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10:20 PM ET, March 18, 2010

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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 …
Discussion: Fast Company and paidContent
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)
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Got the Loot? How YouTube Split Up Google's Billions.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and TechCrunch
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.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘Hundreds Of Thousands’ Of iPads Pre-Ordered, Says WSJ (AAPL)
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 …
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Palm earnings: ‘Underperformance’ is disappointing; So is the outlook
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iGroups: Apple's New iPhone Social App in Development  —  Apple is working on a new communications based social networking application that they're simply calling “iGroups.”  According to the documents published by USPTO today, Apple's iGroup will be a new service that will work on your iPhone and likely work with MobileMe.
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.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
RandomDorm: Chatroulette for the College Set  —  Taking a dizzying spin through the video chat service Chatroulette can be highly entertaining — you might stumble onto a celebrity or an impromptu performance by a pianist.  —  But there's always the chance of encountering something unsavory on the service …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Phone 7 Series will have copy & paste, eventually  —  Contrary to the controversial report out of Microsoft MIX10 this week that Windows Phone 7 Series will not feature copy & paste functionality, a person close to the den explained that copy & paste is definitely a scenario and feature …
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily
Rick / 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?
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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 …
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.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring iPhone audio text message, walkie-talkie feature  —  Apple has been brainstorming a new capability that could allow iPhone users to transmit data — such as simple text messages — to each other over voice channels, forgoing a reliance wireless carriers' backend servers …
Discussion: Erictric, SlashGear and EverythingiCafe
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
August Capital Bets Big On Blippy  —  Blippy is always fun to write about because so many people are enraged by its very existence.  But all that rage apparently hasn't stopped the company from getting lots of investor attention.  In addition to landing a bevy of top tier angels …
Khris Loux / paidContent:
How Twitter Can Become A New Breed Of Technology Company  —  Khris Loux is the founder and CEO of Echo, a commenting platform.  He tweets at @Khrisloux.  —  With leadership from its founders and a significant infusion of cash from investors, Twitter has created an innovative no-charge service …
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola DROID update delayed?  —  We have heard from multiple sources that the much-awaited Android 2.1 OS upgrade due to start today, has been delayed.  We're told a last minute bug late last night was found.  There is no new ETA.  We've reached out to Verizon for confirmation.
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.  And eBay spokesman said that Zynga was PayPal's second-largest merchant in 2009, following eBay itself.  Overall, PayPal processed about $500 million …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIM BlackBerry ‘T’ (Talladega?) slider launching next month?  —  Hang with us for a sec as we conjure up a speculative device from a sordid collection of rumors.  By now we've all seen the leaked BlackBerry slider right?  How about the “Mr. T” phone, heard of that?
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Yelp Goes On the Offensive About Filtering  —  As reported by the Journal, the reviews Web site Yelp is under fire.  It is facing three lawsuits from businesses that claim it improperly skews reviews in favor of companies that advertise with it and against those that do not.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
VirnetX files same patent claims against Windows 7  —  Fresh off winning a $106 million verdict against Microsoft, VirnetX has filed a new lawsuit claiming the same two patents are infringed by Windows 7.  —  On Tuesday, a Texas jury said Microsoft willfully used VirnetX's patented virtual private network …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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: Daring Fireball, The Loop and AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft removes hardware virtualization barrier to running XP Mode  —  Microsoft is making a slew of virtualization-related announcements on March 18 — including one that will be welcome by customers who've been stymied by the chip-level virtualization requirements for running Windows 7 in XP Mode.
BBC:
Facebook rules out ‘panic button’  —  Facebook says it will not install a “panic button” on its main pages for users to report suspected paedophiles, but will develop its existing system.  —  The company says it will have links to organisations including the Child Exploitation and Online Protection …
 
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
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Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mozilla, Video, and Mobile Computing
Discussion: Brian Crescimanno, Thanks:atul
Rachel King / The Toybox:
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Live Streaming Sites Beat YouTube in Video Hours Uploaded
Brad Stone / Bits:
Spring Brings Funding for Formspring.me
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Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Color and Video Coming to Kindle? Partner Shows New Screens
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
HP settles inkjet cartridge patent complaints
Discussion: eWeek and Tech Eye
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
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Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
The Future of TV  —  On Friday I had a debate with Mark Cuban on the future of TV.
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Netflix VP Apologizes & Explains Why They're Killing Friends
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