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11:45 AM 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  —  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
CNET News:
All about the Apple iPad (FAQ)  —  Apple finally gave us the date the first iPads will hit store shelves: April 3.  We've been closely following the touch-screen tablet since Apple first announced it in late January, but here's a quick guide for your most essential questions about the device.
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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
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
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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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.
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
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.
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 …
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 Lost Remote
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.
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 …
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 …
Good Gear Guide:
Bluetooth 4.0 to reach devices in fourth quarter  —  The new specification will be used in more devices than its predecessors  —  The Bluetooth 4.0 wireless specification could start to appear in devices such as headsets, smartphones and PCs by the fourth quarter, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group said on Wednesday.
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:
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
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Skype: We chose Verizon over Nokia in USA
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theBookseller.com:
Amazon speaking to UK agents over e-book rights
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Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Rescuecom Abandons Its Litigation Against Google
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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.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
iPad developers struggle with hands-off approach