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2:00 AM ET, March 8, 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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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.
Discussion: Macworld and Technologizer
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe's Wallaby ties Flash to HTML  —  The toolkit converts Flash files to HTML so that they can run on Apple's iOS or WebKit-based browsers  —  Adobe Systems is making available this evening a preview of its Wallaby technology, which enables developers to leverage Flash development skills …
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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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
You've Heard of “Checking In.”  Now there's the “Check Out.”  —  A new startup is launching a mobile application tonight that will allow restaurant-and-bar-goers the ability to “check out” to record their sentiments about the businesses they visit.  —  The “check-out” is dissimilar to the more familiar “check in.”
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
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.
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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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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Business Insider Turns A $2,127 Profit On $4.8 Million In Revenue  —  The Business Insider is now profitable—just barely.  In a post this morning reporting the digital media startup's revenues, operating profits, and other metrics, Henry Blodget reveals that his collection of bloggy news sites …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, SAI and Download Squad
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Engadget
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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: Campus Overload
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another Yahoo Loves Group Buying, As Top Ad Sales Exec Mitch Spolan Heads to LivingSocial  —  Yahoo has lost another one of its top advertising sales execs, Mitch Spolan, to a hot start-up of the moment-this time to LivingSocial.  —  The move by Yahoo's head of North American field sales …
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 …
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
Egyptian Protesters Raid State Security, Post Government Secrets to Facebook  —  Egyptian rebels stormed the headquarters of the feared State Security Intelligence Directorate this weekend.  They stole files indicated that secret policemen spied on Facebook accounts, harassed Coptic Christians …
 
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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Will E-Book Prices & Restrictions Lead to E-Book Piracy?
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
IBM Builds $38 Million Data Center in Singapore
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Mog, the Digital Music Service, Takes Aim at the TV and the Car
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jason Ankeny / FierceDeveloper:
RIM scraps BlackBerry App World developer ID notarization rule
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Leads Additional $77 Million Round In Music Start-Up
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent
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
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Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Try Google APIs From the Browser with Google APIs Explorer
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Grabs Another Hollywood Guy: Paramount's Alex Carloss
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The Always Logged In Experience
Lucas Atkins / N4BB:
Exclusive: BlackBerry 2011 Software Roadmap - OS 7, BIS 4.1, and more!