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8:40 PM ET, March 8, 2011

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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 …
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
What's New in Chrome 10?  —  Google Chrome 10 is ready for primetime and it comes with a surprising number of new features.  Here are some of them:  —  1. The Options dialog is now a web page that opens in a new tab.  Chrome has one less modal dialog and the new Options page is better suited for netbooks.
Discussion: PC World
Maciej Ceglowski / Pinboard Blog:
Anatomy of a Crushing  —  A number of people asked about the technical aspects of the great Delicious exodus of 2010, and I've finally had some time to write it up.  Note that times on all the graphs are UTC.  On December 16th Yahoo held an all-hands meeting to rally the troops after a big round of layoffs.
Discussion: SAI and Daring Fireball, Thanks:taylorbuley
RELATED:
@pinboard:   A technical writeup of December's great Delicious stampede, as seen from the Pinboard servers: http://pinboard.in/blog/173/
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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yes, Facebook Could Compete With Netflix.  And Everyone Else, Too.  —  Dear mythical investor:  —  I'm confused.  —  Yesterday you owned Netflix shares.  Today you sold them, prompted by the news that Hollywood had begun renting movies on Facebook, using the social network's payment platform.
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Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. to Rent Movies Digitally on Facebook, Starting With ‘Dark Knight’
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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's music/video services futures: The plot thickens with ‘Ventura’  —  Recent questions about the future of the Microsoft Zune music/video service have remained largely unanswered.  But my contacts have shared a new, relevant piece of the puzzle.  And that piece is codenamed “Ventura.”
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 …
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.
Kara Swisher / All Things Digital:
Daily Bubble: Lead Generator HubSpot Grabs $32 Million From Salesforce.com, Sequoia and Google Ventures [BoomTown]  —  Another day, another honking big funding for another online start-up.  —  This time it is Cambridge, Mass.-based HubSpot winning Silicon Valley's version of the lottery …
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Bill Gates'g philanthropy costs him richest-man title  —  (Reuters) - Bill Gates didn't lose his title as the world's richest man last year; he gave it away by plowing billions into his charitable foundation, experts say.  —  Forbes will release its 2011 billionaires list on Wednesday and Gates …
Discussion: Gearlog, Digital Trends and GeekWire
Sean Michael Kerner / LinuxPlanet:
Are Mobile Apps Violating Open Source Licenses?  —  Rampant Violations  —  There are a lot of mobile apps that use open source software, but how many of them are in compliance with open source licensing rules?  As it turns out, not very many.  —  A new study from open source services …
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: TechEye and Techdirt
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 …
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? …
Chris Atack / Concordia University:
Identifying ‘anonymous’ email authors  —  A team of researchers from Concordia University has developed an effective new technique to determine the authorship of anonymous emails.  Tests showed their method has a high level of accuracy - and unlike many other methods of ascertaining authorship …
Discussion: Digital Trends and PC World
Rod Johnson / SpringSource Team Blog:
Addressing a Big New Audience: VMware Acquires WaveMaker  —  Today, VMware announces with this blog the acquisition of WaveMaker, a widely used graphical tool that enables non-expert developers to build web applications quickly.  While WaveMaker is already part of the Spring ecosystem …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Cash Registers May Get a Groupon Button  —  Groupon talks with register manufacturers about making its coupons as easy to use as credit cards  —  Bloomberg — Groupon, the largest provider of online daily deals, is talking with cash-register makers about adding features that would make it easier …
Aaron Wall / SEO Book:
Google Confirms Beat That Quote Spamming Activities By Penalizing BeatThatQuote.com  —  Shortly after we found out that Google was to purchase Beat That Quote we highlighted how Google purchased a website that was deeply engaged in numerous nefarious black hat SEO practices.
Fusible:
Breaking: Zynga files for trademark on the word “Ville” in Europe  —  On March 1, 2011, Zynga filed for a trademark on the word: ville.  The trademark was filed with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the official trade marks and designs office of the European Union.
Discussion: Techdirt
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Foursquare Users Doubled Since Facebook Launched Places  —  When Facebook rolled out its “Places” checkin product it was easy to think that it would flatten Foursquare.  So far it just hasn't happened.  Today Foursquare announced it has 7.5 million users, which is up from 3 million when Places launched.
Discussion: ChasNote
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn, GitHub team up on collaboration tool for programmers  —  Professional social networking startup LinkedIn has joined forces with well-known open source coding repository GitHub, which will allow others in a user's network to see what projects they and their connections are working on at any given time.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The LinkedIn Blog
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.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
EightBit Hits The Street Running With HTML5 Power; SXSW Just Got A Lot More Fun
Discussion: About Foursquare
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteCloud:
Backupify Makes Your Social Media Data Searchable, Restorable
Discussion: Backupify and GigaOM
Anil Dash:
Apple and Appropriate Secrecy
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Angry Birds To Launch On Facebook In May
Discussion: CNET News and Gizmodo, Thanks:martinsfp
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
E-Books Seller Kobo Raises A New Round Of Funding
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
No iOS 4.3 update coming today
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
One Nuclear Bomb Will Ruin Your Whole Startup Bubble
Discussion: Underwire
Joe Svetlik / Electricpig.co.uk:
The 10 idiosyncrasies of Steve Jobs
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
When good apps go bad: Twitter for iPhone 3.3
Thanks:dsilverman
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Top Student Charged With Fixing Grades for Cash
Discussion: Geek.com, Gawker and Switched
 

 
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