Techmeme
March 13, 2012, 11:40 AM

Top News

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 …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Yahoo! Crosses The Line  —  The patents that Yahoo! is suing Facebook over are a crock of s**t.  None of them represent unique and new ideas at the time of the filing.  I supect they all can be thrown out over prior art if Facebook takes the time and effort to do that.
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 …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
First Unboxing Video of 3rd Generation Retina iPad  —  While the official launch of the 3rd Generation iPad isn't until March 16th, Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn has managed to get their hands on one of the new iPads and shot an unboxing video.  —  The video, of course, is in Vietnamese, but you can follow along pretty easily.
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.
Peter Pachal / Mashable!:
Google Confirms It's Working on Chrome for Windows 8  —  Google says it's working on a version of Chrome that will run in the Metro environment of Windows 8.  The news follows the revelation that Mozilla is building Firefox for Metro as well.  —  A Google spokesperson told Mashable …
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.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Sources: 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Al Gore with Sean Parker at SXSW: ‘Occupy democracy!’  —  It's the early days of using social media to activate people in politics, but America's former VP and Facebook's founding president say democracy can be saved—if people get empowered online.  —  Former U.S. vice president Al Gore sits …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Will 4G LTE devices ever roam internationally?  —  The widespread acceptance of 4G LTE was supposed to unite wireless operators around the globe.  But the worldwide spectrum crunch is making international roaming a tough problem to solve.  —  It's true that today iPad owners …
Nielsen Wire:
A Store in Your Pocket: Retailer Mobile Websites Beat Apps among US Smartphone Owners  —  Smartphone owners are increasingly using their devices for shopping, from researching products and reviews, to comparing prices, finding retail locations, and redeeming coupons.
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.
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.
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
Stephen Elop: Nokia Lumia coming to China on March 28th  —  China recently greeted its first Windows Phone (on pre-order, anyway), but if Stephen Elop has his way, Nokia will be hot on HTC's heels.  The company's CEO has revealed that Nokia will unleash its Lumia handsets upon the People's Republic on March 28th.
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: TUAW, SlashGear, Gizmodo and 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 …
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
Inside the Stratfor Attack  —  Last December, a group of hackers quietly orchestrated an attack on Stratfor Global Intelligence Service, a company based in Austin, Tex., that analyzes geopolitical risk and publishes a newsletter for various clients, among them the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Sony Xperia Sola launches with ‘floating touch,’ NFC, 3.7-inch Reality Display, and Android 2.3  —  Undeterred by the negative reaction to the Xperia S launching with Gingerbread on board, Sony is adding yet another smartphone to the ranks of Android 2.3 handsets: the Xperia Sola.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Delivering a complete cloud for every business, industry and geography  —  Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group discusses Microsoft's approach to delivering the industry's complete cloud.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Designed to deliver usage reports within 60 min of receiving data from an app.  Built to scale - collect and process billions of events per day from millions of users.
Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android  —  From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips.  Businesses, small or big …
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 11:40 AM ET, March 13, 2012.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Earlier Picks

Wall Street Journal: