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March 14, 2012, 9:50 AM

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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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Everyone Has The Features Yahoo's Suing Facebook For: Here They Are  —  Yahoo reared its patent troll head this week, and it's not just Facebook that has reason to be worried — at least, judging by the extremely broad features that it's being targeted for.  Yahoo could easily sue Twitter …
More: Law Blog
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 …
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses  —  After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.  —  Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered sets of reference books that were once sold door to door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: What's new in IE10 in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview  —  Summary: The Metro-style version of IE10 that's integrated into the Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes a number of new features added since September.  Here are some of them.  —  Microsoft made quite a number of changes …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Anatomy of a news story: How Bing and Google performed when Steve Jobs resigned  —  A new study out today from Seattle-based Optify attempts to get behind the scenes on how Bing and Google operate when big news breaks.  Obviously, that's an interesting topic for news hounds like us.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Idealism vs. pragmatism: Mozilla debates supporting H.264 video playback  —  The HTML5 video element promised to be a game-changer for Internet media publishing.  It provided a vendor-neutral standards-based mechanism for conveying video content on the Web without the need for proprietary plugins …
More: TechEye and parislemon
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
HTC confirms upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich updates for 16 devices  —  HTC is joining Samsung in its Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) party after the Taiwanese handset maker announce a slew of devices that are set to get upgrades to the latest Android 4.0 operating system.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox 11 released with Style Editor and 3D DOM viewer  —  Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 11, a new version of the popular open source Web browser.  The update brings several noteworthy new user-facing features and a number of technical improvements under the hood.
Rands In Repose:
Hacking is Important  —  Back in the early 90s, Borland International was the place to be an engineer.  Coming off the purchase of Ashton-Tate, Borland was the third largest software company, but, more importantly, it was a legitimate competitor to Microsoft.
Reuters:
European antitrust regulator questions telecoms  —  * Relates to meetings held among top operators since 2010  —  The European competition watchdog is questioning five of Europe's biggest telecoms companies to see if a series of meetings they held since 2010 on strategy and technical co-operation constituted collusion.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day Blog:
Microsoft warns: Expect exploits for critical Windows worm hole  —  Summary: Microsoft to Windows administrators: Due to the attractiveness of this vulnerability to attackers, we anticipate that an exploit for code execution will be developed in the next 30 days.
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 …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB probe to include Netflix and LoveFilm  —  Competition Commission extends deadline for final report until July to to take into account changes in the movie market  —  BSkyB's battle to retain its stranglehold on Hollywood films on pay-TV has been given a potential boost …
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Pinterest: Revamped profile pages, iPad app coming soon  —  Austin, Texas (CNN) — You might excuse Ben Silbermann, co-founder and CEO of photo-sharing site Pinterest, if he looks a little overwhelmed these days.  —  Pinterest, which encourages users to collect images of their passions …

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