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9:25 AM ET, March 9, 2011

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Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Exclusive: 64GB iPhone 4 Hands-on & Video!  —  The next iPhone?  We are not sure, but we've just got our hands on an engineered prototype of iPhone 4, with 64 GB storage capacity.  We tested it, and it is the real thing, no jokes here.  On the back of the device, it has “XXGB” marking …
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Arn / MacRumors:
64GB iPhone 4 Prototype Leaked from Foxconn [Update]  —  Earlier today photos of a possible prototype 64GB iPhone were posted to M.I.C gadget.  At the time, the site wasn't sure if the prototype was real or if it was a clever counterfeit.  M.I.C gadget has since gotten access to the device and believes it to be real:
Joel Spolsky / Stack Overflow:
A New Name for Stack Overflow (with surprise ending)  —  It's been a while since we've done something arbitrary, complicated, and confusing, so today I'm happy to announce that the name of the company has been changed, effective immediately, to Stack Exchange Inc!
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Stack Overflow, Now Stack Exchange Inc, Raises $12M From Union Square Ventures And Others
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.
BBC:
New net rules set to make cookies crumble  —  How websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up.  —  From 25 May, European laws dictate that “explicit consent” must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called “cookies”.
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Apotheker Seeks to Save HP's ‘Lost Soul’ With Software Growth  —  Leo Apotheker stood before 4,000 Hewlett-Packard Co. colleagues Jan. 31, shielded from the afternoon Bangalore sun by a vast white tent.  —  Speaking with the accent that betrays his German roots, Apotheker vowed …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Is Twitter's Problem?  No, It's Not the Product  —  With increasing regularity, Twitter — the San Francisco-based micro-messaging company — finds itself in conflict with its ecosystem.  Last year, its decision to buy Twitter clients only resulted in fraying its bonds with its ecosystem.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Personalized iPad Magazine Zite Learns As You Read, Challenges Flipboard  —  Have you ever created a Genius playlist on iTunes or set up a station on Pandora?  Just plug in one song, and you instantly hear music that matches your tastes.  Think of Zite, the free personalized iPad magazine …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
GetJar Ejects Opera Mini From Its App Store  —  Turns out it's not only the native app stores from Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Android/Google (NSDQ: GOOG) that get a little hot under their collars when they sense competition from those publishing apps in their app markets.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
PC Industry Is Apple's Plaything  —  Apple has some hot products on sale, and its designs push many an envelope.  But are its decisions skewing the PC industry somewhat?  The answer is yes.  —  The iPad 1's secret sauce was its extremely low entry price—just $500.
Discussion: ITProPortal, I4U News and Computerworld
David Zax / Fast Company:
The Mysterious Case of the $12,500 Groupon Discount  —  When is a coupon too big?  Meet the jumbo Groupon.  —  By now you're familiar with Groupon deals.  You get a wacky, manically written email each day offering you $30 of tapas for $15 or half off a full Brazilian.
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.
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 …
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Study: 70 percent of iPhone and Android open source apps violate licenses  —  Finding from open source provider OpenLogic's study brings some redemption to companies that refuse to sell open source apps  —  Open-source advocates have vilified Apple and Microsoft for shunning open source applications …
Discussion: Inquirer, BetaNews and TechCrunch
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Sean Michael Kerner / LinuxPlanet:
Are Mobile Apps Violating Open Source Licenses?
Discussion: TechEye, internetnews.com and Slashdot
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 …
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.”
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DailyBooth So Excited About iPad 2 Camera That They Close A $6 Million Venture Round  —  DailyBooth, a site where (mostly) teens have conversations via text and photos of themselves, has closed its first big round of funding - $6 million - in a round led by Ignition Partners.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Appeals Court: Buying Keyword Ads Based On a Competitor's Name Is OK  —  Buying advertisements tied to words that users type into search bars on Google (NSDQ: GOOG) or Bing has become a multibillion-dollar industry, and a big chunk of those ads are paid for by companies looking to peel off consumers searching for their competitors.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FTC Puts Patent Trolls On Notice  —  While the Senate moves forward on a patent reform bill that won't solve any of the significant problems with our patent system (and will make certain aspects worse) and the Patent Office itself has apparently decided to throw in the towel on improving patent quality …
Discussion: Fast Company, The BLT and Inquirer
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Apple, TSMC to expand foundry ties  —  Apple, TSMC to expand foundry ties  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Rumors are running rampant that Apple Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) are expanding their foundry ties-a possible blow for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Electronista:
BlackBerry PlayBook gets 7digital to provide iTunes rival  —  RIM late Tuesday scored a deal to give the BlackBerry PlayBook a preloaded music store. 7digital's store will be preloaded on the tablet and give access to about 13 million pay-per-track songs.  The store is the most popular …
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Meanwhile in Europe, the introduction of Windows Phone doubled sales  —  We had a recent report in USA which indicated the introduction of Windows Phone 7 did not do much for Microsoft mobile OS sales.  It seems the situation is very different in Europe, with IDC reporting that Windows Phone sales increased 100% from Q3 to Q4 2010.
Jason / boche.net:
VMware View Client for iPad Released  —  There's an old saying which goes “The best things in life are free”.  Even better are those things which will forever remain free.  Such is the case with the new VMware View Client for iPad, announced and made available this morning!
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web, FM Blog and SlashGear
 
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Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
China Authorities Delay Nokia Siemens Networks' $1.2B Deal With Motorola
Discussion: Market Wire, Bloomberg, TechEye and Reuters
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Memolane Launches Its Personalized Internet Time Machine To The Public
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
Canadians' Internet usage nearly double the worldwide average
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Breaking: Zynga files for trademark on the word “Ville” in Europe
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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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Chris Atack / Concordia University:
Identifying ‘anonymous’ email authors
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
An Update on Windows Phone Marketplace; new tips, policies and regional access program
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Adobe outs experimental Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool, calls it Wallaby
 

 
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