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11:20 AM ET, March 7, 2010


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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Andreessen's Advice To Old Media: “Burn The Boats”  —  Legend has it that when Cortes landed in Mexico in the 1500s, he ordered his men to burn the ships that had brought them there to remove the possibility of doing anything other than going forward into the unknown.
Discussion:, Kindle Review and TeleRead, Thanks:atul
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft shows off single game running on Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox  —  Guess we don't have to wait until MIX to have all our Windows Phone 7 Series questions answered!  Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project …
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Techmeme now has a share button.  Read this post if you can't find it.  —  Frequent Techmeme readers may have heard of both “Facebook” and “Twitter”, up and coming social networking services where, among other activities, users tend to share links.  Sharing is in fact a core activity on these sites …
Discussion: SEO and Tech Daily
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
And BitTorrent's Oscar Goes To.... District 9  —  Tonight, Hollywoods biggest stars will walk the red carpet into the Kodak Theater for the Academy Awards ceremony.  —  In anticipation of the glamorous Oscar night, we enter the dark side of the movie business to find out which of the 10 nominees …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Wall Street Journal
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 and G10 Micro Four Thirds Cameras: G2 Gets Touchscreen Control, Both Get HD Video  —  Panasonic has pulled the sheets off two new Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras: the touchscreen DMC-G2 and the super light G10.  Both shoot 720p video, but the G2's bendy …
Discussion: Electronista, PC World and Crave
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Typical Windows user patches every 5 days  —  75 Microsoft, third-party patch events each year are a burden most users can't bear, says Secunia  —  Computerworld - The typical home user running Windows faces the “unreasonable” task of patching software an average of every five days …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
New York Isn't Silicon Valley.  That's Why They Like It.  —  THE two dozen or so people arranged around wooden tables, warming their hands and bellies with steaming mugs of coffee and plates of homemade biscuits, looked like just another Sunday brunch set in New York.
Discussion: broadstuff and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Police get Webcam pictures in school spy case  —  Two IT employees at Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District have been put on administrative leave, and pictures taken from Webcams on school-issued computers have been turned over to the local police department, according to the attorney of one of the employees now on leave.
Discussion: Main Line Media News
Adam Overa / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Web Browser Grand Prix: The Top Five, Tested And Ranked  —  Table of contents  —  “The fastest browser on Earth.”  —  That's what the Opera homepage has said since Tuesday.  After five release candidates and two betas, the boys from Oslo just recently launched the final build of Opera 10.50.
Discussion: WebProNews
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Rapportive Replaces Gmail Ads with Contact Info, Is Very Cool  —  Firefox/Chrome: Sure it's nice and all that we get Gmail for free, but those ads to the right of open messages aren't really all that helpful.  Free browser add-on Rapportive replaces Gmail ads with contact info about the sender.
Discussion: Pocket-lint and PSFK
Mary Lou Jepsen / What's Happening at Pixel Qi:
DIY Pixel Qi Kits  —  Just a quick note to say the DIY kits from our distributor will be available towards the end of Q2.  We will be announcing with them prior to distrbution.  Thanks for your patience.  —  One of the reasons I'm personally committed to doing this goes …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Liliputing
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Why Google Android Favoritism Isn't Punishing Consumers and Partners  —  Late last night, Mark Spoonauer of Laptop Magazine penned an editorial about Google.  It's a smart opinion piece with the stance that Google is showing favoritism for their own platform and specificially for the most current versions of Android.
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Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:tolles
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Etacts Launches First Implementation of oAuth For Gmail IMAP Accounts
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:jasonkincaid
Jennifer Merritt / Wall Street Journal:
Web Searches Preview Hiring Trends
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T announces slew of network investments for 2010
Agence France Presse:
China says no request yet from Google for talks
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Israeli Raid Cancelled After Very Stupid Facebook Post
Discussion: Gadgetell
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple approaches $200 billion
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
‘Mariposa’ Botnet Authors May Avoid Jail Time
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft sends flowers, card for Internet Explorer 6 funeral
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Origins Of Facebook And Its Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg