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12:40 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Exclusive: 64GB iPhone 4 Hands-on & Video!  —  The next iPhone?  We are not sure, but we've just got our hands on an engineered prototype of iPhone 4, with 64 GB storage capacity.  We tested it, and it is the real thing, no jokes here.  On the back of the device, it has “XXGB” marking …
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Arn / MacRumors:
64GB iPhone 4 Prototype Leaked from Foxconn [Update]  —  Earlier today photos of a possible prototype 64GB iPhone were posted to M.I.C gadget.  At the time, the site wasn't sure if the prototype was real or if it was a clever counterfeit.  M.I.C gadget has since gotten access to the device and believes it to be real:
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Apotheker Seeks to Save HP's ‘Lost Soul’ With Software Growth  —  Leo Apotheker stood before 4,000 Hewlett-Packard Co. colleagues Jan. 31, shielded from the afternoon Bangalore sun by a vast white tent.  —  Speaking with the accent that betrays his German roots, Apotheker vowed …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
WebOS will be on ‘every HP PC’ shipping next year, says CEO
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Joel Spolsky / Stack Overflow:
A New Name for Stack Overflow (with surprise ending)  —  It's been a while since we've done something arbitrary, complicated, and confusing, so today I'm happy to announce that the name of the company has been changed, effective immediately, to Stack Exchange Inc!
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Stack Overflow, Now Stack Exchange Inc, Raises $12M From Union Square Ventures And Others  —  Vertical Q&A site network Stack Overflow has just announced new funding, in a $12 million Series B round lead by Index Ventures, Spark Capital, and their first investor Union Square Ventures.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
JP Morgan: Apple's iPad 2 could cause ‘bubble burst’ for rival tablets  —  According to one Wall Street analyst, Apple's soon-to-be-released iPad 2 could burst a bubble for competitors who are hoping to capitalize on the growing tablet market but remain unable to catch up.
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Apple, TSMC to expand foundry ties  —  Apple, TSMC to expand foundry ties  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Rumors are running rampant that Apple Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) are expanding their foundry ties-a possible blow for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Android now more profitable than iOS for well-known game developer  —  Lately, there's been a lot of talk about how Google's Android Market compares with Apple's App Store in terms of developer potential — specifically, the ability for app developers to make money on the platform.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside AT&T vs Verizon iPad 2 data service plans  —  Apple is offering iPad 2 in two carrier options within the US, but AT&T and Verizon's plans differ significantly.  —  AT&T iPad data plans  —  AT&T continues to offer its no commitment plan that users can start or stop anytime without incurring any fees.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14  —  I guess I can finally stop concluding my Internet Explorer (IE) 9 posts with the words “Microsoft officials continue to decline to provide a ship-date target for IE 9.”  —  On March 9, via a blog post, the IE team told users …
David Zax / Fast Company:
The Mysterious Case of the $12,500 Groupon Discount  —  When is a coupon too big?  Meet the jumbo Groupon.  —  By now you're familiar with Groupon deals.  You get a wacky, manically written email each day offering you $30 of tapas for $15 or half off a full Brazilian.
Discussion: Gizmodo
BBC:
New net rules set to make cookies crumble  —  How websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up.  —  From 25 May, European laws dictate that “explicit consent” must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called “cookies”.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Is Twitter's Problem?  No, It's Not the Product  —  With increasing regularity, Twitter — the San Francisco-based micro-messaging company — finds itself in conflict with its ecosystem.  Last year, its decision to buy Twitter clients only resulted in fraying its bonds with its ecosystem.
Jason / boche.net:
VMware View Client for iPad Released  —  There's an old saying which goes “The best things in life are free”.  Even better are those things which will forever remain free.  Such is the case with the new VMware View Client for iPad, announced and made available this morning!
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Personalized iPad Magazine Zite Learns As You Read, Challenges Flipboard  —  Have you ever created a Genius playlist on iTunes or set up a station on Pandora?  Just plug in one song, and you instantly hear music that matches your tastes.  Think of Zite, the free personalized iPad magazine …
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Overage Fees Are Good For You, Says the Wireless Industry  —  Call me crazy, but I almost believed a study on “bill shock” that landed in my inbox today, despite being commissioned by the Wireless Communications Association International trade group.  —  Bill shock refers to the high charges …
Discussion: DSLreports, WCAI, Hillicon Valley and GigaOM
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
VeriFone calls out Square for ‘gaping security hole,’ publishes sample app to demonstrate  —  VeriFone, a huge provider of credit card processing systems that's been around since time immemorial, has taken a huge swipe at upstart Square today, branding its free, headphone jack-based credit card readers …
Discussion: TechCrunch and SlashGear
Ben Brooks / The Brooks Review:
The Very Difficult Problem of Notifications  —  There has been a lot of talk lately about mobile notification systems and specifically what Apple might/should bring to iOS — I think that everyone can agree though that all notifications systems fall short of being great (even WebOS).
Discussion: Marco.org
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yes, Facebook Could Compete With Netflix.  And Everyone Else, Too.  —  Dear mythical investor:  —  I'm confused.  —  Yesterday you owned Netflix shares.  Today you sold them, prompted by the news that Hollywood had begun renting movies on Facebook, using the social network's payment platform.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Fusion-IO, Star Of Enterprise Storage, Files for an IPO, Cites Facebook Relationship  —  Remember when I said to keep a close eye on Fusion-io, the enterprise startup that uses flash memory to speed up data storage?  I hope you were paying attention.  Today it filed for an IPO.
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Updated: GetJar Ejects Opera Mini From Its App Store  —  Turns out it's not only the native app stores from Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Android/Google (NSDQ: GOOG) that get a little hot under their collars when they sense competition from those publishing apps in their app markets.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
PC Industry Is Apple's Plaything  —  Apple has some hot products on sale, and its designs push many an envelope.  But are its decisions skewing the PC industry somewhat?  The answer is yes.  —  The iPad 1's secret sauce was its extremely low entry price—just $500.
Discussion: ITProPortal
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Facebook's ‘real name’ policy attacked by Chinese blogger  —  Commentator Michael Anti says his Facebook account has been suspended while Mark Zuckerberg's puppy is allowed a page  —  A well-known Chinese commentator has accused Facebook of insulting him by closing his account on the grounds …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Succumbs To Backlash, #Dickbar No Longer Covers Tweets  —  Oh poor #Dickbar, we've spent about five days bemoaning how terrible a UI you were and now you've been pinned down, unable to roam freely over tweets like the days of yore.  —  Kowtowing to user and blogger feedback …
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Big Brands Sponsor College Classes to get Social-Media Help  —  Big consumer-products companies are going back to school.  —  Businesses including Sprint Nextel Corp., Levi Strauss & Co. and Mattel Inc. are sponsoring college classes and graduate-level research to get help with their online marketing from the young and hyperconnected.
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's Extra Special: A Revamped, Fully Automated Merchant Platform  —  Over the past few days, Foursquare has made headlines for a partnership with American Express, and for a completely revamped version of their mobile experience on the iPhone and Android phones.  And they're not done yet.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FTC Puts Patent Trolls On Notice  —  While the Senate moves forward on a patent reform bill that won't solve any of the significant problems with our patent system (and will make certain aspects worse) and the Patent Office itself has apparently decided to throw in the towel on improving patent quality …
Discussion: Fast Company and The BLT
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Credit Sesame Raises $6.15 Million, Helps Users Manage Credits And Loans
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
Despite Living Online, Teenagers Don't Want to “Like” Your Company on Facebook
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Study: 70 percent of iPhone and Android open source apps violate licenses
Discussion: Inquirer and BetaNews
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Facebook Is AOLifying the Internet—and That Sucks
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's music/video services futures: The plot thickens with ‘Ventura’
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
An Update on Windows Phone Marketplace; new tips, policies and regional access program