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7:30 PM ET, March 29, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Two New IPhones Coming; One May Be Aimed at Verizon  —  Apple Inc. is developing a new iPhone to debut this summer and also appears to be working on a model for U.S. mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless, say people briefed on the matter.  —  While Apple has unveiled a new iPhone every June …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
WSJ: Apple ‘developing new iPhone,’ plus another for Verizon (update: iPhone HD?)  —  You heard right, folks — according to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently “developing a new iPhone to debut this summer,” and as if that weren't enough, it's also “working on another model for US mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless.”
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Starts Shipping iPads to Customers  —  Apple has starting shipping iPads for delivery.  Those who placed their orders in on the first day have started receiving shipping notices from the Apple Store.  —  Unfortunately, the early ship date does not necessarily mean that customers will receive their iPads before April 3rd.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's Best Buy distribution changes iPad unit calculus  —  Apple's iPad lands at Apple stores April 3 and Best Buy's distribution heft will be riding shotgun.  The double-barreled distribution channel for the Apple iPad may change the calculus behind Wall Street's unit guessing game.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple offering video iPad tutorials online
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Morgan Stanley: Apple Will Ship Over Six Million iPads This Year
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Confirms: iPad On Sale In “Most” Best Buy Stores On April 3, From 9 AM
Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac gets undressed  —  We've just scored some of the first shots of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, and while they are said to be very early, you can clearly see the progress that has been made in the transition to native Cocoa applications.
Grant Gross / PC World:
Lawmakers Ask for FTC Investigation of Google Buzz  —  Eleven U.S. lawmakers have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's launch of its Buzz social-networking product for breaches of consumer privacy.  —  The representatives — six Democrats and five Republicans …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google, Microsoft to team up on privacy push launching tomorrow
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
Facebook Killing ‘Become A Fan,’ Embracing ‘Like’  —  Facebook is scaling back on the word “Fan” and ramping up usage of “Like” on brand pages.  According to a confidential e-mail sent to ad agencies today, the social media site will change the “Become A Fan” button to read “Like” within the next few weeks.
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Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Yahoo adds Facebook status updates to Mail
Discussion: paidContent and Yahoo! Mail Blog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Warner Bros. Recruits Students to Spy on Pirates  —  The people who work at the anti-piracy divisions of Warner Bros. and other large media companies have to be experts in file-sharing technology.  It is therefore no surprise that Warner Bros. is actively recruiting students for a job as Anti-Piracy Intern …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Android Froyo to take a serious shot at stemming platform fragmentation  —  We had a couple people at CTIA last week — people whose words carry weight — tell us off the record that the next major version of Android would take big strides toward stopping the ugly trend toward severe fragmentation …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes 9.1 to Bring eBook Support, Genius Mix Enhancements, Automatic Bitrate Conversion?  —  MacRumors has received information from a source claiming to have knowledge of a forthcoming iTunes 9.1 update that will presumably be released around the same time as the iPad's U.S. launch this Saturday.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fake Steve Jobs Blog Likely To Shut Down  —  It took a year for anyone to figure out that Forbes (now Newsweek) writer Dan Lyons was the guy behind the Fake Steve Jobs blog.  Now, a couple of years later, the blog is still going strong.  And it remains very, very funny.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Brainstorm Tech
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Smart!  Microsoft Chose ‘Bing’ Over ‘Bang’ For Its Search Engine Name (MSFT)  —  When Microsoft was casting about for name to its search engine, it wanted something short that couldn't be misspelled.  —  In an interview with Ina Fried at CNET, Microsoft chief marketing strategist David Webster …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
A conversation with Microsoft's marketing strategist
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zune HD 64 makes surprise appearance  —  The link's dead now, but there's no mistaking the appearance of a Zune HD 64 on the official Zune website.  Hey Microsoft, got something you want to tell us?  A 64GB Zune HD, perhaps, doubling the capacity of your previous top-ender?  How about global availability?
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Ross Miller / Engadget:   Zune HD v4.5 firmware ‘coming soon,’ …
Jeff Whatcott / Brightcove Blog:
The Present and Future of HTML5 Video Experiences  —  As commercial availability of the Apple iPad draws near, we have been getting a lot of inquiries from customers looking for guidance on what they need to do to deliver great video experiences on these devices that exclusively support the HTML5 approach to video.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Brightcove converts Time, NYT Flash video to HTML5 for iPad
Discussion: Fast Company and PC World
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The State of the Internet Operating System  —  I've been talking for years about “the internet operating system”, but I realized I've never written an extended post to define what I think it is, where it is going, and the choices we face.  This is that missing post.
Discussion: Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How Facebook May Save Elevation Partners  —  Things are not going great at Elevation Partners.  Its initial $1.8 billion fund - that was met with great fanfare when it was raised by rockstar investor Roger McNamee, rockstar gaming executive John Riccitiello and actual rockstar Bono …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google says mobile services now partly blocked in China  —  Updated 10:30 a.m. with response from Google.  —  On Sunday, Google updated a page that has been tracking the status of its services in China to indicate that its “Mobile” service there is now partially blocked.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Coming Soon to Gmail Chat: File Transfer  —  Google just announced a small but useful update to the chat feature in iGoogle and Orkut, Google's social network.  You can now use the chat feature to send photos, documents and other files directly to your contacts.
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
FourSquare Funding Battle: And Then There Were Three...  Last week, TechCrunch reported that four VC firms were “fighting furiously to be the lead investor in FourSquare's next venture round.”  —  That story remains mostly accurate today, except that the four is now a three.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Dan Butcher / Mobile Marketer Search:
Yahoo puts into place ambitious mobile advertising strategy
Discussion: IntoMobile and Mobile Marketer
AppleInsider:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.3 with QuickTime X, OpenGL improvements
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
feature: The state of 4G: it's all about congestion, not speed
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quora Has The Magic: Benchmark Invests at $86 Million Valuation
Discussion: VatorNews, GigaOM, paidContent and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai