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12:55 PM ET, March 8, 2011

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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 …
Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom, Sprint Said to Discuss T-Mobile USA Deal  —  Deutsche Telekom AG has held talks to sell its T-Mobile USA unit to Sprint Nextel Corp. in exchange for a major stake in the combined entity, said people with knowledge of the matter.  —  Talks have been on and off …
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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.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube, Netflix, Hulu: Meet Facebook  —  Every digital heavyweight is making a play for your living room.  Apple, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, everyone.  With one odd exception: Facebook.  —  Now that's over.  The social media giant is taking its first step to connect …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Adobe outs experimental Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool, calls it Wallaby  —  Ah, if only we could flip a big happy switch and convert all the web's Flash content into (functional) HTML5 code.  It's a dream shared by many and, funnily enough, the company pushing to make it a reality is none …
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Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Adobe Hopes Wallaby Can Vault Apple's Flash Blockade
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? …
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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Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Microsoft's $1B For Nokia: Cool or Calamity?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Tim Steele / Google Chrome Blog:
Speedier, simpler and safer: Chrome's basics get even better  —  cross-posted on the Official Google Blog  —  Just three weeks ago, we kicked off the Year of the Rabbit with a speedy Chrome beta.  Today, we're excited to bring these speed improvements and more to everyone using Chrome.
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.
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.
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.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Software Progress Beats Moore's Law  —  One of the old jokes in computing is that what the hardware giveth, the software taketh away.  —  The biblical vernacular is meant to convey the commandmentlike certainty of a set order of things.  And the implication of the old saw is that chip-based progress …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
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: Technologizer and ThinkMobile, Thanks:dsilverman
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.
Brian Ngo / Google Mobile Blog:
Instant Previews now available on mobile  —  (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)  —  Instant Previews provides a fast and interactive way to evaluate search results.  Starting today, Google Instant Previews is available on mobile for Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+) devices across 38 languages.
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.
Samuel Gibbs / Download Squad:
Flash Player 10.3 beta released with enhanced privacy controls, VoIP tools and analytics  —  Adobe's just let loose Flash Player 10.3 beta for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, featuring a few new talents ready for developers to take advantage.  —  First up we've got 'Acoustic Echo Cancellation …
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
One Nuclear Bomb Will Ruin Your Whole Startup Bubble  —  There's plenty of blame to go around!  I have been a “quit your job!” evangelist.  I have hustled entrepreneurism in magazines; we even run a quit yer job column right here (and there's a good interview coming later today!).
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdSense For Images Pixazza Now Seeing 20 Billion Image Views Per Year  —  Pixazza, a Google Ventures-backed photo tagging service that has been compared to an “AdSense for Images,” has hit a major milestone today.  The company's in-image advertisements now reaches more than 70 million unique …
Discussion: VatorNews
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad 2 launch predicted to have stronger sales but shorter lines  —  Initial sales of the iPad 2 are expected to surpass the first-generation device, but numerous new points of distribution for Friday's launch are predicted to dilute lines of people.
Discussion: PhoneArena
Craig Newmark / Beth's Blog:
craigconnects: A Network of Networks … Announcing craigconnects a guest by Craig Newmark  —  I just launched a new thing called craigconnects.  This is the biggest thing in my life, and I'd like a little help from you.  Together, we can work together from the grassroots up to make things better for everyone.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fast Society Is Ready To Party At SXSW (Exclusive Demo Video)  —  If you are a group texting startup worth your salt, you've got to have a new app ready for the upcoming SXSW conference in Austin.  GroupMe, Beluga (which was just bought by Facebook), Kik, TextPlus, and offshoots like Yobongo will all be strutting their stuff.
Discussion: SAI, CNET News, The Next Web and Mashable!
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD launches world's fastest dual-chip graphics card  —  Advanced Micro Devices is announcing today that it has launched the world's fastest dual-chip graphics card for screaming-fast gamer PCs.  —  The new card takes two of AMD's fastest graphics chips and marries them inside a single graphics card …
 
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Rebecca Boyle / Popular Science:
New Algorithms Match Police Sketches to Real Mug Shots, Helping Nab Suspects
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Car-sharing service RelayRides raises $5.1M from Google Ventures
Discussion: DealBook
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Will E-Book Prices & Restrictions Lead to E-Book Piracy?
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
You've Heard of “Checking In.” Now there's the “Check Out.”
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tom Cheshire / Wired.co.uk:
In depth: How Rovio made Angry Birds a winner (and what's next)
Discussion: The Next Web
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Business Insider Turns A $2,127 Profit On $4.8 Million In Revenue
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple shipped 1.1 million MacBook Air laptops last quarter, analyst claims
Discussion: GigaOM, Pulse2 and SAI
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix spooks Hollywood more than ever
Discussion: DailyTech
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Handset Hackers Get Google's Music Syncing Service For Android To Work A Bit Early
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple to cut 32 games, some hardware from retail stores
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Buys Next New Networks, a Video Producer