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1:20 AM ET, March 5, 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?
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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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 …
Discussion: CNET News and MobileCrunch
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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
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Datamation:
Google Claims Disaster Recovery Edge
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Globe and Mail:
Amazon looks to boost literary presence  —  The battle over foreign ownership is about to take a literary turn.  —  Internet bookseller Amazon.com Inc. AMZN-Q is poised to open a “fulfilment centre” in Canada - believed to be a means by which the Web firm can distribute products bought …
Discussion: TechFlash
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.”
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
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 and GeekBrief.TV
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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: TechLifeWeb
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
 
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
White House Cyber Czar: ‘There Is No Cyberwar’
Discussion: Guardian and CNET News
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
Economist:
The many voices of the web
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Ads Can Now Do Local Targeting for Thousands More Cities
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Becomes Location Aware
 Earlier Items: 
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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Will Be Worth $35 Billion To $40 Billion When It Goes …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad expected to be part of 10.5M tablets shipped in 2010
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.