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3:40 PM ET, March 8, 2011

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube, Netflix, Hulu: Meet Facebook  —  Every digital heavyweight is making a play for your living room.  Apple, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, everyone.  With one odd exception: Facebook.  —  Now that's over.  The social media giant is taking its first step to connect …
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Facebook Could ‘Become a Credible Threat to Netflix,’ Says Goldman Sachs … NEW YORK - Facebook's decision to test digital movie rentals and purchases with Warner Bros. is no immediate threat to Netflix's streaming service, but creates a new potential longer-term online video competitor, Goldman Sachs analyst Ingrid Chung said Tuesday.
Discussion: @eldon
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. to Rent Movies Digitally on Facebook, Starting With ‘Dark Knight’ … Warner Bros. is turning to Facebook, where it hopes to find an electronic audience interested in digitally renting The Dark Knight.  —  Warners said Monday that it is the first Hollywood studio to offer movies directly on Facebook.
Brian Ngo / Google Mobile Blog:
Instant Previews now available on mobile  —  Instant Previews provides a fast and interactive way to evaluate search results.  Starting today, Google Instant Previews is available on mobile for Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+) devices across 38 languages.  Similar to the desktop version of Instant Previews …
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:   Google Instant Preview comes to Android 2.2 and iOS 4+
Tim Steele / Google Chrome Blog:
Speedier, simpler and safer: Chrome's basics get even better  —  Just three weeks ago, we kicked off the Year of the Rabbit with a speedy Chrome beta.  Today, we're excited to bring these speed improvements and more to everyone using Chrome.  With today's stable release …
Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom, Sprint Said to Discuss T-Mobile USA Deal  —  Deutsche Telekom AG has held talks to sell its T-Mobile USA unit to Sprint Nextel Corp. in exchange for a major stake in the combined entity, said people with knowledge of the matter.  —  Talks have been on and off …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Adobe outs experimental Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool, calls it Wallaby  —  Ah, if only we could flip a big happy switch and convert all the web's Flash content into (functional) HTML5 code.  It's a dream shared by many and, funnily enough, the company pushing to make it a reality is none …
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Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Adobe Hopes Wallaby Can Vault Apple's Flash Blockade
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Google Voice Now Offers SIP Addresses For Calling Directly Over IP  —  Wouldn't it be great if you could call a Google Voice number directly via SIP?  So that you could bypass the PSTN when calling a GV number and go directly over IP?  With potentially all the advanced capabilities that could give? …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad 2 launch predicted to have stronger sales but shorter lines  —  Initial sales of the iPad 2 are expected to surpass the first-generation device, but numerous new points of distribution for Friday's launch are predicted to dilute lines of people.
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
An Update on Windows Phone Marketplace; new tips, policies and regional access program  —  As we enter the final month of a very busy first quarter of 2011, I thought I'd take this opportunity to update developers on the status of the Windows Phone Marketplace and share some news.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
No iOS 4.3 update coming today  —  Reports have been circulating that iOS 4.3 would be released today, but that's not going to happen.  —  When iOS was introduced during Steve Jobs' keynote unveiling the iPad, Apple said the mobile operating system would be released on March 11 — the same day the iPad is released.
Joe Svetlik / Electricpig.co.uk:
The 10 idiosyncrasies of Steve Jobs  —  Think you know Apple's enigmatic leader?  Think again.  The great man is famously secretive, but we've unearthed some nuggets of info from work and home that provide a glimpse to what he's really like, from his car's numbers plates, how he decorates his house, to where he parks.
University at Buffalo:
Study: Facebook Photo Sharing Reflects Focus on Female Appearance  —  What affects women's self worth also influences their social networking behavior  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. — In a new study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, University at Buffalo researcher Michael …
Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
While FarmVille players water their crops, Messenger climbs to #2 app on Facebook  —  As Frederic from NewsGrange noted today, the Messenger app snuck up and overtook FarmVille this week as the second most popular app on Facebook in terms of daily active users.
Discussion: NewsGrange and The Next Web
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Software Progress Beats Moore's Law  —  One of the old jokes in computing is that what the hardware giveth, the software taketh away.  —  The biblical vernacular is meant to convey the commandmentlike certainty of a set order of things.  And the implication of the old saw is that chip-based progress …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Top Student Charged With Fixing Grades for Cash  —  A Nevada student who gave the opening address at his high school graduation last year has been charged with breaking into his school district's computer system and bumping up his classmates' grades for a fee.
Discussion: Gawker and Boing Boing
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.
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
When good apps go bad: Twitter for iPhone 3.3  —  Twitter was originally designed to be a mobile service, with updates pushed out via text message.  That's why it only uses 140 characters for messages.  Its web page was almost an afterthought.  —  Today, while it's often used with traditional computers …
Thanks:dsilverman
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
One Nuclear Bomb Will Ruin Your Whole Startup Bubble  —  There's plenty of blame to go around!  I have been a “quit your job!” evangelist.  I have hustled entrepreneurism in magazines; we even run a quit yer job column right here (and there's a good interview coming later today!).
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.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Jolicloud renames operating system ‘Joli OS,’ promises new web and Android apps  —  Well, it doesn't involve the company's Jolibook laptop, but it looks like some fairly big changes are indeed in store for Joliclould's upstart operating system.  In addition to confirming that version 1.2 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Angry Birds To Launch On Facebook In May  —  Fans of the Angry Birds franchise that are eagerly awaiting the Facebook release of the massively popular game will have to wait a little longer than initial reports have suggested, with the game due to a full release in May, not March or April.
Discussion: CNET News, Gizmodo and Wired.co.uk, Thanks:martinsfp
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Just In Time For SXSW, Foursquare Ups The Game And Adds Recommendations  —  We're now just days away from SXSW.  And a service that launched there two years ago and made a name for itself last year, is aiming to make another splash this year: Foursquare.  —  The service will tonight launch …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Microsoft's $1B For Nokia: Cool or Calamity?  —  Somewhere in the dark heart of David Fincher's The Social Network, an excited Justin Timberlake-as-Sean-Parker conspires with his protegé, the fake Mark Zuckerberg, with a line that has already gone down in cinematic history: “A million dollars isn't cool.
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Breezy Gets $750K From Accel And Others, To Advance Its Mobile Printing Platform
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Alex Himel / Facebook Developers:
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E-Books Seller Kobo Raises A New Round Of Funding
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Music Publishers Settle Copyright Case Against LimeWire
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Car-sharing service RelayRides raises $5.1M from Google Ventures
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Meet LiquidSpace: The Airbnb of Office Space
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