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Nick Cooper / Docs Blog:
Introducing discussions in Google Docs  —  When we launched the new Google Docs last April, one of the big changes was moving comments to the sidebar and letting people reply to comments.  Today, we're updating comments in Google Docs to facilitate rapid and seamless discussions and integrate with email in an intuitive way.
Jeremy Doig / YouTube Blog:
Steady, as she goes: better video processing with Green Parrot Pictures  —  At YouTube, we see 35 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute from people all over the world.  Some videos are beautifully shot by professionals or aspiring filmmakers using the very latest in HD cameras and equipment.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Doing Everything It Can To Drive Zynga And Twitter Away  —  Update: See San Francisco Controller Publishes Candid Report On How Badly They Need Twitter  —  San Francisco, unlike most other cities in Silicon Valley, has a 1.5% payroll tax.  And even more stunning …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Amazon Kindle: Bundled Free In UK, And The iPad Effect  —  Looks like Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is looking to cast its retail net ever wider in the hunt for new Kindle users: the e-reading device is now being sold in the UK by Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK, an extension of a retailing deal …
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Making Twitter more secure: HTTPS  —  Today, we're taking an important step to make it easier to manage the security of your Twitter experience - we are adding a user setting that lets you always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter.com.  Using HTTPS for your favorite Internet services …
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
Special report: A PlayBook for fighting Apple  —  (Reuters) - Once upon a time, BlackBerry was king.  Then came the iPhone, followed by Android.  And BlackBerry seemingly lost its way — if not quite its throne.  —  Research In Motion is holding on to profit growth and impressive margins.
Discussion: MediaFile and Tech Trader Daily
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Search app for iPhone—a new name and a new look  —  If you need to do a Google search on your iPhone or iPod touch it's now faster and easier when you use our redesigned Google Search app, formerly Google Mobile App.  If you've been using Google Mobile App for a while, you'll notice that things look different.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Visa Unveils PayPal-Like Personal Payments Service For U.S. Consumers  —  Giant retail electronic payments network operator Visa is giving PayPal a run for its money today, announcing a new service that will allows U.S. consumers to receive and send funds to any eligible Visa credit, debit or prepaid account.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Business Wire
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
New Facebook Patent: the Huge Implications of Curated Search  —  For some time, Facebook has been interested in semantic search — using its social graph and immense amount of information about its users to deliver search results.  Some have dismissed the effort, but that's premature …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and SAI
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon grabs 12% of U.S. iPhone market in just one month  —  Mobile analytics company Chitika has been keeping a running tally of just how many iPhones are running on both AT&T and Verizon.  Using the data flowing across its ad network, the company has calculated that almost 1 out of every 8 iPhones …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
TouchPad set for a June release, priced from $499; 7-inch coming in September?  —  HP was and has remained mum on the pricing and release timeframe (planned for “summer") for their TouchPad tablet, but we've got a few more details on that matter.  A major US retailer is getting their employees ready …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Motorola's Wi-Fi XOOM coming to U.S. March 27th, $599  —  In a press release just moments ago, Motorola Mobility announced the release of the its Wi-Fi only XOOM tablet in the United States.  Available beginning March 27th for $599, the 32GB device will be available at Amazon.com, Best Buy …
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Meet Silicon Valley's Unofficial Emissary to the Rest of the World  —  Internet Investor Braigel Travels From Brazil to Tanzania Sharing Startup Knowledge, Advice  —  It seems like everyone in the tech world wants a piece of Silicon Valley.  There's something magical about this geographical area …
Mark Buchanan / New Scientist:
Happier people tweet together  —  As the old adage goes, “birds of a feather flock together” - and it seems to be true even when tweeting.  Scientists who have studied millions of tweets on the micro-blogging service Twitter say they have found that happier people tend to tweet together …
Discussion: Fast Company
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
AOL Asks Us If We Can Tone It Down  —  Earlier this week I interviewed Duncan Jones and Jake Gyllenhaal at SXSW, at the press junket for their movie The Source Code.  While the film doesn't have a huge tech angle other than the title, I thought it might be good video content for TCTV …
Kyle Thibaut / CrunchGear:
Netflix Gets Into The Original Content Game, Buys Upcoming Show For A Rumored $100m  —  Netflix got its start as the red-envelope movie rental service, later turning into the video streaming authority (bankrupting Blockbuster in the process), and now may be making yet another major move: bankrolling original content.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
100 Percent Fresh Exclusive!:  Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes in Acquisition Talks With Yahoo and Others  —  Flixster-the popular social movie site whose brands include the Rotten Tomatoes premium reviews site, as well as BuddyTV-is in early acquisition talks with several suitors, including Yahoo, said sources close to the situation.
Discussion: VentureBeat
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile To Launch T-Mobile Jet 2.0 4G On March 23rd  —  As expected, the next iteration of the T-Mobile Jet, version 2.0 4G is ready to launch March 23rd.  Considered ready for the “busy, value-conscious consumer” the Jet 2.0 will give 4G capability with theoretical speeds up to HSPA+ 21Mbps.
Bloomberg:
Zillow Is Said to Hire Citigroup to Manage Initial Share Sale  —  Zillow Inc., an online real-estate information service, has hired Citigroup Inc. to manage its initial public offering, three people with knowledge of the company's plans said.  —  The exact timing of an IPO filing …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launching Local Deals Subscription Service  —  Facebook is showing a special story in the news feed urging users to subscribe to updates about its Deals location-based check-in rewards program, and to invite their friends to subscribe too.  A link in the story leads to a new subscription page …
Discussion: Pulse2, PC World and TechCrunch
Oliver Burkeman / Guardian:
The internet is over  —  Oliver Burkeman went to Texas to the South by Southwest festival of film, music and technology, in search of the next big idea.  After three days he found it: the boundary between ‘real life’ and ‘online’ has disappeared  —  If my grandchildren ever ask …
Marc Parry / Wired Campus:
Colleges Discriminate Against the Blind With Google Apps, Advocates Say  —  Many colleges find Google's free e-mail and word-processing services irresistible.  —  Blind professors and students find them to be something else: inaccessible.  —  That's the accusation of a civil-rights complaint filed today …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Adobe updates Photoshop Express for iOS with ‘Camera Pack’ in-app purchase  —  Adobe's Photoshop Express didn't fare too well in our recent round-up of iOS image enhancement apps.  There are simply better options out there.  Now Adobe has made a push to make it a little more desirable …
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Zediva: Streaming New Movies for Cheap Through a Sneaky Workaround  —  Movie studios are skittish about giving their new releases to bargain rental services like Netflix and Redbox, but that's not a concern for streaming video startup Zediva.  —  The service, which moves out of beta today …
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Beware the spyware model of technology - its flaws are built in  —  Computers are increasingly designed to control and spy on us - the question isn't whether these control measures will fail but when, and who will hijack them  —  Technology regulation is notoriously tricky.
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Administration to Seek ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’  —  The Obama administration plans to ask Congress Wednesday to pass a “privacy bill of rights” to protect Americans, amid growing concern about the tracking of Internet users.  —  Lawrence E. Strickling, an assistant secretary of commerce …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google's the Largest Torrent Search Engine, isoHunt Tells Court  —  Last month search giant Google got involved in a BitTorrent case for the first time in its history.  The company took interest in the ongoing court case between isoHunt and the MPAA, fearing that the standing injunction …
Discussion: TechSpot
 
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Source: Seed-Stage Rounds Up 50 Percent in New York; Valuations Up 30 Percent
Discussion: VatorNews
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Finra Warns About Facebook Pre-IPO Investments
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
No More Starred Results in Google Search
Bloomberg:
LivingSocial Is Said to Seek Funding Valuing Daily-Deal Site at $2 Billion
Discussion: SAI
Adam Feldman / Google Code Blog:
Improving the security of Google APIs with SSL
Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
The First PageRank Patent and the Newest
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Study: Mobile Ad-Tracking Systems Are “Blind” To 80 Percent Of Apple iOS Devices
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's How The Japan Crisis Could Affect Apple iPad 2 Production And Other Tech Supply Chains
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
Internet Explorer 9 gets WebM support with ‘preview’ plug-in from Google, internet video gets more friendly
Discussion: Webmonkey and InfoWorld
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple opens iPad to iAds
Discussion: BlogsDNA, TUAW, MacStories and AdAge
Ben Yoskovitz / Next Montreal:
Zappos Stops Shipping to Canada
Discussion: Pulse2
Mark Schaaf / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
New beta AdMob Windows Phone 7 SDK expands cross-platform monetization options for developers