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2:40 PM ET, March 4, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Sony Readies Gadgets to Rival Apple  —  Threatened by Apple Inc.'s growing stable of portable devices, Sony Corp. is developing a new lineup of handheld products, including a smart phone capable of downloading and playing PlayStation games, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:   Sony's Comeback Plan Includes PlayStation Smartphone
John Kennedy / Silicon Republic:
In three years desktops will be irrelevant - Google sales chief  —  Google believes that in three or so years desktops will give way to mobile as the primary screen from which most people will consume information and entertainment.  That's according to Google Europe boss John Herlihy …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Platform shifts Mainframe to Mini to PC to Mobile. …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Microsoft's Project Pink Lives, and It's Coming to Verizon  —  After the Windows Phone 7 launch passed without so much as a mention of Project Pink, Microsoft's other new phone project started to fade into memory.  Today, we can confirm: Pink is coming, and Verizon's the carrier.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Launches Auto-Captions For All Videos  —  I'm here at YouTube's office in San Bruno, where the company is holding a press conference to discuss the launch of auto-captions.  YouTube Director of Product Management Hunter Walk kicked off the event by discussing some of YouTube's goals through …
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Mia / YouTube Blog:   The Future Will Be Captioned: Improving Accessibility on YouTube
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes  —  Pretends they were never there  —  Wi-Fi hotspot detecting applications are the latest on Apple's list of verboten apps, and even developers are being left in the dark as to why.  —  Wi-Fi detection is something of a niche …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Steve Jobs: A man aggrieved  —  A new theory about why Apple decided to take HTC — and indirectly, Google — to court  —  Two thirds of the way through a 3,000-word essay on This Apple-HTC Patent Thing, Daring Fireball's John Gruber quotes a tweet by John Siracusa that gets to the heart of the matter:
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
An Explosion of Mobile Patent Lawsuits  —  At first glance, it looks as if we're in the middle of a patent lawsuit Super Bowl party.  Nearly every large mobile phone player — with the exception of Microsoft, Palm and, so far, Google — has recently been involved in some sort of patent litigation regarding mobile technologies.
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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 …
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 …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Will Be Worth $35 Billion To $40 Billion When It Goes …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google adds free cloud “backup” to Apps, feature that reduces risk of data loss  —  Google, in its continued quest to lure enterprise customers to switch to the cloud-based Google Apps suite, is upping its offering with a free feature called synchronous replication.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
TiVo: Appeals Court Upholds Contempt Finding In DISH Case (Updated)  —  TiVo (TIVO) shares are rocketing higher after a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling which found found DISH Network (DISH) and Echostar (SATS) in contempt of a previous ruling which found infringement of TiVo's DVR patents.
TechCrunch:
In Mobile, Fragmentation is Forever.  Deal With It.  —  Editor's note: Richard Wong is a venture capitalist with Accel Partners, an investor in AdMob, GetJar, and SunRun, and a former mobile industry executive.  In this guest post he argues that the fragmentation of mobile devices and platforms …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Lords copyright change ‘could block YouTube’  —  One of the most contentious parts of the controversial digital economy bill was voted down by the House of Lords last night - only to be replaced by a clause that campaigners say is even more draconian.  —  The Liberal Democrats forced through …
AndrewM / Yahoo! Mail Blog:
Facebook Friends: Meet Yahoo! Contacts  —  You might have heard that Yahoo! announced plans in December to integrate Facebook Connect across a variety of our popular sites and services.  While we're still early in the partnership, we wanted to let you know about one new thing you can do with Facebook today.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook Ads Strike Some as Off-Key  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is selling more ad spots to big companies like Wal-Mart Stores, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo.  —  But the site's pages are also home to countless ads from smaller companies that can be funny …
Discussion: Bits and /message, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Intel expands Atom to home servers  —  Intel's Atom chip is moving up in the world, from Netbooks to home and small-office servers.  —  The chipmaker on Thursday launched its first Atom processor optimized for the SOHO (small office/home office) market.  Intel's new platform marries …
Tumblr Staff:
Now testing: Pages  —  You can now add static pages to your blog, with a few very useful options.  Head to your blog's Customize page and click the “Pages” menu to get started.  There are currently three types of Pages you can create:  — Standard Layout.  Create a simple page with a title and body using your current theme.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Bing's Facebook Page Gets 400,000 New Fans in a Day Through Ad Offer in Farmville  —  In the latest example of brand advertising integrated into social games, Microsoft ran an advertising offer for Bing within Zynga's hit game FarmVille on Tuesday.  If users became a fan of Bing's Facebook Page …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
ASUS CEO talks tablets, smartbooks and Windows Phone 7 Series phones  —  Ever wonder about the man behind the insane amount of ASUS products we cover?  We do too, which is why we jumped at the chance to sit down with ASUS CEO Jerry Shen here at CeBIT.  Our lengthy discussion covered …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The AOL Executive Shuffle Continues: Entertainment Chief Mike Rich Departs  —  There's been a lot of churn in AOL's executive and employee ranks since Tim Armstrong became CEO.  The latest exec to head for the door is 9-year veteran Mike Rich, who is the senior VP in charge of AOL Entertainment …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Joost Starts Second Life Under The Adconion Flag  —  Joost, the failed video venture started by Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, was put out of its misery in November 2009 when Adconion Media Group decided to pick up the remains of the company for an undisclosed sum.
The Mac Observer:
Judge Halts Apple, Nokia Patent Case Pending ITC Investigation  —  The judge overseeing Apple and Nokia's patent violation case in Delaware has temporarily put the proceedings on hold while waiting for a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation to run its course, according to the Sacramento Bee.
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
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Market Wire:
TripIt Receives $7M Third Round of Funding
Discussion: VentureBeat, VatorNews, GigaOM and Bits
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad expected to be part of 10.5M tablets shipped in 2010
Discussion: Gartner, PC World and DigiTimes
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nearly 300M VoIP Subscribers Seen By 2013
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft to Spend $9.5 Billion on Research in 2010
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Neil J. Rubenking / PC Magazine:
Magensa Pairs iPhone, Credit Card Reader
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera Releases Beta Of Native Opera Mini 5 App For Windows Mobile Phones
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds weigh expansion of Internet monitoring
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Android marketshare growing, iPhone shrinking, says Quantcast
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Nokia helped Iran “persecute and arrest” dissidents