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1:20 AM ET, March 15, 2010

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Michael Calore / Underwire:
Gowalla Tops Foursquare at SXSW Web Awards (But Benson Smokes 'em All)  —  AUSTIN, Texas - Providing further proof that location-sharing services are currently all the rage, Gowalla picked up the award for best site in the Mobile category Sunday at the 13th annual SXSW Web Awards.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare And Gowalla In A Dead Heat In The Location War  —  The SXSW festival in Austin, Texas is currently ground zero for a war, the location war.  While over a dozen services have launched new products or features around location, two still seem to stand above all others in terms of use here: Foursquare and Gowalla.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
For Power Users, Gmail Set To Get Up To Speed  —  During the Behind the Scenes of Gmail panel today at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, team member Jonathan Perlow made a revelation that will be a huge relief to power Gmail users: things will soon get a lot faster.
Discussion: Erictric and Gizmodo
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google May Start Pre-Testing New Buzz Features With Users
danah boyd:
“Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity”  —  [This is a rough unedited crib of the actual talk]  —  Citation: boyd, danah.  2010. “Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity.”  SXSW.  Austin, Texas, March 13.  —  Good afternoon!  —  Let me begin by saying that I'm tremendously honored to be here doing the welcoming keynote at SXSW.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
E-Readers Will Survive the Onslaught of Tablets  —  If you think the coming wave of tablets is about to make e-book readers obsolete, guess again.  —  Although dozens of tablets are scheduled to hit the market this year — from companies like Apple, HP and Dell, as well as upstarts like JooJoo …
Discussion: TeleRead
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Accused of Unfairness, Banned by Trackers  —  One of the most significant changes in the new uTorrent is uTP, the ‘micro transfer protocol’.  UTP is a new and improved implementation of the BitTorrent protocol which is designed to be more network-friendly than its predecessor.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scamville Marches Onto The iPhone, Sneaks Back Into Facebook  —  In our Scamville series of posts last October we exposed the massive user fraud occurring Facebook and MySpace social games.  Fake quizzes tied to long term mobile subscriptions, malware-laden toolbar downloads and other scams were the center of the controversy.
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
China Issues Warning to Google's Partners  —  BEIJING — The Chinese authorities have warned major partners of Google's China-based search engine that they must comply with censorship laws even if Google does not, an industry expert with knowledge of the notice said Sunday.
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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Firehose May Be Released at Developer Conference F8
Discussion: All Facebook
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Pew: readers prefer ad-supported news to pay walls  —  Advertising remains the primary means of support for online news outlets, and there's a long uphill battle facing anyone trying to forge new business models, at least according to a report produced by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
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 …
 
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