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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 …
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.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
What Apple vs. HTC Could Mean  —  The lawsuit that Apple filed on Tuesday against HTC, the mobile handset maker, opens up a lot of questions about the future of Android phones like the Nexus One and the cellphone market in general.  —  But it could also have an effect on consumers …
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.
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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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?
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.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Omniture, Facebook Expand Social Media Marketing Partnership
Discussion: paidContent
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.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Verizon suffering ‘nationwide’ data outage  —  Having a little trouble checking in on your tweeps this morning on your Droid?  Is your new Pre Plus not syncing with Facebook, or your Storm2 acting a little too calm?  The problem seems to lie with Verizon, which is suffering from a “nationwide” data outage at the moment.
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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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google ‘personalizes’ one in five searches  —  Eye on your history, your location, your friends  —  Google “personalizes” as much as 20 per cent of your web searches, according to Mountain View software engineer Bryan Horling.  —  Speaking this afternoon at the search-obsessed SMX West conference …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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!
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.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nokia and Alpine integrating handsets into cars, bringing Ovi Maps to your dashboard  —  What's the one biggest hurdle to throwing out your dedicated GPS nav unit and going ahead with the free turn-by-turn navigation offered by your smartphone?  If your answer was that most phones …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: More than 2,000 major Web sites still not fully compatible with IE 8  —  The bad news: More than 2,000 highly-trafficked Web sites are still not compatible with Internet Explorer 8 and require IE's Compatibility View support to display properly.  The good news: That is down from about 3,100 sites a year ago.
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
N.C.A.A. Tournament Goes Online, Clip by Clip  —  Even before Warner Wolf took us to the videotape, highlights have served fans as currency of their passion.  Did you see that home run?  That dunk?  That overtime goal?  That buzzer beater?  —  Highlights and full games are significant elements …
The Smoking Gun:
Giga-Biter In Obstruction Charge  —  Arrestee in federal case ate flash drive evidence during processing  —  In a bold and bizarre attempt to destroy evidence seized during a federal raid, a New York City man grabbed a flash drive and swallowed the data storage device while in the custody of Secret Service agents, records show.
Discussion: The Register and Crave
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Washington Post Adds iPhone App With Annual Fee
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
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Ray Willington / HotHardware.com News:
Corsair Spices Up USB 2.0 With High-Speed Flash Voyager GTR Thumb Drive
Discussion: Corsair® Blog and Engadget
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft rivals push to send browser ballot on world tour
Discussion: eWeek, internetnews.com and WebProNews
Erin Kutz / Xconomy:
Monster and Eons Founder Jeff Taylor Starts Incubator as Protest …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Developers See Dramatic Drop In Traffic Following Removal Of Notifications
Discussion: broadstuff and Webware.com, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Nathaniel Roman / Facebook Blog:
Bigger Photos for Better Viewing
Discussion: Softpedia News and Pocket-lint
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo TimeSense: New Trends Tool Previewed At SMX West
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Stores will get iPads on March 10th, customers on the 26th?
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Adobe Opens Up About Apple, HTML5 and Flash [VIDEO]
Discussion: Distorted-Loop.com
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
First Look: How Penguin Will Reinvent Books With iPad