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5:20 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 …
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Pete Hopkins / Blogger in Draft:
The Blogger Template Designer
Discussion: 901am, BloggingPro and louisgray.com
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.
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 …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
JooJoo hits the FCC, reveals NVIDIA Ion, 3G card
Discussion: Liliputing and Gizmodo
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 …
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: Mashable! and PSFK, Thanks:jsmakr
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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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 …
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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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.
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.
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
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 and Gawker
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Launches Lifestream As New Standalone Product.  This Is What Google Buzz Should Have Been  —  Aol launched Lifestream, a social aggregator and publisher, as part of their AIM platform at TechCrunch50 Last Fall.  Since then it has gained nearly 2 million users, say Aol.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Incredible out in the wild once more, Verizon color scheme alive and well  —  Android Forums is alight today with fresh HTC Incredible chatter — a phone every Android fan on Verizon is desperately waiting for — and we've managed to glean a few more pictures and possible specs out of the mess.
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
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Nokia is Coming to America - Still  —  “It is about renewal.”  —  That's what David Rivas, a vice president at Nokia, told a gathering of reporters in San Francisco on Wednesday about his company's new phones based on the Symbian^3 operating system.  Nokia is betting that the revamped software …
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
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.
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
The Mobile Broadband Speed Tax: Got $23 for a Hulu Episode?  —  The next generation of mobile broadband is upon on us.  And it's fast.  So fast, in some cases, that many consumers will consider ditching their home cable or DSL connection.  Why not just pay a single bill for surfing the web on your sofa and on the go?
Discussion: Engadget, Thanks:mspoonauer
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 …
 
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Weldon Dodd / TheAppleBlog:
App Store SEO: The Impact of iTunes Web Preview
Thanks:atul
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Elliott Said to Consider Sale of Novell NetWare Business If Bid Succeeds
Discussion: DealBook
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Court reaffirms i4i's patent win against Microsoft
Discussion: Tech Eye
digiphile:
FCC goes mobile, launches iPhone, Android apps for crowdsourced …
Discussion: BetaNews, BoomTown 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, paidContent and Bits
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Mulligan / Mark Mulligan's blog:
Forrester's New Blog Platform Is Live!
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
doubleTwist's iTunes Alternative (That Works With Android) Adds Podcast Support
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Chomp raises $2M for iPhone app recommendations; launches new site at Chomp.com
Discussion: Pulse2 and Search Engine Land
Felix Salmon:
Why did Nick Denton truncate Gawker's RSS feeds?
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Kevin Rose / Telegraph:
Kevin Rose: ‘My Foursquare data will tell my life story’
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why AOL May Just Abandon Bebo Rather Than Sell It
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.Rory:
Facebook v Daily Mail