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6:20 AM ET, March 9, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP Slate makes an appearance to show off Flash, stays for a rock concert  —  It shouldn't be any surprise that the HP Slate supports Flash, since it runs Windows 7, but we've seen so little of the device since Steve Ballmer first waved it around at CES that we're still totally intrigued by this video from Adobe showing it in action.
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Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
Amazon Is Building a Better Browser for Kindle  —  Browsing the web on one of Amazon's Kindle e-readers is like taking a step backwards in time.  It's clunky and has only limited support for web standards and bare-bones JavaScript capabilities.  —  But now Amazon may be looking …
Discussion: Shelly Palmer, Thanks:keithdsouza
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPhone Apps on the iPad  —  Brian X. Chen at Wired, on the default iPhone apps that aren't present on the iPad: … Actually, it's sort of the opposite problem.  It's not that Apple couldn't just create bigger versions of these apps and have them run on the iPad.  It wasn't a technical problem, it was a design problem.
Fred von Lohmann / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
All Your Apps Are Belong to Apple: The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement  —  The entire family of devices built on the iPhone OS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) have been designed to run only software that is approved by Apple—a major shift from the norms of the personal computer market.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Mediagazer is to Media as Techmeme is to Tech  —  Today we're launching our first new news vertical in almost four years: Mediagazer, which will focus on the content production and distribution business, organizing topics as wide as journalism, blogging, video production, e-books, and digital distribution technologies.
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Maya Baratz / All Shook Down:
From Media Writer to Mediagazer: S.F.'s Megan McCarthy Launches Meta Aggregator
Discussion: MediaMemo and Gawker
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Testing TV Search Service On Android-Enhanced Set-Top Boxes (GOOG, DISH)  —  Google is testing a new TV search service with Dish Network, the no. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider, the WSJ reports.  —  The service lets you search TV shows and Web video, including YouTube videos, the WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro reports.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google's online-only phone selling model has failed  —  Well, it's been a while now since Google launched the Nexus One — and so far, it hasn't lived up to their expectations.  I guess it's not as bad as the Google Buzz roll-out, but Google's attempt at fundamentally changing the way we buy cell phones has yet to bear much fruit.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Looks To Be Partnering With Eventbrite To Monetize Events  —  Here's a fascinating idea - Facebook looks to be partnering with Eventbrite to let users sell tickets to the 3.5 million events added to Facebook each month.  —  Earlier this month we confirmed that Facebook intends …
Discussion: All Facebook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Could Have Dominated Location.  (And Snuck Up On Facebook And Twitter.)  —  Tomorrow it will be exactly one month since the launch of Google Buzz.  The song remains the same: it's a mess.  Normally, that wouldn't bother me so much — after all, a lot of services are a mess — but Buzz has a lot of potential.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Investors Say “Count Me In” To Plancast  —  When Plancast launched last November, it immediately put other sites like Upcoming, Dopplr, and every single e-vite service on notice.  The “Foursquare for the future” has a simplicity that leads to a lot of social activity as we've seen over the past few months.
Discussion: CloudAve, ReadWriteWeb and paidContent
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Tumblr Hits Major Milestones, Plans to Start Generating Revenue  —  Tumblr, one of the simplest blogging platforms around, is doing really well.  Situated between WordPress, which requires a bit more effort to create and organize content, and Twitter, which requires almost no effort …
Discussion: VatorNews
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
FDIC: Hackers took more than $120M in three months  —  IDG News Service - Ongoing computer scams targeting small businesses cost U.S. companies $25 million in the third quarter of 2009, according to the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  —  Online banking fraud involving …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
More states propose Internet sales taxes  —  Jeremy Bray received an e-mail message this morning with an unwelcome surprise: Amazon.com told him it had canceled its affiliate program, which provides small payments for referring customers, for everyone in the state of Colorado.  —  The reason?
Jack Marshall / ClickZ:
U.K. to Regulate Social Network Marketing  —  Marketers and brands using social networks will soon find their activities in those spaces regulated by the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority, following recommendations submitted by the Advertising Association this week.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Backflip doesn't allow non-Market apps, proves AT&T doesn't get Android  —  Let's step into the time warp, shall we?  Specifically, we'd like to go back to our interview of AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega at MWC last year when we asked him about the carrier's support for Android (or lack thereof):
The Official Google Blog:
Statistics for a changing world: Google Public Data Explorer in Labs  —  Last year, we released a public data search feature that enables people to quickly find useful statistics in search.  More recently, we expanded this service to include information from the World Bank, such as population data for every region in the world.
Ethan Zuckerman / Worldchanging:
Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention  —  Secretary Clinton's recent speech on Internet Freedom has signaled a strong interest from the US State Department in promoting the use of the internet to promote political reforms in closed societies.  It makes sense that the State Department …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Bump Technologies closes in on 10 million downloads  —  Sequoia-backed Bump Technologies Inc. is closing in on 10 million downloads for its nifty contact and data-sharing app.  With iPhone and iPod Touch sales estimated to be around 80 million, co-founder Jake Mintz says this means …
Discussion: Pulse2
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Canada Now Somewhat Less Anti-Startup  —  Canada isn't shy about making life difficult for startups, and we've had one or two personal brawls with the country as well.  But a change in Canadian tax law last week is designed to spur U.S. venture investments in Canadian startups and make Canada less …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:keithdsouza
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen's Vulcan says case involving fired workers is ‘tainted’  —  Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital keeps a pretty low profile, staying out of the spotlight when it can and especially trying to avoid high-profile legal disputes.  That's why court documents filed today by the Microsoft co-founder's investment firm are so intriguing.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Web-Connected TV: A Distant Dream for App Makers  —  Developers who delight in creating software for smartphones say there's little incentive to build apps for TVs, which need too many approvals  —  Last year, Mark Phillip unveiled Are You Watching This?!, a tool for mobile phones …
Electronista:
Verizon: 4G gets 12Mbps average, 50Mbps peak in real world  —  Verizon today expanded on some of the actual results for its expected 4G network.  After testing in the Boston and Seattle areas, the provider estimates that a real connection on a populated network should average between 5Mbps …
Dan Hope / LiveScience:
iPhone Addictive, Survey Reveals  —  A new Stanford University survey confirms what many iPhone users may have long suspected: Apple's smartphone can be addicting.  —  The survey was administered to 200 students with iPhones, 70 percent of whom had owned their iPhones for less than a year.
Vivek / delicious blog:
Early Beta of Delicious Chrome extension available  —  It doesn't have all the API's needed and it's missing a good chunk of the functionality we believe it needs, but we're getting so many requests for the Chrome extension that we're going to make this available sooner than we originally planned.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Hey, ‘Friend,’ Do You ‘Like’ My Sad Story?  —  I recently “liked” a story about five people dying in an explosion in Connecticut.  —  I didn't actually “like” the fact that five people had died in a terrible accident.  Technically, I didn't even “like” the story — I found the reporting …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft changes algorithm behind its browser ballot  —  Microsoft has tweaked the algorithm generating the browser choice screen that it is pushing out to European Union users as a result of the European Commission's findings in an antitrust case there.  —  Shortly after Microsoft began pushing …
Discussion: Computerworld and GigaOM
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Acer to launch a frameless-screen ultra-thin notebook with touch keyboard in 2H10  —  Acer plans to launch a new ultra-thin notebook that will feature a touch keyboard and use the back of the panel's glass substrate as the cover in the second half of 2010, according to sources from notebook players.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Android coders get high-speed graphics ability  —  Want better games on your Android phone?  They may be coming sooner now, at least for Android 2.0 models.  —  Google has let programmers tap directly into mobile phone graphics power by releasing a third version of its Android Native Developer Kit (NDK) on Monday.
 
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Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Sues MicroJet Alleging Patent Infringement Over Cartridges
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online:
New York Times to spin off Book Review for e-readers
Discussion: Guardian and mocoNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fourface Is Foursquare As Modern Art
Discussion: Webmetricsguru and SocialTimes.com
Business Wire:
Warner Music Group and Dailymotion Announce Video Content Partnership
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Colin Ho / ZDNET.com.au:
Apache bug prompts update advice
David Kaplan / paidContent:
TiVo Losses Grow As Costs Rise And Subscription Growth Retreats
Discussion: Market Wire and Tech Trader Daily
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
When It Comes to Social Sharing, Don't Forget About Email
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Inside the Low-Paying Cheezburger Empire
Discussion: broadstuff
MediaShift:
What Are the Legal Implications of PleaseRobMe?
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The future of content navigation
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Doug Hanchard / ZDNet Government:
Apple, Facebook, Twitter, HP decline to testify re: Human Rights and Law
Discussion: Macsimum News
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Lunchwalla: Getting Together for Lunch Just Got Easier
Discussion: Market Wire
Carmi Levy / BetaNews:
Suddenly Apple hates Wi-Fi
Discussion: TechFlash and Daring Fireball