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1:05 PM ET, March 14, 2010

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New York Times:
Apple's Spat With Google Is Getting Personal  —  IT looked like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  —  Three years ago, Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, jogged onto a San Francisco stage to shake hands with Steven P. Jobs, Apple's co-founder, to help him unveil …
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Apple Blew Its Chance To Own AdMob For $600 Million (AAPL, GOOG)  —  Apple had a chance to own mobile advertising company AdMob for $600 million, but blew it, the New York Times reports.  —  In a story detailing the rancor between Apple and Google, Brad Stone and Miguel Helft report Apple …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
New Version of Digg Revealed  —  At the “Bigg Digg Shindigg” event at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference (SXSWi), Digg CEO Jay Adelson revealed that the popular social bookmarking site is getting a major overhaul, teasing the audience about new features such as personalized feeds and the return of the Digg leaderboard.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dead iPad battery?  Never mind replacing it, Apple just sends another iPad for $99  —  Whoa, Nelly!  Isn't this something?  Apple has just posted details on its iPad battery replacement service, which is really not a battery replacement service at all.  Check out the company's opening line:
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
OMGConan: The big Digg party Twitter hoax  —  On Saturday night, Twitter rang out with news that Conan O'Brien was joining Internet TV network Revision3.  The only problem?  It was a huge hoax.  —  AUSTIN, Texas—Did you hear that Conan O'Brien, fresh off his ugly divorce with NBC …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Ping: Labels Balk at Services to Stream Music to Various Devices  —  THE Apple iPad, which goes on sale April 3, will access video, applications and Web sites wirelessly — no cords or cables needed.  But to move your trusty old music collection onto this wonder gadget and take it with you to work …
David M. Cummings / Los Angeles Times:
Haven't found that software glitch, Toyota?  Keep trying  —  An electronics problem isn't to blame for the sudden acceleration, say the carmaker's engineers.  That's nearly impossible to conclusively determine through laboratory tests.  —  There has been a lot of speculation recently …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft set to launch beta of Silverlight for Symbian  —  In March 2008, Microsoft and Nokia announced their commitment to make Silverlight available for certain Nokia phones running the Symbian operating system.  Microsoft is finally ready to make a beta of that code available.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Clarifying a couple points  —  [Just as a reminder: everything below is my personal opinion.  I haven't sent it to anyone else at Google for a review, etc.]  —  Valleywag used a recent podcast I did as material for two points in Six Delusions of Google's Arrogant Leaders.
Thanks:mattcutts
Spoonful of Medicine:
Pharma faces a character count conundrum  —  There's growing concern over how pharmaceutical companies use social media and the Internet to market their products.  Last November, the US Food and Drug Administration held a hearing on the topic, and many were worried over how marketing mediums …
Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
Africa's Gift to Silicon Valley: How to Track a Crisis  —  Could wiki technology find Osama bin Laden?  —  Imagine if any Pakistani could send an anonymous text message to the authorities suggesting where to look.  Each location could be plotted on a map.
Kim Hart / Hillicon Valley:
Sen. Franken stars on YouTube in bid for Google fiber networks  —  Funnyman Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is now a pitchman to bring Google's new fiber networks to the midwestern cities of Duluth and Superior.  —  Before being elected to Congress, Franken played the role of Duluth's Answer Man …
 
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter launches SXSW recruitment/stalking tool
Discussion: Google Maps Mania and TechCrunch
Gmail Blog:
Better controls for buzz in your inbox
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:keithdsouza
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Classmates to pay up to $9.5m to settle suit over phantom friends
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:johnhcook
Bill Bishop / Silicon Alley Insider:
Should Google “Burn Its Boats” If It Pulls Out Of China?
Discussion: Download Squad and Redmond Pie
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
TomTom for iPhone v1.3 with HDTraffic review
Discussion: TiPb and Engadget, Thanks:stuartmiles
 Earlier Items: 
Luke Bornheimer / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple to begin building advertising presence in New York City?
The Steve Rubel Stream:
Instapaper: Now Even More Useful with Email
Jeremy / POP! PR Jots:
I Don't Do SXSWi  —  The past week, I've had a ton of people assume I'm going to SXSWi.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple loses key chip executive
Discussion: Edible Apple and AppleInsider