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10:15 AM ET, March 2, 2010

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PR Newswire:
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Goes After HTC In Lawsuit Over 20 iPhone Patents  —  Apple is using its strong patent portfolio to fight iPhone competitors in court.  Its latest target is HTC.  Apple has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the cell phone manufacturer.  The suit involves “20 Apple patents related …
Virginia / Picnik Blog:
Picnik Acquired by Google  —  When Bitnik, Inc was created, our founders envisioned making great software for real people and giving users the power to edit digital photos in their browser, without having to purchase or download complicated software.  While our first office in 2005 only had two desks …
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Picnik CEO: Google deal comes with ‘a very happy number’
Discussion: CloudAve and BetaNews
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.
Rsarver / Twitter Blog:
Enabling A Rush of Innovation  —  Even before Twitter was officially a company, we opened our technology in ways that invited developers to extend the service.  Before long, Twitter became a platform and an ecosystem of innovation began to grow.  Recently we've announced partnerships with Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   What Is Taking a Sip From the Twitter Firehose Going to Cost You?
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.
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.”
Discussion: Digital Society
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google wins patent for location-based advertising  —  While the blogosphere was buzzing over the patent Facebook won for its news feed last week, Google earned a killer one too.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded the search giant a patent for using location in an advertising system last Tuesday …
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation.Blog:
PlayStation Network Service Restored  —  We are aware that the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units other than the slim model, recognized the year 2010 as a leap year.  Having the internal clock date change from February 29 to March 1 (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms …
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Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Sony blames leap year glitch for PlayStation troubles
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.
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 …
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 …
Ben Horowitz / blog.pmarca.com:
Angels vs. Venture Capitalists  —  [This blog post is by Ben Horowitz, the Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz.]  —  At our new venture fund, we've been spending time looking into new ways that will make the lives of entrepreneurs seeking funding easier.  To that end, we've linked up with Ted Wang …
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
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
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 …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
On Weeping Second-Rate Tears  —  Over the weekend, I couldn't help but notice a very interesting tweet by Twitter engineer Alex Payne.  I couldn't help it because a number of people in my stream were retweeting it, or talking about it.  I took one look at it, and knew it was a story — because, well, that's what I do.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
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: BerryScoop
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Twitter-for-the-office tool Socialcast adds enterprise edition  —  Socialcast offers what's best described as Twitter for work.  The company sells both hosted and self-installed versions of a Twitter-like stream of updates, with extra features built in to make security and privacy-conscious …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Firefox may never hit 25 percent market share  —  Firefox is on a decline.  It may not be as steady as Internet Explorer's death spiral, and it certainly has not been going on for as long, but if the last three months are any indication, Firefox will never hit that 25 percent market share mark …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet  —  The biggest threat to the open internet is not Chinese government hackers or greedy anti-net-neutrality ISPs, it's Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence.  —  McConnell's not dangerous because he knows anything …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Intel's rising star Maloney suffers stroke  —  The British executive tipped to take over the helm at chip maker Intel is taking extended medical leave after suffering a stroke.  —  Sean Maloney, 53 - who heads the sales division of the world's biggest computer chip company - became unwell over the weekend, the company said.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ShareThis Introduces The Share Stream  —  You know all those share buttons across the Web?  They are getting more and more social.  What I mean by that is initially they were used to share stories or content mostly via email on a one-to-one basis, but over the past year or so services …
Discussion: VatorNews, SocialTimes.com and Mashable!, Thanks:keithdsouza
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera 10.50 Lands On Windows, Mac And Linux Version ‘Coming Soon’  —  Opera Software today released Opera 10.50, which it touts as “the fastest Web browser thus-far produced for Windows computers” (which, in turn, calls for a comprehensive speed test - anyone?).
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Security Expert: Flash Is the Root of Browser Insecurity (Oh, and IE8 Isn't So Bad!)  —  You're probably relatively confident in your various machines' integrity against hackers.  Repeat Pwn2Own hacking competition victor Charlie Miller would like you to know that you're wrong—especially if you have Flash.
 
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Matt Cutts / European Public Policy Blog:
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Data theft creates notification nightmare for BlueCross
Mark Doherty / www.flashmobileblog.com:
Flash Player 10.1 - Installations and updates
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Lights Go Out For Streamy, Founders Flock To Facebook And Zynga
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Researchers Call Google Hackers ‘Amateurs’
Discussion: CNET News
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
New, arbitrary App Store rejection reason: “Minimum User Functionality”
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail Security Enhancements Expected Tuesday
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The Myth of iPhone App Piracy
Discussion: EverythingiCafe, Thanks:atul
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
‘Salmon,’ Google's Open Source Social Web Aggregator
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobclix Acquires iPhone App Sales Analytics Software Heartbeat
Discussion: IntoMobile, Mobclix and paidContent