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7:05 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
Discussion: PC World and Digits
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.
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Reuters:
Microsoft to sell phone on Verizon by summer-source
Discussion: Technologizer
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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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. …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Ballmer: Microsoft ‘Betting Our Company’ On The Cloud  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is still most closely associated with its desktop software (Windows, Office etc.), but on Thursday CEO Steve Ballmer said Microsoft was “betting our company” on the cloud.  About 70 percent of Microsoft employees …
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Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer: Cloud Computing  —  Remarks by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  —  Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington  —  ANNOUNCER: Please welcome University of Washington President Mark Emmert.  —  MARK EMMERT: Good morning.
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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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.
Discussion: IntoMobile, /message, TiPb and Gizmodo
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Steve Jobs: A man aggrieved
Discussion: Computerworld, Daring Fireball and TUAW
Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth / Facebook Engineering's Notes:
Working with Zuck  —  I get asked often what it is like to work with Zuck ("Zuck" is our nickname for Mark Zuckerberg) because they want to know how to do it themselves.  I don't claim to be an expert at it myself, but I've at least been around long enough to make a few useful observations …
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
VCs Push StartUp Visa Act  —  A group of investors is in Washington to push for passage of a bill that they say would make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to stay—and create jobs—in the U.S.  —  During recent travels abroad, Shervin Pishevar says he witnessed flourishing tech communities …
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Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
Geeks, Startups, Entrepreneurs, Investors visit DC to Stump …
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:davemcclure
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
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.
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.
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
First web copyright crackdown coming  —  A coalition of traditional and digital publishers this month will launch the first-ever concerted crackdown on copyright pirates on the web, initially targeting violators who use large numbers of intact articles.  —  Details of the crackdown were provided …
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 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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Its First Android App.  Yes, Google's Platform.  —  In December 2008, Microsoft surprised a lot of people by releasing an iPhone app — Seadragon Mobile.  A month later, they ensured the move wasn't taken as a joke or gimmick by launching another app, Tag, into Apple's App Store.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Becomes Location Aware  —  Google just launched the latest developer version of Chrome, which now includes preliminary support for [Google's] the W3C's geolocation API.  Google's Geolocation API allows developers to pinpoint your computer's location by looking at the WiFi networks around you,
Discussion: CNET News
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Will Be Worth $35 Billion To $40 Billion When It Goes Public Next Year, Investors Predict  —  As the WSJ reported in a big page one story today, Facebook will probably go public in 2011, once it's had a year of $1+ billion in sales behind it.  (The company expects to do between $1.2 billion and $2 billion in sales this year.)
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Yahoo Set to Open Checkbook for Audience, Technologies  —  CEO Carol Bartz: Overly Conservative Ad Business Makes Me Feel Like the ‘Crazy Lady’  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — Yahoo's CEO, Carol Bartz, had words of thanks for the advertising industry as she spoke earlier this week …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Huffington Post Still Growing Like a Weed  —  Another step in the Huffington Post's relentless march toward world domination: The company attracted a staggering 40 million unique visitors in the last month.  —  That's per Huffpo's own numbers, served up by Google Analytics (GOOG).
Mia / YouTube Blog:
New Default Size for Embedded Videos  —  A video's life on YouTube is just the beginning; embedding gives it a life off of the site.  Just look at your favorite blogger and they're likely to be embedding YouTube content in their posts.  In fact, almost every popular video on the site is first made famous by embeds on the Web.
 
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Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Viacom: “Fair use works for us,” unlikely to sue bloggers
Economist:
The many voices of the web
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Ads Can Now Do Local Targeting for Thousands More Cities
Discussion: Lost Remote
John Leyden / The Register:
Monster botnet held 800,000 people's details
Eric A. Taub / Gadgetwise:
Selling 3-D TVs Without 3-D Programming
 Earlier Items: 
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
ASUS CEO talks tablets, smartbooks and Windows Phone 7 Series phones
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and eWeek
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Bing's Facebook Page Gets 400,000 New Fans in a Day Through Ad Offer in Farmville
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook Ads Strike Some as Off-Key
Discussion: Technologizer and Switched, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Yang Li / Google Mobile Blog:
Search your Android phone with written gestures