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Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Cracks Open the Kindle  —  As Motoko Rich and I report in Wednesday's Times, Amazon.com is finally opening up the Kindle to developers.  This has the potential to turn a popular single-purpose device into a more interesting and versatile gadget, limited only by the imagination …
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Amazon.com:
Amazon Announces Kindle Development Kit—Software Developers Can Now Build Active Content for Kindle  —  Travel books that suggest activities based on real-time weather and current events, cookbooks that recommend menus based on size of party and allergies, and word games and puzzles …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With New Ovi Maps, Nokia Seeks Location Heaven  —  In an attempt to ward of competition from the likes of Google, Nokia, the largest maker of mobile phones has released the latest version of its Ovi Maps software and making the app available for free.  Nokia, despite an early start …
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BBC:
US calls for China Google probe  —  The US has called on Beijing to investigate the recent cyber attacks on Google, which have prompted the search giant to threaten to leave China.  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that companies such as Google should refuse to support “politically-motivated censorship”.
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Google shoots itself in the foot in mobile
Discussion: thebigmoney.com
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple sees tablet as one device shared by the whole family - WSJ  —  The Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell of tablet and Apple-related information Wednesday evening.  Among the new details: Apple sees its tablet as a device that will be shared by multiple family members — and it might even recognize their faces.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Seesmic Look Is A Tablet-Friendly Twitter Client For The Oprah Crowd  —  A couple days ago we caught wind of a new Seesmic product called Seesmic Look.  Today it is launching and we finally get a look at it.  As suspected, it is a streamlined Twitter client aimed at the Oprah crowd.
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Introducing YouTube HTML5 Supported Videos  —  A while ago, YouTube launched a simple demo of an HTML5-based video player.  Recently, we published a blog post on our pre-spring cleaning effort and your number one request was that YouTube do more with HTML5.
BBC:
Tim Berners-Lee unveils government data project  —  Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled his latest venture for the UK government, which offers the public better access to official data.  —  A new website, data.gov.uk, will offer reams of public sector data, ranging from traffic statistics …
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Peppi Kiviniemi / Wall Street Journal:
EU Clears Oracle to Buy Sun Microsystems  —  BRUSSELS — After a drawn out investigation, the European Commission on Thursday unconditionally cleared U.S. software giant Oracle Corp. to take over smaller rival Sun Microsystems Inc. in a $7.4 billion deal.  —  “I am now satisfied that competition …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Man Buried in Haiti Rubble Uses iPhone to Treat Wounds, Survive  —  U.S. filmmaker Dan Woolley was shooting a documentary about the impact of poverty in Haiti when the earthquake struck.  He could have died, but he ultimately survived with the help of an iPhone first-aid app that taught him to treat his wounds.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon Promotion Tempts Book Lovers With Free Kindles  —  Hesitant about ordering an Amazon Kindle?  The online retailer is apparently making a very tempting proposition to some of its customers: go ahead and order a Kindle, and if you don't like it, you'll get your money back — and get to keep the device.
Discussion: mocoNews
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe  —  Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.”  —  Today, it's one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.”  —  Despite all the reports of Internet security breaches over the years, including the recent attacks …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Digital Music Sales Are Booming, But Industry Still Cites Piracy Woes  —  Global digital music revenue has grown 20,900 percent since the music business started keeping count in 2003 - but it still needs government protection to grow further, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry …
Discussion: Reuters, Guardian, Telegraph and p2pnet
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Spotify now makes record labels money
Discussion: The Next Web
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre Plus (and Pixi Plus) review  —  It's been about a year since Palm pulled itself back from the brink of imminent destruction with the announcement of webOS and the Palm Pre, and even less time since the products announced actually hit the market.  In that time span …
Jennifer Valentino / Digits:
New Software Aims to Keep Facebook Safer  —  As social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter have expanded to include more of the online population, spammers and hackers have come along for the ride.  Even the FCC chairman has seen his Facebook page taken over by a malicious program that sent spam to his friends.
Los Angeles Times:
At Hulu, ‘free’ may soon turn into ‘fee’  —  The video website, launched by studios to distribute TV shows over the Internet without charge, now is considering ways to draw revenue, including charging for some episodes of popular shows.  —  Hulu soared to popularity by offering free online viewing of popular TV shows.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Is NOT Booting P2P Users Off Of Network - Tells Broadband Reports nobody's been kicked off yet...  Yesterday we directed your attention to an article over at CNET that claimed Verizon had started kicking accused P2P pirates off of the Internet, after recently agreeing with the RIAA and MPAA to send more DMCA warning letters.
Discussion: CNET News
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The War Between Apple and Google Has Just Begun  —  Friends or ‘frenemies’?  Apple C.E.O. Steve Jobs, left, and Google C.E.O. Eric Schmidt, right, at Macworld in 2007.  —  Consumers are witnessing the beginning of a new war between computer companies.  Instead of the Apple-Microsoft conflict …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook to Build Its Own Data Centers  —  A look at the fully-packed racks inside a Facebook data center facility.  —  Facebook has decided to begin building its own data centers, and may announce its first facility as soon as tomorrow.  The fast-growing social network has previously leased server space …
Discussion: All Facebook, Computerworld and Bend Bulletin, Thanks:atul
Josh Silverman / GigaOM:
How Video Changes Everything  —  Whether it's a clip of “Tajik Jimmy” putting Bollywood soundtracks to shame, catching a friend's wedding eight time zones away or working “side by side” with coworkers in another country, it's all video.  And it's changing the way we communicate with one another.
Discussion: FierceVoIP
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T prepping network to handle “unannounced” devices?  —  We've been told by one of our connects that AT&T has apparently been meeting individually with regional executives to inform them of some changes to the AT&T network.  What have we heard?  Well, for starters, they seem to be focused …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple again delays 27-inch iMac shipment by 3 weeks  —  Just when it looked like Apple was putting its 27-inch iMac troubles behind it with a balance in supply and demand, the company has abruptly pushed new direct orders of its big screen desktop machines out by three weeks.
Discussion: Erictric and SlashGear
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Digital File Cabinet You Can Bring With You Anywhere  —  What if you could collect, in one well-organized, searchable, private digital repository, all the notes you create, clips from Web pages and emails you want to recall, dictated audio memos, photos, key documents, and more?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay's Ipredator VPN Opens To The Public  —  In the last year, pressure from the entertainment industries on ISPs and governments to crack down on copyright infringers has steadily increased, resulting in ISPs sending out mass copyright warnings.  This, of course, is coupled …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Pocket-lint
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Box.net: New Features and a New Phrase for the Cloud  —  Box.net acquired a young company last October called Increo Solutions.  The features that this young company provided allow for viewing content of most any file and the ability to share and embed files across the Web.
 
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
IBM Lotus Connections Adding Social Analytics, Moderation
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Just Gave iTunes A Big Fat Kiss
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Aid Urged for Groups Fighting Internet Censors
Christian / OkTrends:
The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures
Discussion: Snarkmarket
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
MIT project lets you author code with screenshots, pictures
Gus Sentementes / BaltTech:
Apple working on parking app for mobile devices
Reuters:
France joins race to digitize world's books
 Earlier Items: 
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
AdMob: Apple may break its tie with Nokia for world domination
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech and mocoNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Goes Disco With Experimental Music Discovery Project
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's Twitter chatter suggests Danger is up to something — Pink drawing near?
Discussion: LiveSide.net
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Why the Next BlackBerry Browser Won't Be So Terrible
Bloomberg:
Microsoft May Lose More of Facebook's Advertising Business
Discussion: Search Engine Land, paidContent and All Facebook, Thanks:atul