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10:30 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
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone will be first mobile device to fall at Pwn2Own 2010  —  The fourth annual Pwn2Own contest—which takes place at the CanSecWest security conference every year—kicks off next week.  Like last year, 2010's contest will offer security experts and hackers the chance to “pwn” …
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 …
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.
Maya Baratz / All Shook Down:
Choose Your Own Adventure!  On Twitter.  —  Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series?  If you do, skip to the third paragraph.  If you don't, read on.  —  CYOA was a book series with a non-linear structure that allowed you to explore multiple possible endings via making your own decisions as per what the protagonist should do.
Discussion: Laughing Squid, Thanks:nicklucchesi
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Blackberry Internet Service 3.0 Coming March 28 With Gmail Syncing  —  In the wee hours of the morning on March 28, RIM will roll out Blackberry Internet Service 3.0.  During the four hour upgrade, Blackberry users can expect their email service to be a bit wonky, but it'll be worth it …
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Wrapsol Ultra Film Protects Phones When They're Dragged Behind a Car at 35 MPH  —  The makers of Wrapsol Ultra adhesive film wanted to prove how well their product protects gadgets.  So they took an innocent Nokia, wrapped it up like a sandwich, and dragged it behind a car at 35 miles per hour.
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
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Happy Birthday, Gnutella: Pioneering P2P Protocol Turns Ten  —  Ten years ago this week, online music pioneer Justin Frankel released a little application dubbed Gnutella that enabled file sharing through a distributed P2P network.  Frankel, whose previous claim to fame was programming …
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 …
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: CNET News, Novell and Bloomberg
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
 
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Unprecedented 25-Year Sentence Sought for TJX Hacker
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Cool weird stuff: TUAW reader accidentally downloads 10.6.3 pre-release
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Paul Levy / CL&P Blog:
The Hot News Doctrine Rides Again
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Check-In Fatigue. Or, Why I'm Rooting For An All-Out Location War.
Discussion: The Next Web
Sogrady / tecosystems:
Why I Am Against Software Patents
Discussion: rc3.org
 Earlier Items: 
Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Google Releases Skipfish Application Security Scanner
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Employee Count Rising this Year, Up Past 1300 Already
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Hope You Enjoy the Smell of Napalm in the Morning
Discussion: GigaOM and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Bandwidth Isn't Free, Distribution Isn't Free, So Why Should Content Be Free?
Discussion: Kindle Review, Thanks:danrayburn