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10:10 PM ET, March 4, 2011

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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Samsung Chief Calls Galaxy Tab 10.1 ‘Inadequate’  —  The “inadequate” Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona.  Photo: Charlie Sorrel  —  Samsung's mobile VP Lee Don-Joo has taken a look at the iPad 2 and decided that his own Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't up to scratch.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MacBook Pro review (early 2011)  —  Apple might say we're in the post-PC era, but hey — turns out they still make Macs in Cupertino, and the new MacBook Pro is actually one of the more aggressive refreshes in the machine's history.  Not only has it been less than a year since the last MacBook Pro spec bump …
Discussion: MacStories
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple's MacBook Pros ship with active SSD TRIM support in Snow Leopard  —  New MacBook Pro models are shipping with Mac OS X 10.6.6 (build 10J3210), which supplies TRIM support for bundled Apple Solid State Drives, enabling extended performance of the fast new devices via background maintenance.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Krista Pappas / Bing:
Bing Welcomes KAYAK  —  Since the launch of Bing, our goal has been to create a new and different search experience focused on helping you make faster, more informed decisions.  We set out to do this by delivering great results, organizing the results in more visual and useful …
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Bing taps Kayak for its travel search
Discussion: PC World
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T Mobile Hotspot for iPhone 4 limited to just three WiFi devices (update: it's an iOS 4.3 thing)  —  Say it ain't so!  According to this here slide, which details a bit of insidery AT&T information about the impending release of iOS 4.3, Ma Bell's iPhone 4 will have its Personal Hotspot restricted to use with just three devices.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Conan Roasts iPad 2: You'll Buy It No Matter What We Say [Video]  —  With every new Apple product launch, there's now an expectation that we're going to get a video made by Apple to help explain the product.  You know the ones.  They feature Apple executives (though, oddly, never CEO Steve Jobs) …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Developers: why you should build for Android tablets  —  OK, maybe Steve Jobs' reality distortion field is wearing off a bit and I might feel differently in a week when I get my iPad 2, but after playing with my Motorola Xoom a lot more tonight and seeing just what “no apps” looks like, I got something to say to developers:
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Brandon Watson / Many Niches:
Developers: Why You May Not Want To Listen To Robert Scoble  —  I love Scoble.  I really do.  He's a great source of content, and occasionally controversy.  In a post today, he suggests that developers should build for Android tablets.  I am left a little confused as to his overall logic train, so let's poke at a few of his points.
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Lets Sony Unmask Visitors to PS3-Jailbreaking Site  —  A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz's website from January of 2009 to the present.  —  Thursday's decision …
Steve Webster / static.html:
ie6countdown.com - a wolf in sheep's clothing  —  It seems that Microsoft are just as sick of users sticking with IE6 as web developers are, if their latest ie6countdown.com venture is anything to go by.  You'd think that web developers - at least the ones who haven't already abandoned support for IE6 …
Discussion: creativebits™
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Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
Counting Down Internet Explorer 6 Usage Share
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
The best Web security against hackers and spammers: advanced math!  —  If you don't want spam-bots or bad guys breaking into your site, make them do calculus.  That's the approach the folks at a Croatia's RuÄ'er Boškovi Institute are taking.  Before you can log …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
REVEALED: Inside Canvas, 4chan Founder Moot's Secretive Startup  —  Moot, a.k.a. Christopher Poole, founded the infamous imageboard 4chan and is now a respectable partner at VC firm Lerer Ventures and has a secretive startup called Canvas.  —  The goal of Canvas basically seems …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Shut Down Gizmo5 On April 3  —  Back in November 2009 Google acquired Gizmo5, a powerful VoIP telephony service that allows users to place and receive calls from their computer and mobile phone applications.  Today, the company has started informing users that it will be shutting down Gizmo5 service on April 3, 2011.
Discussion: Engadget
Dave Kansas / MarketBeat:
RIMM's Chief Marketing Officer Departing on Eve of PlayBook Launch … Research in Motion is having a tumultuous week in the stock market, capped by the surprise news that Chief Marketing Office Keith Pardy is leaving the company for personal reasons.  —  As The Wall Street Journal notes …
Wall Street Journal:
AmEx Teams Up With Foursquare  —  American Express Co. has struck a deal to offer discounts to shoppers via Foursquare Labs Inc., the two-year-old start-up that lets users win prizes and meet people by using their mobile phones to “check in” at their favorite bars, restaurants and stores.
Discussion: TechCrunch, IntoMobile and SAI
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
This Man Is Putting Millions In Startups' Pockets — And Scaring VCs To Death  —  AngelList is turning Silicon Valley upside down.  It's basically Match.com for startups and business angels, and startups are raising millions from angels on the site almost every day, leaving VCs to scramble for dealflow and paying higher valuations.
Discussion: Sramana Mitra
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Shut Off GeoAPI To Developers  —  When Twitter bought Mixer Labs in December, 2009, it inherited the startup's then-recently launched GeoAPI, which offered a platform for building geo apps.  The GeoAPI combined a places database of 16 million businesses with a reverse-geo-coder …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Cranks Up M&A Machine  —  Undaunted by Valuations, Deals Chief Says Will Continue to Pursue Start-Ups  —  Google Inc. doesn't seem daunted about acquisitions in the wake of its failure last year to land online coupon site Groupon Inc. Indeed, the Internet giant's deals chief plans to be very active …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Just How Bad Is the iPad 2 Camera?  —  It seems impossible for Apple to put a decent camera into anything but the iPhone, and despite many hopes, both cameras in the iPad 2 are about as rudimentary as you could get without having to load a roll of film in there.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Buys Outside.In, Less Than $10 Million  —  AOL will announce today that it has acquired “hyper-local” blog aggregator startup Outside.In, an industry source tells us.  —  We don't know if AOL will announce how much it is paying for the company — probably not — but we're told that it is less than $10 million.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone 7: Will NoDo show?  Has Mango gone soft?  —  This week, Microsoft released a “fixed” version of its first software update for Windows Phone 7 that was designed to alleviate problems reported by a number of Samsung users.  However, the Samsung WP7 fix doesn't seem to install correctly for a number of users.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CBS Acquires TV Guide For Online Video Clicker, Jim Lanzone Named President Of CBS Interactive  —  CBS has acquired Clicker, a TV Guide for internet programming, according to a release just issued by the companies.  Clicker's CEO Jim Lanzone has been named President of CBS Interactive.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google issues Android anti-fragmentation tool  —  Google has made good on a promise to release technology it hopes will curtail Android's fragmentation problem, a complication for programmers who want their software to run on a diversity of devices.  —  Yesterday, the company released a …
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Bessemer Said to Be Raising $1.2 Billion to $1.5 Billion for Venture Fund  —  Bessemer Venture Partners, a century-old investment firm in Larchmont, New York, is aiming to raise as much as $1.5 billion for a fund to back technology startups, said two people familiar with knowledge of the deal.
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
WordPress.com DDoS Attacks Primarily From China, Possibly Politically Motivated
Discussion: CNET News and IEEE Spectrum Online
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
BlackBerry Maker RIM To Build Cheaper Phones
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
It's Time Again For “National Day of Unplugging” and Ironically Enough, There's an App For That
BBC:
Blogspot banned in football row
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
The Facebook Credits GetBalance API Helps Developers Dynamically Price Virtual Goods
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No More Digital Discount: Conde Nast Raises Prices For Two iPad Magazines
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The Echo Nest Makes Pandora Look Like a Transistor Radio
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Matt Asay / The Register:
From messiah to pariah: The death of open source on mobile
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Chipping In to Pay the Man Who Helped Introduce the Internet to So Many of Us
Jennifer 8. Lee / Bits:
New App Provides a 360-Degree View
Discussion: Inc.com
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
The Power of the Cloud  —  Amazon, Google, and Microsoft …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs, Thanks:hornokplease
Kellex / Droid Life:
WiFi-only Motorola XOOM Headed to Sam's Club, Possibly Priced at $539
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Apple Negotiating Unlimited Usage of Music Downloads
 

 
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