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4:00 PM 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 …
Google Mobile Blog:
In stock nearby?  Look for the blue dots.  —  Vic Gundotra, VP of Engineering, demonstrated last December a preview version of Product Search for mobile with local inventory, which lets you see right in your search results whether items are in stock at nearby stores.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Cuts Milo At The Knees With Its Blue Dot Specials  —  Google just launched a new feature on the mobile version of Google Product Search which could take local shopping search startup Milo out at the knees.  Whenever you do a Google product search from a mobile phone …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Paul Hochman / nook and BN eReader Blog:
eBooks: B&N eReader for iPad Coming Soon  —  We've been getting lots of questions from customers, so we wanted to confirm that we will soon be adding a new B&N eReader for iPad - continuing to fulfill our promise of providing consumers any book, any time, any where.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Finally, a Major New Reason to Use Blogger: Easy Custom Templates  —  At this point, blogging has been around so long that there's nothing extraordinary about almost anyone-from an eleven-year-old to a grandma-having his or her own blog.  One basic thing about blogging, however …
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 …
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.
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. …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Foursquare Turns 1 With Half a Million Users  —  Foursquare, the New York-based location services startup, has more than 500,000 users and 1.4 million venues, it announced today, one year after it launched at SXSW.  The company says it had its biggest day ever last Friday …
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foursquare:
Happy birthday, foursquare.
Discussion: PSFK, Thanks:jsmakr
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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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Behind The Scenes Of Apple's iPad Launch  —  New details about the books and apps that will run on the tablet computer.  —  In the run-up to the April 3 launch of Apple's iPad tablet computer, all appears calm.  But behind the veil that obscures all Apple product debuts …
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 …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Reuters to Journalists: Don't Break News on Twitter  —  Last night, Reuters released their social media policy, which includes instructing journalists to avoid exposing bias online and tells them specifically not to “scoop the wire” by breaking stories on Twitter.
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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?
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: Macworld, CNET News, Electronista and TUAW
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evri Acquires Radar Networks In Semantic Search Consolidation  —  After shopping itself around to all the major search engines, Radar Networks finally found a buyer in another semantic search startup.  Today, Evri is announcing that it will be acquiring Radar Networks, along with its core technical team and its main product, Twine.
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
Obama's $79 Billion Tech Plan May Favor Web Programs  —  Vivek Kundra, the Obama official with $79 billion to spend on technology, said the government can be more efficient by putting programs on the Web, paving the way for companies like Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. to win business.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Meet Ubuntu Linux's new CEO (Q&A)  —  LONDON—Jane Silber has been chief executive of Canonical for 11 days.  —  But she's no outsider swooping in to take over Ubuntu Linux's corporate sponsor.  She joined Canonical in June 2004, two months after previous CEO Mark Shuttleworth founded …
Discussion: Datamation
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.
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Court reaffirms i4i's patent win against Microsoft  —  Judges expand on why they agree Microsoft willfully infringed i4i's patents with its Word feature that lets people create custom XML documents  —  The U.S. Federal Court of Appeals has once again upheld a jury's verdict that Microsoft willfully infringed on patents awarded to i4i.
Discussion: Tech Eye
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”.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Video Chat on the Plane?  Illegal?  OK?  Legal Gray Area?  —  I'm writing this at around 36,000 feet, on a United Airlines flight between New York and San Francisco.  That's not so unusual - anymore - Wifi had been on planes for over a year now, and I've grown accustomed to the service.  —  Why?
Discussion: Boing Boing
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 …
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Elliott Said to Consider Sale of Novell NetWare Business If Bid Succeeds  —  Elliott Associates LP, the fund manager that made an unsolicited $2 billion offer for Novell Inc., would sell the NetWare networking-software unit if its bid succeeds, a person familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: DealBook
 
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digiphile:
FCC goes mobile, launches iPhone, Android apps for crowdsourced …
Discussion: BetaNews and Epicenter, Thanks:digiphile
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Lucid Imagination lands $10M more for enterprise search solutions
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Perseids, John Hughes, And G.I. Joe Are Trending Topics On Wikipedia
Thanks:atul
John Yunker / Global by Design:
Is Google the best machine translation engine? It depends...
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Betaworks Raises $20M From Intel, Others
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bits and paidContent
Mark Mulligan / Mark Mulligan's blog:
Forrester's New Blog Platform Is Live!
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Chomp raises $2M for iPhone app recommendations; launches new site at Chomp.com
Discussion: Pulse2 and Search Engine Land
 Earlier Items: 
Louis Gray:
Brazen Careerist Adds Future-Focused Social Resumes
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily, Stay N' Alive and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Secret Lives Of Objects: StickyBits Turn Barcodes Into Personal Message Boards
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
You Will Have the Power of a PS3 In Your Pocket In 3 Years
Discussion: SlashGear and Maximum PC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why AOL May Just Abandon Bebo Rather Than Sell It
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
It's Time to Declare War Against Apple's Censorship
Thanks:atul
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.Rory:
Facebook v Daily Mail
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Opera Mini 5 Beta Now Available For Android