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11:10 AM ET, March 5, 2011

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software  —  When five television studios became entangled in a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against CBS, the cost was immense.  As part of the obscure task of “discovery” — providing documents relevant to a lawsuit …
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Is Best Buy Planning To Give iPads To All Its Sales Associates?  —  A Best Buy employee fetches an iPad for a customer  —  Best Buy has been talking up the notion of a broadband-linked “Connected World” for several years now.  Does that vision include giving Apple iPads to every salesperson in its 1,000-plus U.S. stores?
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MacBook Pro review (early 2011)  —  Apple might say we're in the post-PC era, but hey — turns out they still make Macs in Cupertino, and the new MacBook Pro is actually one of the more aggressive refreshes in the machine's history.  Not only has it been less than a year since the last MacBook Pro spec bump …
Discussion: MacGazette.net, TUAW and MacStories
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple's MacBook Pros ship with active SSD TRIM support in Snow Leopard
Discussion: Electronista
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Lets Sony Unmask Visitors to PS3-Jailbreaking Site  —  A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz's website from January of 2009 to the present.  —  Thursday's decision …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Conan Roasts iPad 2: You'll Buy It No Matter What We Say [Video]  —  With every new Apple product launch, there's now an expectation that we're going to get a video made by Apple to help explain the product.  You know the ones.  They feature Apple executives (though, oddly, never CEO Steve Jobs) …
Brandon Watson / Many Niches:
Developers: Why You May Not Want To Listen To Robert Scoble  —  I love Scoble.  I really do.  He's a great source of content, and occasionally controversy.  In a post today, he suggests that developers should build for Android tablets.  I am left a little confused as to his overall logic train, so let's poke at a few of his points.
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:rawmeet
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Developers: why you should build for Android tablets
Discussion: IntoMobile, ThinkMobile and PC World
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's expanding voice control, sync teams hint at iPhone improvements  —  Apple is looking to hire new employees related to voice control and syncing for the iPhone, suggesting further enhancements in both categories for future handsets.  —  Three new job listings (1, 2, 3) …
Discussion: Crave and MacNN
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Even YouTube Can't Silence Radical Cleric  —  WASHINGTON — From the shootings at Fort Hood, Tex., to the stabbing of a British member of Parliament, investigators have identified Anwar al-Awlaki's stirring online calls to jihad as an important instigator of terrorism.
Varun Krish / Fone Arena:
Dell Venue Pro comes with Copy Paste NoDo update in India  —  Dell Venue Pro might be the first Windows Phone 7 handset to come with the Copy-Paste NoDo update pre-installed as we found today a in handset we were able to get our hand on here in India.  We were kinda surprised that copy/paste worked out of the box.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Cranks Up M&A Machine  —  Undaunted by Valuations, Deals Chief Says Will Continue to Pursue Start-Ups  —  Google Inc. doesn't seem daunted about acquisitions in the wake of its failure last year to land online coupon site Groupon Inc. Indeed, the Internet giant's deals chief plans to be very active …
Discussion: SAI and @jvascellaro
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
WordPress.com DDoS Attacks Primarily From China, Possibly Politically Motivated  —  After recovering from the largest Distributed Denial of Service attack in the service's history ("multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second") yesterday morning …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T Mobile Hotspot for iPhone 4 limited to just three WiFi devices (update: it's an iOS 4.3 thing)  —  Say it ain't so!  According to this here slide, which details a bit of insidery AT&T information about the impending release of iOS 4.3, Ma Bell's iPhone 4 will have its Personal Hotspot restricted to use with just three devices.
Wall Street Journal:
AmEx Teams Up With Foursquare  —  American Express Co. has struck a deal to offer discounts to shoppers via Foursquare Labs Inc., the two-year-old start-up that lets users win prizes and meet people by using their mobile phones to “check in” at their favorite bars, restaurants and stores.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
REVEALED: Inside Canvas, 4chan Founder Moot's Secretive Startup  —  Moot, a.k.a. Christopher Poole, founded the infamous imageboard 4chan and is now a respectable partner at VC firm Lerer Ventures and has a secretive startup called Canvas.  —  The goal of Canvas basically seems …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google To Shut Down Gizmo5 On April 3  —  Back in November 2009 Google acquired Gizmo5, a powerful VoIP telephony service that allows users to place and receive calls from their computer and mobile phone applications.  Today, the company has started informing users that it will be shutting down Gizmo5 service on April 3, 2011.
Discussion: SAI, VoIP Watch, Engadget and Lifehacker
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
iOS 4.3 GM Jailbroken Already Using PwnageTool.  Here's A Complete How-To Guide !  —  Yes you read that right !  The just released iOS 4.3 GM for iPhone 4 has been jailbroken already.  The jailbreak though is tethered only for now, which means that you will have to boot it into jailbroken state every time you reboot.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ICE Arrests Operator Of Seized Domain; Charges Him With Criminal Copyright Infringement  —  While Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group has been seizing lots of domains under questionable legal theories, it has been slow to follow through on any sort of actual lawsuits.
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Patent attack on Google open codec faces ‘antitrust probe’
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
BlackBerry Maker RIM To Build Cheaper Phones
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Bing taps Kayak for its travel search
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
It's Time Again For “National Day of Unplugging” and Ironically Enough, There's an App For That
BBC:
Blogspot banned in football row
Discussion: The Register and GMSV
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
The Facebook Credits GetBalance API Helps Developers Dynamically Price Virtual Goods
Discussion: All Facebook
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No More Digital Discount: Conde Nast Raises Prices For Two iPad Magazines
Discussion: The Next Web, iLounge and Poynter
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Shut Off GeoAPI To Developers
Discussion: Techie Buzz
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
The best Web security against hackers and spammers: advanced math!
Christopher Brown / Near Field Communications World:
Verifone to include NFC in all new POS terminals
David Zax / Fast Company:
The Echo Nest Makes Pandora Look Like a Transistor Radio
Discussion: The Next Web
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
This Man Is Putting Millions In Startups' Pockets — And Scaring VCs To Death