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11:45 AM ET, March 11, 2010

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AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 4.0 software to deliver multitasking support  —  Apple this summer will go a long way towards silencing critics and catering to one of the most prevalent demands of its iPhone user base, when it introduces a multitasking solution through the handset's 4. software update …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Motorola partners with Microsoft, will use Bing search and maps on Chinese Android phones  —  Uh, whoa.  When we heard Google's threatened pullout of China had prompted Motorola to seek out an alternative search provider for its China-bound handsets, we can't say we were expecting a partnership with Microsoft to result.
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Kathy Van Buskirk / PR Newswire:
Motorola Announces Alliance with Microsoft for Search and Maps Services; Launching on New Smart Phones in China  —  Services to provide additional choice to consumers on Motorola devices powered by Android  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced a global alliance with Microsoft Corp. …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Opera Mini 5 Beta Now Available For Android  —  Sure, Opera Mini may (or may not) already be the most popular mobile browser in the world — but why stop there?  Following up on the Android release of Opera Mobile 4 just over a year ago, Opera has just launched Opera Mini 5 for Android into public beta.
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Kindle for Android Finally Coming Soon?  —  We already know that Dell's Mini 5 handheld runs the Google Android operating system.  We've seen the custom interface and lovely 800 x 480 resolution of the 5″ display.  And based on FCC testing, it's a safe bet that the device will support …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Mexico's Carlos Slim knocks Bill Gates off his top billionaire perch  —  Bill Gates is no longer the world's richest man.  The Microsoft co-founder was knocked out of the top slot in Forbes annual ranking of the top billionaires.  —  So who is the richest?
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Hard drive evolution could hit XP  —  Hard drives are about to undergo one of the biggest format shifts in 30 years.  —  By early 2011 all hard drives will use an “advanced format” that changes how they go about saving the data people store on them.  —  The move to the advanced format …
Ed Hunsinger / Laughing Squid:
Chatroulette Map: Not So Anonymous Anymore  —  Whenever people mention the random webcam site, Chatroulette, it inevitably leads to talk of how there are certain less-than-desirable webcam chat partners on the service.  Some would wager that the guise of anonymity on Chatroulette helps these users feel a bit safer when baring it all.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Facebook Threatens to Sue Daily Mail Over Sex Predator Claims  —  According to the Guardian and Global Dashboard, Facebook has threatened to sue Daily Mail over an article that wrongfully claimed Facebook makes it easy for older sex predators to approach and seduce minors.
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Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.Rory:   Facebook v Daily Mail
Official Google Reader Blog:
And now for something completely different  —  Since I've been working on Google Reader, I've told a lot of my friends about how great it is.  And while some of them try Reader and find it really useful, many of them aren't interested in taking the time to get Reader set up.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Digg Digs Cassandra  —  Digg, the San Francisco-based social media company, is dropping MySQL and instead betting its future on Cassandra, an open-source data store.  It's just the latest sign of the growing popularity of the software, which was developed (and open sourced) by Facebook to search through its inbox.
Discussion: What is Digg?
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
JooJoo revamps interface ahead of launch, adds local video playback — and changes color  —  The JooJoo tablet's launch date might have been pushed back a month while Fusion Garage sorts out issues with the capacitive touchscreen, but it looks like the extra time has given the company a chance …
Kevin Rose / Telegraph:
Kevin Rose: ‘My Foursquare data will tell my life story’  —  Foursquare is reaching a tipping point, says Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg and Foursquare investor  —  “Foursquare felt very much like Twitter did a few years ago.  When people think of Twitter, they think it's this great new start-up that launched six months ago.
BBC:
Pink Floyd win EMI court ruling  —  Pink Floyd tracks may be removed from digital music services like iTunes after a High Court ruling went against record label EMI.  —  The band's latest record deal, signed before services like iTunes appeared, said their songs must not be sold individually without their permission.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sony Motion Controller is Called PlayStation Move, Launches Fall 2010  —  Sony's finally put a name to their motion controller, and it's called PlayStation Move.  Live Updating  —  Sony will have multiple packages.  A standalone Move controller, or a package with PlayStation Eye + Move + a game, or an entire console solution.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
OpenGL 4.0 comes out to play  —  With Microsoft becoming increasingly marginalized in areas like mobile media, DirectX is becoming less of a must-use toolset and more of a gaming-specific one.  The other side of the coin is, of course, the increasing relevance of standards like OpenGL …
Discussion: CNET News and TUAW
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Paul Allen Backed Semantic Service Evri Has Been Acquired  —  Think the semantic web is all hype with no bite?  Paul Allen backed semantic startup Evri will announce tomorrow that it has been acquired, we've learned from a reliable source.  The service specializes in extracting the names of people …
Discussion: TechFlash
Louis Gray:
Brazen Careerist Adds Future-Focused Social Resumes  —  For most of us, resumes are updated with great irregularity - usually just before leaving one job, and just after arriving at another.  These resumes also are much more focused on our pasts than our future - highlighting previous jobs and degrees …
Discussion: Stay N' Alive and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why AOL May Just Abandon Bebo Rather Than Sell It  —  Newly independent Aol is still struggling with the fate of Bebo, the social network they acquired for $850 million in 2008.  —  No one argues that Aol underpaid for Bebo.  And the social network has fallen from 22 million monthly unique visitors …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Secret Lives Of Objects: StickyBits Turn Barcodes Into Personal Message Boards  —  Every place and object in the world has a secret past: who lived there, who passed by, who touched it.  The secret lives of objects are filled with such details.  If only you could make them talk.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Verizon promises first 4G handset for next summer, foretells end of unlimited data plans  —  Alright, you ultrafast mobile broadband zealots, whip out your calendars and draw a big red tick around the middle of 2011.  Verizon's CTO Anthony Melone has identified next summer as the carrier's release window …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
doubleTwist's iTunes Alternative (That Works With Android) Adds Podcast Support  —  Over the last six months, doubleTwist, the iTunes alternative that lets you manage your music, videos, and photos, has really been stepping up its game.  In October the company integrated an Amazon-powered MP3 store …
Discussion: Android Community and Lifehacker
Felix Salmon:
Why did Nick Denton truncate Gawker's RSS feeds?  —  Yesterday, Gawker Media truncated its RSS feeds, and former Gawker editorial honcho Lockhart Steele immediately tweeted that “the only thing that excited me about Gawker's RSS truncation was picturing @felixsalmon's head explode when he heard the news”.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
LivingSocial raises $25M for group buying, Facebook apps  —  Hardly a week goes by where we don't receive a company pitch from a hopeful startup trying to crash the group deals scene.  And for good reason, since venture capital firms seem happy to throw cash at well-executed takes on the business model.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
MyEdu Will Be Your Curriculum Guide And Virtual College Advisor Rolled Into One  —  Do you remember to the days of college, when you were required to sort through your curriculum and career goals with your designated college advisor?  Education startup MyEdu aims to replace …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
You Ask, Jimmy Wales Answers: A Crowdsourced Interview With Mr. Wikipedia  —  Jimmy Wales's Wikipedia relies almost entirely on free contributions from its users to create a mammoth Web encyclopedia.  —  Could an enterprising/lazy blogger use the same technique to interview Wales?
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
European Parliament slams digital copyright treaty
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Chomp raises $2M for iPhone app recommendations …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and jkOnTheRun
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Motally Brings Mobile Analytics To Smartphone Games
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
You Will Have the Power of a PS3 In Your Pocket In 3 Years
Discussion: SlashGear and Maximum PC
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Classmates.com's Facebook Mimicking Prompts Privacy Suit
Discussion: ConsumerAffairs.com
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
It's Time to Declare War Against Apple's Censorship
Thanks:atul
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
As Twitter improves website, app makers push tweets in other directions
Discussion: iPhoneWorld.ca iPhone, mocoNews and Macworld, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big Media or Big SEO Spammers?
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
 Earlier Items: 
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
The Day Abu Dhabi Became an Unlikely Crossroad For Search Wars
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Sean Poulter / Daily Mail:
All mapped out: Virtually every road in the UK will now appear …
Discussion: Telegraph and Download Squad
BBC:
Internet up for Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: Engadget
John Cook / TechFlash:
RealNetworks' Rob Glaser on why Apple's model must be stopped
Discussion: mocoNews, GigaOM and The Seattle Times
comScore:
comScore Reports January 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share