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5:10 PM ET, March 20, 2010

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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Reasons to care about Viacom vs. Google (FAQ)  —  Viacom has accused YouTube of looking the other way when clips from the Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures were once plentiful on the site.  —  (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET)  —  Thursday's 200-page dump of court documents in the 3-year-old …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
feature: Smoking guns, dark secrets aplenty in YouTube-Viacom filings  —  Court documents in the $1 billion lawsuit between Viacom and YouTube were unsealed today, finally shedding some light on key questions: did Viacom have “smoking gun” evidence that YouTube was deliberately profiting …
Discussion: FM Blog and Digital Society
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
Apple Bans Game, Days After Developer Publicly Trashes App Store  —  Last week, game developer Tommy Refenes publicly called Apple's app store “awful” and “horrible.”  This week, Apple yanked his game from their store.  —  There are a couple of reasons that may have compelled Apple …
Blake Ellis / CNNMoney.com:
Palm's new price target: $0  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Palm's future already looked bleak.  But after reporting worse than expected results for the third quarter Thursday, some analysts think the company's stock is now essentially worthless.  —  Shares of Palm (PALM) plunged 19% to $4.59 a share early Friday, a new 52-week low.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm: this is your survival guide  —  Oh Palm.  Just a little over a year ago your future seemed so bright, so renewed.  You walked away from CES 2009 reborn, held aloft by a completely innovative new mobile operating system, a striking piece of hardware, and a feeling amongst the press …
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Thinking about Googling my TV  —  Google, Intel, and Sony have apparently teamed up (and Logitech too) to develop an Android-based platform for interactive television.  Let me start my post with some important background points and disclosure:  — I was a cofounder of Mediabolic …
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Cool weird stuff: TUAW reader accidentally downloads 10.6.3 pre-release  —  Here's one for the freak occurrence archives.  A TUAW reader e-mailed us after running Software Update on his new 2.8GHz i7 iMac last night.  Something odd popped up.  —  “I got a new 27-inch iMac earlier this week,” he wrote.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 4G now available from Sprint, kind of  —  In the latest advertising campaign for its Sierra Wireless Overdrive 3G/4G WiFi hotspot, Sprint mocks AT&T and pokes fun at iPhone users whose smartphone is limited and whose style is cramped by the slow speeds on AT&T's 3G network.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TiPb and Erictric
Mike Blanchfield / The Canadian Press:
Supreme Court overturns child-porn conviction, says search was unreasonable  —  Mike Blanchfield, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA - A botched search warrant and the right to computer privacy featured Friday in a Supreme Court ruling that overturned the child pornography conviction of a Saskatchewan man.
Discussion: Toronto Sun
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Unprecedented 25-Year Sentence Sought for TJX Hacker  —  Computer hacker Albert Gonzalez deserves a quarter-century behind bars for leading a gang of cyberthieves who stole tens of millions of credit and debit card numbers from a transaction processor and several giant retail chains …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Novell Rejects Hedge Fund's Offer To Take The Company Private For $2 Billion  —  New York-based hedge fund Elliott Associates L.P. in a letter to Novell's board of directors dated March 2 offered to purchase the infrastructure software company for a cash price of $5.75 per share, or $1 billion net of the cash on the company's books.
Discussion: Bloomberg and PR Newswire
Paul Levy / CL&P Blog:
The Hot News Doctrine Rides Again  —  Does a firm that expresses an opinion “own” that opinion, and thus have the ability to prevent others from reporting on the fact that the firm has expressed the opinion?  When a newspaper or other entity reports some facts, does it “own” …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Check-In Fatigue. Or, Why I'm Rooting For An All-Out Location War.
Sogrady / tecosystems:
Why I Am Against Software Patents
Discussion: rc3.org
Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Google Releases Skipfish Application Security Scanner
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 series 'will not initially offer copy …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Employee Count Rising this Year, Up Past 1300 Already
 Earlier Items: 
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
To fight scammers, Russia cracks down on .ru domain
Discussion: HEXONET
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Hope You Enjoy the Smell of Napalm in the Morning
Discussion: GigaOM and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Bing / Search Blog:
New Bing App for iPhone is Here!
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Nestle mess shows sticky side of Facebook pages
Discussion: AdAge, Techdirt and Inside Facebook