of the service last summer …
Discussion: NewsGrange and SAI
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
ICANN May Shut Down .Jobs Registry  —  ICANN threatens to shut down .jobs, even after approving its “registry service”.  —  ICANN has notified .jobs registry Employ Media LLC that it is in breach of its contract at ICANN, and the contract is subject to cancellation if the breach isn't corrected within 30 days.
Discussion: DomainIncite.com
 
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