March 14, 2012, 12:25 PM

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo-Facebook patent fight: more than meets the eye  —  It has been an interesting day to say the least.  The news of Yahoo suing Facebook for infringing its patents has drawn sharp reactions from some of the more measured voices in our industry.  Here is a small sampling of reactions:
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.
Britannica Blog:
Change: It's Okay.  Really.  —  That big print set will pass into history, but the future it gives way to will be bright.  —  For 244 years, the thick volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica have stood on the shelves of homes, libraries, and businesses everywhere, a source of enlightenment …
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 …
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 …
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
As ‘Why I Left’ Letters Reach Meme Proportions, Startups Hope Goldman's Moral Loss Is Their Gain  —  If there were a more visual element (perhaps a honey badger or LOLcat) attached to the “Why I Left Company X” genre, the meme would already be cresting to the top of BuzzFeed.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
New iPad Will Be Available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart on Friday  —  Consumers hoping to purchase one of Apple's new iPads on launch day take note: Lining up outside your local Apple Store for its 8 am opening isn't your only option.
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW:
Official announcement: new iPad to go on sale in 10 countries on Friday at 8 am  —  Apple announced today that the new iPad will go sale this Friday starting at 8:00 am local time.  It will debut in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Walmart's Disc-to-Digital Hard Sell Will Be a Hard Sell  —  Earlier today, I described Walmart's new “disc to digital” program as DOA.  Maybe I was too harsh.  —  Let's assume that some of you are interested in taking your old DVDs to Walmart, and paying up to $5 a disc so you can access …
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.
More: Forbes and Mashable!
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 …
Greg Bensinger / Dow Jones Newswires:
Verizon Plans Broader 4G Rollout, Only LTE-Capable Phones  —  NEW YORK (Dow Jones)—Verizon Wireless is aiming to entice more subscribers to its fourth-generation mobile broadband network by including 10 million more Americans than previously expected by year's end and only introducing smartphones …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP Envy 14 Spectre review  —  In a previous life, the HP Envy 14 was a laptop's laptop: a 5.69-pound slugger with an optical drive, discrete AMD graphics and a battery that couldn't last four hours in our battery rundown test.  That notebook — one of our favorites in the 2010-2011 year …
More: The Verge
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 …
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel's supply chain chief says ready for mobile  —  (Reuters) - Intel's manufacturing whiz and new chief operating officer, Brian Krzanich, says he has fine-tuned his supply chain to meet expected demand for chips for smartphones and tablets.  —  Krzanich, whose January promotion marks …
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:
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
Zephoria / danah boyd:
The Power of Youth: How Invisible Children Orchestrated Kony 2012  —  To many people unfamiliar with Invisible Children, the Kony 2012 campaign looked like a brilliant example of “viral” media spread.  The center of the campaign is a compelling 30-minute film where a father talks to his son …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
To Stanch Layoffs, Yahoo Has Been Shopping Its Ad Technology Platforms to Google, Microsoft and Others  —  In an effort to minimize the impact of massive layoffs that Yahoo's top management has been planning, according to sources close to the situation, one of the latest ideas to save costs …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Yuri Milner Is Freed From Board To Take Care Of Business  —  The news is out today that Yuri Milner has stepped down from the role of Chairman of and from the Board of Directors.  But this is more interesting than the bare facts would suggest.
Andrew Tarantola / Gizmodo:
Nearly All Lost Smart Phone Finders Will Snoop Through It, Only Half Might Return It  —  Well, so much for relying on the kindness of strangers.  Symantec studied the reactions of average people who found a lost cell phone in public and the results are less than what you'd call “upstanding.”
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga shareholders to raise $400M in secondary offering  —  Zynga, the largest maker of social games on Facebook, has filed papers to raise $400 million in a secondary public offering.  The money will go to shareholders.  —  According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission …

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