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4:45 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?
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.
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 …
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone 7 not reversing Microsoft's mobile slide
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Revenue Up 20 Percent To $860M In 2010; Paid Users Up 19 Percent  —  As the company prepares for a public offering in the next year, Skype released an updated S-1 filing that includes several new revenue, income and usage numbers.  As you may have heard, Skype initially filed …
Discussion: GigaOM and Techie Buzz
 
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
New ads link Angry Birds back story to Bing
Discussion: Mobilized, Search Engine Watch and Bing
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
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
PlugShare Aims to Crowdsource Electric Car Charging
Discussion: TechCrunch and Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL-HuffPo Deal Officially Closes Today-More Big Media Hires Signal New Content Direction Under Arianna
Ohad Samet / TechCrunch:
Why Payments Are Hard, Even For Apple And Google
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