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5:05 AM ET, March 2, 2010

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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’  —  Picnik Chief Executive Jonathan Sposato chatted with TechFlash this afternoon shortly after the online photo editing service sold out to Google, marking the second time that the search giant has purchased one of his startup companies.
Discussion: CloudAve and BetaNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google: Flickr Can Keep Using Picnik.  Yahoo: We Have No Comment.  —  Earlier today, in writing about Google buying the photo-editing service Picnik, we noted that the most interesting thing about the buy may be that Picnik is currently Flickr's default photo editor.
Discussion: Fast Company and TechFlash
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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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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Series Seed Documents-With an Assist From Andreessen Horowitz …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Digits and Tech Beat, Thanks:atul
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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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Opens Up the Firehose to Startups
Discussion: TechCrunch and louisgray.com
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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.
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple prepping first Macs with HDMI - sources  —  Apple plans to introduce HDMI connectivity on some of its personal computers this year, embracing an emerging trend that has seen the high-definition audio/video interface crop up on an increasing number of systems from rival PC manufacturers, AppleInsider has learned.
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.
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Zune HD Facebook App Gives us Preview of WP7 Apps  —  At last, the Facebook application for the Zune HD has been released.  It has elements of the Metro interface that Microsoft is utilizing on Windows Phone 7 Series devices, and so looking at the this rendition of Facebook, we can get a sense for how other apps would look on WP7.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Users Prefer Broadcast Media  —  A couple of weeks ago, I posted an entry about Facebook becoming the largest news reader.  Facebook does send more traffic to News and Media sites than Google News but looking more closely at the data, I noticed that the two sites send traffic …
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 …
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: SocialTimes.com and Mashable!, Thanks:keithdsouza
Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Exec Offers First Look at Windows Phone 7 Series Device  —  Microsoft showed off the prototype for its first Windows Phone 7 Series device, manufactured by LG and featuring a sliding physical keyboard, at The Engadget Show on Feb. 27.  The phone apparently includes a 5-megapixel camera with flash …
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David Flynn / APC:
Microsoft: “No Windows Phone 7 upgrade for Windows Mobile 6.x devices”
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Interview: Why Platial Shut Down and What That Means for Geo  —  Today the news came out that Platial, a first-generation map mashup startup, was throwing in the towel on its product and encouraging users to export their data.  The company actually ran out of money 18 months ago …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
‘Salmon,’ Google's Open Source Social Web Aggregator  —  Google engineers and the open source community have begun laying the groundwork to support an open social Web.  The group has been working on a protocol that would aggregate conversations at the source, bring them back to any Web site related …
Discussion: Andy Beard, Thanks:chrismessina
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Twitter To Bring Big Changes To Its Geo-API - Tag Your Tweets With A Location, Not Coordinates  —  Today in a note and email from the Twitter API Team, Twitter has outlined upcoming changes to its gelocation API.  —  As it stands now, users can create “geo-tweets,” or Tweets that are tagged with very specific GPS coordinates.
Thanks:alex
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The Myth of iPhone App Piracy  —  People rarely talk about iPhone app piracy, but when they do, it sounds devastating: 90% piracy rates, $450 million in lost sales, etc.  Here's the truth: App Store piracy isn't a big deal—and it never will be.  —  With these shockingly high reports comes …
Discussion: EverythingiCafe, Thanks:atul
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.”
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Backflip for AT&T unboxing and hands-on
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Q4 Wireless Scorecard: It's Good to Be the King
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobclix Acquires iPhone App Sales Analytics Software Heartbeat
Discussion: Mobclix and paidContent
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Dancing tot prevails over UMG in YouTube fair use case
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Dropcam puts home surveillance in the cloud
Discussion: CrunchGear and VentureBeat
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
Comcast's iPhone App Now Lets You Record On-The-Go; BlackBerry App Next
Discussion: Comcast Voices and IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Google Sync Down, Affecting iPhone, WinMo, S60
Peter Corbett / iStrategyLabs:
Apps for the Army - a first of its kind app dev contest for .mil
Discussion: InformationWeek
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why Google makes it easy to leave Google
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Production Delays Mean iPad Inventories May Be Tight at Launch
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Math of Publishing Meets the E-Book
Discussion: AppleInsider, VentureBeat and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai