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8:00 AM ET, March 9, 2010

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Another one bites the dust: Cisco steps out of the WiMAX game  —  It's still far, far too early to call WiMAX a dead technology, but with the second major infrastructure supplier moving away from it in as many months, that's a pretty damning sign, isn't it?  After Alcatel Lucent's announcement …
Discussion: Phones Review
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
Pedro Bustamante / Panda Research Blog:
Vodafone distributes Mariposa botnet  —  Here is yet another example of a company distributing malware to its userbase.  Unfortunately it probably won't be the last.  —  Today one of our colleagues received a brand new Vodafone HTC Magic with Google's Android OS.  “Neat” she said.
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
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 …
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: Tumblr Staff and VatorNews
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.
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?
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
Guardian:
Facebook security measures criticised after Ashleigh Hall murder  —  Networking site under fire after conviction of Peter Chapman, who posed as a teenager to lure and kill 17-year-old girl  —  Facebook was today accused of a “glaring failure” to implement advice on protecting children online …
Discussion: BBC
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 …
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Report: Microsoft moves up Windows 7 SP1 release date  —  Analyst argues that Microsoft should delay SP1 to maintain momentum of fast-selling OS  —  Computerworld - Even though Microsoft has dropped a plan to wait nearly two years after Windows 7's launch to issue a first service pack …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fourface Is Foursquare As Modern Art  —  One common complaint about Foursquare is that in a increasingly crowded location-based space, it's not pretty enough when compared to the likes of Brightkite and Gowalla.  The new iPhone app launching soon should help that.  But for some, it still won't be enough.
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online:
New York Times to spin off Book Review for e-readers  —  The New York Times is planning to offer its Book Review as a separate digital e-reader product, disaggregated from the rest of the Times content on the mobile devices, according to James Dunn, director of marketing for The New York Times.
Discussion: mocoNews and Guardian
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.
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
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):
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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
When It Comes to Social Sharing, Don't Forget About Email  —  While social sites drive an increasing portion of traffic to content publishers compared to long-time referral giant Google, one sharing service reminds us today that email is still a major source of shared links and clickthroughs.
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
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Web-Connected TV: A Distant Dream for App Makers
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Sues MicroJet Alleging Patent Infringement Over Cartridges
Business Wire:
Warner Music Group and Dailymotion Announce Video Content Partnership
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Colin Ho / ZDNET.com.au:
Apache bug prompts update advice
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Canada Now Somewhat Less Anti-Startup
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:keithdsouza
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Acer to launch a frameless-screen ultra-thin notebook with touch keyboard in 2H10
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Inside the Low-Paying Cheezburger Empire
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MediaShift:
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The future of content navigation
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Lunchwalla: Getting Together for Lunch Just Got Easier
Discussion: Market Wire
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