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12:10 AM ET, March 8, 2011


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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Pay Nokia More Than $1 Billion in Accord  —  Microsoft Corp. will pay Nokia Oyj more than $1 billion to promote and develop Windows-based handsets as part of their smartphone software agreement, according to two people with knowledge of the terms.
Kip Kniskern /   Microsoft Nokia: 5 year deal, royalties, billion dollar payments, not signed yet-Businessweek
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Buys Next New Networks, a Video Producer  —  SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, formally announced on Monday that it had acquired Next New Networks, a Web video production company, in its biggest effort yet to move beyond short, quirky home videos to professionally produced content.
Adario Strange / Zenroll:
Steve Gillmor, Japan, and the Trojan Horse called Facebook Comments  —  There are increasingly few areas in which my professional background in print publishing comes into play when discussing digital distribution, but one area offers me the opportunity for a direct, and quite important comparison: the new Facebook commenting system.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple to cut 32 games, some hardware from retail stores  —  Apple is in the process of cutting software titles and some hardware peripherals from its retails stores to make room for other services.  —  Sources that I've spoken with said Apple is going to expand its personalized in-store setup service for customers that purchase a Mac.
Doug Bewsher / The Big Blog:
Advertising in Skype  —  Today we announce something new - the launch of advertising in Skype, which will appear in the Home tab in Skype starting this week.  —  The Skype experience is our first priority, which is why we we've taken a lot of time working through and testing what kind …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone 7 not reversing Microsoft's mobile slide  —  From November to January — the first full three months that Windows Phone 7 was available — Microsoft's share of the U.S. smart-phone market continued to slide, new data from comScore shows.  —  Microsoft's slice of the market fell …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Business Insider Turns A $2,127 Profit On $4.8 Million In Revenue  —  The Business Insider is now profitable—just barely.  In a post this morning reporting the digital media startup's revenues, operating profits, and other metrics, Henry Blodget reveals that his collection of bloggy news sites …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Used iPads Selling Quickly Online  —  Steve Jobs was still on stage introducing the new iPad 2 last week when my inbox and Twitter stream started filling up with the same question : “I want the iPad 2, but what can I do with my old iPad?”  —  At first I didn't know how to respond.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Handset Hackers Get Google's Music Syncing Service For Android To Work A Bit Early  —  Sometimes you just gotta do things because you can, you know?  It's the sign of being a true gadget geek.  Lets say you stumble across the Music application that comes built into the Motorola Xoom …
Discussion: Engadget, SAI and Download Squad
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Pay-as-you-go shocker!  CDMA iPhone 4 makes its way to Cricket Wireless (via jailbreak)  —  As any astute follower of the “pay-as-you-go” world knows, there are quite a few back alley Cricket dealers (and quite a few main street ones as well) that will happily flash any phone you give …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix spooks Hollywood more than ever  —  LOS ANGELES—Hollywood film executives want you to know that they are not at war with Netflix or the Internet.  —  Some of them told me over the past week that they have every intention to continue to distribute films and TV shows over the Web and at attractive prices to boot.
Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Spotify reaches one million subscribers  —  It seems like only yesterday we were hatching ideas for a new music service in a tiny office-cum-apartment with a broken coffee machine, and the party we threw having reached one million users almost two years ago today was one to remember.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Dear Apple, Please Copy This Notification System For The iPhone Immediately  —  As you're aware, I tend to take Apple's side on almost all matters iPhone versus Android.  Having tried over a dozen Android devices ranging from the G1 to the Nexus S, I simply still prefer iOS.  And it's not really close.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple shipped 1.1 million MacBook Air laptops last quarter, analyst claims  —  Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed on Saturday that Apple shipped a total of 1.1 million MacBook Air units over the course of the refreshed laptop's first quarter of availability.
Nemesis / The Local:
Text messages to replace stamps in Sweden  —  Double click on a word to get a translation  —  The Swedish postal service plans to give customers' tongues a rest by allowing them to pay their postage via mobile phone text message instead of stamps.  —  A similar system is set for launch …
Tom Cheshire /
In depth: How Rovio made Angry Birds a winner (and what's next)  —  This article was taken from the April 2011 issue of Wired magazine.  Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.
Discussion: Techland and Eurogamer
Emily Steel / Speakeasy:
Charlie Sheen Signs His First Twitter Sponsor: … Charlie Sheen scored his first Twitter sponsor on Monday: the online internship site  —  The “Two and a Half Men” star has signed a deal to post an endorsed message for as part of efforts …
Discussion: Campus Overload
Patricia Reaney / Reuters:
Not getting enough sleep?  Turn off the technology  —  (Reuters) - Dependence on televisions, cellphones and laptops may be costing Americans dearly — in lack of sleep.  —  The national penchant for watching television every evening before going to sleep, playing video games late …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Leads Additional $77 Million Round In Music Start-Up  —  The bubble in digital music continues: this evening, Beyond Oblivion told The Guardian that it had secured a whopping $77 million investment.  The round was led by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and charity Wellcome Trust.
Discussion: paidContent and Guardian
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google's Navigation App Now Able to Steer Android Users Away From Traffic  —  Google said on Monday that it is adding a feature to its Android-based navigation app that will allow the turn-by-turn program to automatically reroute users around traffic jams.  —  “You don't have to do anything …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Mog, the Digital Music Service, Takes Aim at the TV and the Car  —  The next frontier for digital music is not a tablet or a smartphone, but two items that have been part of everyday life for decades: the car and the television set.  —  For years, digital music has been confined mostly to traditional computers and phones.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia dumps the comercial half of Qt to Finnish firm Digia [Nokia likely to dump the other half soon]  —  Roughly 3 years ago Nokia purchased Trolltech, the Norwegian company responsible for developing the Qt platform.  Nokia's goal was simple: Let's make Symbian easier to develop for and create …
John Morris / Laptops and Desktops Blog:
Intel Sandy Bridge dual-cores coming soon  —  Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors have officially been available since the Consumer Electronics Show in January.  But the first chips were quad-cores for high-end desktops and larger laptops.  The dual-core versions were to follow in late February or early March.
Lucas Atkins / N4BB:
Exclusive: BlackBerry 2011 Software Roadmap - OS 7, BIS 4.1, and more!  —  In the beginning of the year we learned the 2011 BlackBerry lineup through various leaks and roadmaps surfacing.  It looks like an exciting year to see RIM release the Dakota/Montana, Malibu, Apollo/Sedona, Monaco …
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 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Grabs Another Hollywood Guy: Paramount's Alex Carloss
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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