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8:55 PM ET, March 4, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Sony Gadgets Take Aim at 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 videogames, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sony's Comeback Plan Includes PlayStation Smartphone
Discussion: PC World
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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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
First Shots of Microsoft's Secret Project Pink Phone  —  These are the first photos of Microsoft's Project Pink phones, snatched from deep within the bowels of the Microsoft/Verizon industrio-complex —not the Turtle, but the larger, Sidekick-like Pure.  This doesn't look like Windows Phone 7, so what is it?
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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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
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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. …
Jacob Friedman / The Next Web:
Yet Another Lawsuit Filed Against Yelp  —  In the wake of last week's dubious lawsuit filed against Yelp, another suit has been filed.  —  The case, which copy-pasted large swathes of the suit filed last week, alleges that Yelp systematically deleted reviews for a business that declined to purchase advertising.
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Yelp Official Blog:
Different Day, Different Lawyer, Same Meritless Claim: A Classic Race …
Discussion: Tech Beat, TechCrunch and Screenwerk
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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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 …
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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).
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
Kelsey Munro / Stuff.co.nz:
How Google became the indispensable frenemy  —  It's the two-man start-up that in a few short years became a global colossus - the brand that became a verb.  Like no other entity in the past 12 years, Google, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, has transformed the world.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Ads Can Now Do Local Targeting for Thousands More Cities  —  In its latest move to expand its performance advertising program, Facebook is offering what it tells us is “thousands” of new cities in its self-serve advertising tool, meaning advertisers can more narrowly target users across the United States and around the world.
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.
Craig Mod:
Craig Mod - Journal - Books in the Age of the iPad  —  Books in the Age of the iPad  —  Print is dead.  Digital is surging.  Everyone is confused.  A collections of thoughts on the future of books in the context of the iPad.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
 
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
White House Cyber Czar: ‘There Is No Cyberwar’
Discussion: CNET News and Guardian
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
First web copyright crackdown coming
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Viacom: “Fair use works for us,” unlikely to sue bloggers
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Yahoo Set to Open Checkbook for Audience, Technologies
Discussion: TechCrunch and Bronte Media
Economist:
The many voices of the web
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Becomes Location Aware
Discussion: CNET News
John Leyden / The Register:
Monster botnet held 800,000 people's details
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Eric A. Taub / Gadgetwise:
Selling 3-D TVs Without 3-D Programming
Discussion: Velocity
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Will Be Worth $35 Billion To $40 Billion When It Goes …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
TiVo: Appeals Court Upholds Contempt Finding In DISH Case (Updated)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Its First Android App. Yes, Google's Platform.