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Chris Vander Mey / The Official Google Blog:
Open for business: the Google Apps Marketplace  —  Every day, thousands of businesses choose the cloud.  More than 2 million businesses have adopted Google Apps over the last three years, eliminating the hassles associated with purchasing, installing and maintaining hardware and software themselves.
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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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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Isn't For Real LIfe Friends Anymore, Says Foursquare's Dennis Crowley  —  Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley isn't afraid of big bad Facebook.  —  At least, that's what he's telling us.  —  Crowley's Foursquare, the still-fledgling service that tells you where your friends are hanging out …
Discussion: BoomTown
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.”
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Electronista:   Former Sun CEO claims Jobs threatened lawsuit in 2003
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Routing All Links Through New Anti-Phishing Service  —  Twitter has just announced that it is launching a new anti-phishing feature that allows Twitter's Trust and Safety team to monitor all links submitted through the service for potentially malicious attacks.
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Google Maps to add bike maps, directions  —  Google Maps is set to provide a new option for getting around town: biking directions.  —  The company plans to unveil what it called “the most requested addition to Google Maps” during the National Bike Summit in Washington …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Why do we ignore ‘real-time’ results from Google search?  —  Eye-tracking shows that tweets added into search results don't get much attention.  Too soon to be useful, or never going to be useful?  —  Users ignore “real time” results in searches.  That's the conclusion …
Discussion: Beyond Search
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 …
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.
Don Reisinger / Crave: The gadget blog:
Analyst: PlayStation 3 to win console war in the end  —  Even though Sony's PlayStation 3 is far behind both the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 in console sales, analysts at Strategy Analytics contend that when all is said and done, Sony will sell more consoles than its competitors.
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Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Arm sees over 50 new iPad-like devices out this year  —  IDG News Service - The launch of Apple's iPad will pave the way for a slew of rival products this year, an Arm executive said Wednesday, predicting over 50 tablet PC devices will be launched globally.  —  The coming swarm of tablets …
Telegraph:
Website blocking plans attacked by Google, Facebook and Stephen Fry  —  Forcing British internet providers to block websites carrying pirated music and films will threaten “freedom of speech”, online operators including Google and Facebook have said.  —  Google, Yahoo, Facebook and eBay …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Leaked Dell Streak flyer shows multitude of color options, confirmed specifications  —  There's no denying that the Mini 5 is real, but up until now, we've had to provide all of our own promotional material.  At long last, it seems as if the suits in Round Rock are finally getting around …
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MetaLab Accuses Mozilla Of Plagiarizing Its Design (Updated)  —  Andrew Wilkinson of MetaLab has just written a blog post accusing Mozilla of plagiarizing the design of its FlightDeck editor.  To make matters worse, Wilkinson says that MetaLab actually bid on creating the design for FlightDeck months ago …
Discussion: MetaLab, The Next Web and jetpack
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Retweet.com Sells for $250,000  —  Retweet.com, which put itself up for sale last month, has sold for $250,000 in an online auction on Flippa.  The auction saw a fair amount of interest with 45 bids in total, but it appears that the winning party came in with a “buy it now” …
Discussion: The Next Web
Jie Shao / Google LatLong:
Edit places using Street View images  —  Last week we announced that you can edit details about a business listing directly through the Place Page.  But sometimes you may find a place in Google Maps that isn't quite positioned where it should be.  Let's say you know that your favorite pizzeria …
Discussion: Screenwerk and WebProNews
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Almost #3 now: Dell's decline is Acer's gain  —  With the economic sinkhole of 2008-09 now a figment of many technology companies' past, most PC manufacturers are back on their regularly scheduled growth curve.  Last month, Dell had indicated to investors that it was returning to that curve as well …
Bloomberg:
Google, Facebook Sued Over Patent for Mobile Social-Networking Software  —  Google Inc., owner of the most-used Internet search engine, and Facebook Inc. were sued by a New York company over an invention related to software that lets people join social networks on their mobile phones.
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
FCC Broadband Plan: Long Haul Expected  —  Parts of the National Broadband Plan, due Mar. 16, are already meeting with opposition and are likely to take many years to put in place  —  Paul Karpowicz has nothing against broadband.  But he has no plans to take part in a government effort to bring it to more homes.
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Tablet maker threatens, then robs Apple  —  The non-iPad iPad clone  —  The publicity whores at China's Shenzhen Great Loong Brother tablet-PC maker are at it again.  —  First, they raised a worldwild rumpus by floating the prospect of a lawsuit accusing Apple of stealing the design of their tubby P88 slate for the iPad.
Discussion: gizchina.com, CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Revised video game financing list: 115 game companies raised $663.1M in 2009  —  [Update: We've added our list with new fundings we've heard about from readers and Engage Digital Media].  —  Game startups continued to score big investments in 2009, but the amount of money raised in the year fell considerably compared to 2008.
Discussion: Velocity
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.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Ben Hardwidge / THINQ.co.uk:
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
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Without Colbert, Stewart, Hulu Could Cede Some Ground To Viacom
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On Tap for Facebook: New Technology for Linking to Web Sites
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Web Standards for E-books
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile USA Says They Ditched Yahoo For Google Because Consumers Demanded It
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
8000 iPhone and Android users duped into joining smartphone botnet
Discussion: The Register
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft adds XNA Game Studio 4.0 to its Windows Phone 7 arsenal
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
White House Can't Stream Biden's Speech; So Uses Justin.tv Instead
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Pulse2
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Samsung reveals just how expensive 3D in the home is going to be