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March 13, 2012, 8:40 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Carl Franzen / TPM Idea Lab:
McGraw Hill Thinks New iPad Will Be Ticket To E-Textbook Revolution  —  McGraw Hill Education, one of Apple's leading partners in its e-textbook initiative announced in January, thinks that the new iPad unveiled on March 7 will lead to a revolution in education materials, but perhaps not for the obvious reasons.
More: BGR, The Verge and MacNN
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement  —  Now that the EU's ratification of ACTA has departed from the original script of everyone just waving it through, the European Commission is clearly trying to come …

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