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March 13, 2012, 12:55 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
AppleInsider:
iTunes 10.6 adds option to sync 192kbps, 256kbps quality audio to devices  —  In the newly released iTunes 10.6, Apple has quietly added the ability for users to select higher quality audio conversion bitrates when syncing to an iPhone, iPod or iPad.  —  Previously, users were given the option …
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.
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.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Building a digital media empire: SB Nation and The Verge owner Vox Media raises $17 million  —  Online media publisher extraordinaire Vox Media, which owns and operates fast-growing tech news site The Verge, sports blog network SB Nation and an upcoming game industry news outlet tentatively named Vox Games …
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 Web and 9to5GoogleThanks:@keithdsouza
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 …
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.
More: The Verge and SlashGear

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