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5:00 PM ET, March 19, 2010

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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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Starts Accepting iPad Applications; Launch Apps Must Be Submitted By March 27  —  There are only a few weeks left until the iPad's April 3 launch date, and Apple is now reaching out to developers to say that they're accepting applications that were developed for the much anticipated device.
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Study: Developers Testing Games, Entertainment Apps on iPad  —  Some software makers have been lucky enough to get their hands on Apple's iPad weeks before its April release, people tell Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  What kinds of apps are they building?  —  Games are the focus …
Ryan Block / GigaOM:
The iPad May Change Computing, Just Not Your Life  —  The first time you walk into an Apple Store and pick up an iPad, you'll understand the hype: Apple has managed to create a beautiful, thoughtfully designed, compelling product in a space where mediocrity was, until now, status quo.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and Tech Eye
LouiV / BlackBerry Leaks:
First Images of BlackBerry OS 6.0?  —  There has been much speculation over what OS 6.0 could possibly look like.  We were recently hit with these images of what appear to be of a device running OS 6.0 with a similar screen resolution of a storm or storm2.  These spy shot images come highly regarded as real from one our best connects.
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 …
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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)
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Viacom and YouTube: Timeline of pertinent events
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Viacom, YouTube lawsuit heats up
Discussion: Law Blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Viacom Seems To Be Misrepresenting YouTube Founder's Call To “Steal It!”
Discussion: The Register and Music Ally
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 …
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Bloomberg:
Google China Pullout Would Be Permanent, ‘Burn Bridges,’ Ex-Executive Says
Discussion: paidContent
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Palm CEO says its Pre, Pixi could have been bigger than Droid  —  IDG News Service - If Palm's WebOS products had gone on sale at Verizon before Motorola's Droid, Palm's fortunes today would be very different, the company's CEO said Thursday during its third-quarter earnings call.
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Caroline Gabriel / Rethink Wireless:   Palm left with 57% of smartphones unsold in Q3
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another One Bites the Dust at Yahoo: Chief Technologist Sam Pullara Departs for Benchmark  —  Yahoo Chief Technologist Sam Pullara (pictured here) is leaving the company to become an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital.  —  He's the second major exec to leave Yahoo (YHOO) for greener pastures in a week.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Twitter Search Results to Show Popular Tweets On Top  —  Twitter appears set to tweak search results to return the most popular tweets first — instead of the most recent — for any given search query.  —  This according to Twitter Developer Advocate Taylor Singletary …
DigiTimes:
Wintek blamed for Apple iPad delay, says report  —  Taiwan-based touch panel supplier Wintek has been blamed for a delay of Apple's iPad shipments, according to a Chinese-language report on Liberty Times.  —  The report claimed that Wintek is facing a manufacturing bottleneck in its touch panel production …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
The REAL Reason NBC, FOX, And ABC Execs Want To Kill Hulu (CMCSA, GE, DIS, NWS)  —  Hulu's sales team is “actively subverting” the ad sales of its parent companies that are also trying to sell ads for their shows on Hulu, according to a source at one of the parent companies.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft privately testing a ‘Twitter for business’ service  —  Microsoft is continuing to look into ways to make social computing services part of business users' lives with a new pilot program for something called “OfficeTalk.”  —  Microsoft mentioned OfficeTalk in a March 19 posting …
Discussion: The Next Web and officelabs.com
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Visitors Come Back Again and Again  —  A few weeks ago when I posted my blog entry about Facebook being the largest news reader I received a few comments and emails noting that visitors aren't as valuable if they don't come back.  Advertisers and retailers need some assurance that visitors will return again and again.
Nielsen Wire:
Global Audience Spends Two Hours More a Month on Social Networks than Last Year  —  On average, global web users across 10 countries spent roughly five and a half hours on social networks in February 2010, up more than two hours from the same time last year.
Discussion: Mashable!
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Adobe confident there is room for Silverlight, Flash  —  Execs at OSBC speak of a symbiotic relationship between the HTML5 standard and their proprietary plug-ins for Web applications  —  The HTML5 specification could be a game-changer in the rich Internet application realm …
Discussion: The Register
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
HP Slate priced at €400 for June launch, Atom CPU confirmed?  —  Reputable Spanish publication Clipset has the first concrete report on pricing and internal specs for HP's Slate.  Seemingly obtained from HP itself, the €400 ($546) price tag positions the Slate a notch above netbooks …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Million Follower Fallacy: Audience Size Doesn't Prove Influence on Twitter  —  A group of researchers have proven something we already expected to be the case: your Twitter follower count is somewhat of a meaningless metric when it comes to determining influence.
Royal Pingdom:
Facebook may have surpassed Google in the US, but what about other countries?  —  There was a significant amount of media attention earlier this week around a report from traffic monitoring company Hitwise that claimed Facebook now has more traffic than Google in the US.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Need For Speed Is About Making You Search More  —  Google's obsession with speed is well-documented.  One of the primary design principles behind its search engine is to return results as fast as possible and strip away anything extra.  But its need for speed goes well beyond search.
Discussion: Download Squad
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
MySQL's Marten Mickos becomes CEO of hybrid cloud startup Eucalyptus Systems  —  Marten Mickos, former chief executive of open source database company MySQL, is moving to cloud computing startup Eucalyptus Systems, where he will serve as CEO.  —  Mickos built MySQL into what seemed …
Discussion: Bits and Digits
 
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Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:
Smartphones, 4G To Take Center Stage At Wireless Trade Show
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Vodafone Spain replacing microSD cards on 3,000 virus-infected handsets
Discussion: PC World
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT.com Takes Free Articles Away From Unregistered Users, Except Via Search
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DIY Social Network Platform GROU.PS Now Syncs With Yahoo Groups
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: PE Hub Blog and silicontap.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Siri Hires Mobile Expert Gummi Hafsteinsson Away From Google
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Those Facebook QR Codes Are Part Of Their Location Plans
Discussion: PC World and Erictric
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Facebook Goes After Their Trademark in Popular Domains
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Naming and Shaming ‘Bad’ ISPs
Discussion: threatpost
Liz Tay / iTnews:
Employers: Look to gaming to motivate staff