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8:00 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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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 …
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, SlashGear, Electronista and p2pnet
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Pengwin and IntoMobile
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:
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 …
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.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Justin.tv Launches Socialcam Mobile Video-Sharing App  —  Justin.tv, the live video service, today launched an application called Socialcam to help users share video taken on their iPhone and Android devices.  —  The service uses Justin.tv's mobile live-streaming infrastructure …
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 …
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Try Google APIs From the Browser with Google APIs Explorer  —  Today Google announced the Google APIs Explorer, a Web-based interface for experimenting with the company's various APIs.  So far only seven APIs are supported, Google the company promises to add more soon.
Discussion: Google Code Blog
 
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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
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
RIM CMO Loss Could Be Good on Eve of PlayBook Launch: Analysts
Discussion: Computerworld and ITworld.com
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
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
PlugShare Aims to Crowdsource Electric Car Charging
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Western Digital drops $4.3 billion to acquire Hitachi GST, enter staring contest with Seagate