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7:55 PM ET, March 9, 2010

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook Will Allow Users to Share Location  —  Starting next month, the more than 400 million Facebook users could begin seeing a new kind of status update flow through their news feed: the current locations of their friends.  —  Facebook plans to take the wraps off a new location-based feature …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Just In Time For The Location Wars, Twitter Turns On Geolocation On Its Website  —  When I wrote that location would be this year's Twitter at SXSW, I also meant that Twitter's geolocation would be this year's Twitter at SXSW.  The service has just turned on geolocation on its website today for the first time.
Jonathan Schwartz / What I Couldn't Say:
Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal  —  I feel for Google - Steve Jobs threatened to sue me, too.  —  In 2003, after I unveiled a prototype Linux desktop called Project Looking Glass*, Steve called my office to let me know the graphical effects were “stepping all over Apple's IP.”
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple talks tough to handset makers  —  The HTC lawsuit capped blunt talks that have reportedly shaken their faith in Google  —  Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner issued a behind-the-scenes report Tuesday that sheds a lot of light on the patent suits Apple (AAPL) filed last week against HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone maker.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cisco's New Router Could Let Everyone In China Make A Video Call At Once  —  Cisco's major news is finally out: a new large-scale core router, the CRS-3, capable of handling 322 Tbps.  —  That number — three times what Cisco's current best product, the CRS-1, can handle — is just a theoretical upper limit.
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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.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
February Search Results Are In: Bing Is Up Again, Yahoo Is Down Again (MSFT, YHOO)  —  Another month, another weak search performance from Yahoo.  —  The latest data from comScore on the US search market came out today.  —  It shows Bing had 11.5% of the search market in February, up from 11.3% in January.
Discussion: paidContent and The Next Web
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Foursquare Introduces New Tools for Businesses  —  Foursquare, a location-based social network, plans to distribute a new analytics tool and dashboard in the coming weeks that will give business owners access to a range of information and statistics about visitors to their establishments.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Samsung E6 e-reader coming to Barnes and Noble this spring for $299  —  Samsung still hasn't committed to a formal launch date for the e-reader line it launched at CES, but the company narrowed down the launch date from “early 2010” to “this spring” this morning — which makes sense, seeing as spring has nearly, uh, sprung.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Steve Ballmer praises Apple for creation of iPhone App Store  —  Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer recently had positive words about Apple's success with the iPhone and its App Store, adding fuel to rumors of a potential alignment between Apple and Microsoft to bring Bing search to the iPhone.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, TUAW and IntoMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Chief Economist: “Newspapers Have Never Made Much Money From News”  —  Earlier today, Google chief economist Hal Varian gave a presentation to an FTC workshop on the changing economics of the newspaper industry.  We all know that newspaper ad revenues have been falling off a cliff for years.
John Poirier / Reuters:
U.S. considers some free wireless broadband service  —  (Reuters) - U.S. regulators may dedicate spectrum to free wireless Internet service for some Americans to increase affordable broadband service nationwide, the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday.
JG Mason / Gadgetell:
Breaking: Black Swan is ready: Google Voice returns to iPhone via slick weblication  —  What the heck is a “weblication?”  The answer is in Riverturn's new Google Voice web application that looks more like a native app, in fact, it fooled everyone I showed it to.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple To Build 5 Million iPads In First Half 2010, Analyst Says  —  Apple (AAPL) is on track to build 5 million iPads in the first half of 2010, according to FBR Capital chip analyst Craig Berger.  —  “We believe various news articles and competitor notes calling for a build delay were just false alarms,” he writes.
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Apple's iTunes LP 6 Months Later: LP What?  —  When it was first unveiled, Apple's new iTunes LP format — codenamed “Cocktail” and introduced at a “rock and roll event” in San Francisco — promised to give consumers a new reason to buy albums instead of individual songs.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft adds XNA Game Studio 4.0 to its Windows Phone 7 arsenal  —  This week, at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Microsoft is slated to begin explaining part of its Windows Phone 7 tooling story — specifically how it plans to get more games developed for its new mobile platform.
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Once-fading MySpace undergoes youthful reincarnation  —  BEVERLY HILLS — Facebook thumped it, and Twitter threatens it as a source for entertainment news and real-time searches.  —  But MySpace, nestled in the entertainment capital of the world, thinks it can survive — even thrive …
Discussion: BoomTown
Del Harvey / Twitter Blog:
Trust And Safety  —  As Director of Twitter's Trust and Safety team, a big part of my job is focused on the detection and prevention of spam and abuse.  A couple weeks ago, Biz explained how Twitter users were being victimized by phishing scams spread primarily through links in Direct Messages.
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
Lindsay Fortado / Bloomberg:
Pink Floyd Suing EMI Label Over Online Royalties  —  Pink Floyd, the band that recorded the best-selling album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ is suing record label EMI Group Ltd. in London over online royalty payments and the sale of single tracks.  —  The band is asking for clarification …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
New MSN Homepage Begins Full Roll-Out—With Customized Headlines, More Local  —  After a month-long delay, Microsoft's overhaul of the MSN homepage is going live to the site's 100 million users over the next two weeks.  Perhaps the three most significant of the 30 updates Microsoft (NSDQ …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla borrows from WebKit to build fast new JS engine  —  Mozilla's high-performance TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, which was first introduced in 2008, has lost a lot of its luster as competing browser vendors have stepped up their game to deliver superior performance.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft researcher wins Turing Award, computing's Nobel Prize  —  Charles Thacker, a Microsoft Research technical fellow, this morning was named the recipient of the Turing Award, considered the Nobel Prize of computing, for his work designing the early Alto personal computer during his time at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Samsung reveals just how expensive 3D in the home is going to be  —  At CES this year, every major consumer electronics company involved in the HDTV market had floorspace dedicated to 3D TVs.  They were convinced that 3D in the home is ready for widespread adoption, and the popularity of James Cameron's Avatar would kickstart adoption.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile USA Says They Ditched Yahoo For Google Because Consumers Demanded It  —  T-Mobile USA executives explained that it abruptly ended its year-old exclusive search deal with Yahoo, and replaced it with Google (NSDQ: GOOG), because it is what their subscribers wanted.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Eternal optimist Verizon calls iPad launch ‘an opportunity’ to sell some data plans  —  That's the “glass is half full” attitude we like, Verizon — always looking for a way to sign a few more of those lucrative data contracts, no matter the circumstances!  Turns out Big Red is tipping off …
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
8000 iPhone and Android users duped into joining smartphone botnet  —  Two researchers at TippingPoint's Digital Vaccine Group have duped thousands of iPhone and Android smartphone users into joining a mobile botnet by spreading a seemingly innocuous weather application.
Discussion: The Register
Samuel Axon / Mashable!:
PlayStation First to Sell HD Movies from All Major Studios  —  Sony Computer Entertainment is proudly shouting “FIRST” (YouTube commenter-style) with an announcement that claims the PlayStation Network is the first online service to sell high-definition movies from all the major movie studios …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Imeem founder raising funds for a new, stealthy startup  —  Dalton Caldwell, co-founder and former chief executive of music startup Imeem, appears to be working on a new company called Mixed Media Labs.  And he has raised $370,000 of a targeted $600,000 in debt financing to get started …
 
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Joe Clark / A List Apart:
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Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Does TiVo make Products or Patents?
Discussion: CNET News and CrunchGear
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
U.S. weighing China Internet censorship case: USTR
Oliver Chiang / Velocity:
MySpace's Response Time Slowest Among Social Networks
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
White House Can't Stream Biden's Speech; So Uses Justin.tv Instead
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Hillicon Valley
Glenn Fleishman / Boing Boing:
When RealNetworks Settled on DVD Copying, We All Lost
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Target puts mobile coupons on customers' cellphones
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Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
The Upside of the VC Bust
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Springpad Takes on Evernote with Semantic Technology, Barcode Scanner
Discussion: WMExperts
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
German publisher in row with Apple over pin-ups in iPhone app
Discussion: textually.org
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foursquare + Google Maps = FourWhere
TEDTalks / The Huffington Post:
Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide
Discussion: CloudAve