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1:05 AM ET, March 3, 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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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 …
Discussion: Erictric, Edible Apple and The Loop
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Complaint: Apple's Patent Lawsuit Against HTC Is All About Android
Nick Bilton / Bits:
What Apple vs. HTC Could Mean
Discussion: Business Week, Gizmodo and Gawker
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple sues HTC for infringing 20 iPhone patents
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 …
LouiV / BlackBerry Leaks:
First Live Images of a BlackBerry Slider; Could This be the Storm3?  —  Now here is something very interesting!  It appears to be the first live images of a BlackBerry Slider!  While we cannot confirm the legitimacy of these images just yet, they do seem ever so convincing.
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 …
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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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Up Close with TiVo's new Bluetooth QWERTY remote
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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.
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: CNET News, Fast Company, Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
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.
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?
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
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: CNET News, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
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: 9 to 5 Mac, MediaMemo and TechFlash
Kenneth Corbin / 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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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.
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Speaks About iPhone and iPad  —  The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) on comments made today by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson at an investor conference in which he noted that he expects Apple's iPhone to be an important part of the carrier's offerings for “quite some time”.
Erin Kutz / Xconomy:
Monster and Eons Founder Jeff Taylor Starts Incubator as Protest to Startups Fleeing Boston  —  Erin Kutz wrote:  —  Monster.com and Eons.com founder Jeff Taylor thinks entrepreneurs are bluffing when they cite Boston's harsh winter weather as the reason for fleeing the city for operations elsewhere …
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.
Discussion: Geekword
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.
 
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PR Newswire:
CBS and Sony Electronics Unveil New 3D Consumer Research Center
Spiegel Online:
German High Court Limits Phone and E-Mail Data Storage
Discussion: CNET News, ReadWriteWeb and p2pnet, Thanks:arjo
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Adobe Opens Up About Apple, HTML5 and Flash [VIDEO]
Discussion: Techland
John Cook / TechFlash:
Founder's Co-op leads $250K investment in Untitled Startup
Discussion: The Next Web
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Sony now accepting Dash pre-orders, shipping April 15th
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gadgetell and Electronista
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Bogus Copyright Claim Silences Yet Another Larry Lessig YouTube Presentation
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
iPhone gross profit margin nears 60%
Discussion: broadstuff, MacNN and Macsimum News
John Cook / TechFlash:
The 2005 email that spawned Picnik, Google's latest buy