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Zahavah Levine / YouTube Blog:
Broadcast Yourself  —  Around the globe, YouTube has become a metaphor for the democratizing power of the Internet and information.  YouTube gives unknown performers, filmmakers, and artists new ways to promote their work to a global audience and rise to worldwide fame …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Defense: Viacom “Secretly Uploaded” Content, And They Tried To Buy Us  —  Earlier today, several previously sealed legal documents in the longstanding copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube by Viacom were made public.  In conjunction with the public release of those documents …
Viacom:
Viacom Statement  —  YouTube was intentionally built on infringement and there are countless internal YouTube communications demonstrating that YouTube's founders and its employees intended to profit from that infringement.  By their own admission, the site contained “truckloads” …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Analysis Of Google And Viacom's Arguments Over YouTube: A Lot Of He Said/She Said  —  I've spent the last few hours going through the motions for summary judgment from both Google and Viacom in the YouTube case.  If you'd like to kill a few hours yourself:  — Viacom Summary Judgment Motion (pdf)
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Viacom Seems To Be Misrepresenting YouTube Founder's Call To “Steal It!”
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Got the Loot? How YouTube Split Up Google's Billions.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and TechCrunch
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Google May Shut Down Chinese Unit on April 10, China Business News Reports  —  Google Inc. may pull out of China on April 10, China Business News reported today, citing an unidentified Chinese sales agent for the company.  —  The search engine may announce its exit on March 22 …
RELATED:
Bloomberg:   Google China Pullout Would Be Permanent, ‘Burn Bridges,’ Ex-Executive Says
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Races to Strike Content Deals Ahead of iPad Release  —  Apple Inc. is still working to secure content for the iPad with just weeks to go before the tablet computer's release, said people familiar with the matter, as the company tempers some of its initial ambitions for the much-hyped device.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple preps 27-inch LED Cinema Display, dodeca-core Mac Pro  —  Apple is putting the finishing touches on a pair of new products targeted at its professional customers, namely a larger version of its LED Cinema Display and a major update to its Mac Pro workstations, AppleInsider has been told.
Dan Ardelean / Mobile Development:
WP7 Emulator “Unlocked”  —  I still cannot believe it but I did it... After a good idea, 6 hours of work and a lot a lot of digging I've unlocked the ROM image in the emulator CTP.  I will describe tomorrow the method but right now I will just post some screenshots, upload the bin somewhere …
Zak Cohen / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Google Buzz widget for Android  —  Since we launched Google Buzz for mobile, we've been working on ways to make it quicker and easier to share your thoughts and experiences while you're out and about.  —  Today, we're excited to release a Google Buzz widget for Android phones …
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Xbox 360 gaining USB storage support in 2010 update  —  Documentation obtained by Joystiq - and subsequently confirmed with two separate sources - reveals that “USB Mass Storage Device Support on Xbox 360” will soon be a reality.  The document, authored by a senior software development engineer at Microsoft …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Palm Sold Only 408,000 Smartphones Last Quarter (PALM)  —  Palm's third quarter was terrible, as anticipated.  The company slashed its guidance a few weeks ago, and today confirmed that its Pre and Pixi smartphones are simply not selling very well.  —  Specifically, Palm's smartphone sellthrough …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Apple Swears iPad Partners to Secrecy  —  Developers must sequester the tablet computer in rooms with blacked-out windows, reflecting secrecy around a product that may mean billions of dollars in sales  —  Apple makes big demands of software developers who want an early crack at the iPad.
Discussion: Tech Beat
Rick Pal / Yahoo! Mail Blog:
A Yahoo! Contacts That Updates Itself  —  Have you ever lost track of a friend because she moved and forgot to let you know her new address and phone number?  When you've changed your contact information, did you remember to let all of your friends and colleagues know?
David Marmaros / Gmail Blog:
Smart Rescheduler in Google Calendar Labs  —  As you can imagine, those of us on the Google Calendar team spend a lot of time thinking about scheduling.  We regularly talk to people who schedule and reschedule a lot of meetings: administrative assistants.  Talking to them …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Craig Newmark on the Web's Next Big Problem  —  I had the chance to sit down with Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark recently at his favorite breakfast spot in San Francisco, just a block or two from the house where Craigslist was launched 15 years ago this month.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Those Facebook QR Codes Are A Part Of Their Location Plans  —  A few days ago, we noted that Facebook was testing putting links to QR codes on its main profile pages.  Now we know why.  Apparently, Facebook is doing some testing ahead of its location feature roll-out, which will use these codes.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Big Music's Digital Strategy: Cheap CDs  —  Good chance that if you're reading this story, you haven't bought a CD in a long time.  Would you think about it if CDs were cheaper?  —  That's what Universal Music Group is hoping.  The world's biggest music label is pushing a plan to sell …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Report: T-Mobile USA ponders joint venture with Clearwire  —  It seems that every month there's a new story out about the future of T-Mobile USA, the fourth biggest mobile operator in the U.S. Last month, BusinessWeek reported that Deutsche Telekom — the parent company of T-Mobile — was contemplating an initial public offering.
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Facebook Goes After Their Trademark in Popular Domains  —  It's common practice, and perhaps necessary for large companies to protect their Trademark.  I've written before about Google going after an incorrect spelling of their own Trademark, on http://googleappsengine.com, because it resembles one of their products.
Liz Tay / iTnews:
Employers: Look to gaming to motivate staff  —  Gamer rewards could boost employee engagement.  —  Clearly defined goals and fair, incremental rewards are two game design techniques that could motivate the ‘gamer generation’ in the workforce, according to a US academic.
Discussion: VG247, GamePolitics News and Techland
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Naming and Shaming ‘Bad’ ISPs  —  Roughly two years ago, I began an investigation that sought to chart the baddest places on the Internet, the red light districts of the Web, if you will.  What I found in the process was that many security experts, companies and private researchers …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Will Soon Offer A Way For Users To Opt-Out Of Google Analytics Tracking  —  Some people don't like the idea of Google having any data about them.  Unfortunately, if you visit a site tracked by Google Analytics (and chances are you hit several each day), you have no choice.  But soon, you might.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Pay to Play: Some iPhone App Sites Demand Money for Reviews  —  If you can't pitch the press, pay them.  That's the proposition some review sites have for publicity-starved iPhone developers.  —  Several websites dedicated to iPhone app reviews are requesting payments from developers …
Discussion: The Loop and AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Fascinating motion magazine demo highlights iPad's potential  —  Tablet devices, and more specifically Apple's iPad, are bound to forever alter the landscape for print and digital publishers, as evidenced by captivating concepts such as motion magazines like one being worked on by Alexx Henry Photography …
Reuters:
Website's instant posts of Wall Street research banned  —  (Reuters) - A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday barred the financial news service Theflyonthewall.com from issuing immediate news about analyst research from several Wall Street banks, often before recommendations are shared with clients.
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Zynga Was PayPal's Second-Largest Merchant in 2009  —  A surprising fact came up at last week's 2010 Media Summit in New York.  An eBay spokesman said that Zynga was PayPal's second-largest merchant in 2009, following eBay itself.  Overall, PayPal processed about $500 million in virtual goods payments …
 
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Whatever Happened to Web 2.0?
Thanks:atul
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Yelp Goes On the Offensive About Filtering
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon seeks Unpay trademark
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
FTC to Internet Companies: Start Using SSL
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
August Capital Bets Big On Blippy
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
VirnetX files same patent claims against Windows 7
Discussion: All about Microsoft
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mozilla, Video, and Mobile Computing
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Khris Loux / paidContent:
How Twitter Can Become A New Breed Of Technology Company
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Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Color and Video Coming to Kindle? Partner Shows New Screens
Discussion: Engadget and Kindle Review
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iGroups: Apple's New iPhone Social App in Development