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2:30 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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Jonathan Adams / New York Times:
Strain on HTC From Apple Suit Is Likely to Be Long-Term  —  TAIPEI — Apple's patent lawsuit against HTC will not cause major problems for the Taiwan technology company in the short term, analysts said Wednesday.  But it could strain its relations with partners in the crucial U.S. market …
Harry McCracken / PC World:
Eight Questions About Apple's Suit Against HTC
Discussion: PC World, GMSV and Engadget
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.
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?
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
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.
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: Bit Rebels, Erictric, Pulse2 and Twittercism
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
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 …
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 …
Zee / The Next Web:
All 10.5 Million Wordpress Blogs Take Another Big Leap Into The Real Time Web  —  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.  —  Wordpress has ventured into real time before with support for RSSCloud …
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Rupert Murdoch: WSJ iPad App ‘Under Padlock And Key’ (NWS)  —  News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch confirmed that the Wall Street Journal is planning on building an application for Apple's iPad.  —  “In fact, we've been allowed to work on one, and it's under padlock and key,” he told the crowd, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Facebook is growing up, beefing up Washington staff amid more scrutiny  —  Facebook is beefing up its staff in Washington, a move that comes amid growing scrutiny over the social networking giant's handling of privacy online.  —  The company this week posted two job listings on its Web site related to public policy.
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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Alleged controllers of ‘Mariposa’ botnet arrested in Spain  —  ‘Mariposa’ botnet, which infected 12.7m computers, run by ‘normal people earning a lot of money’, say police  —  Spanish investigators have arrested three alleged ringleaders of the so-called “Mariposa” botnet …
Discussion: Ars Technica, eWeek and The Register
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Livestream Calls Out Ustream and Justin.tv for Profiting Off of Piracy  —  Livestream has issued an open letter touting its “zero tolerance” piracy policy while also comparing its policies against those of Justin.tv and Ustream, its closest competitors.  The letter, which is addressed to …
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 …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
SharesPost Index tracks blue chip pre-IPO stocks  —  Facebook.  Linden Lab.  LinkedIn.  Serious Materials.  Tesla Motors.  Twitter.  Zynga.  These are the Dow Jones Industrial Index of venture-backed, pre-IPO companies according to SharesPost, which lets accredited investors buy …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Arkayne Gets $1 Million Seed Round For Link Recommendation Plug-In  —  Arkayne, which makes a plug-in designed to automatically add related links to web pages, has raised $1 million in an angel round.  The plug-in scans all of the posts on a website in order to automatically suggest related items that a visitor should read.
Discussion: The Arkayne Blog
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
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Google and PayPal to Support New Government Login System  —  Open Identity Exchange (OIX) is a newly founded non-profit organization, launched today at the RSA Conference 2010 by Google, PayPal, Equifax, VeriSign, Verizon, CA and Booz Allen Hamilton.  The aim of this new organization is exchange …
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.
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.
 
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Jim Goldman / CNBC:
Tech Check  —  Palm Resumes Chinese Manufacturing
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Electronista:
Opera: browser downloads tripled since browser ballot
Discussion: eWeek, Reuters and Pocket-lint
Dave Pell / Velocity:
You Are the Internet's Managing Editor
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Transpond launches do-it-yourself social app development
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Virtual world There.com shutting down March 9
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
ATandT Confirms Yahoo Is Default Search for the Android Motorola Backflip
Discussion: The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google ‘personalizes’ one in five searches
Discussion: Digits
The Smoking Gun:
Giga-Biter In Obstruction Charge
Discussion: TG Daily, The Register and Gothamist
Claudia Rach / Bloomberg:
Google May Drop European Street View if EU Cuts Storage Time for Images
Discussion: Softpedia News and GigaOM
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
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Viacom Will Take ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert’ Off Hulu