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5:35 AM ET, March 5, 2010

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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?
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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.
Reuters:
Microsoft to sell phone on Verizon by summer-source
Discussion: mocoNews
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  —  The long-rumored Sony (NYSE: SNE) Playstation phone is now becoming a reality.  —  Sony is developing a new lineup of handheld products, including a smartphone that would be capable of downloading and playing PlayStation games …
Discussion: Phones Review
Ckindel / Charlie Kindel on Windows Phone Development:
Different Means Better with the new Windows Phone Developer Experience  —  In just over a week we (finally!) get to pull the cover off of the Windows Phone application & game developer experience at MIX10.  There, through keynotes and more than 12 technical sessions over 3 days, we will …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft talks Windows Phone 7 Series development ahead of GDC: Silverlight, XNA, and no backward compatibility  —  Microsoft is keen on unveiling the meat of its developer story around Windows Phone 7 Series at MIX10 in less than two weeks, but with GDC coming up next week …
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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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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Yelp Official Blog:
Different Day, Different Lawyer, Same Meritless Claim: A Classic Race to the Courthouse  —  As many folks know, a lawsuit was filed against Yelp last week alleging we move reviews around to reward advertisers and punish non-advertisers.  Of course, we don't.
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Jacob Friedman / The Next Web:
Yet Another Lawsuit Filed Against Yelp
Thanks:zee
The Tor Project / Google Open Source Blog:
Google and the Tor Project  —  When it comes to code, Google's support has made a big difference to the Tor Project.  Providing privacy and helping to circumvent censorship online is a challenge that keeps our software developers and volunteers very busy.  The Google Summer …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Dan Goodin / The Register:
‘Severe’ OpenSSL vuln busts public key crypto  —  Private keys pilfered through power supply  —  Computer scientists say they've discovered a “severe vulnerability” in the world's most widely used software encryption package that allows them to retrieve a machine's secret cryptographic key.
Discussion: Darknet, Thanks:atul
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Fired ‘Call of Duty’ developers sue Activision for more than $36 million [Updated]  —  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has led to legal warfare at Activision.  —  Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former heads of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare development studio Infinity Ward, who were fired on Monday …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac Developer license falls to $99/year, Mac App Store coming?  —  We're running on pure Ultra 94 Octane Speculation here but might Apple be readying a Mac App Store?  —  Before you hit the Flame button, hear us out.  Today, after that long outage, the App Store came back up with a survey …
Discussion: TiPb, Macworld and AppleInsider
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
China's Twitter Clones  —  The popularity of Twitter has produced a number of clones in China, just as there are Facebook clones.  Some of China's Twitter clones have been closed down by the Chinese government, but some have survived.  We take a look at both cases in this post.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Ubisoft's Uber DRM Cracked Within a Day  —  As an anti-piracy tool DRM simply doesn't work - and it never will, although not everyone fully realizes this.  For example, Ubisoft recently decided to introduce a new solution to prevent pirates from playing their games.
Discussion: PC World, TechSpot and Techdirt
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.
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Datamation:
Google Claims Disaster Recovery Edge
Discussion: WebProNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
U.S. Mobile Market: Highly Competitive, and the iPhone Still Rocks  —  Pretty much everything you've read about the U.S. mobile industry is true: The networks suck — some more than others — and the iPhone is still a king-maker.  Yet according to data collected by Wireless Intelligence …
Discussion: Eloqua Login and Electronista
Tom Downey / New York Times:
China's Cyberposse  —  The short video made its way around China's Web in early 2006, passed on through file sharing and recommended in chat rooms.  It opens with a middle-aged Asian woman dressed in a leopard-print blouse, knee-length black skirt, stockings and silver stilettos standing next to a riverbank.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Eye Tracking Study: Users Largely Blind To Real-Time Results In Search  —  Online marketing firm OneUpWeb recently conducted an eye-tracking study about the impact of integrating real-time data into search results.  The study involved 44 people divided into two groups: “consumers” and “information foragers.”
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
MOG preps a mobile app for SXSW showdown with Spotify  —  Be prepared for a music startup showdown in Austin.  MOG, a Berkeley-based music streaming startup, will debut its mobile app a day before its European rival Spotify takes the stage at the SXSW festival two weeks from now.
Economist:
The bigger picture  —  Video on the internet: Why are public broadcasters experimenting with the “peer-to-peer” technology beloved of online pirates?  —  From The Economist print edition  —  LAST year Norway's public broadcaster, NRK, filmed a stunning seven-hour train ride between Bergen and Oslo …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
New Potato's FLPR IR dongle gives your iPhone home automation capabilities  —  It's hard to say why we've seen a glut of these adapters hit all within the same week, but hey, the more the merrier!  North Carolina's own New Potato Technologies (yes, we're serious) has followed up on ThinkFlood …
Discussion: SlashPhone
 
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Globe and Mail:
Amazon looks to boost literary presence
Discussion: TechFlash
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Obama's CIO ready to bring government tech up to speed
Discussion: PC World and Seattle 2.0
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
White House Cyber Czar: ‘There Is No Cyberwar’
Discussion: Guardian, CNET News and Forbes
Kelsey Munro / Stuff.co.nz:
How Google became the indispensable frenemy
Mia / YouTube Blog:
New Default Size for Embedded Videos
Discussion: TechLifeWeb
Craig Mod:
Books in the Age of the iPad
Discussion: CrunchGear and Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
First web copyright crackdown coming
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Viacom: “Fair use works for us,” unlikely to sue bloggers
Discussion: Techdirt and Gothamist
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Ads Can Now Do Local Targeting for Thousands More Cities
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Becomes Location Aware
Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth / Facebook Engineering's Notes:
Working with Zuck  —  I get asked often what it is like to work …
Eric A. Taub / Gadgetwise:
Selling 3-D TVs Without 3-D Programming
Discussion: Velocity
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Huffington Post Still Growing Like a Weed
Richard Wong / TechCrunch:
In Mobile, Fragmentation is Forever. Deal With It.
Discussion: ArcticStartup and SiliconANGLE