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1:30 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 …
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.
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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Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
“Problematic Wi-Fi Access”: Apple Bans Augmented Reality App Sekai Camera
Discussion: AppleInsider
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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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:
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 …
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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.
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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad expected to be part of 10.5M tablets shipped in 2010  —  The buzz kickstarted by Apple with its long-awaited iPad is expected to produce a total of 10.5 million shipped tablet devices in 2010, representing a new and significant change for the PC market.
Discussion: PC World and DigiTimes
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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nearly 300M VoIP Subscribers Seen By 2013  —  There will be 288 million users of Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) by 2013, according to market research firm In-Stat.  While so far, VoIP has been driven largely by the likes of cable companies that want to disrupt the incumbent phone companies …
Discussion: In-Stat
Royal Pingdom:
How Facebook, Twitter and other big sites give back to Open Source  —  Big sites and services like Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and many others rely heavily on open source software to run their operations.  Happily, this isn't a one-way street.  They are also giving back to the open source community …
Market Wire:
TripIt Receives $7M Third Round of Funding  —  Accelerates Investment in Mobile Applications and Enterprise Collaboration  —  TripIt, the trip management company, has closed a third round of funding, receiving $7 million from a group of investors led by Azure Capital Partners and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.
Discussion: Bits
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 …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Android marketshare growing, iPhone shrinking, says Quantcast  — IT TOPICS:Macintosh & Apple, Mobile & Wireless, Open Source, Operating Systems, Personal Technology  —  Apple, if they needed a reason to go after HTC, and by proxy Google, may have had it in marketshare numbers.
Discussion: Internet2Go and Distorted-Loop.com
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Google admits its SEO could use a little work  —  Google has published a detailed, 49-page report that rates the search engine optimization (SEO) on its various properties including the Google search home page.  The result?  It's failing in a number of categories.
 
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Intel expands Atom to home servers
Discussion: The Register
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple is Fortune's ‘most admired’ - for the third year in a row
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft to Spend $9.5 Billion on Research in 2010
Neil J. Rubenking / PC Magazine:
Magensa Pairs iPhone, Credit Card Reader
Discussion: Security Watch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera Releases Beta Of Native Opera Mini 5 App For Windows Mobile Phones
 Earlier Items: 
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds weigh expansion of Internet monitoring
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
How cybercriminals invade social networks, companies
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Nokia helped Iran “persecute and arrest” dissidents
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Technorati API Disappears: No Longer Representing the Technorati
Thanks:labnol
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Index to Go Real Time
Discussion: Beyond Search, Gizmodo, The Next Web and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Cedric Dupont / The Official Google Blog:
Stars make search more personal