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March 12, 2012, 6:35 PM

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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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter has acquired shortform blogging company Posterous, Spaces will remain up and running for now  —  Blogging and sharing company Posterous has announced via its company blog that it has been snagged by Twitter in an apparent ‘acqui-hire’, with Twitter interested mostly in the people, not the product.
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 …
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.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Organizers Defend “Homeless Hotspots” at SXSW  —  The talk of Austin is a jarring campaign in which homeless people actually become Wi-Fi hotspots.  “The worry is that these people are suddenly just hardware,” admits its organizer.  —  Source: hardlynormal.posterous.com
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Hollywood Studios Warm To Apple's iCloud Effort  —  Apple Inc. and Hollywood are proving how complicated it is to build alliances in the digital-media business.  —  Last week Apple said five major movie studios had agreed to allow consumers to buy their films on one Apple device …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
We Don't Need No Stinking Seal of Approval from the Blog Police  —  David Carr's column today is partly about a plan masterminded by Ad Age columnist Simon Dumenco to create, quote, a “Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation,” which will ostensibly serve as a sort of trade group or …
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
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 …
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.
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
The Google that never was: how the search giant killed a 2007 redesign  —  Creative Lab's Chris Wiggins, Maps's Evelyn Kim, Gmail's Michael Leggett, Chrome's Nicholas Jitkoff, and Search's Jon Wiley also discussed the big changes in structure and approach to the more recent 2011 design.
More: AllThingsD
Jake Hubert / 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 …
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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