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12:40 PM 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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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 …
Harry McCracken / PC World:
Eight Questions About Apple's Suit Against HTC
Discussion: New York Times and Engadget
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.
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?
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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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: /message and Marketing Nirvana
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Could (and should) Microsoft buy Twitter?  —  A number of Web pundits have suggested during the past year-plus that Microsoft should buy Twitter.  (An equal number have advocated for Google to buy the company and save it from Microsoft's clutches.)  —  Would a Microsoft buy …
Reuters:
AT&T CEO sees iPad mostly used on Wi-Fi  —  * Does not see a lot of subscriptions for iPad  —  AT&T Inc (T.N) expects users of Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPad to connect to the Internet mostly using short-range Wi-Fi networks rather than AT&T's cellular network, the chief executive of AT&T said on Tuesday.
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 …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Staffer Stops Blogging After Backlash  —  Alex Payne, a Twitter engineer, is shutting down his personal blog after a comment he posted on Twitter became the subject of a TechCrunch blog post and caused a minor firestorm among Twitter application developers and others involved with the company.
Thanks:westmoon
Tim Difford / The Next Web:
First Google Buzz iPhone App Hits The Store - It's Buzzie!  —  Buzzie, the first iPhone app aimed squarely at users of Google's new social networking tool Google Buzz is in the iTunes App store.  —  The app gives non-Buzz users a taste of what the service is all about by letting them tune …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Smartphones: So advanced yet so hampered by ancient business models  —  AT&T manages to remove Google's search from an Android device.  Verizon Wireless on the Devour drops in its Verizon Navigator to compete with Google's GPS capability.  Meanwhile, apps like Bing are being force fed …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Gizmodo and IntoMobile
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Twitter Speeding Toward 10 Billion Tweets  —  About one year ago Twitter reached a huge milestone: one billion tweets.  Four months ago, five billion tweets were served.  And now, in about one day, Twitter should reach another very important milestone: 10 billion tweets.  —  Notice the trend?
Discussion: Erictric, Bit Rebels and Twittercism
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.
Dan Rayburn / Silicon Alley Insider:
Adobe To Release Support For HTTP Flash Streaming Next Month  —  Back in October, Adobe announced that sometime in 2010 they would provide support for HTTP streaming enabling CDNs to leverage their existing HTTP infrastructure and cache technologies for video delivery.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Socialtext 4.0 Launches With Groups, Better Search, And Activity Stream Filtering  —  There are a plethora of enterprise friendly collaboration platforms to choose from these days, with Yammer, Salesforce, Jive, Bantam Live, Socialcast, and others all vying for marketshare.
Discussion: PC World
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Verizon confirms 4G plans: 25-30 markets in 2010, speeds 5x faster than 3G  —  The LTE trials being run by Verizon Wireless are apparently going pretty well.  The company says it is still on schedule to make LTE available to 100 million Americans by the end 2010, and the real-world broadband speeds …
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Discussion: Digits
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
Electronista:
Opera: browser downloads tripled since browser ballot  —  Downloads of Opera's web browser have tripled since the EU implemented the trial version of its Windows browser ballot two days ago, the company's chief strategy officer Rolf Assev said today.  The combination of a new beta and a prominent …
Discussion: eWeek and Reuters
Zee / The Next Web:
All 10.5 Million Wordpress Blogs Have Just Gone Real Time  —  The real time web is officially upon us.  Wordpress.com has just announced that all 10.5 million of its blogs have now gone real time.  —  Thanks to PubSubHubbub, all posts from any Wordpress.com blog will appear in services like Google Reader …
Discussion: WordPress.com News
Jose Vilches / TechSpot:
Western Digital enters consumer SSD market  —  If you needed more proof that solid-state drives are the future of computer storage, today, Western Digital, one of the largest traditional hard disk drives manufacturers has jumped with both feet into the market.
Discussion: PC World
Dave Pell / Velocity:
You Are the Internet's Managing Editor  —  Years ago during a rare appearance on Showtime at the Apollo, comedian Bobby Slayton joked about a scene in West Side Story when Tony runs through Spanish Harlem yelling, “Maria, Maria, Maria.”  —  And only one girl comes to the window.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Omniture, Facebook Expand Social Media Marketing Partnership  —  Omniture, acquired by Adobe for $1.8 billion last year, has expanded its partnership with Facebook.  Together, the companies aim to provide marketers with solutions to optimize the enormously popular social network as an effective online marketing channel.
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Layar back to augmenting your reality on the iPhone after 3-month hiatus  —  Augmented reality app Layar hit the App Store in October 2009, only to be withdrawn by the eponymous Dutch developer of the program a month later due to repeated crashes reported by users.
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.
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Transpond launches do-it-yourself social app development  —  Creating a social application can be a great way to attract an online audience, but it's often expensive and time consuming, especially for those without the technical expertise.  Transpond, a development platform for custom social …
 
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
SharesPost Index tracks blue chip pre-IPO stocks
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Vimeo Releases Advanced Statistics Tool
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
ATandT Confirms Yahoo Is Default Search for the Android Motorola Backflip
Discussion: The Next Web
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Giga-Biter In Obstruction Charge
Discussion: Gothamist and The Register
Claudia Rach / Bloomberg:
Google May Drop European Street View if EU Cuts Storage Time for Images
Discussion: GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Microsoft's Natal could launch age of NUI computing
Discussion: Forbes and TechCrunch
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Washington Post Adds iPhone App With Annual Fee
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Wire
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple trying to store your video in the cloud