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4:50 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, PC World and VentureBeat
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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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: Softpedia News, TUAW, lalawag and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Google LatLong
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) …
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: SAI and NewsGrange
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Rathbone / Foursquare Engineering Blog:
How we found the rudest cities in the world - Analytics @ foursquare  —  With over 400 million check-ins in the last year, it's safe to say that our servers log a lot of data.  We use that data to do a lot of interesting analysis, from finding the most popular local bars in any city …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Meet The Newest Founders Den Tenant: Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom  —  Last month, we first wrote about Founders Den, a new “private clubhouse” for entrepreneurs in the heart of San Francisco's SoMa district.  In that short amount of time, they've grown quickly and are now just about filled …
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]
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
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr Steps Down  —  Embattled CEO Aaron Barr says he is stepping down from his post at HBGary Federal to allow the company to move on after an embarassing data breach.  —  The announcement comes three weeks after Barr became the target of a coordinated attack …
Discussion: eWeek and Network World
Robert D. Hof / AdAge:
Google Searches for Success in Local Ads  —  As Geo-targeting Drives Hypergrowth at Facebook, Groupon, Search Giant Supplements Science With Salespeople  —  After years of fits and starts, Google's latest push into local online advertising suddenly looks serious — and even professed internet novices like Barbara Oliver are noticing.
Wall Street Journal:
‘Xooming’ In: Researchers Say Cameras, Display Add to Costs of Motorola Xoom  —  Research firms that have taken apart Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.'s Xoom tablet computer uncovered some additional clues about its features and why it costs more to build than Apple Inc.'s hit iPad.
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 …
Discussion: TeleRead
Jason Paur / Autopia:
FAA OKs iPad for Pilots' Charts  —  From the earliest days of aviation, pilots have relied upon paper maps to help find their way.  Even in an era of GPS and advanced avionics, you still see pilots lugging around 20 pounds or more of charts.  But those days are numbered, because maps are giving way to iPads.
Discussion: Electronista, CrunchGear and TeleRead
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chomp May Have Just Solved The Nightmare That Is Android App Search  —  Regardless of what you think about the Android platform, there's no denying that the Market experience for finding apps is pretty poor.  And that's putting it nicely.  Google has evolved the experience over the years, and the web-based Market helps a lot.
Discussion: ThinkMobile and Android Tapp
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
China Unicom to take on Apple, Google with OS  —  China Unicom, one of China's three largest wireless operators, plans to introduce its own mobile operating system to compete head-to-head with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android OS in China.  —  The Wall Street Journal reported today …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy  —  As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product: privacy.  —  Companies including Microsoft Corp., McAfee Inc.—and even some online-tracking companies themselves …
 
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Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
Morgan Stanley Attacked by China-Based Hackers Who Hit Google
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Thumbplay Sells Music Subscription Service to Clear Channel
Discussion: mocoNews and Electronista
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Internet Ad Forecast: Google, Facebook Expand Clout
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
World's largest book publisher Random House may soon join Apple's iBookstore
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Investors Are Drawn Anew to Digital Music
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Lauren Dugan / mediabistro.com:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
European customs ordered to seize PlayStation shipments in legal dispute
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