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10:00 PM ET, March 3, 2010

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Cedric Dupont / The Official Google Blog:
Stars make search more personal  —  We've long believed that personalization makes search more relevant and fun.  For nearly five years, we've been tailoring results with personalized search.  Today we're announcing a new feature in search that makes it easier for you to mark and rediscover your favorite web content — stars.
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:   Google kills SearchWiki, debuts Stars to personalize searches
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google ‘personalizes’ one in five searches
Discussion: Digits, ReadWriteWeb and The Onion
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
This Apple-HTC Patent Thing  —  There are two aspects surrounding Apple's patent litigation against HTC that demand further consideration.  First, the severe problems with the U.S. patent system as a whole, particularly with regard to software patents.  Second, the strategic implications of Apple's decision to file suit.
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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 …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC issues second Apple lawsuit statement: “consumer choice is key”
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Microsoft to Double Down on HTML5 With Internet Explorer 9  —  With the latest releases of Opera, Google Chrome and Firefox continuing to push the boundaries of the web, the once-dominant Internet Explorer is looking less and less relevant every day.  —  But we should expect Microsoft …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu dumps the brown, introduces new theme and branding  —  Canonical has revealed the style of the new default theme that will be used in Ubuntu 10.04, the next major version of the popular Linux distribution.  In a significant departure from tradition, Ubuntu is shedding …
Discussion: Maximum PC
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Research head dubs holy PageRank ‘over-hyped’  —  Google research head Peter Norvig says that the search giant's hallowed PageRank link-analysis algorithm is overrated.  And always has been.  “One thing that I think is still over-hyped is PageRank,” Norvig said this morning during …
Discussion: Rob Hof's Blog and Bruce Clay Blog
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google mulls blend of education, search
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Index to Go Real Time  —  Google is developing a system that will enable web publishers of any size to automatically submit new content to Google for indexing within seconds of that content being published.  Search industry analyst Danny Sullivan told us today that this could be “the next chapter” for Google.
Discussion: The Next Web and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
RealNetworks settles RealDVD case, drops product, pays $4.5m  —  Breaking News: RealNetworks says it has settled the litigation over RealDVD, its software for making copies of DVDs on PC hard drives, agreeing to a permanent injunction against the product and paying $4.5 million in legal costs …
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.
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.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
How TiVo missed the mark with the new Premiere  —  Excuse me while I let off a little steam.  I was a tad hasty in my proclamation yesterday that the TiVo Premiere changes everything.  It doesn't.  In fact, it doesn't change anything.  It's a big pile of disappointment and missed opportunity.
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 …
Doug Aamoth / MobileCrunch:
Virgin Mobile increases value for prepaid broadband data buckets — $60 for 5GB  —  Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go prepaid 3G data service made a splash last summer by offering no-contract plans that came close to competing with two-year offerings from the likes of Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chris DeWolfe Makes His Move - Raises Big Round, Acquires Gaming Platform MindJolt  —  Last year we reported that MySpace founder and former CEO Chris DeWolfe was raising a big round of capital to start acquiring companies.  He's now closed on that round of capital and has made his first acquisition.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Gaga for Google Broadband  —  City residents across the U.S. are campaigning for a slice of the millions Google plans to spend on broadband  —  Jared Starkey is going all out for Google broadband.  The day after Google (GOOG) said it would provide high-speed Internet access …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scribd Turns Three, Gets A New Look And Logo  —  Document-sharing site Scribd launched three years ago with the idea of making PDFs and other text-documents more Web-friendly.  Now three years later, the site stores more than 10 million documents, which in turn have been embedded more than 10 million times across the Web.
Discussion: Erictric
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter Staffer Stops Blogging After Backlash  —  Updated: 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.
Discussion: Geek.com and SiliconANGLE, Thanks:westmoon
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
IBM creates optical device to enhance inter-processor connections  —  IBM scientists on Wednesday announced the development of a device that uses light, instead of copper wires, to allow computer chips to communicate.  —  The advancement is a step toward replacing the electrical signals …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft open-sources clever U-Prove identity framework  —  More and more personal, private information is being used and stored online than ever before, and at the same time, attacks on that information are increasing in frequency and sophistication.  Phishing is a growth industry …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
How to Watch Video, Wirelessly, on Your TV Set  —  An increasing number of people are watching video, including TV shows and movies, on their computers, instead of via traditional TV sets.  —  Many young people don't even bother with a cable or satellite subscription and just use their PCs or Macs to get their video fix.
Discussion: All Things Digital
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Charging fees for Hulu comes with its own problems  —  Hulu's days as a free online video site could be ending soon.  —  Comedy Central's decision to yank two of the most popular shows on Hulu — “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” — in a dispute over splitting ad revenue is the latest blow …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Playdom Acquires Facebook Game Developer Offbeat Creations  —  Social gaming company Playdom has acquired Facebook game developer Offbeat Creations.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Offbeat Creations has developed several popular apps on Facebook including Super Farkle.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook CEO in No Rush To ‘Friend’ Wall Street  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Most everyone in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street agrees: The eventual IPO of social-networking site Facebook could make its founder the world's richest twenty-something.  —  Yet Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, now 25 …
Yang Li / Google Mobile Blog:
Search your Android phone with written gestures  —  As mobile phones become increasingly powerful and can store more data, we've introduced new methods of search to get you to your content faster, such as search suggestions or search by voice.  But sometimes, typing to get to the right search suggestion takes …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft OneAlbum: Find your photos in friends' albums  —  Microsoft is working on new face-recognition technology via a its OneAlbum project, which allow users to find their photos across various social networks.  —  OneAlbum is another of the Microsoft Research projects that Microsoft …
 
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Venture Capital Dispatch:
Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard Keep ‘Methodical’ M&A Pace
Discussion: americasgc.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
comScore, Inc.:
Facebook and Twitter Access via Mobile Browser Grows by Triple-Digits …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare And Gowalla Line Up For A SXSW Brawl With Site Updates
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7 Fastest Selling OS
Discussion: Geek.com and The Windows Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Rayburn / Silicon Alley Insider:
Adobe To Release Support For HTTP Flash Streaming Next Month
DigiTimes:
Taiwan-based component makers doubt iPad production delay rumors
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nokia adds Skype to Ovi Store, foreshadows death of regular phone calls