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10:25 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
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.
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Facebook Is AOLifying the Internet—and That Sucks  —  When an entire generation of computer users first poked our doe-eyed faces onto a young internet, many of us were greeted with a single, encompassing, monolithic face peering back: the AOL Home Screen.  To call it a young internet isn't even fair—it was a mature, thriving AOL.
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
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@pinboard:   A technical writeup of December's great Delicious stampede, as seen from the Pinboard servers: http://pinboard.in/blog/173/
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Succumbs To Backlash, #Dickbar No Longer Covers Tweets  —  Oh poor #Dickbar, we've spent about five days bemoaning how terrible a UI you were and now you've been pinned down, unable to roam freely over tweets like the days of yore.  —  Kowtowing to user and blogger feedback …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: internetnews.com and Slashdot
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Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Study: 70 percent of iPhone and Android open source apps violate licenses
Discussion: BetaNews and TechCrunch
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.”
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
EightBit Hits The Street Running With HTML5 Power; SXSW Just Got A Lot More Fun  —  The other day, I was thinking about the magic that was the original Foursquare launch at SXSW in 2009.  The city of Austin was abuzz with everyone using the app — even though no one was sure what it really was yet.
Discussion: About Foursquare
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Android now more profitable than iOS for well-known game developer  —  Lately, there's been a lot of talk about how Google's Android Market compares with Apple's App Store in terms of developer potential — specifically, the ability for app developers to make money on the platform.
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: Digital Trends, Gearlog, GeekWire and SAI
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Rackspace Turns Anso Labs Into a Cloud Services Business Unit
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Source: Sprint, Lightsquared Partners On LTE Build - Lightsquared Meetings Illuminate Sprint ‘Project Freedom’
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Deal Journal, Thanks:karlbode
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Foursquare Users Doubled Since Facebook Launched Places
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