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4:55 AM ET, March 6, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft's Courier ‘digital journal’: exclusive pictures and details (update: video!)  —  We've been dying to know more about Microsoft's Courier tablet / e-book device ever since we first caught wind of it last September, and while our entreaties to Mr. Ballmer went unanswered …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Courier's Devolution  —  These fresh images and details of Microsoft's Courier paint a slightly different device than the one uncovered a few months ago—tinier seeming, perhaps less genre-busting, and a more direct iPad fighter.  —  This take is built on the same mobile OS core …
Discussion: GeekSmack
Jonathan Rochelle / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Docs welcomes DocVerse  —  ​The future of productivity applications is in the cloud.  We've always believed the web is the best platform for creating and sharing information, and Google Docs has already helped millions of people become more productive.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs emails Swede that the iPad won't tether to the iPhone  —  Not content with answering tech questions from Americans, Steve Jobs this week answered a question from all the way over in Sweden.  —  The question was a good one, and one we've had on our minds as well: … Jobs' answer?
Discussion: Erictric, App Advice, TiPb and Engadget, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Apple's multitouch lawsuit is both dumb and dangerous. … - Is Bart Stupak Deliberately Misinterpreting the Abortion Language in the Senate Health Care Bill?  - Not Even the Cheshire Cat Was Smiling by the End of This Movie- Why Steve Martin Stopped Being Funny- Help!  Is It OK To Sleep With the Nanny?
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg Broke Into A Facebook User's Private Email Account  —  This is the story of how, in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg hacked into the email accounts of two Harvard Crimson reporters using data obtained from TheFacebook.com's logs.  The details are drawn from a broader investigation …
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
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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 theFacebook.com.  This site, of course, quickly grew into the dominant global site known …
Natalie Harrison / Apple:
iPad Available in US on April 3  —  Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models.  In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft sends flowers, card for Internet Explorer 6 funeral  —  Say this for Microsoft's Internet Explorer team, they've got a sense of humor.  The people who make the Redmond company's web browser sent flowers and a card to the widely publicized “funeral” being held today to mark the passing of one of their own, Internet Explorer 6.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Yahoo Loses Exclusive T-Mobile USA Search Deal To Google  —  T-Mobile USA has ended its year-old exclusive search deal with Yahoo, and has replaced the company with its chief rival—Google (NSDQ: GOOG).  —  The deal shifts the U.S. mobile search dominance away from Yahoo and in favor of Google …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Meet The New Foursquare.  Same As The Old Foursquare — But Prettier.  —  It's hardly a secret that all of the major location-based players are planning big updates to their services to coincide with the SXSW festival starting next week in Austin, Texas.  One of them peeked out a bit early: Foursquare.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Lost Remote
Gabor Cselle / reMail:
reMail is now Open Source  —  Last month, we announced reMail's acquisition by Google.  Since we'll be focusing on other projects at Google, we also decided to remove reMail from the App Store.  Existing users were able to keep using it because reMail is a client-only application.
John Furrier / SiliconANGLE:
Cisco Wants To Rule Your Living Room - Launching New High Speed Network With Set Top Box March 9  —  {Editor's note: We changed the original title to shorten it down a bit based upon some other sites editors who wanted to link to it.. feedback taken.  -Cheers John @Furrier}
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Redpoint Invests $4.4 Million In Fast Growing Posterous  —  San Francisco based Posterous, a fast growing publishing platform, has taken a $4.4 million investment from Redpoint Ventures.  Partner Satish Dharmaraj, who is also an individual investor in Posterous, led the round and joins …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
iPhone lessons from Google's Nexus One  —  Android phone shows key areas where Apple needs to improve  —  In 2010, as in 2007, the entire technology industry gathered at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, only to have the hot tech news of the week usurped by a smartphone announcement back in the Bay Area.
Flora Graham / CNET News:
HTC on Nexus One cracked screen: “They don't go in pockets”  —  Last month, we shared the sad story of how our brand-new Google Nexus One went from Crave fave to purple nurple, with a cracked screen that scarred its beautiful AMOLED screen forever.  —  We took our Nexus One to HTC support …
Benjamin Bidder / Spiegel Online:
The Russian-American Battle over Chatroulette  —  Late last year, only 500 people were using the Web site that Andrey Ternovskiy launched.  Now Chatroulette gets around 1.5 million visitors daily.  With Russian billionaires offering him cash and Google on the other line, the Moscow teenager has to make a decision: America or Russia?
Discussion: Mashable! and Quintura blog
William M. Bulkeley / Digits:
MIT Unveils New Digital Sandbox  —  The famed Media Lab at Massachsetts Instiute of Technology unveiled its new home, a $90 million, six-story playpen.  It's designed to let some of the world's smartest and most creative engineers explore their inner robot, create new social networking tools or build intelligent music systems.
Abe Sauer / The Awl:
Why Apple Deserves an Oscar Too  —  Avatar is in contention for an Oscar because it dominated its field, both technologically and financially.  But another cinematic player was even more dominant last year: Apple.  In the 44 films in 2009 that topped the box office for at least one weekend …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Maps Rolls Out Its Largest Image Update  —  Bing Maps has rolled out what Microsoft is calling its “largest amount of new imagery ever in terms of square kilometers.”  Apparently that represents 6.7 million square kilometers.  There's new aerial and Bird's Eye imagery across many countries on several continents.
Discussion: Bing, Erictric, Maximum PC and BoomTown
Katie Scott / Wired.co.uk:
Archiving Britain's web: The legal nightmare explored  —  Websites are gaining increasing recognition as being culturally valuable — as snapshots of our cultural history.  But could a change in the law be the only way to preserve them?  —  An investigation by Katie Scott
Andy Greenberg / Velocity:
Where Microsoft Censors Bing For “Sex”  —  Microsoft, unlike Google, never said that it wouldn't be evil.  So when it comes to censorship of its search engine Bing, it should come as no surprise that the company is much more willing than Google to block content rather than risk upsetting censorious governments around the world.
Discussion: Technology Review
 
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Trefis / Great Speculations:
iPhone Could Overtake BlackBerry Market Share in 2011
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Yahoo Disbands Mobile Group As Part Of Reorganization
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
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Adena / Mobile Marketing Watch:
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Skype: We chose Verizon over Nokia in USA
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Amazon speaking to UK agents over e-book rights
Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Rescuecom Abandons Its Litigation Against Google
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