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March 13, 2012, 6:45 AM

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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.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Microsoft Can — And SHOULD — Save Facebook From This Lame Yahoo Patent Suit  —  After a few weeks of threats, and what Facebook calls some token negotiation tactics, Yahoo has sued Facebook for patent infringement.  —  Normally in cases like this, the company being sued would look through …
More: GeekWire
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.
Joe Palazzolo / Law Blog:
So Sirious: iPhone User Sues Apple over Voice-Activated Assistant  —  Siri, the iPhone 4S's deadpan voice-activated assistant, is imperfect.  She's stumped easily.  Her command of English is only so so.  In the U.K., she's a man.  But is Siri a fraud?  —  A New York man represented …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
I'm not a “curator”  —  Curator's Code is an attempt to codify and standardize “via” links and attribution from link blogs and aggregators with two new symbols:  — á"¥ means “via”  — means “hat tip”  —  It's completely misguided.  —  First of all, readers aren't going to learn what those symbols mean.
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.
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: SlashGear, Gizmodo and The VergeThanks:@danrayburn
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.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Rumored: PayPal to launch Square competitor  —  PayPal's plans to announce a solution for small businesses at an event this Thursday includes a mobile payment dongle that would compete against Square, Intuit (intu), Verifone and others, according to sources we've talked to who are familiar with PayPal's plans.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
SXSW 2012 on BitTorrent: 7.51 GB of Free Music  —  The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States.  Since 2005, the festival has published thousands of free tracks from participating artists.  For some of the previous editions …
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
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Galaxy S II Android 4.0 update rolling out today in Korea, Poland, Sweden, and Hungary  —  As promised, Samsung is finally rolling out Android 4.0 to Galaxy S II users in Korea, and has also announced the first details of European availablity.  Poland, Sweden, and Hungary will also be getting …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Finally Spotify says guten tag to German users  —  As we reported several weeks ago, Spotify has been preparing to launch in Germany for some time: and, as expected, the service went live overnight on Monday.  —  Germany — Western Europe's largest internet market and strongest economy …
Frank Langfitt / NPR:
iPad Workers: Plant Inspected Hours Before Blast … Workers burned during an explosion at an Apple supplier factory in Shanghai are seen at a hospital where they are receiving continued treatment for their injuries.  According to the factory, 24 workers were burned in the explosion.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google+ updates mobile UI, still no iPad app  —  Google rolled out a new design for its Google+ mobile site Monday morning, which now looks more like the Google+ apps for Android and iOS.  That's especially good news for Google+ iPad users, who have been waiting for a native app for the social network for some time.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple's Siri is struggling to master Japanese as DoCoMo's clone puts it to shame  —  Apple added Japanese support for Siri with the release of iOS 5.1 last week, but the virtual personal assistant is reportedly having some issues coming to grips with its first Asian language.

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