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10:45 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.
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?
Reuters:
Microsoft to sell phone on Verizon by summer-source
Discussion: Bloomberg and 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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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
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 …
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.
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Datamation:   Google Claims Disaster Recovery Edge
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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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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Tech Beat and Screenwerk
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Jacob Friedman / The Next Web:
Yet Another Lawsuit Filed Against Yelp
Thanks:zee
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: Macworld, TiPb and AppleInsider
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.
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).
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Obama's CIO ready to bring government tech up to speed  —  Why can you use your iPhone to make dinner reservations but you can't do your taxes on IRS.gov?  —  President Obama and his tech-strategy appointee, Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, are looking to change that.
Discussion: Computerworld and Seattle 2.0
Richard Wong / 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
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.
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: GeekBrief.TV and SlashPhone
 
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
White House Cyber Czar: ‘There Is No Cyberwar’
Discussion: CNET News and Guardian
Kelsey Munro / Stuff.co.nz:
How Google became the indispensable frenemy
Mia / YouTube Blog:
New Default Size for Embedded Videos
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
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Yahoo Set to Open Checkbook for Audience, Technologies
Discussion: TechCrunch and Bronte Media
Economist:
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Ads Can Now Do Local Targeting for Thousands More Cities
 Earlier Items: 
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Becomes Location Aware
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web
John Leyden / The Register:
Monster botnet held 800,000 people's details
Eric A. Taub / Gadgetwise:
Selling 3-D TVs Without 3-D Programming
Discussion: Velocity
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
VCs Push StartUp Visa Act
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)