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11:40 AM ET, March 15, 2010

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Web guru Tim Bray takes Google Android job  —  Tim Bray—co-inventor of XML, notable tech blogger, and until recently a Sun Microsystems employee—has joined Google's Android team in part to show the world what he thinks is wrong with Apple's iPhone.  —  The move puts a personal face on the cultural …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple iPad orders drop sharply  —  A rough three-day estimate, based on an analysis of order numbers: 152,000 units  —  After the initial burst of excitement on Friday that saw iPad pre-orders coming in at the rate of 25,000 per hour, there was a dramatic fall-off over the weekend.
DigiTimes:
HTC shipping CDMA-version Nexus One to Verizon, says paper  —  HTC (High Tech Computer) has started shipping CDMA-version of the Nexus One Google phones to Verizon Wireless, which will begin to market the smartphones this month or in April at the earliest, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Apps, iPhone Bigger Than Facebook Platform  —  When it comes to apps, the iPhone platform is now bigger than the Facebook platform, according to a report by Flurry, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics company.  Flurry said today that Apple's iTunes App Store has over 140,000 applications compared …
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
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Expected To Take The Wraps Off Its Advertising Platform Today  —  Later today, Twitter CEO Evan Williams will be interviewed by Umair Haque of the Havas Media Lab at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.  We'll of course be covering any announcements that will be made by Williams on stage …
Discussion: Twitterrati
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Product Manager RJ Pittman Defects To Apple  —  The battle between Google and Apple continues.  RJ Pittman, a prominent product manager at Google, has left the company to join Apple.  We've been tipped off to a tweet he sent out two days ago that said “My last day at Google.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ning CEO Gina Bianchini to Step Down-Becomes an EIR at Andreessen Horowitz  —  Gina Bianchini, the high-profile CEO of social networking platform Ning, is stepping down and will become an Executive in Residence at the Andreessen Horowitz venture firm.  —  Bianchini (pictured here) …
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Microsoft exec says Apple's HTC suit ‘is not necessarily a bad thing’  —  Even though Windows Mobile handsets are named in Apple's lawsuit against smartphone maker HTC, one Microsoft executive recently stated that the suit might help to sort out intellectual property ownership issues.
Discussion: Seattle Times
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google May Start Pre-Testing New Buzz Features With Users  —  This afternoon at SXSW, a panel of Gmail and Google Buzz team members took part in a panel where they discussed what goes on behind the scenes at Gmail.  The panel covered a smattering of topics, covering everything from Gmail stickers …
Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove  —  Editor's note: When venture capitalists invest in early stage startups, more than anything else they are investing in the founders of the company and their ability to lead their employees through …
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple practices ‘legal alchemy’ to mask IP theft, claims Nokia  —  Apple tries to divert attention from patent dispute with antitrust charges, Nokia argues in federal court  —  Computerworld - Nokia last week asked a federal judge to toss out Apple's antitrust claims, saying the iPhone maker indulged in …
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
25 years of .com domain names  —  On March 15, 1985, a Massachusetts computer systems firm registered the first .com Internet domain name.  —  Although Symbolics.com didn't spark an instant gold rush, the event planted the first seed of a transformation that has changed the world …
Don Faul / Facebook Blog:
New Offices to Support You Around the World  —  As more and more people share and connect on Facebook, we are growing our operations and teams to support them around the world.  Just last week, we announced plans to invest in a new Austin, Texas, office, and today in India we unveiled our intentions to open an office in Hyderabad.
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
AT&T's Latest Dumbphones Come With New Smartphone Services  —  You don't need a smartphone to get smartphone-like services, claims AT&T. They of course have a few new handsets backing up that boast, but what's most interesting is the free online syncing for both contacts and media.
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.
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment and TiPb
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
RateItAll helps businesses build their own Foursquare  —  RateItAll, the review site that has described itself as a “distributed Yelp for everything,” is going mobile.  But it's not just by releasing an iPhone app of its own — RateItAll wants to help companies build their own location check-in services.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
LoKast launches a 'disposable social network" for sharing media from your iPhone  —  There are a number of companies at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin offering their own way of sharing your location with friends.  LoKast, an app from a company called NearVerse …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
 
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
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Sumner Lemon / Computerworld:
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Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Rhapsody promises offline music playback in iPhone app update
Discussion: Mashable! and Gizmodo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
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