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1:20 PM ET, March 6, 2010

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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?
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 …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg Broke Into A Facebook User's Private Email Account
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple approaches $200 billion  —  With its record close Friday, it's now the 4th largest publicly traded U.S. company  —  With its stock trading at $218.95 a share when the markets closed Friday, Apple (AAPL) broke into the top five largest U.S. companies by market capitalization …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Ballmer: More Xbox Form Factors in the Future?  —  On Thursday, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer spoke at the University of Washington supposedly on the topic of cloud computing.  But the conversation also wandered into other topics, one that might include the future of the Xbox.
Clark Wimberly / Android and Me:
Gowalla 1.0 finally hits the Android Market.  Nerds, bar goers rejoice  —  We've been following Gowalla for some time now.  And judging by the funding they've picked up and how quickly they are making progress we can't be the only ones.  For months now Gowalla has been available on Android via a webapp at m.gowalla.com.
Discussion: Mashable! and Pulse2
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
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
‘Mariposa’ Botnet Authors May Avoid Jail Time  —  Three Spanish men were arrested last month for allegedly building an international network of more than 12 million hacked PCs that were used for everything from identity theft to spamming.  But according to Spanish authorities and security experts …
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.
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 …
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
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
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}
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Buys DocVerse For Reported $25 Million  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has made its tenth acquisition in eight months, buying up DocVerse, a startup that lets users collaborate on Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Office documents online.  The WSJ puts the purchase price at $25 million.
 
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Trefis / Great Speculations:
iPhone Could Overtake BlackBerry Market Share in 2011
Discussion: BlackBerry Leaks
Andy Greenberg / Velocity:
Where Microsoft Censors Bing For “Sex”
Discussion: Technology Review
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Yahoo Disbands Mobile Group As Part Of Reorganization
Discussion: Engadget Mobile, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Hands Out Salary Hikes, Bigger Bonuses To Top Execs
William M. Bulkeley / Digits:
MIT Unveils New Digital Sandbox
Adena / Mobile Marketing Watch:
Cardagin Scans $1M Series A for Mobile Loyalty Card Program
Discussion: VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Skype: We chose Verizon over Nokia in USA
Discussion: Erictric and The Nokia Blog
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Will the iPad Be Missing a Few iPhone Apps?
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com and Rev2.org
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Maps Rolls Out Its Largest Image Update
Discussion: Bing, Erictric, Maximum PC and BoomTown
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Apple's multitouch lawsuit is both dumb and dangerous.