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March 12, 2012, 9:55 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Sues Facebook for Patent Infringement, Which Social Network Calls “Puzzling” (Including Filing)  —  In what is either the boldest gamble of its history or the most boneheaded, Yahoo has filed a massive patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook.  —  The attack by the Internet icon …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Meet The 10 Patents Yahoo Is Using To Sue Facebook  —  Yes, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) went there today—claiming in a lawsuit that it, not Facebook, is the real king of social networks.  The company points to ten patents that it says cover features like messages, advertising and privacy settings.
Sachin Agarwal / The Official Posterous Space:
Posterous is Joining the Flock at Twitter  —  Big news: Posterous has been acquired by Twitter!  —  The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn't be happier about bringing our team's expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe.
Tim Carmody / Wired:
The Damning Backstory Behind ‘Homeless Hotspots’ at SXSW  —  It sounds like something out of a darkly satirical science-fiction dystopia.  But it's absolutely real — and a completely problematic treatment of a problem that otherwise probably wouldn't be mentioned in any of the panels at South by Southwest Interactive.
Wall Street Journal:
Intel Developing Web-Based TV Service  —  Intel Corp. is developing an Internet-based TV service that it hopes to sell to U.S. consumers, a strategic shift for the chip maker that makes it the latest technology company to look at a foray in the pay-TV business.
Noah Shachtman / Wired:
Exclusive: Darpa Director Bolts Pentagon for Google  —  Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon's premiere research shop to take a job with Google.  Dugan, whose controversial tenure at the agency lasted just under three years, was …
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Report: Walmart To Charge $2-$4 Per DVD To Convert Movies To UltraViolet Cloud  —  Tomorrow at 1pm ET, Walmart along with UltraViolet partners Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures and Fox will announce Walmart's UltraViolet offering.  Studio execs I have spoken with say that consumers …
More: The VergeThanks:@danrayburn
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Kim Dotcom: Many Megaupload Users at the US Government  —  In the wake of the MegaUpload shutdown many of the site's users complained that their personal files had been lost due to collateral damage.  —  From work-related data to personal photos, the raid disabled access to hundreds of thousands …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Microsoft unveils universal translator that converts your voice into another language  —  Microsoft Research has shown off software that translates your spoken words into another language while preserving the accent, timbre, and intonation of your actual voice.
More: Gizmodo UK
Mark Prigg / This Is London:
Sir Jonathan Ive: The iMan cometh  —  Mark Prigg meets Sir Jonathan Ive, the British man behind the design of Apple's iconic products  —  Sir Jonathan Ive, Jony to his friends, is arguably one of the world's most influential Londoners.  The 45-year-old was born in Chingford — and went to the same school as David Beckham.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN in Talks to Acquire Mashable, Sources Say  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — CNN, a unit of Time Warner, and Mashable are in advanced talks that may lead to an acquisition of the social news Web site, three people with knowledge of the talks said.  —  Mashable, which specializes in stories about technology …
Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Wikia, Jimmy Wales' for-profit company, passes IGN to become the largest network of gaming sites on the web  —  What happens when you combine the Wiki model of open, collaborative editing with just a pinch of old-school-oversight?  In the case of Wikia, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales for-profit company …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Exclusive: Amazon Has Sold Over Two Million Kindle Singles  —  When Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) launched the Kindle Singles program a little over a year ago, nobody knew whether there was a market for e-books that are shorter than full-length books but longer than most magazine articles.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Nokia likely to launch Windows 8 tablet PCs in 4Q12, say sources  —  Nokia will team up with Microsoft to venture into the tablet PC market by releasing a 10-inch Windows 8-based tablet PC set on Qualcomm's dual-core platform in the fourth quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to sources at upstream component suppliers.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
As web booms, so does demand for data centers  —  Almost overnight, Pinterest is racking up billions of page views.  Instagram is touching the 27-million-member mark.  Zynga wants to build its own platform.  Everywhere you look, you see the web economy booming and growing like never before.
Amit Singhal / Inside Search:
Video!  The search quality meeting, uncut (annotated)  —  It took eight video cameras and 16 microphones, but we've done something new and special to give you another inside look at how search works.  Today we've published, for the first time, a video with the uncut discussion of a proposed algorithm change …
More: The Next WebThanks:@keithdsouza
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
AT&T LTE rollout continues: Cleveland, St. Louis, New Orleans, and nine others this summer  —  AT&T's LTE rollout is pushing on, and we've heard this morning that another 12 markets will be covered by “early summer.”  While more of the large cities you'd expect are included on that list …

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