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11:55 AM ET, March 7, 2011

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Steve Cheney / steve's blog:
How Facebook is Killing Your Authenticity  —  We all know that the delineation between public and private was eroded by Facebook a long time ago.  Over.  Done.  But now Facebook's sheer scale is pushing it in a new direction, one that encroaches on your authenticity.  —  Facebook is no longer a social network.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Real “Authenticity Killer” (and an aside about how bad the Yahoo brand has gotten)  —  Steve Cheney has never written something that so pissed me off than the blog he wrote today stating that Techcrunch's switch to Facebook comments has killed authenticity.  —  Here's the rub.  He used his real name.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Comments Have Silenced The Trolls — But Is It Too Quiet?  —  As you've noticed by now, we're about a week into our latest experiment in troll-slaying with Facebook Comments.  So far, the reactions have been very mixed and very interesting.  Publicly, many of the reactions were initially negative.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint's Nexus website is ‘coming soon’  —  Just to throw a little more fuel on the fire, it turns out that directing your browser to now.sprint.com/nexus takes you to an landing site where you're told that “this page will be ready soon.”  Certainly sounds more likely than ever that Sprint's preparing …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint announcing Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D, and EVO View tablet at CTIA?
Martin Lane / money.co.uk:
Google to Buy UK Finance Comparison Site BeatThatQuote.com  —  Google will announce later today the purchase of price comparison site BeatThatQuote.com - a contact at Google informed us this afternoon.  —  Google have been showing a growing interest in the financial price comparison sector in recent months …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Blogstorm, Thanks:aaronwall
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google buys UK comparison website BeatThatQuote.com for £37.7 million
Discussion: @ashleyjfletcher
Jonathan I Ezor / PreCentral.net:
HP lists TouchPad on Amazon (but not for preorder)  —  HP has taken one more step toward actually selling the TouchPad to customers: it has listed it on Amazon.com.  Although the TouchPad shows as “currently not available,” and there's no pricing either, the page allows Amazon customers …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Western Digital drops $4.3 billion to acquire Hitachi GST, enter staring contest with Seagate  —  Yow.  Western Digital — the company responsible for shipping the planet's first 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive way back in 2009 — just announced a monstrous deal to acquire one of its primary competitors, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
Sylvia Chind / The Three Blog:
Samsung Galaxy Pro coming soon to Three.  —  Samsung has just announced their Samsung Galaxy Pro and I'm happy to confirm that it'll be coming soon to Three.  —  The Galaxy Pro is a great smartphone, it features a 2.8" touch screen and a Qwerty keypad and runs on Google's Android 2.2.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
TV's Next Wave: Tuning In to You  —  The television is channeling you.  —  Data-gathering firms and technology companies are aggressively matching people's TV-viewing behavior with other personal data—in some cases, prescription-drug records obtained from insurers—and using …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Messaging Startup Kik Raises $8M; Launches Group Chat And Photo Sharing  —  Mobile messaging startup Kik Interactive has raised $8 million in Series A funding from RRE Ventures, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures.  Kik also announced that Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson …
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
More pictures of the Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 prototype  —  More pictures of the supposed Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 prototype handset has popped up on a Chinese blog, clearly taken at the same session as the first leaked picture.  These show a device clearly labelled as a prototype not for sale …
BBC:
Cyber attack on France targeted Paris G20 files  —  It appears that somebody was trying to sneak a look at documents ahead of the G20 summit in Paris  —  The French finance ministry has confirmed it came under a cyber attack in December that targeted files on the G20 summit held in Paris in February.
Jay Bhatti / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Microsoft Employee: 5 Things The Kayak Deal Tells Us About Bing  —  On Friday, Microsoft announced a partnership with Kayak to provide travel results.  Jay Bhatti is a former Microsoft employee who founded the people-search engine Spock.  Here's what he sees in the deal:
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iPad 2 Extends Apple's Lead: Apple Will Dominate The Tablet Market For Years  —  Apple's iPad 2 isn't a massive advance over the first iPad, but with hardware, software, apps, distribution, and pricing combined, it is still by far the best tablet on the market.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Feature: Ars reviews the Motorola Xoom  —  Motorola's Xoom tablet is the first device to ship with Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, a highly anticipated new version of Google's mobile operating system.  Honeycomb introduces a sophisticated new user interface that was designed for the tablet form factor …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Edible Apple
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL-HuffPo Deal Officially Closes Today-More Big Media Hires Signal New Content Direction Under Arianna  —  AOL will officially close its $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post today, according to several sources close to the situation.  —  The culmination of the deal-which has already …
Sarah Tavel / Adventurista:
Prediction: Facebook is no longer a viable marketing strategy for startups  —  Chris Dixon is causing (surprise surprise :) a bit of an uproar with his blog post “SEO is no longer a viable marketing strategy for startups.”  Chris's post is overstated but what I agree with is that SEO …
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
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Ohad Samet / TechCrunch:
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JC Torpey / Yahoo! News:
Bing Deals Android and IOS App Leave Windows Phone 7 Users Behind
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Twitter share auction suggests $7.7 billion valuation
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / TechCrunch:
The Coolest Tech Tour Ever: A Look At How SRI Is Augmenting The Human Condition
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and Scobleizer, Thanks:joshdilworth
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
How to decipher tech rumors, the nerd equivalent of celebrity gossip
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Banned (in 2008) from Apple's App Store, iBoobs finds refuge in Android Market
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Why Silicon Valley Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Returning Home
Discussion: Communications … and Inc.com, Thanks:sameerpatel