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8:50 AM ET, March 28, 2011


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Wall Street Journal:
Google Pursues Role in Mobile Payments  —  Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, according to people familiar with the matter.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
WSJ: Google teams with MasterCard and Citigroup for NFC payments, also files patent app
Discussion: IntoMobile and
Paul Kedrosky / Bloomberg:
Dear Warren: Here are the Overvalued Social Networking Companies
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Benchmark battle: Chrome vs. IE vs. Firefox  —  There's no doubt the latest crop of stable browsers from Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla are the best the companies have ever produced.  But how do they perform when tested under identical conditions?  —  CNET put the latest stable versions of Firefox …
Discussion: Computerworld and Geek With Laptop
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Firefox 4 usage share is twice Internet Explorer 9 in half the time
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Facebook May Hire Robert Gibbs, Former Obama Aide  —  Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company's communications, people briefed on the negotiations said.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
RIM: The inmates have taken over the asylum  —  Once upon a time, the Blackberry was the king of smartphones.  After a succession of Psion PDAs and Palm devices, I loved my Blackberry, it was the perfect PIM (Personal Information Manager).  Email, contacts and calendar functions worked well together …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:   RIM: The obits are a bit premature
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Will the Web have a place in a world full of apps?  —  This essay is part of Farhad Manjoo's continuing series on the future of innovation.  Read the series introduction, Manjoo's story on the future of mobile gadgets, and readers' predictions on the future of mobile devices.
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Ethical Quandary for Social Sites  —  Two days after using Flickr to display photos of police officers from Egypt's feared state security force, Hossam el-Hamalawy watched in disbelief as they vanished, one by one, from the popular social networking site, which he had been using since 2008.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84  —  Paul Baran, an engineer who helped create the technical underpinnings for the Arpanet, the government-sponsored precursor to today's Internet, died Saturday night at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 84.  —  The cause was complications from lung cancer, said his son, David.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MobileMe includes music locker, costs $20 per year?  —  The Music Void claims that Apple's new MobileMe - reportedly due in April - will have a major music component, dubbed a ‘locker.’ The report does not delve into the details about this ‘locker’ but past reports have pegged the new service …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Mark Suster On Why He's “Very Long Twitter”, What Silicon Valley Is “Hypocritical” About And Much More  —  At 5:45am Pacific time we get a Twitter DM from Mark Suster to set up a phonecall so we could interview him at 6am while he's driving to a board meeting.  That's some pretty good hustle.
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco's Moscone West.  At this year's five-day conference Apple …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Warner Brothers Expands Facebook Rentals to “Harry Potter,” “Inception”  —  After a successful run renting “The Dark Knight” over Facebook, Warner Brothers has decided to offer five more movies over the social network, the studio announced on Sunday.  —  The studio will offer …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo 3DS review: Is it worth $249 and $40 per game?  —  Nintendo has done its best to launch a new era in video games with the launch of its 3DS portable gaming system, which goes on sale for $249 on Sunday.  The appeal of this device, which can display games in stereoscopic 3D without glasses, is growing on me.
Discussion: Joystiq
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Nintendo 3DS Launches, Haunted by Smartphones
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