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10:45 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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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  —  Lawsuit over smartphone-related patents could be bad for consumers, bad for smartphone makers, and even bad for Apple, too.  —  Recommends  —  I'm not a reflexive enemy of the U.S. patent system.  But having spent the day mulling …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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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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?
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 …
Discussion: Microsoft
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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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Gothamist
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
ATandT Confirms Yahoo Is Default Search for the Android Motorola Backflip  —  AT&T March 7 will launch the Motorola Backflip with Yahoo, not Google, as the default search engine for its first phone running Google's Android operating system.  AT&T and Yahoo spokespeople confirmed for eWEEK that Yahoo …
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: GigaOM
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Twitter Speeding Towards 10 Billion Tweets  —  About one year ago Twitter reached a huge milestone: one billion tweets.  Four months ago, 5 billion tweets were served.  And now, in about one day, Twitter should reach another very important milestone: 10 billion tweets.  —  Notice the trend?
Discussion: Bit Rebels and Twittercism
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: Gizmodo, IntoMobile and mocoNews
DigiTimes:
Taiwan-based component makers doubt iPad production delay rumors  —  In response to reports that initial volumes of Apple's iPad in late March will be lower than originally planned and the launch will be only in the US market because production by Foxconn Electronics has been delayed …
 
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Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Transpond launches do-it-yourself social app development
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Virtual world There.com shutting down March 9
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Omniture, Facebook Expand Social Media Marketing Partnership
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
N.C.A.A. Tournament Goes Online, Clip by Clip
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Washington Post Adds iPhone App With Annual Fee
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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
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Developers See Dramatic Drop In Traffic Following Removal Of Notifications
Discussion: broadstuff and Webware.com, Thanks:atul
Nathaniel Roman / Facebook Blog:
Bigger Photos for Better Viewing
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
TiVo unveils Series4 ‘Premiere’ DVRs with enhanced online integration
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Stores will get iPads on March 10th, customers on the 26th?