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7:30 AM ET, March 3, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Backs Its Boy, HTC, In The Apple Lawsuit Ring  —  As you've undoubtedly heard by now, Apple has filed a lawsuit against device-maker HTC over 20 patents they control.  As you might imagine, Google has something to say about it too. … A little odd that Google would proactively send us …
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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.
Agence France Presse:
Taiwan's HTC denies infringing iPhone patents
Discussion: DigiTimes and MarketWatch
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Sues HTC for Patent Infringement
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Viacom Will Take ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert’ Off Hulu  —  Unable to make the digital media dollars add up to their liking, Viacom will remove “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and other Comedy Central television shows from Hulu next week.  —  Although the companies said Tuesday evening …
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Andy Forssell / Hulu Blog:
A Fond Farewell  —  Many of you know that TV shows and movies regularly cycle in and out of the Hulu service.  When a show is about to cycle out, we try our hardest to ensure that users who have subscribed to the show or have episodes of the show in their queue are notified in plenty …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
iPhone ego clash costs Flash at Virgin America  —  As Silicon Valley titans Apple and Adobe System deck it out over the weakness of Flash, one Valley-based outfit has put Adobe's Flash in its place - and that place isn't online  —  Start-up airline Virgin America has decided HTML is …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nokia adds Skype to Ovi Store, foreshadows death of regular phone calls  —  Skype for Symbian.  A freely downloadable application that allows you to converse with your Skype-equipped friends over a WiFi or 3G connection.  Seriously, why would you ever make another cellular call again?
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.
Joel Spolsky / inc.com:
Let's Take This Offline  —  A decade ago, I started Joel on Software, a blog that put my company on the map.  But as the business matures, I've come to realize that blogging is holding me back.  —  You've started a business.  You've built a great product.  Now you're trying to get the word out.
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
TiVo unveils Series4 ‘Premiere’ DVRs with enhanced online integration  —  NEW YORK—TiVo on Tuesday officially announced two new DVRs that offer an updated user interface and enhanced integration and search capabilities for online video.  The TiVo Premiere and TiVo Premiere XL models will cost $300 and $500 …
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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.
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.
Taylor Buley / Velocity:
Analyst: Microsoft's Planned $1B Mobile Investment Means Palm Acquisition ‘Unlikely’  —  With Microsoft mobile market share hovering in the low single digits and Palm's stock doing the same, there's been some speculation that the software giant could acquire the struggling handset manufacturer.
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Microsoft's Natal could launch age of NUI computing  —  The breakthrough “natural user interface,” or NUI, Microsoft plans to unveil this Christmas in the form of its much-hyped Natal gaming control for Xbox is much more than a nifty stocking stuffer.  —  Natal — pronounced nah-TAHL …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Books Now Outnumber Games on the iPhone  —  People love their iPhone apps — after all, Apple has sold over a billion of them since it launched the phone.  And a big proportion of those apps are games.  But you know what else a growing number of people love to have on their iPhone?  Books.
Discussion: broadstuff and App Advice
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Slowly Moving Away From Its ‘Addiction’ To M&A Earn-Outs  —  Earn-outs and milestones have become common features of merger and acquisition deals in recent years - but have they outlived their usefulness?  —  Executives from Google Inc. and Walt Disney Co. discussed earn-outs …
Discussion: americasgc.com, Thanks:atul
Claudia Rach / Bloomberg:
Google May Drop European Street View if EU Cuts Storage Time for Images  —  Google Inc., the owner of the most popular search engine, may not map Europe again with photos for its Street View service if European Union data-protection regulators reduce the images' storage time from 12 months to 6.
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.
Nathaniel Roman / Facebook Blog:
Bigger Photos for Better Viewing  —  When it comes to viewing photos, we think bigger is better.  We've begun increasing the maximum size for photos on Facebook by almost 20 percent to 720 pixels to give you higher quality photos and make viewing them more enjoyable.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Pocket-lint
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
HTC HD2, Motorola CLIQ XT, and Dell Mini 10 launch dates for T-Mobile surface  —  One of our ninjas just dropped some tantalizing and blurry details for us to feast on.  We've been informed that T-Mobile will be releasing the Motorola CLIQ XT on March 10th, the HTC HD2 (listed as “Dark Handset” …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Developers See Dramatic Drop In Traffic Following Removal Of Notifications  —  Just over 24 hours after Facebook turned off application notifications, developers are reporting a dramatic decrease in traffic.  Speaking to a number of developers, we've heard traffic has decreased …
Discussion: broadstuff and The Social, Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Toyota Turns To Twitter To Repair Its Image  —  Toyota has been dealing with negative backlash from the massive safety recalls of its vehicles; and is even suffering in terms of sales.  So what does the company do to repair its image?  Turn to Twitter, of course!
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft rivals push to send browser ballot on world tour  —  The lobbying group European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) today called on antitrust regulators worldwide to follow the European Commission and pressure Redmond into offering a browser ballot, similar …
Discussion: internetnews.com, eWeek and WebProNews
 
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