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12:25 PM ET, March 9, 2010

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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.
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.
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.
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Cisco Unveils “Next-Generation” Routing System to Speed Up Video on the Web  —  Cisco today announced a new version of its key routing system, which the networking giant said had a dozen times the traffic capacity of competitors.  —  Cisco's CEO John Chambers said the CRS-3 Carrier Routing System …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
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.
AppleInsider:
FileMaker Pro 11 released with quicker, easier database creation  —  FileMaker Pro 11, the latest version of the Mac database software, was officially released Tuesday, packing in improved chart visuals, “on the fly” reporting, a new Quick Find capability, and a number of productivity tools …
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.
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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foursquare + Google Maps = FourWhere  —  With the SXSW conference approaching in Austin, we are seeing a lot of geo-location launching this year.  A lot of startups are taking advantage of Foursquare's APIs in particular to get their geo apps quickly out of the gate.  —  Take FourWhere.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft's New MSN Home Begins Full Roll-Out—With Customized Headlines, More Local  —  After a month-long delay, Microsoft's overhaul of the MSN home page is going live to the site's 100 million users over the next two weeks.  Three of the 30- updates Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) …
Discussion: BoomTown and CNET News
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
iPhone app usage peaks at 9PM on weeknights, study finds  —  Mobile analytics company Localytics plotted observed iPhone activity by the hour, adjusted for timezones, and came up with a chart that validates most people's suspicions: iPhone owners use their apps much more on nights and weekends rather than during the weekday.
Discussion: localytics.com
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Google welcomes chance to export to Iran, Cuba  —  GENEVA — A senior Google executive welcomed on Tuesday a U.S. decision to relax restrictions on exporting Internet communications services to Iran, Sudan and Cuba.  —  Bob Boorstin, Google's director of policy communications …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Go Tribal Wants To Help Women Coordinate Social Plans  —  We've written about Plancast, a “Foursquare For The Future,” that essentially broadcasts your plans to your online social circle.  We're big fans of the startup, which just raised seed funding from an impressive group of investors.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Springpad Takes on Evernote with Semantic Technology, Barcode Scanner  —  Springpad, a rival to Evernote's popular cross-platform note-taking service, has just bumped the competition up a notch with a new release that integrates semantic technology to automatically enhance the notes you save with relevant info.
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
German publisher in row with Apple over pin-ups in iPhone app  —  Conflict sparks debate about online censorship and highlights Apple's control over software platform  —  The International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP) is considering making a complaint to Apple …
Discussion: textually.org
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mainsoft's Harmony Brings Google Docs To Microsoft Outlook  —  Google's recently announced $25 million acquisition of DocVerse represented one saga of an ongoing war between Google and Microsoft over dominance in the productivity suite place.  Today, Israeli enterprise software company Mainsoft …
TEDTalks / The Huffington Post:
Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide  —  At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for “raw data now” — for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web.  At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up.
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Apple patent: use your iPhone as an electronic “iKey”  —  The Daily Telegraph reports that a new Apple patent has surfaced which could potentially allow the iPhone, or another Apple portable, to act as a sort of electronic key.  The potential applications are as limitless as the number of things locked by old-school metal keys.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
WHERE joins the mobile advertising business with WHERE Ads  —  The mobile search and recommendation service WHERE announced today the launch of its new hyper-local mobile advertising network, WHERE Ads.  —  WHERE's claim to fame is its immensely useful mobile application which goes by the same name.
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.
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?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sobees Streamlines Native Twitter Client For Windows, Integrates Realtime Search  —  We've written about Twitter client Sobees, which is working to create the best social media client on the market, competing with both TweetDeck and Seesmic.  Today Sobees is releasing a new version …
 
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Guardian:
Facebook security measures criticised after Ashleigh Hall murder
Discussion: BBC
Ethan Zuckerman / Worldchanging:
Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Web-Connected TV: A Distant Dream for App Makers
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Could Have Dominated Location.  (And Snuck Up On Facebook And Twitter.)
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Tumblr Hits Major Milestones, Plans to Start Generating Revenue
Discussion: bijan sabet, Tumblr Staff and VatorNews
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Sues MicroJet Alleging Patent Infringement Over Cartridges
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Bump Technologies closes in on 10 million downloads
Discussion: Pulse2
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen's Vulcan says case involving fired workers is ‘tainted’
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fourface Is Foursquare As Modern Art
Discussion: CloudAve, Tnooz and SocialTimes.com
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
FDIC: Hackers took more than $120M in three months
Vivek / delicious blog:
Early Beta of Delicious Chrome extension available
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Looks To Be Partnering With Eventbrite To Monetize Events
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Testing TV Search Service On Android-Enhanced Set-Top Boxes (GOOG, DISH)
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP Slate makes an appearance to show off Flash, stays for a rock concert