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5:55 PM ET, March 14, 2010

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Firehose May Be Released at Developer Conference F8  —  Facebook plans to announce the availability of a firehose of user data at its F8 developers conference in April, we believe based on research.  Such an offering could be similar to the firehose that Twitter has shared …
Discussion: All Facebook
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook May Begin Allowing Developers To Store User Data For More Than 24 Hours  —  Facebook's f8 conference is shaping up to have quite a few improvements in store for developers, and we think we've come across another one: a change to Facebook's data retention policy.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Big Changes Are Coming to Digg: More Power to Publishers, Less Power to Top Diggers  —  Last night, during Digg's annual SXSW party, Digg's CEO Jay Adelson announced a set of significant changes to Digg.  Among the changes Adelson announced are a streamlined submission process …
Discussion: The Web Life and Mashable!
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
New Version of Digg Revealed  —  Update: Here's our follow-up to this story: “Inside the New Digg: An Interview with CEO Jay Adelson.”  —  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 …
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Forbidden Fruit: Microsoft Workers Hide Their iPhones  —  Steve Ballmer Sours on Apple Product; Work for Ford, Drive a Ford  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Microsoft Corp. employees are passionate users of the latest tech toys.  But there is one gadget love that many at the company dare not name: the iPhone.
Eyanir Chinea / Reuters:
Venezuela's Chavez calls for internet controls  —  (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, who is criticized by media freedom groups, called on Saturday for regulation of the Internet and singled out a website that he said falsely reported the murder of one of his ministers.
Discussion: CNET News and Mashable!
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.
Discussion: GigaOM
First Round Capital / Redeye VC:
Some more thoughts on innovation in eCommerce  —  I had the chance to speak on a panel about Online Shopping at a NextNY event this week.  And after a great discussion, I started talking with some folks about my last blog post (which commented on how little has changed in online shopping since …
Discussion: A VC
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 …
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
Robin Chase / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Collecting real-time data from cars could save lives.  —  IN the wake of the Congressional hearings on the Toyota recalls, we have heard various proposals for countering unintended acceleration in automobiles.  —  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood 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.
 
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Christian Torres / Spoonful of Medicine:
Pharma faces a character count conundrum
Kim Hart / Hillicon Valley:
Sen. Franken stars on YouTube in bid for Google fiber networks
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Ping: Labels Balk at Services to Stream Music to Various Devices
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Apple Blew Its Chance To Own AdMob For $600 Million (AAPL, GOOG)
Discussion: TechFlash and MacDailyNews, Thanks:keithdsouza
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter launches SXSW recruitment/stalking tool
Discussion: Google Maps Mania and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Classmates to pay up to $9.5m to settle suit over phantom friends
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent, Thanks:johnhcook
Bill Bishop / Silicon Alley Insider:
Should Google “Burn Its Boats” If It Pulls Out Of China?
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Clarifying a couple points
Thanks:mattcutts
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dead iPad battery?  Never mind replacing it, Apple just sends another iPad for $99
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.