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9:45 AM ET, March 13, 2010


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Doug Gross / CNN:
Opera browser for iPhone may be ‘weeks’ away  —  Austin, Texas (CNN) — The company behind the Web browser Opera is weeks away from submitting it to Apple's iPhone store for approval, a spokesman said Friday.  —  The result, according to the Norwegian company, would be a browser …
Discussion: App Advice
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Andrey Ternovskiy, Creator of Chatroulette  —  Andrey Ternovskiy, a polite, excited and eager Russian high school student scoured the Internet trying to find a Web site that allowed random video chats with strangers.  When he realized a site like this didn't exist, he decided to build it.
Discussion: MediaMemo, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Hard To Watch The Newsosaurs Turn A Blind Eye To Their Own Extinction  —  Sometimes it is obvious where the world is headed, but some people and industries become frozen in place and time.  They are like the duckbilled dinosaurs happily munching on the still-abundant plants around …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple iPad — model A1337 — phreaks the FCC  —  A pair of iPads was just revealed in the FCC's system in perfect synchrony with that little pre-order sitch with which you may or may not already be familiar.  Apple, of course, has a track record of timing its FCC filings perfectly …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacRumors
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hunch Gets It Right, Adds a $10 Million Series B Round Led by Khosla Ventures  —  Hunch, a buzzy start-up that answers questions using crowdsourced recommendations, has resolved one query of its own: Who's going to fund our B round?  —  Sources tell me that Khosla Ventures is leading …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Pulse2, Thanks:atul
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Six Delusions of Google's Arrogant Leaders  —  Google's CEO went to Abu Dhabi this week and preached.  He sermonized about Google's exceptional virtue — its indifference to profit and supreme trustworthiness.  His speech should have been shocking.  Except that delusional self-righteousness is now routine at Google.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Did MySpace Become Number One on Android?  —  When MySpace announced earlier this week that they had now established themselves as the number one social networking application on the Android platform and the number three download overall, needless to say, we were a bit shocked.
Discussion: ReveNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace's Mid Level Management Structure Is Crumbling  —  The problem with all of these people who are walking out the door at MySpace isn't so much the number of them, because MySpace is trying to replace them by hiring more people.  It's the fact that the best people are leaving, and taking a lot of the knowledge base with them.
David Worthington / Technologizer:
Xbox 360 Games on Your iPhone?  Yes.  But Not From Microsoft  —  On Monday, Novell will demonstrate new technology that will allow Microsoft Xbox 360 games to be translated into iPhone apps.  It also has the capability to be used to create Android games, potentially taking some Xbox games to the mobile masses.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Thomas Claburn / darkREADING:
Hackers Not Playing Games With Gaming Sites  —  Internet gaming companies can be damaged by cyber attacks in a broader variety of ways than other companies  —  Cybersecurity is a serious issue for any online business, but for online gaming companies it's doubly so.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple's iPad Will Read Books Out Loud, Support Free E-Books  —  When it began taking pre-orders for the iPad this morning, Apple also published some new details about how the tablet device will function as an e-book reader.  —  It turns out the iPad will read books out loud to you with audio dictation …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC responds to questions about broadband speed tests  —  The Federal Communications Commission responded Friday evening to questions about the broadband speed tests it launched Thursday, saying that data collected from the effort will be supplemented by other information in the agency's analysis of connection speeds.
Lenovo: mobile Internet to be 80% of sales in five years  —  The vast majority of Lenovo's sales will come from Internet-capable portable devices in five years, company chief Yang Yuanqing stated on Friday.  He observed that ThinkPads and IdeaPads already outweigh desktops but that fully 70 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Estimated to Have Taken 50,000 iPad Orders in First Two Hours  —  With iPad pre-orders having begun in the U.S. just a few hours ago, observers are looking for any signs that might indicate how sales are going.  According to one report, two orders placed 30 minutes apart this morning resulted …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Tim Cook Receives Bonus of $5 Million and Stock for Performance During Jobs' Absence  —  Apple today filed a Form 8-K submission with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing a bonus of $5 million and 75,000 shares of Apple stock paid to Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google to strip unique client ID from future Google Chrome installs  —  Whether you were aware of it or not, Google has always tagged Chrome installs with a unique identifier.  It's long been reported as a privacy-compromising feature, though as H-Online states in their post today that has never been proven.
Discussion: Maximum PC and
Toby Richards / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Musings on Customer Support in a 140 Character World  —  It's always nice when the company you ordered your brother's birthday gift from includes a pre-printed return label in case you need to exchange the shirt for another size.  Being able to buy movie tickets online …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
What Google Will Do in China (SXSW Presentation)  —  Kaiser Kuo presented today at SXSW about Google in China.  He spoke about how the Google situation will impact Chinese Internet users, other companies and the Chinese government.  —  In the presentation, Kuo (who also spoke to ReadWriteWeb a week ago) …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Nexus One confirmed to only be sold online, (and to feature HTC Sense?)  —  Far be it from us to say we told you so, but, well, we told you so.  Here's confirmation, plain and simple, that the Google Nexus One on Verizon will not be sold in stores and instead will only be available at …
Danielle Nohe / Compete Blog:
Smartphone Owners: A Ready and Willing Audience  —  Compete will be at CTIA Wireless 2010 and is emceeing the Mobile Marketing & Advertising special session for agencies and brands to learn more about the burgeoning mobile channel on March 22nd.  If you would like to set up a meeting …
Kim LaCapria / The Inquisitr:
Formspring prank story plagues Twitter  —  One of the top trending topics on Twitter right now is Formspring, apparently due to a fake news story circulating on the microblogging service.  —, a social media platform designed for users to ask and answer anonymous questions …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Brian Ries / The Daily Beast:
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
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Discussion: Romenesko
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