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12:25 PM ET, March 1, 2011

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Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
Google Apps and Gmail outage outrage: Problem NOT resolved  —  Update: The Gmail outage is not yet resolved, despite 35,000 Google Apps and consumer Gmail users agonizing over missing mail.  The cloud service provider is furiously restoring from backup tapes as we speak.
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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 …
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)
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.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's New In-App Payments Product Set For Launch In May 2011  —  Google was originally set to debut in-app payments support for Android applications in the fourth quarter of 2010, but recently said that the launch would be delayed until the end of this quarter.
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.
Brice Morrison / Inside Social Games:
How Zynga Defused Its FarmVille Time-Bomb  —  [Editor's note: This is a guest post by Brice Morrison, editor of game industry design site The Game Prodigy.]  —  When Zynga's FarmVille hit 80 million players on year ago in February 2010, it was a breathtaking event for the entire games industry.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 and Softpedia News
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.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Hulu Set for Meteoric Growth in 2011  —  Ad revenue haul could be as high as $500 million  —  Hulu is on pace to haul in half a billion dollars in ad revenue in 2011, according to CEO Jason Kilar.  That would represent nearly a 100 percent increase from the $263 million the company …
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Laura June / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble now selling the Nook Color on eBay for $199  —  Well, this one strikes us as a little... odd.  Barnes & Noble is currently selling its Nook Color on eBay (along with plenty of other things).  The truly interesting part, however, is that the price, once a $50 coupon code is applied …
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 …
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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple granted invention of scratch-proof nitride metal device coating  —  Apple has been granted ownership of an invention related to scratch-proof coatings on stainless steel devices, using a nitride layer to potentially make iPhones, iPads and Macs more durable.
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 …
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.
Ray C. He / Facebook Developers:
Improving Comments Across The Web  —  Today, we're launching updates to the Comments Box plugin with new moderation tools as well as features to improve the distribution and quality of comments on your site.  —  More Social Relevance  —  The upgraded Comments Box uses social signals …
Rachael King / Business Week:
Sentiment Analysis Gives Companies Insight Into Consumer Opinion  —  Kia, Best Buy, and Viacom are using new tools to mine comments on the Web to see what consumers really think of their brands  —  Kia Motors (000270:KS) is eager to know what consumers think of its 2012 Rio …
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: GigaOM and 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, SAI and Switched
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Comcast Won't Go Streaming-Only, But Dish Might  —  Pay TV providers are increasingly seeing competition from online video services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, but they're coming up with different business strategies in an increasingly digital world: While Comcast says it has no interest …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
StatCounter: Bing Just Beat Yahoo Worldwide  —  According to analytics firm StatCounter, the Bing search engine has just overtaken Yahoo for the first time worldwide during the month of February 2011.  From StatCounter Global Stats, Bing closed out the month with a 4.37% search share compared with Yahoo's 3.93%.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Obama administration joins critics of U.S. nonprofit that oversees Internet  —  The California nonprofit organization that operates the Internet's levers has always been a target for global heavies like Russia and China that prefer the United Nations in charge of the Web.
Discussion: CNET News
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MeFeedia Reports 63 Percent Of Web Video Is HTML5-Friendly
Discussion: SAI, MacRumors and MeFeedia Blog
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Making Money in Mobile
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Google Searches for Success in Local Ads
Sebastiaan de With / Cocoia Blog:
Getting Notified  —  There's some discussion on Apple-centric …
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