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5:00 PM ET, March 7, 2011

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Doug Bewsher / The Big Blog:
Advertising in Skype  —  Today we announce something new - the launch of advertising in Skype, which will appear in the Home tab in Skype starting this week.  —  The Skype experience is our first priority, which is why we we've taken a lot of time working through and testing what kind …
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Skype Launches In-App Advertising, Limited To Windows For Now
Discussion: Skype Journal
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.
Discussion: Adam Sherk
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Comments Have Silenced The Trolls — But Is It Too Quiet?
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone 7 not reversing Microsoft's mobile slide  —  From November to January — the first full three months that Windows Phone 7 was available — Microsoft's share of the U.S. smart-phone market continued to slide, new data from comScore shows.  —  Microsoft's slice of the market fell …
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Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
More pictures of the Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 prototype
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Pay Nokia More Than $1 Billion in Accord  —  Microsoft Corp. will pay Nokia Oyj more than $1 billion to promote and develop Windows-based handsets as part of their smartphone software agreement, according to two people with knowledge of the terms.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google buys UK comparison website BeatThatQuote.com for £37.7 million  —  Google has bought UK price comparison website BeatThatQuote.com, acquiring the web property for £37.7 million earlier today.  —  John Paleomylites, Managing Director of the newly acquired company, took to the website to announce the deal, posting:
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Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com:
Google Buys BeatThatQuote, a UK Comparison Site Violating Google's Guidelines
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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 …
Lucas Atkins / N4BB:
Exclusive: BlackBerry 2011 Software Roadmap - OS 7, BIS 4.1, and more!  —  In the beginning of the year we learned the 2011 BlackBerry lineup through various leaks and roadmaps surfacing.  It looks like an exciting year to see RIM release the Dakota/Montana, Malibu, Apollo/Sedona, Monaco …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google's Navigation App Now Able to Steer Android Users Away From Traffic  —  Google said on Monday that it is adding a feature to its Android-based navigation app that will allow the turn-by-turn program to automatically reroute users around traffic jams.  —  “You don't have to do anything …
Nemesis / The Local:
Text messages to replace stamps in Sweden  —  Double click on a word to get a translation  —  The Swedish postal service plans to give customers' tongues a rest by allowing them to pay their postage via mobile phone text message instead of stamps.  —  A similar system is set for launch …
Discussion: Examiner and p2pnet
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 …
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Pay-as-you-go shocker!  CDMA iPhone 4 makes its way to Cricket Wireless (via jailbreak)  —  As any astute follower of the “pay-as-you-go” world knows, there are quite a few back alley Cricket dealers (and quite a few main street ones as well) that will happily flash any phone you give …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Grabs Another Hollywood Guy: Paramount's Alex Carloss  —  YouTube is still trying to figure out how to link up with Hollywood.  Maybe Alex Carloss will help.  —  Until last week, Carloss was head of digital distribution at Viacom's Paramount.  Now he's a Google employee, working on YouTube's content acquisition team.
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.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
TechFlash founders jump ship, start Web site  —  Seattle tech reporters Todd Bishop and John Cook have started a new online news venture called Geekwire, ending their run at the Puget Sound Business Journal.  —  Bishop and Cook left the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to work for the PSBJ and launch its TechFlash site in October 2008.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Security experts decipher malware that attacked Android phones  —  Lookout Mobile Security has deciphered the DroidDream malware that managed to infect numerous apps on the Android Market.  Google has taken action to deal with DroidDream, but the risk of infection is still there given the wide diversity of the Android ecosystem.
Fred / A VC:
The Always Logged In Experience  —  Last week I blogged about mobile notifications which I think is a big game changer.  There are a few other aspects of the mobile experience that I think present great opportunity.  Another one is the always logged in experience.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Controls 97 Percent Of Mobile Paid Search: Report  —  Almost 5 percent of paid search spending in the US is now in mobile, according to a report released last week from banking and investment firm Macquarie Group, using Efficient Frontier data.  That mobile search spend could double …
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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Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
RIM CMO Loss Could Be Good on Eve of PlayBook Launch: Analysts
Discussion: Computerworld, ITworld.com and The Loop
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
New ads link Angry Birds back story to Bing
Discussion: Mobilized, Bing and Search Engine Watch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Dear Apple, Please Copy This Notification System For The iPhone Immediately
Discussion: Talking Pengwin and SlashGear
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Pro combines 2.8-inch touchscreen with a portrait QWERTY keyboard, modest specs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Revenue Up 20 Percent To $860M In 2010; Paid Users Up 19 Percent
Discussion: GigaOM and Techie Buzz
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PlugShare Aims to Crowdsource Electric Car Charging
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Ohad Samet / TechCrunch:
Why Payments Are Hard, Even For Apple And Google