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6:30 AM ET, March 8, 2011

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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Pay Nokia More Than $1 Billion in Deal  —  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
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Adobe Hopes Wallaby Can Vault Apple's Flash Blockade  —  Ever since Steve Jobs issued his “Thoughts on Flash” almost a year ago, there's has been a lot written about the conflict between Adobe's favorite runtime and Apple's iOS platform, supported by the powerful new capabilities of HTML5.
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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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Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Spotify reaches one million subscribers  —  It seems like only yesterday we were hatching ideas for a new music service in a tiny office-cum-apartment with a broken coffee machine, and the party we threw having reached one million users almost two years ago today was one to remember.
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 …
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.
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. to Rent Movies Digitally on Facebook, Starting With ‘Dark Knight’ … Warner Bros. is turning to Facebook, where it hopes to find an electronic audience interested in digitally renting The Dark Knight.  —  Warners said Monday that it is the first Hollywood studio to offer movies directly on Facebook.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Used iPads Selling Quickly Online  —  Steve Jobs was still on stage introducing the new iPad 2 last week when my inbox and Twitter stream started filling up with the same question : “I want the iPad 2, but what can I do with my old iPad?”  —  At first I didn't know how to respond.
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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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Latest comScore numbers have Android at #1 in US
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Google Voice Now Offers SIP Addresses For Calling Directly Over IP  —  Wouldn't it be great if you could call a Google Voice number directly via SIP?  So that you could bypass the PSTN when calling a GV number and go directly over IP?  With potentially all the advanced capabilities that could give? …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Skype Launches In-App Advertising, Limited To Windows For Now  —  As Skype gears up to list on the Nasdaq, the free Internet voice and video calling company is rolling out more services to generate revenue.  Today it announced that it will be featuring in-app advertising, starting with its Windows client in the U.S., UK and Germany.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple shipped 1.1 million MacBook Air laptops last quarter, analyst claims  —  Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed on Saturday that Apple shipped a total of 1.1 million MacBook Air units over the course of the refreshed laptop's first quarter of availability.
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.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Meet LiquidSpace: The Airbnb of Office Space  —  Over the last year, I've worked in countless noisy coffee shops and dropped in to various co-working spaces.  And I'm not alone.  Analytics firm Forrester reported that there were 375 million mobile workers worldwide in 2010 …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Car-sharing service RelayRides raises $5.1M from Google Ventures  —  RelayRides, a crowd-sourced car-sharing service similar to Zipcar, has raised $5.1 million from August Capital and Google Ventures, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Discussion: GigaOM
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Will E-Book Prices & Restrictions Lead to E-Book Piracy?  —  Last week, Random House agreed to the agency price model, the last of the top six publishing companies in the world to do so.  The move allowed the publisher's books entry into Apple's iBookstore, something that Steve Jobs touted …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Top Student Charged With Fixing Grades for Cash  —  A Nevada student who gave the opening address at his high school graduation last year has been charged with breaking into his school district's computer system and bumping up his classmates' grades for a fee.
Discussion: Gawker and Boing Boing
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 …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Best Buy: Yes, Floor Staff Get Tablets, But Not Necessarily iPads  —  We've heard some rumors that Best Buy would be providing its staff members with iPads for work — that is to say, as tools to carry while on the job, looking up prices on the internal website, doing price comparisons, and so on.
Discussion: Digits and PhoneArena
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Streaming Music Service Rdio Gets a Nice Mac App  —  Rdio, the streaming music service started by the founders of Skype, is releasing a nice, simple desktop app for the Mac this morning.  The full-featured program is a great way to avoid dealing with Adobe Flash problems in the browser …
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.
Tom Cheshire / Wired.co.uk:
In depth: How Rovio made Angry Birds a winner (and what's next)  —  Angry Birds is the first waste of 75 millions people's time that can be accurately quantified.  Every day, users spend 200 million minutes — 16 years every hour — playing the mobile game.  Three trillion pigs have been popped.
Discussion: Eurogamer and Techland
 
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
You've Heard of “Checking In.” Now there's the “Check Out.”
Discussion: Technologizer and SiliconANGLE
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Mog, the Digital Music Service, Takes Aim at the TV and the Car
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Business Insider Turns A $2,127 Profit On $4.8 Million In Revenue
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
Egyptian Protesters Raid State Security, Post Government Secrets to Facebook
Jason Ankeny / FierceDeveloper:
RIM scraps BlackBerry App World developer ID notarization rule
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix spooks Hollywood more than ever
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Leads Additional $77 Million Round In Music Start-Up
Discussion: VatorNews, Guardian and paidContent
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Comments Box Plugin Includes Live Code for Google and Twitter Logins
Discussion: TechCrunch
John Morris / Laptops and Desktops Blog:
Intel Sandy Bridge dual-cores coming soon
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Try Google APIs From the Browser with Google APIs Explorer
Discussion: The Next Web and Google Code Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Grabs Another Hollywood Guy: Paramount's Alex Carloss
Fred / A VC:
The Always Logged In Experience