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11:35 PM ET, March 15, 2011

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Jeremy Doig / YouTube Blog:
Steady, as she goes: better video processing with Green Parrot Pictures  —  At YouTube, we see 35 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute from people all over the world.  Some videos are beautifully shot by professionals or aspiring filmmakers using the very latest in HD cameras and equipment.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Acquires Green Parrot Pictures  —  Google has acquired Green Parrot Pictures, an Irish company that makes tools to manipulate digital video and images.  —  The acquisition is apparently being driven by YouTube, which could use Green Parrot's tools to help users make their videos better.
Discussion: Reuters and WebProNews
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Search app for iPhone—a new name and a new look  —  If you need to do a Google search on your iPhone or iPod touch it's now faster and easier when you use our redesigned Google Search app, formerly Google Mobile App.  If you've been using Google Mobile App for a while, you'll notice that things look different.
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Making Twitter more secure: HTTPS  —  Today, we're taking an important step to make it easier to manage the security of your Twitter experience - we are adding a user setting that lets you always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter.com.  Using HTTPS for your favorite Internet services …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
AOL Asks Us If We Can Tone It Down  —  Earlier this week I interviewed Duncan Jones and Jake Gyllenhaal at SXSW, at the press junket for their movie The Source Code.  While the film doesn't have a huge tech angle other than the title, I thought it might be good video content for TCTV …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: The most modern browser there is: Internet Explorer 9 reviewed  —  When Microsoft first introduced Internet Explorer 9 at PDC in November 2009, it didn't show much.  A few benchmarks, some talk about the technologies that the browser would use, and a little information about the direction that development would take.
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Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
Internet Explorer 9 gets WebM support with ‘preview’ plug-in from Google, internet video gets more friendly
Discussion: Webmonkey and The Register
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launching Local Deals Subscription Service  —  Facebook is showing a special story in the news feed urging users to subscribe to updates about its Deals location-based check-in rewards program, and to invite their friends to subscribe too.  A link in the story leads to a new subscription page …
Discussion: TechCrunch and PC World
Cade Metz / The Register:
Apple handcuffs ‘open’ web apps on iPhone home screen  —  Three ‘bug’ App Store ‘conspiracy’  —  Exclusive Apple's iOS mobile operating system is running web applications at significantly slower speeds when they're launched from the iPhone or iPad home screen as opposed to the Apple Safari browser …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
TouchPad set for a June release, priced from $499; 7-inch coming in September?  —  HP was and has remained mum on the pricing and release timeframe (planned for “summer") for their TouchPad tablet, but we've got a few more details on that matter.  A major US retailer is getting their employees ready …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Begins Its Assault On Cable Industry, May Spend $100 Million On Exclusive Original Series  —  One way for Netflix to become more of a “must have” service and not just a “nice to have” could be to distribute must-watch original content.  —  So a few years after shutting …
Mike Loukides / O'Reilly Radar:
What has Twitter become?  —  At O'Reilly, we've long believed that one criterion for long-term success is creating more value than you capture.  When you do so, you create the possibility for an ecosystem that's larger than you are.  You create a healthy environment in which you, your partners, and even your competitors can thrive.
Discussion: @cdixon and @cdixon
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
SXSW 2011: Great for Networking, But No Technology Breakthroughs  —  I'm writing from a Jetblue flight from Austin back to Silly Valley, it's a great chance for me reflect on what happened in the last few days at SXSW and sober up both from last night's party and the excess of stimuli -they both require some detox.
Discussion: Guardian
Ben Yoskovitz / Next Montreal:
Zappos Stops Shipping to Canada  —  E-commerce in Canada generally sucks.  The selection is crappier on the Canadian equivalent of U.S.-based stores (think: Amazon), shipping is more expensive and the overall experience is much worse than in the U.S. And now, Zappos is shutting down completely in Canada.
Discussion: Pulse2
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Obama “IP czar” wants felony charges for illegal Web streaming  —  The Obama administration wants to make sure that the illegal streaming of music and movies over the Internet is a felony, and it also wants to give the federal government wiretap authority in copyright cases.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Takes Another Swing At Web Video: Live Streaming Major League Baseball  —  Last week, you could rent a movie on Facebook.  Today, you can watch a live pro baseball game on the site.  —  Still think Facebook can't be a big player in Web video?  —  You can watch the game …
Discussion: paidContent and SAI, Thanks:beet_tv
Anna Mongayt / Google Enterprise Blog:
New Google Apps feature release process  —  100% web applications have many advantages over legacy and single tenant hosted technologies, and you consistently tell us that the ability to access improvements as they become available is one of the most important.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Postpones iPad 2 Launch in Japan  —  With Japan facing a mounting crisis in the wake of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Apple has decided to postpone the launch of the iPad 2 in the country.  —  “We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon grabs 12% of U.S. iPhone market in just one month  —  Mobile analytics company Chitika has been keeping a running tally of just how many iPhones are running on both AT&T and Verizon.  Using the data flowing across its ad network, the company has calculated that almost 1 out of every 8 iPhones …
Don Clark / Digits:
Intel, Facebook Talk Up New “Micro” Servers  —  Intel, once known mainly for pushing computing performance to the limit, now also designs chips to help save power and space in computer rooms.  Major purchasers of server systems, including Facebook, seem to be listening.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Study: Mobile Ad-Tracking Systems Are “Blind” To 80 Percent Of Apple iOS Devices  —  Apple mobile iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches) are used by 130 million people, but they present a huge blindspot to advertisers.  All Apple mobile devices use the Safari browser, as do millions of Apple laptop and desktop computers.
Mark Schaaf / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
New beta AdMob Windows Phone 7 SDK expands cross-platform monetization options for developers  —  One of the three core principles of our mobile ads business is ‘inclusiveness’; advertisers and developers should have access to the tools they need to reach users across many mobile platforms.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's How The Japan Crisis Could Affect Apple iPad 2 Production And Other Tech Supply Chains  —  A lot of tech components still come from Japan, and therefore the earthquake- and tsunami-related crisis could affect production volume, potentially slowing down manufacturing.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Chipworks:
Apple A5 - Samsung, not TSMC  —  In the last 24 hrs our lab guys have torn down the iPad 2 and come to the conclusion that the main innovation is the A5 chip.  Flash memory is flash memory, the DRAM in the A5 package is 512 MB instead of 256 MB, and the touchscreen control uses the same trio …
Brian / BlackBerry Developer's Blog:
BBM Social Platform - Now in Beta!  —  At BlackBerry® DEVCON 2010, Research In Motion® (RIM®) announced the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) Social Platform.  Today, the BBM Social Platform officially moves into public beta.  BlackBerry platform developers …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Verizon Wireless stops being coy, confirms HTC Thunderbolt for March 17th at $249.99  —  We said it'd be coming on the 17th, but you didn't believe us.  /Why/ didn't you believe us?  No matter, Verizon's finally fessing up and letting us know the good news: the HTC Thunderbolt drops on March 17th for $249.99.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Keeps Right On Approving Amazon And Netflix Updates Without In-App Purchases  —  Remember when everyone was freaking out over the Apple in-app subscription changes?  You should.  It was just a month ago.  And while some of the fears that arose do appear to be very real …
Discussion: MacRumors Page 2 and Electronista
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google's the Largest Torrent Search Engine, isoHunt Tells Court  —  Last month search giant Google got involved in a BitTorrent case for the first time in its history.  The company took interest in the ongoing court case between isoHunt and the MPAA, fearing that the standing injunction …
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple opens iPad to iAds  —  Apple's iPad is now open for business.  The first iAd—an ad created on Apple's mobile-advertising platform—showed up on the device today, with more on the way.The first company to put out an iAd is Unilever, maker of Dove Men+Care.
Discussion: MacStories and AdAge
 
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Marc Parry / Wired Campus:
Colleges Discriminate Against the Blind With Google Apps, Advocates Say
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Adobe issues warning for critical Flash Player, Adobe Reader vulnerability
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Administration to Seek ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’
Discussion: FM Blog and @dannysullivan
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Living Social Wants To Raise Another HUGE Round
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Etsy reacts to user outrage, makes changes to feedback system
Discussion: Etsy Blog articles, MediaPost and SAI
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Teams Up With Snaptu To Launch Smartphone-Like App For Feature Phones
Elizabeth Kim / San Jose Business Journal:
Nvidia CFO David White departing
Discussion: Reuters and Dow Jones Newswires
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama admin calls for more ICANN accountability
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Fix in the works for Apple TV screen flickering issue
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix Has 60 Percent Of Digital Movie Market
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Feature: Ars reviews the iPad 2: big performance gains in a slimmer package
Discussion: TUAW, Gadgetell, GigaOM and MacDailyNews
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 shortages continue: now shipping in 4-5 weeks from Apple's online store