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8:15 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
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.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Verizon Wireless' tech chief says unlimited Internet access ‘has to change,’ echoing AT&T [Corrected]  —  The two largest U.S. wireless carriers agree that the days of unlimited Internet cellphone access are numbered.  —  A week after AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said the telecom industry …
Discussion: CNET News and DSLreports
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Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
The Mobile Broadband Speed Tax: Got $23 for a Hulu Episode?
Discussion: Engadget, Thanks:mspoonauer
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: louisgray.com, BloggingPro and 901am
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: GottaBeMobile.com and Liliputing
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.
foursquare:
Happy birthday, foursquare.  —  It was exactly a year ago when Naveen and I flipped the switch on foursquare.  It was the day before we headed down to SXSW - back when we were still feeling 50/50 on whether people would think the “let's turn real life into a game!” idea was really interesting or whether they'd laugh us out of Austin.
Discussion: AppScout and PSFK, Thanks:jsmakr
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Foursquare Turns 1 With Half a Million Users
Discussion: Geek News Central
Reinhardt Krause / IBD Click:
FCC Makes It Easy To Test Broadband Connections  —  Ever get that feeling your wireless data connection is s-l-o-w, or that your PC isn't getting the high-speed Internet access advertised by your local cable or phone company?  The Federal Communications Commission, which plans to release …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Michael Rose / TUAW:
How soon is now?  Pre-order timing for iPad confirmed, 5:30 am PT  —  We've had more than a few inbound requests today, via email and Twitter, asking a slightly obsessive but completely understandable question: When can I pre-order my freakin' iPad?  —  True to form, the simple answer of …
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and IntoMobile, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Business Week:
Revenge of the Cable Guys  —  If you think online TV will be free forever, think again.  The cable companies have a plan to keep control—and stick you with the bill  —  Matt Mahurin  —  Once upon a time, not so long ago, a bunch of small companies in Silicon Valley thought the future of television was theirs.
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 …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
What's Happening—and Where?  —  Every day, millions of tweets are created.  These little bursts of information are about anything and everything—they make Twitter a hub for discovering what's happening right now, anywhere in the world.  A recent burst of interest in location sharing applications …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Plancast iPhone App is Live & It is Good  —  Plancast, the plan-sharing startup with big-name angel investors and “future as platform” aspirations, has just had its iPhone app accepted into the iTunes store.  The app was built by contracted star developer Leah Culver.  It's simple, functional, attractive and useful.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Starbucks Fans Can Become ‘Baristas’ on Foursquare  —  Beginning Thursday, latte addicts who visit Starbucks outlets can get more than just a caffeine fix.  They will also be rewarded on Foursquare with a barista badge.  —  Location-based mobile services like Foursquare are at the cutting edge …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Inventor of the cell phone gave up his iPhone for a Motorola Droid [update]  —  As if Android needed yet another endorsement, it turns out that Martin Cooper — the inventor of the cellular telephone who pretty much is responsible for all of us being here at this fine Web site today …
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
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 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?
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. …
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
App Store who?  Android Market what?  Qualcomm's BREW Platform has Transacted over $3 Billion in App Sales  —  It's been around for 9 years, is on over 1,200 handset models, used by over 65 OEM's, available in 25 countries, and has over 250M potential users.  Yet you may never have heard of it.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
 
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