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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 Bilton / Bits:
What Apple vs. HTC Could Mean
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gawker
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Responds To The HTC/Apple Lawsuit It's Not A Part Of
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Wire
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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?
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.
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 …
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: All Facebook and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
internetnews.com:
Durbin to Introduce Internet Freedom Bill  —  Senate leader blasts tech industry for bowing to pressure from foreign governments to censor Internet content, pledges to introduce legislation to impose civil or criminal penalties on complicit tech companies.  —  By Kenneth Corbin: More stories by this author:
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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.
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 …
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.
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, Macsimum News and broadstuff
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo TimeSense: New Trends Tool Previewed At SMX West  —  Today's “Real Time Search & The Major Search Engines” session at SMX West took an interesting twist when Yahoo's Ivan Davtchev took the stage to discuss his company's efforts in the real-time search space.
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.
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 …
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: Gadgetell and CrunchGear
Ed Christman / Billboard.Biz:
APPLE AGONISTES  —  iTunes Tries To Steer Labels Away From Amazon's Daily Deal  —  Apple's iTunes store has always dictated the terms of its dealings with record labels.  As such, the largest U.S. music retailer has never censured the labels over marketing or promotion strategies.
Discussion: TechFlash and MediaMemo
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.
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 …
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
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: App Advice
 
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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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare, Baby, Foursquare.
Discussion: CNET News and Mashable!
John Sargent / Macmillan Blog:
Macmillan CEO John Sargent on the agency model, availability and price
Discussion: GigaOM and TUAW, Thanks:atul
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The 2005 email that spawned Picnik, Google's latest buy
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Is Surveying Interest In An iPhone App
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
AT&T removes Google search from Android in favor of Yahoo
Discussion: IntoMobile, Geekword and Internet2Go