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3:15 PM ET, March 2, 2010

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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Sues HTC for Patent Infringement  —  Apple® today filed a lawsuit against HTC for infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.  The lawsuit was filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple sues HTC for infringing 20 iPhone patents  —  Looks like Apple's going on the warpath, kids.  Just a few months after Cupertino got into it with Nokia over phone patents, Apple's filed suit against HTC, alleging that the company is infringing 20 patents “related to the iPhone's user interface …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Complaint: Apple's Patent Lawsuit Against HTC Is All About Android  —  Earlier today, Apple issued a press release stating that it has filed suit against cell phone manufacturer HTC for patent infringement.  No mention of Android or Google was in the press release.
Google Chrome Blog:
A polyglot Google Chrome beta, with new privacy features  —  Whether you're catching up on your favorite Arabic gameshow, getting up to speed on the latest Korean mobile gadgetry, or researching the local perspective for a dream trip to Machu Picchu, we're all constantly reminded that the internet is an amazingly multilingual place.
Edward Kim:
An Android Success Story: $13,000/month App Sales  —  Since releasing the “Car Locator” Android application about 5 months ago, I posted twice before with sales figures on the Android Marketplace.  First, when I got excited after it averaged $20/day for a few days, and second …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Virgin Mobile USA To Kill Their Postpaid Service (Helio) On May 25th  —  Update: This is now confirmed.  See Virgin Mobile's statement below.  —  According to a series of tips I've just received from multiple trusted sources, Virgin Mobile USA is planning to shut down the post-paid chunk of their wireless services on May 25th, 2010.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
First Look: How Penguin Will Reinvent Books With iPad  —  As the race to be be ebook format of choice hots up, Penguin is making some bold, experimental bets.  These first-look demos of forthcoming books from iPad's iBook Store, presented by Penguin Books' CEO John Makinson in London on Tuesday …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Striving to Map the Shape-Shifting Net  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a dimly lit chamber festooned with wires and hidden in one of California's largest data centers, Tim Pozar is changing the shape of the Internet.  —  He is using what Internet engineers refer to as a “meet-me room.”
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Bogus Copyright Claim Silences Yet Another Larry Lessig YouTube Presentation  —  Nearly a year ago, we wrote about how a YouTube presentation done by well known law professor (and strong believer in fair use and fixing copyright law), Larry Lessig, had been taken down, because his video …
Sam Odio / sam.bluwiki.com:
A confession: I was the one who came forward about the Macbook Air  —  Daniel Brusilovsky recently asked the founder of a startup for a Macbook Air and offered coverage in exchange.  That founder was me, the CEO of Divvyshot.  I came forward to Mike at TechCrunch.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare, Baby, Foursquare.  —  Foursquare may still be relatively small (around 450,000 users), but wow have they been able to woo certain areas of the mainstream quickly.  We already know about the deals with Conde Nast, Marc Jacobs, the New York Times, and others — some of which are pulling in revenue.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft: Don't press F1 key in Windows XP  —  Ignore sites that nag to press the Help key, says zero-day bug advisory  —  Computerworld - Microsoft told Windows XP users today not to press the F1 key when prompted by a Web site, as part of its reaction to an unpatched vulnerability …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show off new ‘Mobile Surface’ at TechFest 2010  —  It looks like Microsoft has finally figured out how to turn its table-sized multi-touch Surface computer into a more portable experience.  —  Microsoft is planning to demonstrate this week at its employee-only Microsoft Research showcase …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
iPhone gross profit margin nears 60%  —  An analyst takes a close look at Apple's margins and finds the Street's consensus lacking  —  Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi gets a lot of attention from critics when he shortchanges Apple (AAPL).  (See, for example, The case of the missing iPhones.)
Discussion: MacNN and Macsimum News
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
AT&T removes Google search from Android in favor of Yahoo  —  Next week, AT&T customers will finally be able to purchase their first Android phone, but the carrier has decided to remove one of the most used features of Google's operating system.  AT&T went out of their way to replace Google search with Yahoo.
Discussion: Geekword and Internet2Go
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Is Surveying Interest In An iPhone App  —  There has never been a shortage or rumors that Netflix streaming is coming to the iPhone.  It just makes sense that eventually, the hot device and the hot service will meet.  And that may be happening sooner rather than later if a survey being sent out by Netflix is any indication.
John Cook / TechFlash:
The 2005 email that spawned Picnik, Google's latest buy  —  Entrepreneurial ideas can strike anytime, anywhere.  For Picnik founders Mike Harrington and Darrin Massena — who announced the sale of their online photo editing startup to Google on Monday — that moment hit on Saturday, Dec. 10 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With 10-fold graphics improvement, Nvidia gains dozens of customers for second-generation Ion netbook graphics chip  —  Graphics chip designer Nvidia is announcing today it has more than 30 customers signed up to use its second-generation Ion chip to provide eye-popping graphics to netbooks.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
ASUS makes DR-900 e-reader official  —  We've spent all our time hearing about a DR-950, but today at CeBIT ASUS has trotted out a DR-900 as its first 9-inch ebook reader.  It doesn't appear manifestly different from what we've heard and seen already, with WiFi connectivity augmented with a 3G option …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Google says no timetable to leave China; lawmakers tell firms to stand up to censors  —  Seven weeks after Google announced it would leave China if the government continued to force it to censor Web results, the company said Tuesday it hasn't come up with a timetable to withdraw operations there.
Discussion: Associated Press
John Cook / TechFlash:
Founder's Co-op leads $250K investment in Untitled Startup  —  Founder's Co-op didn't have to look too far for its latest deal.  The Seattle investment group is pumping $250,000 into Untitled Startup, the early-stage social media tools company which for the past several weeks has been sharing office space with the Founder's Co-op.
Discussion: The Next Web
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail Security Enhancements Expected Tuesday  —  Google will roll out a number of security enhancements to Gmail this week, and perhaps as early as Tuesday, says a source with knowledge of the new features.  The changes are specifically designed to cut down on phishing and hacking attacks on Gmail accounts.
Discussion: Erictric
Matt Burns / MobileCrunch:
TomTom's iPhone app to get real-time traffic alerts and Google local search  —  TomTom is serious about its iPhone navigation app and the upcoming update brings it one step closer to the feature set found on high-end dedicated GPS units.  Version 1.3 is currently held up by App Store reviewers …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator To Startups: “We think the iPad is meant to be a Windows killer”  —  Last August, we wrote about Y Combinator's latest idea: RFS, or, Requests for Startups.  Basically, this allows the incubator to lead entrepreneurs in a certain direction based on trends they think will be hot.
Discussion: Hacker News, TiPb and Electricpig.co.uk
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Cisco Develops VPN Client for PCs, Smartphones  —  Cisco Systems will soon release a VPN client for smartphones and PCs aimed at enterprise administrators who want to provide secure access to their networks and ward off malicious software.  —  Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
CoTweet Acquired By Email Marketing Firm ExactTarget  —  CoTweet, the Twitter CRM tool used by several massive brands including JetBlue and Ford, has been acquired by ExactTarget, an email marketing firm.  —  In a statement, ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey said, “By combining the power …
Discussion: CoTweet, paidContent and Business Wire
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Sony now accepting Dash pre-orders, shipping April 15th  —  Sony's Dash “personal internet viewer” may have prompted some slight confusion and eventual disappointment when it was introduced among all the tablet madness at CES, but it's since turned into a decidedly more interesting …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Extends “Click To Call” Ads To All Advertisers  —  Google introduced “Click to Call” in January as a component of its location extensions offering in mobile.  Advertisers were permitted to include a phone number associated with a physical location, which would then show on high-end smartphones as an additional line of text.
Discussion: Inside AdWords and Screenwerk
Tim Hrenchir / Topeka Capital-Journal:
‘Topeka to be Google, Kansas’  —  Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten signed a proclamation Monday calling for Topeka to be known for the month of March as “Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics.”  —  Bunten told city council members about the proclamation prior to a special meeting …
 
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