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11:57 PM ET, March 6, 2010


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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 …
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
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.
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: 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
Jennifer Merritt / Wall Street Journal:
Web Searches Preview Hiring Trends  —  Payroll and unemployment data released Friday offered a snapshot of the labor market's health last month.  But some researchers say they can get a read on such trends days or weeks ahead of the official numbers by studying Google searches, tweets and even queries at an online phone directory.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
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 …
Tolles /
Topix Clears 100,000,000 Comments  —  Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one  —  We launched our commentary system at the end of 2005, by giving people not only the ability to comment on the headlines we aggregated here at Topix, but also the opportunity to come forward …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Etacts Launches First Implementation of oAuth For Gmail IMAP Accounts  —  Earlier this week, we reported on a number of new security enhancements that we expect Gmail to launch in the next few days, including oAuth support.  It looks like we were right: a small startup called Etacts …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:jasonkincaid
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T announces slew of network investments for 2010  —  AT&T's preaching about the mucho dinero it's dropping into renovating its network to pretty much anyone who'll listen these days, and a veritable cornucopia of press releases this week start to go into detail on some of the upgrades we'll be seeing over the course of 2010.
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Israeli Raid Cancelled After Very Stupid Facebook Post  —  If you're in the military, here's a tip: don't put upcoming missions in your Facebook status.  You wouldn't think someone would need to tell you that, but here we are.  —  A raid on suspected militants in the West Bank …
Discussion: Gadgetell
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Origins Of Facebook And Its Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg  —  The following series of stories detail some of what happened in 2003 and 2004 after then Harvard-sophomore Mark Zuckerberg launched a site called  This site, of course, quickly grew into the dominant global site known …
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Agence France Presse:
China says no request yet from Google for talks
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple approaches $200 billion
Discussion: Edible Apple and Tech Trader Daily
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
‘Mariposa’ Botnet Authors May Avoid Jail Time
Clark Wimberly / Android and Me:
Gowalla 1.0 finally hits the Android Market. Nerds, bar goers rejoice
Discussion: Download Squad, Mashable! and Pulse2
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Archiving Britain's web: The legal nightmare explored
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Meet The New Foursquare. Same As The Old Foursquare — But Prettier.
Discussion: All Shook Down
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs tells Swedish DJ that the iPad won't tether to the iPhone
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Courier's Devolution
Discussion: Pulse2, Switched and CrunchGear