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6:00 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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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.
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 …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple vs HTC: a patent breakdown  —  Apple suing HTC over 20-odd patents before both the US District Court and the International Trade Commission has certainly caused some chaos this morning, but we thought we'd take a quick breath now that we have the complaints and tease out exactly what patents are at stake here.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Ballmer: Google leads because ‘they did it right first’  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer didn't really know how to answer.  Can Bing be No. 1 in the U.S. search market?  —  “There's no good answer to this question,” Ballmer said Tuesday at the Search Marketing Expo in Santa Clara, Calif. “If you say yes, you sound arrogant.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Carol Bartz Shoots A Subtle Dig At Facebook On CNBC, Asks “What's Their Revenue?”  (YHOO)  —  Carol Bartz appeared on CNBC to talk Yahoo since today is the company's 15 year anniversary.  In the course of the interview she heard the usual questions:  — Would she have sold to Microsoft for $36?
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.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Adobe Opens Up About Apple, HTML5 and Flash [VIDEO]  —  Adobe Flash has been in the spotlight recently, and not for the right reasons.  Now the company has opened up on the iPad, iPhone and HTML5 debate in an exclusive interview with Mashable.  —  Fewer than two months ago, Apple revealed the iPad to the world.
Discussion: Techland
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Stores will get iPads on March 10th, customers on the 26th?  —  The Examiner has a pretty interesting iPad story for us today.  According to their sources, the iPad will reach Apple Stores for employee training on March 10th.  On March 15th, the television commercials (remember the one filmed in a diner in California?) will air.
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 …
Bloomberg:
IBM Fires More Than 1,700 Employees, Mostly in the U.S., Labor Group Says  —  International Business Machines Corp., the world's largest computer-services provider, fired more than 1,700 workers, mostly in the U.S., and that number may rise, according to an employee advocacy group.
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 …
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.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple trying to store your video in the cloud  —  Apple's plans for cloud computing go beyond music.  —  The company's representatives have recently spoken with some of the major film studios about enabling iTunes users to store their content on the company's servers, two people familiar with the discussions told CNET.
Discussion: ParisLemon, Thanks:parislemon
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
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Revenues Up to $700 Million in 2009, On Track Towards $1.1 Billion in 2010  —  Facebook is tight-lipped about its revenue numbers, which is typical of private companies.  The most it has said publicly is that it became “free cash-flow positive” as of last September.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 and Electronista
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
White House outlines secret cybersecurity plan  —  Howard Schmidt, Obama's cybersecurity coordinator, speaks Tuesday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Ever since President Bush signed a secret cybersecurity directive two years ago, executive branch officials …
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.”
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Novell Gets $2 Billion Takeover Bid From Elliott  —  Novell Inc., a seller of corporate- network software, received an unsolicited takeover bid of $5.75 a share from shareholder Elliott Associates LP, valuing the company at about $2 billion.  —  Elliott made the cash offer today in a letter …
Discussion: PR Newswire and DealBook
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
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo News Brings News Commenting Back  —  After a three year hiatus, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) News is once again opening up to news commenters.  The site, which invariably ranks among the top three sources of online news in the country, quietly added a standard commenting feature late last evening …
Nielsen Wire:
For Social Networking, Women use Mobile More Than Men  —  In a demographic view of social networking activity on mobile devices, women were found do use their phones to “tweet” and “friend” 10% more than men.  And while social networking is commonly thought of as something for “the kids,” …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
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 …
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
 
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Lauren Hatch / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bloggers File Lawsuit For Access, New York Gives Them Press Passes In Return
Discussion: New York Observer
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
E-book piracy costs U.S. publishers $3 billion, says study
Discussion: The Next Web
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Colorado law sets new rules for Amazon, other online retailers
John Sargent / Macmillan Blog:
Macmillan CEO John Sargent on the agency model, availability and price
Discussion: TUAW, Thanks:atul
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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A confession: I was the one who came forward about the Macbook Air