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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
With Jobs Definitely Mulling Appearance at iPad Event, Let's Hope the Focus Is on the Product  —  According to several sources close to the situation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs-who is on a health-related leave from the company-is definitely considering an appearance at its big iPad 2 event tomorrow.
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Staffer: iPad 3 Is The One To “Make A Song & Dance About”  —  We've received some tidbits of information about the iPad 2 launch tomorrow from an Apple staffer:  — MobileMe is being revamped with cloud storage features.  — The iPad 2 is a ho-hum update.  It's more of a speed bump than a redesign.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires Group Messaging Service Beluga In A Talent AND Technology Deal  —  Facebook has just acquired group messaging service Beluga, we've learned.  —  Here's what we know: Facebook has acquired both the product and the team, and the plan is apparently to keep the service open for now.
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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Analysis: What's Behind Facebook's Friendfeed-Style Acquisition of Beluga?
Thanks:eldon
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:   Is Facebook Group Texting Coming Soon?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Charlie Sheen, Now On Twitter At @CharlieSheen  —  Because if I don't write this somebody else will: After blazing a colorful trail through some obscure radio show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, TMZ, CNN and so on, media obsession of the moment Charlie Sheen has brought his antics to Twitter.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Dirty Percent  —  It's not hard to make the case that Apple's new in-app subscription system offers numerous benefits to users, developers, and publishers.  But whatever those benefits, they stem from the mere existence of these new subscription APIs.  What's controversial is the size of Apple's cut: 30 percent.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Google issues ultimatum to Yelp: free content or no search indexing  —  Yelp's chief executive, Jeremy Stoppelman has spoken out against Google's use of its users' business reviews on its Places service, saying the search company has failed to offer them any leeway on the matter.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple fights for ‘App Store’ name, calls Microsoft clueless as usual  —  Apple is defending its attempt to trademark the phrase “App Store,” saying in a new filing that Microsoft has failed to prove that the term should be left open for use by competing mobile application marketplaces.
Gaurav Jain / Google Enterprise Blog:
Now available with Google Apps: User Managed Storage  —  Editor's note: Last year we launched an improvement that makes over 60 additional Google services available to Google Apps users.  This series showcases what's new and how your organization can benefit.  —  Welcome to User Managed Storage
Discussion: Computerworld
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft delivers its ‘other’ tablet operating system: Windows Embedded Compact 7  —  Microsoft announced general availability on March 1 of the final version of its Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system, codenamed “Chelan.”  —  Microsoft posted a 180-day trial version …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's New Comments Box Plugin Filters Website Comment Reels by Relevance  —  Facebook has released a major update to its embeddable Comments Box social plugin for third-party websites.  The plugin processes social signals to surface the most relevant comments, and a new moderation dashboard allows admins …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Pros And Cons Of Facebook Comments
Reuters:
Exclusive: Yahoo closes in on Yahoo Japan deal  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc is in advanced talks to exit its joint venture in Japan with SoftBank Corp, a move that could lead it to focus on reaching a decision on its China assets.  —  A deal to transfer Yahoo's 35 percent stake in Yahoo Japan …
Discussion: SAI, paidContent and DealBook
Joel Johnson / Wired:
1 million workers.  90 million iPhones. 17 suicides.  Who's to Blame?  —  It's hard not to look at the nets.  Every building is skirted in them.  They drape every precipice, steel poles jutting out 20 feet above the sidewalk, loosely tangled like volleyball nets in winter.
Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
IE9 Reaches 36 Million Downloads; Internet Explorer Share Grows  —  Last month, we saw share of both Internet Explorer 8 and 9 grow, and we're pleased to see that momentum continue in February with the availability of the IE9 Release Candidate.  Since its release on February 10th …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
To Grow Big, Twitter Seeks Small Ads  —  Twitter Inc. is a hot property among investors, who are pumping up the company's valuation.  But whether the start-up can live up to its multibillion-dollar appraisal depends on the likes of David Szetela, who holds the purse strings of numerous small and medium-sized advertisers.
Discussion: Digits
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
‘Death Grip’ is real claims UK scientists, cases don't help  —  The iPhone 4 ‘death grip’ (aka 'antennagate') antenna degradation effect is real and plastic cases don't help, or so say UK researchers from University of Bristol.  You hold a handset (any handset), and you affect the signal.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Security Analytics Software Developer Zynamics  —  It looks like Google has made an acquisition today: security analytics software company Zynamics.  —  Here's the post on Zynamic's blog: We're pleased to announce that zynamics has been acquired by Google!
Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
AMD: Thunderbolt Is Just Another Proprietary Standard  —  Advanced Micro Devices, the second largest supplier of x86 microprocessors on the globe and the designer of half of the world's discrete graphics adapters, said that Intel Corp.'s recently introduced Thunderbolt input/output technology …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Says BlackBerry PlayBook Imitates webOS, RIM Responds  —  There's no denying it.  RIM's first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, looks pretty darn similar to HP's TouchPad.  Yes, the PlayBook has a smaller 7-inch screen, compared to 9.7 inches for HP's slate.
Discussion: SAI, Engadget, Know Your Cell and PhoneDog.com, Thanks:mspoonauer
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Google Misses Facebook Platform Ads Deadline  —  If you were using Google Adsense to generate revenue within your Facebook application, you no longer can according to the social network's official policy.  The new preferred advertiser list went into effect yesterday and Google isn't on it.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Google gifts Xoom tablets to game devs at GDC 2011  —  Google's notoriously generous at developer events, tossing out free devices like candy on Halloween, but here at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco it's letting them flow like wine.  Each attendee at Google's Web Developer …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Coming Soon: Advertiser Alerts on Your Phone  —  Advertisers have long contemplated a world in which they could contact people walking down the street with special offers and get them to change course and enter a store.  There's been new movement this week to make that vision a reality.
Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
Google Apps and Gmail outage outrage: Problem NOT resolved  —  Update: The Gmail outage is not yet resolved, despite 35,000 Google Apps and consumer Gmail users agonizing over missing mail.  The cloud service provider is furiously restoring from backup tapes as we speak.
Sharon Begley / Newsweek:
I Can't Think!  —  The Twitterization of our culture has revolutionized our lives, but with an unintended consequence—our overloaded brains freeze when we have to make decisions.  —  Imagine the most mind-numbing choice you've faced lately, one in which the possibilities almost paralyzed you …
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Google Pulls 21 Apps In Android Malware Scare  —  Google Pulls 21 Apps In Android Malware Scare  —  Google has just pulled 21 popular free apps from the Android Market.  According to the company, the apps are malware aimed at getting root access to the user's device, gathering a wide range …
Discussion: Android Police and MobileCrunch
Peter Cohen / The Loop:
Angry Birds CEO: “We really have Apple to thank”  —  Of the thousands of games available for download from the App Store, none has had the sustained popularity of Rovio's Angry Birds, a 99 cent physics-based puzzler in which you use a slingshot to launch birds of various shapes and sizes at fortresses containing green pigs.
 
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Jon Brodkin / Network World:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Defining Internet “freedom”: Ars interviews Senator Al Franken
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Bank of America Web site down; bank denies attack
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Rhapsody Offers 60-Day Trial Ahead Of Rumored Spotify U.S. Launch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Actually, AOL's Mark Ellis Is Headed to Yahoo
Discussion: SAI, WebProNews, MediaMemo and paidContent
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Hands-on: Google Cloud Connect for Office not ready for prime time
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Andreessen Horowitz Makes It a Foursome-Adds IronPort's Scott Weiss as Investing GP
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Big Appetite: Greylock Sends Entrepreneurs a Message with Expanded $1 Billion Fund
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's New In-App Payments Product Set For Launch In May 2011