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Doug Bowman / Twitter Blog:
So a bar walks into an app...  Last month, we released an update to Twitter for iPhone and iPad containing a number of features that made finding friends and sharing information on Twitter even easier.  The iPhone app also contained a new feature we wanted to test named the QuickBar.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Kills The #Dickbar  —  Yes, it's happened.  Three days after Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey comes back in to head product, the dreaded #Dickbar, or the Quickbar that inserted trending topics and promoted ads into your tweet-stream on the iPhone, is dead.
Discussion: Betabeat and @dickc
Brad Smith / TechNet Blogs:
Adding our Voice to Concerns about Search in Europe  —  Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation  —  Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission's ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law.
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Business Week:
Do Not Anger the Alpha Android  —  Google cracks down on the chaos of Android Land; some mobile partners aren't happy  —  Playtime is over in Android Land.  Over the last couple of months Google (GOOG) has reached out to the major carriers and device makers backing its mobile operating system …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Google tightening control of Android, insisting licensees abide by ‘non-fragmentation clauses’?
Discussion: Geekosystem
Mark Milian / CNN:
Google making app that would identify people's faces  —  Santa Monica, California (CNN) — Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week.
Brandon Watson / The Windows Blog:
A Year Later-The Windows Phone 7 Numbers That Matter  —  At the MIX10 conference last year the Windows Phone team showed, for the first time, the application platform and tools that developers would use to build applications and games for Windows Phone 7.  We announced that the tools were free …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Apple Global Marcom VP Allison Johnson Leaving Company  —  Allison Johnson, who has served as Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing communications since 2005, is leaving the company, according to several sources.  —  The reason?  —  To co-found a new marketing …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
eBay reveals its iPad 2 sales data  —  While the wait continues for the official number of iPad 2s sold by Apple since its launch earlier this month, eBay this morning is sharing a peek at two weeks of iPad 2 buying activity from its U.S. site.  —  Unsurprisingly the hard-to-get tablet …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Has 250 Million Mobile Users (And A New Unified Mobile Website To Match)  —  For years now, Facebook has offered quite a few ways to access the site from mobile devices, and they've proven immensely popular.  In February 2010 the site had 100 million mobile users per month …
Eric Reagan / Photography Bay:
Photoshop for iPad Live Demo  —  Here's the promised live demo of the killer new iPad Photoshop app that debuted today at Photoshop World.  Again, this is still in development with no set release date yet.  —  Check it out, complete with the awesome layers animation, below.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hollywood Rolls Out $30 Rentals.  Smart.  —  Would you pay $30 to rent a movie?  —  Hollywood thinks you may.  Four of the big studios are rolling out a “premium VOD” offering, where renters at home can pay extra to see films that were just in theaters but aren't yet out on DVD.
DigiTimes:
Apple to absorb increasing costs created by Japan earthquake  —  Although Japan's power brownout policy is seriously affecting the operations of Japan-based upstream component makers, causing related upstream components to see price rises, since Apple has agreed to absorb all the additional costs …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Ditches Barcodes for NFC  —  Google is moving away from barcodes and towards NFC (near field communication) if a pair of stories about the search company are tied together.  Yesterday, news broke out about Google's decision to officially end support for the use of QR codes …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Boxcar Pushes Its Way Onto The Mac  —  My love of Boxcar should be pretty clear at this point.  Because I'm an information junkie, it's probably the app I use the most on my iPhone/iPad besides Safari.  And earlier this year, they brought the notification goodness to the web as well.
Discussion: SAI, ReadWriteWeb and MacStories
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
After Blippy, Pud Contemplates His Next Move  —  As a little boy, Philip Kaplan, the serial entrepreneur long known as Pud, was “force fed” Ritalin.  Kaplan says this with a laugh, but even today, the 35-year-old admits to having trouble focusing for too long on any one thing.
Discussion: Mashable!
Cari Tuna / Digits:
Intuit, Salesforce.com Team Up to Target Small Businesses  —  Intuit and Salesforce.com are teaming up to take more small businesses to the cloud. … The two companies on Friday are set to announce a partnership that marries Intuit's accounting software for small businesses …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Newest Mobile Search Feature is a Thing of Beauty  —  Google Mobile Search added a new feature today that lets users search for stock ticker symbols and see their results in a beautiful, structured interface that scrolls horizontally to display different kinds of results.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
EBay Unveils a Local Strategy That Has Nothing to Do With Daily Deals!  —  Groupon and LivingSocial, the poster children of local commerce, have done a bang-up job of making us believe that the trend is all about offering steep discounts to restaurants, spas or other nearby merchants.
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
In Big Endorsement, AP Embraces Mozilla's ‘Do Not Track’ Header  —  Among the many new features in Firefox 4 is support for the Do Not Track (DNT) HTTP header.  If you turn on the DNT header in Firefox 4's preferences pane, the browser will broadcast a custom header in HTTP requests …
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Sure, I Could Join a Google-Based Social Network — But Why?  —  After much rumor and speculation about a new Google social feature of some kind, the Internet giant finally unveiled what it calls its “+1″ service today.  The service — as Om explained in his post on the launch …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Time Warner Pulls Channels From iPad App  —  Time Warner Cable on Thursday abruptly removed several channels from its app that replicates the TV viewing experience on an iPad.  —  The cable company yanked the channels, including MTV and FX, after receiving complaints from three major media companies …
Abhijit Kalamkar / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Cloud Print Ready printers now available  —  Imagine printing an important email from your Chrome notebook on your train ride to work, then finding the completed printout in the printer tray when you reach the office.  Or printing your airline boarding pass from your smartphone to your home printer …
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
Facebook, Your Future Bank  —  Forget sharing photos.  Mark Zuckerberg may soon manage your finances  —  Fall behind in the game FarmVille and the poor crops inside your Facebook window wither.  Remedies include biplanes or rejuvenating your “farm coins,” but if you're out of those …
Discussion: MediaPost and NBC Bay Area
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, 31 other companies sued for patent infringement  —  H-W Technology on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Apple, Nokia, Motorola, RIM and 28 other companies for infringing on one of its patents.  —  Filed in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, the lawsuit claims …
Discussion: iLounge, Thanks:jdalrymple
Bloomberg:
Amazon.com Said to Be Considering Mobile-Payment Service for Smartphones  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is considering the introduction of a service that would let consumers pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores using their mobile phones, according to two people with knowledge of the project.
Discussion: SlashGear
 
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft enables Internet Explorer 9 desktop notifications for Hotmail
Discussion: The Windows Blog and The Next Web
Patrik Runald / Security Labs:
LizaMoon mass injection hits over 226,000 URLs (was 28,000) including iTunes
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:tomwarren
Tom Graber / The Next Web:
Twitter warning to UberSocial users: Your DM's might be public
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
A Closer Look at the Salesforce Deal for Radian6
Discussion: TechCrunch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's Music Search Engine Quietly Vanishes From The Web
Discussion: SAI
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
MyStream launches the first free iOS app to share music over WiFi
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Groupon Co-Founders Invest in Qwiki
Discussion: SAI, VatorNews and TechCrunch
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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China report claims Google-linked companies broke tax rules
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Steve Souders / High Performance Web Sites:
Announcing the HTTP Archive
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Apple's boring hardware updates
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci resigns amid disagreement about company's future direction
 

 
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