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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Facebook Could ‘Become a Credible Threat to Netflix,’ Says Goldman Sachs … NEW YORK - Facebook's decision to test digital movie rentals and purchases with Warner Bros. is no immediate threat to Netflix's streaming service, but creates a new potential longer-term online video competitor, Goldman Sachs analyst Ingrid Chung said Tuesday.
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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 …
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.
Brian Ngo / Google Mobile Blog:
Instant Previews now available on mobile  —  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.  Similar to the desktop version of Instant Previews …
Tim Steele / Google Chrome Blog:
Speedier, simpler and safer: Chrome's basics get even better  —  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.  With today's stable release …
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 …
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? …
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
An Update on Windows Phone Marketplace; new tips, policies and regional access program  —  As we enter the final month of a very busy first quarter of 2011, I thought I'd take this opportunity to update developers on the status of the Windows Phone Marketplace and share some news.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
No iOS 4.3 update coming today  —  Reports have been circulating that iOS 4.3 would be released today, but that's not going to happen.  —  When iOS was introduced during Steve Jobs' keynote unveiling the iPad, Apple said the mobile operating system would be released on March 11 — the same day the iPad is released.
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.
Piero Sierra / The Windows Blog:
While FarmVille players water their crops, Messenger climbs to #2 app on Facebook  —  As Frederic from NewsGrange noted today, the Messenger app snuck up and overtook FarmVille this week as the second most popular app on Facebook in terms of daily active users.
Discussion: NewsGrange and The Next Web
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
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Microsoft's $1B For Nokia: Cool or Calamity?  —  Somewhere in the dark heart of David Fincher's The Social Network, an excited Justin Timberlake-as-Sean-Parker conspires with his protegé, the fake Mark Zuckerberg, with a line that has already gone down in cinematic history: “A million dollars isn't cool.
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Pay Nokia More Than $1 Billion in Accord
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.
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
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.
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!).
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, Thanks:dsilverman
University at Buffalo:
Study: Facebook Photo Sharing Reflects Focus on Female Appearance  —  What affects women's self worth also influences their social networking behavior  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. — In a new study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, University at Buffalo researcher Michael …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Jolicloud renames operating system ‘Joli OS,’ promises new web and Android apps  —  Well, it doesn't involve the company's Jolibook laptop, but it looks like some fairly big changes are indeed in store for Joliclould's upstart operating system.  In addition to confirming that version 1.2 …
Alex Himel / Facebook Developers:
Real-Time Analytics For Social Plugins  —  Over the past year, social plugins have become an important and growing source of traffic for millions of websites.  Today we're releasing a new version of Insights for Websites to give you better analytics on how people interact with your content …
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:malliegator
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.
 
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Angry Birds To Launch On Facebook In May
Discussion: CNET News, Wired.co.uk and Gizmodo, Thanks:martinsfp
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
E-Books Seller Kobo Raises A New Round Of Funding
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Music Publishers Settle Copyright Case Against LimeWire
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdSense For Images Pixazza Now Seeing 20 Billion Image Views Per Year
Discussion: VatorNews
 Earlier Items: 
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
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Meet LiquidSpace: The Airbnb of Office Space
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, The Next Web and VentureBeat, Thanks:ashbrown
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Will E-Book Prices & Restrictions Lead to E-Book Piracy?
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix spooks Hollywood more than ever
Discussion: CrunchGear and DailyTech
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Handset Hackers Get Google's Music Syncing Service For Android To Work A Bit Early
Discussion: The Register, Good and EVO and Engadget