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8:30 PM ET, March 7, 2011

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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.
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:   Microsoft Nokia: 5 year deal, royalties, billion dollar payments, not signed yet-Businessweek
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
Adario Strange / Zenroll:
Steve Gillmor, Japan, and the Trojan Horse called Facebook Comments  —  There are increasingly few areas in which my professional background in print publishing comes into play when discussing digital distribution, but one area offers me the opportunity for a direct, and quite important comparison: the new Facebook commenting system.
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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.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Buys Next New Networks, a Video Producer  —  SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, formally announced on Monday that it had acquired Next New Networks, a Web video production company, in its biggest effort yet to move beyond short, quirky home videos to professionally produced content.
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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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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 …
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 …
Emily Steel / Speakeasy:
Charlie Sheen Signs His First Twitter Sponsor: Internships.com … Charlie Sheen scored his first Twitter sponsor on Monday: the online internship site Internships.com.  —  The “Two and a Half Men” star has signed a deal to post an endorsed message for Internships.com as part of efforts …
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Jenna Johnson / Campus Overload:
Charlie Sheen wants an intern with #TigerBlood
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Dear Apple, Please Copy This Notification System For The iPhone Immediately  —  As you're aware, I tend to take Apple's side on almost all matters iPhone versus Android.  Having tried over a dozen Android devices ranging from the G1 to the Nexus S, I simply still prefer iOS.  And it's not really close.
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 …
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.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
App Stores Everywhere!  Opera Opens Mobile App Storefront  —  When Pocketgear changed course recently and announced it was going to be a white label app store provider for other companies called Appia, I said we should be prepared for an app store onslaught.
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 …
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 …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Handset Hackers Get Google's Music Syncing Service For Android To Work A Bit Early  —  Sometimes you just gotta do things because you can, you know?  It's the sign of being a true gadget geek.  Lets say you stumble across the Music application that comes built into the Motorola Xoom …
Discussion: SAI
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple to cut 32 games, some hardware from retail stores  —  Apple is in the process of cutting software titles and some hardware peripherals from its retails stores to make room for other services.  —  Sources that I've spoken with said Apple is going to expand its personalized in-store setup service for customers that purchase a Mac.
Patricia Reaney / Reuters:
Not getting enough sleep?  Turn off the technology  —  (Reuters) - Dependence on televisions, cellphones and laptops may be costing Americans dearly — in lack of sleep.  —  The national penchant for watching television every evening before going to sleep, playing video games late …
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:
John Morris / Laptops and Desktops Blog:
Intel Sandy Bridge dual-cores coming soon  —  Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors have officially been available since the Consumer Electronics Show in January.  But the first chips were quad-cores for high-end desktops and larger laptops.  The dual-core versions were to follow in late February or early March.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Leads Additional $77 Million Round In Music Start-Up  —  The bubble in digital music continues: this evening, Beyond Oblivion told The Guardian that it had secured a whopping $77 million investment.  The round was led by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and charity Wellcome Trust.
Discussion: Guardian
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Comments Box Plugin Includes Live Code for Google and Twitter Logins  —  The new version of the Comments Box social plugin for third-party websites that Facebook released last week only gives users the options to login with their Facebook or Yahoo! accounts.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Try Google APIs From the Browser with Google APIs Explorer
Discussion: Google Code Blog
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
RIM CMO Loss Could Be Good on Eve of PlayBook Launch: Analysts
Discussion: Computerworld, ITworld.com and The Loop
Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
New ads link Angry Birds back story to Bing
Discussion: Bing, Mobilized and Search Engine Watch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Grabs Another Hollywood Guy: Paramount's Alex Carloss
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Revenue Up 20 Percent To $860M In 2010; Paid Users Up 19 Percent
Discussion: GigaOM and Techie Buzz
Fred / A VC:
The Always Logged In Experience
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Controls 97 Percent Of Mobile Paid Search: Report
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
More pictures of the Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 prototype