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8:00 AM ET, March 1, 2011

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Ben Treynor / Gmail Blog:
Gmail back soon for everyone  —  Imagine the sinking feeling of logging in to your Gmail account and finding it empty.  That's what happened to 0.02% of Gmail users yesterday, and we're very sorry.  The good news is that email was never lost and we've restored access for many of those affected.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Gmail's disappearing act: Blame the storage software update
Discussion: Engadget, TechCrunch and WebProNews
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola prices WiFi-only Xoom at £450 in the UK (update: €700 in Germany with 3G)  —  Finally Motorola gives us a chance to say something positive about its pricing of the 10.1-inch, Tegra 2-powered Xoom tablet.  UK electronics retailer PC World has just put up its Xoom pre-order page …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview  —  Apple announced Mac OS X Lion with considerable fanfare at its Back to the Mac event last October, and now it's dropped the first developer preview on the world — giving us a chance to sample some of the big cat's new features and UI concepts.
Discussion: TUAW, Softpedia News and lalawag
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple Plots Move To Expand iPhone's Market Share  —  Apple (AAPL) continues to plot new moves in its campaign to conquer the world.  —  In a research note this morning, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi reports on a meeting he had last week with Apple COO Tim Cook, CFO Peter Oppenheimer and VP of Internet Services Eddy Cue.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Preparing Windows 8 Tablet Design Demos For June  —  According to a source at Microsoft, the company hopes to show off its new Windows 8 design for tablets by the end of its fiscal year in June.  —  This person claims that Microsoft is taking a more Apple-like approach to interface design …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Ex-Apple employee pleads guilty in kickback scheme  —  * Devine worked as a global supply manager at Apple  —  * Accused of taking kickbacks from suppliers  —  * Devine “a good man who made a mistake” - defense lawyer (Adds comments from Devine attorney and Apple, byline)
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Making Money in Mobile  —  Depending how you measure it, the mobile platform may already be the widest path from the software developer to the ordinary person.  It's for sure the fastest-growing.  So presumably there's serious software money to be made.  But how, exactly?
Discussion: parislemon and Daring Fireball
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Mobile App Revenue to Reach $38 Billion by 2015, Report Predicts
Jaron Schaeffer / Docs Blog:
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in 34 languages  —  Last June, we introduced the ability to upload documents into Google Docs using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).  OCR analyzes images and PDF files, typically produced by a scanner (or the camera of a mobile phone) …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google Street View now goes places cars can't  —  Google on Monday launched its largest-ever collection of Street View images taken by a humble but versatile vehicle — the tricycle — as the Internet giant greatly expands the reach of the popular but controversial program beyond public streets …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
T-Mobile Killing Off Microsoft's Danger Servers Ahead of Android-based Sidekicks  —  One of the first smartphones is headed for an unceremonious farewell.  —  T-Mobile announced on Monday that it plans to kill off the Microsoft Danger service that powers the current generation of Sidekick devices …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Gordon Brown ‘blocked knighthood’ for Steve Jobs  —  Gordon Brown blocked an honorary knighthood for Apple founder Steve Jobs, it has emerged.  —  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs poses with the Apple iPad  —  The then-Prime Minister refused to knight Mr Jobs in 2009 because he turned …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Next Web and Fortune
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
This 26-Year-Old Is Making Millions Cutting Out Traditional Publishers With Amazon Kindle  —  Welcome to disruption. 26-year old Amanda Hocking is the best-selling “indie” writer on the Kindle store, meaning she doesn't have a publishing deal, Novelr says.  —  And she shouldn't.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet:
Verizon iPhone Clears 1 Million-Sold Mark  —  NEW YORK, (TheStreet) — Verizon's(VZ) Apple(AAPL) iPhone sales, while deceptively slow, still managed to fly past the 1 million-sold milepost.  —  Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless chief, told media outlets this weekend that 60% of the company's iPhone sales were preorders.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Honeycomb statue finally at Google campus  —  It took a little while longer than its cousins, but the Honeycomb statue has finally arrived at Building 44 on Google's Mountain View, Calif., campus.  There she be, with a honeybee and the Android robot facing off.  Pretty cool, actually.  [via @cyngus]
Sebastiaan de With / Cocoia Blog:
Getting Notified  —  There's some discussion on Apple-centric and tech news websites about a video that's doing the rounds with a new approach to notifications for iOS.  While the system in the video is really nothing new (there's been at least one alternative notification system in the App-Store …
Discussion: Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
China Unicom to take on Apple, Google with OS  —  China Unicom, one of China's three largest wireless operators, plans to introduce its own mobile operating system to compete head-to-head with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android OS in China.  —  The Wall Street Journal reported today …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Investors Are Drawn Anew to Digital Music  —  Since it emerged in the 1990s, digital music has been hugely popular with fans, but for online music companies and their investors it has almost never been profitable.  —  And yet the money has again started pouring in.
Richard G Russell / Foredecker:
Working At Microsoft-20% Time and Prototypes  —  I quite often see assumptions on the inter-tubes that writing software at Microsoft is a mind-numbingly boring, tedious, manual, excruciating, soul-crushing bureaucratic exercise.  This couldn't be further from the truth - especially in Windows.
Laura June / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble now selling the Nook Color on eBay for $199  —  Well, this one strikes us as a little... odd.  Barnes & Noble is currently selling its Nook Color on eBay (along with plenty of other things).  The truly interesting part, however, is that the price, once a $50 coupon code is applied …
Discussion: TeleRead
Matthew Rathbone / Foursquare Engineering Blog:
How we found the rudest cities in the world - Analytics @ foursquare  —  With over 400 million check-ins in the last year, it's safe to say that our servers log a lot of data.  We use that data to do a lot of interesting analysis, from finding the most popular local bars in any city …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
John Cook / TechFlash:
Amazon pulls the plug on its AmazonTote pilot project  —  Amazon.com plans to shut down AmazonTote, a pilot project in Seattle in which customers were able to order select products online and then have them delivered to their homes for free.  We first got word of the service last summer …
Discussion: SAI and NewsGrange
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway, Chris Sacca And Others Invest 800K In PaaS Dotcloud  —  Hosted application platform DotCloud is announcing 800K in angel funding today, from notable angel investors Ron Conway, Chris Sacca, Jerry Yang, Raymond Tonsing, Roger Dickey, Ash Patel, Eric Urhane, Kenny Van Zant, Trinity Ventures and others.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Report Finds Connected Devices, Not Phones, Leading the Explosion in Mobile Wireless  —  Wireless consultant Chetan Sharma has just released an updated report on U.S. mobile data for the last quarter of 2010, and it points to the growth in the wireless market, in mobile penetration and in data usage.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Comcast Won't Go Streaming-Only, But Dish Might  —  Pay TV providers are increasingly seeing competition from online video services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, but they're coming up with different business strategies in an increasingly digital world: While Comcast says it has no interest …
 
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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