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9:30 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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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? …
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.
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.
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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Fred Seibert / Next New Networks:
Here comes YouTube Next.
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.
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
When good apps go bad: Twitter for iPhone 3.3  —  Twitter was originally designed to be a mobile service, with updates pushed out via text message.  That's why it only uses 140 characters for messages.  Its web page was almost an afterthought.  —  Today, while it's often used with traditional computers …
Discussion: ThinkMobile, Thanks:dsilverman
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.
Electronista:
Samsung reaches 1TB per disk platter, hints 4TB drives  —  Samsung has found a way to build 1TB platters for hard drives, which will allow it to build 4TB hard drives for computers.  The news came from CeBIT courtesy of German newspaper Heise and indicates a new record.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
iOS 4.3 to be released at 10AM today; personal hotspot supports 5 connections?  —  One of our sources has just let us know something pretty interesting.  There has been a lot of talk surrounding Apple's personal hotspot feature, specifically it's capability of only supporting 3 wireless connections …
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 …
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
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.
Rebecca Boyle / Popular Science:
New Algorithms Match Police Sketches to Real Mug Shots, Helping Nab Suspects  —  The new computer system found a match 45 percent of the time  —  Sketch and Photo A new facial recognition system matches a police artist's sketch with a photograph.  MSU  —  A new set of algorithms …
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 …
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: DealBook and GigaOM
Joe Svetlik / Electricpig.co.uk:
The 10 idiosyncrasies of Steve Jobs  —  Think you know Apple's enigmatic leader?  Think again.  The great man is famously secretive, but we've unearthed some nuggets of info from work and home that provide a glimpse to what he's really like, from his car's numbers plates, how he decorates his house, to where he parks.
Discussion: SAI
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Pulse2 and Campus Overload
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, IntoMobile and PhoneArena
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix spooks Hollywood more than ever  —  LOS ANGELES—Hollywood film executives want you to know that they are not at war with Netflix or the Internet.  —  Some of them told me over the past week that they have every intention to continue to distribute films and TV shows over the Web and at attractive prices to boot.
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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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
You've Heard of “Checking In.” Now there's the “Check Out.”
Discussion: GigaOM, Technologizer and SiliconANGLE
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Mog, the Digital Music Service, Takes Aim at the TV and the Car
Tom Cheshire / Wired.co.uk:
In depth: How Rovio made Angry Birds a winner (and what's next)
Discussion: The Next Web, Eurogamer and Techland
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
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone 7 not reversing Microsoft's mobile slide