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4:35 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: SlashGear, @caro and @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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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, Boing Boing and Switched
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Loop, 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!).
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Fox DMCA Takedowns Order Google to Remove Fox DMCA Takedowns  —  The Chilling Effects web archive was founded in 2001 as a response to the usually secretive practice of sending so-called ‘takedown notices’ to have content removed from the web.  This, according to the activists involved, was having a ‘chilling effect’ on free speech.
Discussion: Techdirt and TechEye
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteCloud:
Backupify Makes Your Social Media Data Searchable, Restorable  —  Cloud-to-cloud social media and webmail backup provider Backupify is announcing this morning the imminent availability of a new service called CloudSight.  CloudSight will render a customer's entire archive searchable and available for restoration with a single click.
Discussion: Backupify and GigaOM
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
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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Apple and Appropriate Secrecy
Chris Atack / Concordia University:
Identifying ‘anonymous’ email authors
Discussion: Network World
Alex Himel / Facebook Developers:
Real-Time Analytics For Social Plugins
Discussion: All Facebook and Techie Buzz, Thanks:malliegator
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
E-Books Seller Kobo Raises A New Round Of Funding
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
No iOS 4.3 update coming today
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Music Publishers Settle Copyright Case Against LimeWire
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AdSense For Images Pixazza Now Seeing 20 Billion Image Views Per Year
Discussion: VatorNews
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Will E-Book Prices & Restrictions Lead to E-Book Piracy?
Discussion: The Orange View
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Used iPads Selling Quickly Online
Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Spotify reaches one million subscribers
 

 
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