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March 13, 2012, 8:40 PM

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Andy Baio / Wired:
A Patent Lie: How Yahoo Weaponized My Work  —  While most of the tech world was partying at South by Southwest in Austin yesterday, Yahoo announced it was filing a lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly infringing on 10 patents from their 1,000+ patent warehouse.  —  I'm no fan of Facebook, but this is a deplorable move.
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
I Hope Yahoo Crushes Facebook in its Patent Suit  —  Anyone who reads this blog knows how much I hate patent laws.  I think 99pct of the time they are anti-competitive, corruptive, impede creativity and innovation and can kill small businesses.  I think the ratio of patent law doing …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Has Some Pretty Sweet Patents, Too, Tim Armstrong Tells Wall Street  —  Yahoo's Facebook lawsuit doesn't seem to have done much for its share price.  And it is going over like a lead balloon with the digerati (Union Square Ventures portfolio companies shouldn't expect a Sunnyvale deal anytime soon).
More: TechCrunch and Washington PostTweets: @zamosta
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.
James Whittaker / MSDN Blogs:
Why I left Google  —  Ok, I relent.  Everyone wants to know why I left and answering individually isn't scaling so here it is, laid out in its long form.  Read a little (I get to the punch line in the 3rd paragraph) or read it all.  But a warning in advance: there is no drama here …
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Be Subpoenaed by U.S. Regulators on Google's Mobile Search  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission subpoenaed Apple Inc. (AAPL) as part of its antitrust probe of Google Inc. (GOOG), seeking information on how the computer maker uses the search engine on the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the matter said.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
FTC Subpoenas Apple in Google Antitrust Probe  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has subpoenaed Apple as part of its antitrust inquiry into Google's business practices, according to Bloomberg News.  Sources familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg that the agency is particularly interested …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The new iPad: Available Friday March 16th at 8am  —  A friend in retail just sent us some artwork from upcoming Apple Store frontage which confirms Store will open early - 8am -to sell the third generation iPad.  Earlier, we'd heard that the Houston store would be opening at 8am on the 16th which stongly hinted at such an opening.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Hacker News:
New: Apply to Y Combinator without an Idea  —  Y Combinator is trying an experiment this funding cycle.  We're going to have a separate application track for groups that don't have an idea yet.  —  So if the only thing holding you back from starting a startup is not having an idea for one, now nothing is holding you back.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @counternotions
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 …
Andrew Hampp / Billboard.Biz:
Exclusive: Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels — It's Official  —  Turntable.fm is going legit, with licensing agreements with all four of the major labels now in place.  The announcement was made today at South By Southwest by Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Exclusive: Spotify family plans ‘definitely coming’  —  We just caught up with Spotify's chief content officer Ken Parks outside of his “Future of Music” panel here at SXSW, and he told us that Spotify family plans are “definitely coming.”  That would fulfill a longstanding request …
Rdio Blog:
Introducing: New Rdio  —  Welcome to new Rdio.  We built it for you — it's faster, simpler, and more social.  —  New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio's massive catalogue of 15 million songs.  New features include the oft requested drag and drop playlist creation …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
AOL Slashes Staff at AIM Unit; Wider Cuts Expected  —  On Friday, AOL notified more than 40 employees from its West Coast offices that they would be out of jobs by the end of the month.  More cuts are scheduled in the coming weeks across AOL, according to a number of executives …
Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Plan Secondary Offering  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), the social-gaming company that held its initial public offering in December, is planning an offering of additional shares, two people familiar with the matter said.  —  The move is designed to let Zynga (ZNGA) …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google I/O registration opens 7am PDT March 27th, last year it took less than an hour to sell out  —  Google opens its registration for its annual I/O conference on March 27th this year.  Remember, last year tickets sold out in under an hour so set your alarms!
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Apple to spend $11bn on Samsung parts in 2012 claims exec  —  Apple may be attempting to reduce its reliance on Samsung components, but its bill from the Korean firm is likely to be the largest to-date according to one exec: up from $7.8bn in 2011 to as much as $11bn by the end of 2012.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Camera+ Sees Major Update: Dozens Of Features, New API, Integration With WordPress, Foodspotting & More  —  Following increasing competition, most recently from SmugMug's nifty Camera Awesome app, everyone's favorite iPhone camera replacement app Camera+ is rolling out a major update today.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T offers quiet settlement with iPhone user  —  NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is offering to discuss a settlement to an iPhone user who won a small-claims case that alleged the company was slowing down his “unlimited” data service.  —  In a letter dated Friday, a law firm retained by AT&T Inc …

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