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5:25 PM ET, March 15, 2010

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
@anywhere  —  When we designed Twitter, we took a different approach—we didn't require a relationship model like that of a social network.  Keeping things open meant you could browse our site to read tweets from friends, celebrities, companies, media outlets, fictional characters, and more.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Netflix prototyped for Windows Phone 7 Series  —  We just got a quick at Netflix for Windows Phone 7 Series, one of the third-party apps Microsoft's showing off here at MIX10, and it looks... well, very Netflixy — it's red to the bone.  Unlike other mobile Netflix apps …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7 Series dev partners and details apps: Sling, Pandora, Foursquare and Xbox gaming (video!)  —  Microsoft just dropped its first press release of MIX 10 on us, and in addition to detailing the Sliverlight and XNA-based Windows Phone 7 Series development situation …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Confirmed: Marketplace will be the only way to get apps on Windows Phone 7 Series  —  We just got out of a meeting with Microsoft's Todd Higgs, who dropped a little bombshell on us: the only official way to get apps on a Windows Phone 7 Series device will be to download them from the just-detailed Windows Phone Marketplace.
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.
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hitwise says Facebook Most Popular U.S. Site  —  New data released from analytics service Hitwise today names Facebook the largest website in the U.S. with 7.07% of all U.S. visits.  Google is second at 7.03%.  Yahoo Mail is third with 3.8% and Yahoo is fourth at 3.67% …
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) …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Apple hires ‘Senior Prototype Engineer’ for work on wearable computing  —  Richard DeVaul's Linkedin status changed last month from Founder & President at AWare Technologies to Senior Prototype Engineer at Apple computer.  This is a significant hire for Apple and one that shows the company …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
MOG launches mobile apps with unlimited downloads to your phone  —  Music streaming service MOG unveiled its mobile strategy today, laying out Android and iPhone apps that will let users get unlimited song downloads to their phones for $10 a month.  —  Subscribers will be able to get on-demand streams …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fandango Begins Rolling Out Mobile Tickets That Let Moviegoers Go Paperless  —  Waiting in line for movie tickets is still the worst part of going to the movies (unless you are going to see The Bounty Hunter).  With so many mobile phone movie apps, it's easy to find what's playing …
Eric Schmidt / Google Public Policy Blog:
A broadband catapult for America  —  Power.  Clean water.  The Interstate highway system.  It's easy to forget that the advantages of modern American life result from basic infrastructure investments made by earlier generations.  —  Tomorrow the FCC will release a national broadband strategy.
Discussion: PC World, ITworld.com and Engadget
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:   FCC unveiling sweeping national broadband plan
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Director Of Project Management RJ Pittman Defects To Apple  —  The battle between Google and Apple continues.  RJ Pittman, a prominent Director of Product Management 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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Top Ad Money-Maker Bradford Leaving for New Job at Demand Media  —  According to several sources, Yahoo's SVP of U.S. Revenue and Market Development Joanne Bradford (pictured here) is planning on leaving the Internet giant to take a new position as Chief Revenue Officer of online content upstart Demand Media.
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 …
Neil Vidyarthi / SocialTimes.com:
ICQ Is Back And It Uses Facebook and Twitter  —  Do you remember ICQ ("I Seek You")?  It was one of the first desktop download chat applications and was sold to AOL for $400 million in 1998.  Strangely, it fell off the map after the acquisition, but has since resurfaced as a type …
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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.
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Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
PEW: 82% Of Users Will Abandon Their Favorite News Site If They Put Up A Paywall
Discussion: Guardian and Joho the Blog
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Palm launches a new slogan for webOS: Life moves fast.  Don't miss a thing.  —  We love webOS around these parts.  What we don't love — not one bit — is how they've been advertising it.  They kicked things off with creepiness, and then followed it up with mis-aimed cheesiness.
Discussion: Electronista
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharing and Link Sites Declared Legal in Spain  —  Despite many rulings which have declared file-sharing sites legal if they don't profit directly from copyright infringements, in recent years its become something of a custom in Spain for music rights groups to attempt to close down sites …
Discussion: The Next Web and Softpedia News
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Wikipedia Should Be Trusted As A Breaking News Source  —  Most any journalism professor, upon mention of Wikipedia, will immediately launch into a rant about how the massively collaborative online encyclopedia can't be trusted.  It can, you see, be edited and altered by absolutely anyone at any moment.
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
PayPal to Introduce Cheaper Way to Process Small Transactions  —  PayPal Inc., the payment processor owned by EBay Inc., plans to introduce a cheaper way for businesses to handle online transactions that are less than $10, a company executive said.  —  PayPal will let companies accumulate …
 
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Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Skyhook Announces SpotRank - Allows Mobile App Devs to Work with Hotspots
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
40% of Blackberry users willing to trade in for an iPhone
Reuters:
Dell sues 5 Asia tech firms, alleging LCD cartel
Discussion: CrunchGear, Softpedia News and TechSpot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
U.S. Mac sales up 39% in Jan. and Feb.
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Breaking: Silverlight now on 60% of Internet-connected devices
Discussion: Erictric and jd/adobe
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
GyPSii Raises Another $11 Million For Mobile Location Sharing
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Directors Establish $100 Million Fund To Invest In The Midwest
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
For NPR, the iPad Means a New App-And a New Web Site
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Report: 98.9% Of Downloads On The Android Market Are Free
Discussion: Kindle Review
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Microsoft exec says Apple's HTC suit ‘is not necessarily a bad thing’
Discussion: SlashGear and IntoMobile
Ben Horowitz / TechCrunch:
Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove
Michael Calore / Underwire:
Gowalla Tops Foursquare at SXSW Web Awards (But Benson Smokes 'em All)
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
China Issues Warning to Google's Partners