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10:05 PM ET, March 21, 2011


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Horacio Gutierrez / Microsoft:
Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec for Patent Infringement by Android Devices  —  Statement from Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing  —  Microsoft Corp. today filed legal actions …
Horacio Gutierrez / TechNet Blogs:
Android Patent Infringement: Licensing is the Solution  —  Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel  —  As you may have seen, Microsoft today filed legal actions against Barnes & Noble, Inc., Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., and Inventec Corporation in both the U.S. International …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Drunk On Licensing Fees And Patents, Microsoft Has Become A Joke  —  Earlier today, it was revealed that Microsoft was suing yet another company for infringing on their patents.  The target this time?  Barnes & Noble.  Yes, Microsoft is suing a book chain.  Why?
Discussion: @tedneward and @migueldeicaza
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:   Microsoft Alleges Patent Infringement On Barnes & Noble E-Reader Devices
Apple Sues, Seeks Order to Stop Use of ‘App Store’ Trademark  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) sued Inc., saying the online retailer is improperly using Apple's “App Store” trademark for a mobile software developer program.  —  Apple, in a complaint filed March 18 in California …
Jacob Hesch / Google Voice Blog:
Sprint integrates Google Voice  —  Over time, we've worked to bring an integrated Google Voice experience to your mobile device by building mobile apps, introducing Google Voice Lite, and most recently Number Porting.  But we felt that ultimately, the most simple solution would be to partner …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Complete Integration Of Google Voice And 50 Million Sprint Customers, Plus 4G Nexus S  —  This is the biggest news about Google Voice since the company behind it, previously called Grand Central, was acquired by Google in 2007.  They've integrated with Sprint.
Michael Abbott / Twitter Engineering:
The Great Migration, the Winter of 2011  —  If you look back at the history of Twitter, our rate of growth has largely outpaced the capacity of our hardware, software, and the company itself.  Indeed, in our first five years, Twitter's biggest challenge was coping with our unprecedented growth and sightings of the infamous Fail Whale.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
That was quick: Four lines of code is all it takes for The New York Times' paywall to come tumbling down  —  The New York Times paywall is costing the newspaper $40-$50 million to design and construct, Bloomberg has reported.  And it can be defeated through four lines of Javascript.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Rule of Thumb: Pricing Should Be Simple
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
What AT&T Owes T-Mobile if Deal Doesn't Go Through  —  If regulators squelch AT&T's $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile, the company will have more than just its frustrations to deal with.  —  As part of the deal, AT&T has agreed to pay T-Mobile $3 billion and promised valuable spectrum …
Greg Blevins / Google Mobile Blog:
Explore the world with updated apps for iPhone: Check in with Latitude and use Places in 30 languages  —  We're happy to announce updates for two iPhone apps that help you connect the people you care about with the places you love: Google Latitude with check-ins and Google Places in 30 languages.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iOS 4.3.1 coming within one to two weeks?  —  We've just been given some info on Apple's next iOS release, 4.3.1, and from what we have been told, it will contain minor bug fixes.  Here are the changes from iOS 4.3:  — Baseband updates for the 3GS and iPad (original)
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Technology Behind Making Mobile Payments a Reality  —  It's only a matter of time before your mobile phone swallows up yet another piece of technology: your credit card.  —  In this not-too-distant future, rather than pay for gas or dinner with a piece of plastic that you slide through a machine …
Joe Light / Wall Street Journal:
Google Is No. 1 on List Of Desired Employers  —  One in four young professionals wants to work at Google Inc., according to a survey by Universum, a consulting firm that helps companies improve their attractiveness to prospective employees.  —  Nearly 25% of survey respondents picked Google …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac OS X 10.6.7 released with 2011 MacBook Pro fixes, more  —  Apple has just released an update to Snow Leopard - Mac OS X 10.6.7 - with fixes for the early 2011 MacBook Pro models, an improved Back to my Mac: … The early 2011 MacBook Pros have been the source of numerous issues …
Scott Gilbertson / Ars Technica:
HTTPS is more secure, so why isn't the Web using it?  —  You wouldn't write your username and passwords on a postcard and mail it for the world to see, so why are you doing it online?  Every time you log in to any service that uses a plain HTTP connection that's essentially what you're doing.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Late Stage the New Early?  Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund  —  In Silicon Valley it's not just who you invest in that matters- it's also when you invest in them.  The earlier the investment, the riskier the bet.  But the more jawdropping the returns if the company hits it big.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Nintendo 3DS review  —  See that greenish blue thing up there?  That might look like this greenish blue thing over here that we reviewed a few weeks back, but actually they're not the same.  No, sir.  This thing up there is the genuine, guaranteed, red-blooded American version …
Discussion: The Seattle Times and GoNintendo
Kara Swisher / Boom Town:
Asana Hires “COO-Type"-Van Zant First Biz Side Hire for Workplace Collaboration Start-Up  —  As it gets ramped up for a wider launch, Asana, the high-profile group collaboration start-up founded by top former Facebook execs, has hired former SolarWinds product strategy exec Kenny Van Zant in a “COO-type of role.”
Discussion: Asana
Cyrus Farivar / Deutsche Welle:
Berlin court rules Google Street View is legal in Germany  —  A Berlin court has ruled that Google Street View is, in fact, legal in Germany.  —  Last Tuesday, the Berlin State Supreme Court (Kammergericht) announced its decision in a court case from late last year, in which a woman had sued Google …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Digg CEO: We're Not Dead, I Promise (Yet VP Product & Engineering Is Leaving)  —  What will Digg look like post-Kevin Rose?  —  Exactly what it looks like today (well, with some future improvements), according to CEO Matt Williams, who said that Rose-who founded Digg in 2004-has only acted …
Discussion: Digg Blog and TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
If You Love Something, Set It Sort-Of Free: Condé Nast Mulling Reddit Spin-Off  —  Condé Nast, which bought Reddit five years ago, is considering spinning out the social news site.  —  The publisher would continue to own the site, but it's talking to investors about selling a stake.
Discussion: The Next Web
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
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Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
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Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
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Courthouse News Service:
High Court Won't Review Eminem Royalties Case
Discussion: Associated Press and Electronista
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Business Wire
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF's Twitter tax-break plan spurs political fight
Discussion: @caro and @eldon
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Intel's Wireless Chip Guru Anand Chandrasekher Leaves
Kate Solomon / TechRadar:
Apple: UK iPad 2 launch still on track for 25 March