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8:55 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.”
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless?  If so, it'll freeze smartphone upgrades
Discussion: Gizmodo
Arnold Kim / 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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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,’ …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
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
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.
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Yahoo adds Facebook status updates to Mail  —  Yahoo continues to inject social networking into its services.  —  Starting later today, Yahoo Mail users will be able to update their Facebook status from their Yahoo Mail inbox.  Facebook users will be able to log into their accounts right …
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Toshiba Unveils Pocket-Sized 1TB Backup Drives  —  The company's new Windows 7-based Canvio portable hard drives are aimed primarily at consumers but could also be something SMBs and midrange businesses might find useful, since they are inexpensive, easily transportable and capacious.
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and Macsimum News
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 …
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
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.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Android Devices Crave Google's Attention  —  Android's smartphone army is at least 20 phones strong, plus a ragtag rear guard of e-book readers, tablets and set-top boxes.  —  But those oddball devices bringing up the rear are running into an unexpected challenge: neglect by Google.
Discussion: Liliputing
PC World:
Amazon Adds Private Streaming to CloudFront  —  Amazon Web Services has added the ability for customers of CloudFront to choose who gets to receive content streamed using the service, the company said on Sunday.  —  CloudFront is a Web service for content delivery that is being beta tested by Amazon Web Services.
JP Gownder / Marketing and Strategy:
Windows 7 Early Adopters Were Satisfied Upgraders  —  We've just published two new reports concerning Windows 7 adoption and satisfaction, leveraging Forrester's Consumer Technographics(R) data.  —  The reports show that Windows 7 penetrated the consciousness of the market by the end of 2009 …
Discussion: eWeek, Digits and Ars Technica
 
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
One less news app: Did BBC's iPad support threaten the EU's ‘Digital Agenda?’
Discussion: BBC, Times of London and The Register
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Getting Smoked In The Sharing Race By A Dead Man
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google, Microsoft to team up on privacy push launching tomorrow
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
MPEG LA wins major MPEG-2 settlement from Alcatel-Lucent
Discussion: Business Wire
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs
Sarmad Ali / Digits:
Looking to Capitalize on the Boom in Mobile Apps
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
DirecTV will launch 3D capability in June, including ESPN 3D
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Cracking Facebook's Dominance: New Cross-Network Commenting Protocol …
Discussion: louisgray.com, Thanks:chrismessina
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu's a Towering Success — Just Not Financially
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
Discussion: Apple, TUAW, PC World and Boy Genius Report
Jeff Whatcott / Brightcove Blog:
The Present and Future of HTML5 Video Experiences
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quora Has The Magic: Benchmark Invests at $86 Million Valuation
Discussion: Pulse2, VatorNews, GigaOM and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai