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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.
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 …
Kyle Thibaut / CrunchGear:
Netflix Gets Into The Original Content Game, Buys Upcoming Show For A Rumored $100m  —  Netflix got its start as the red-envelope movie rental service, later turning into the video streaming authority (bankrupting Blockbuster in the process), and now may be making yet another major move: bankrolling original content.
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Amazon Kindle: Bundled Free In UK, And The iPad Effect  —  Looks like Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is looking to cast its retail net ever wider in the hunt for new Kindle users: the e-reading device is now being sold in the UK by Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK, an extension of a retailing deal …
Discussion: Brave New World, thinq_ and TeleRead
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.
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
Special report: A PlayBook for fighting Apple  —  (Reuters) - Once upon a time, BlackBerry was king.  Then came the iPhone, followed by Android.  And BlackBerry seemingly lost its way — if not quite its throne.  —  Research In Motion is holding on to profit growth and impressive margins.
Discussion: MediaFile and Tech Trader Daily
Oliver Burkeman / Guardian:
The internet is over  —  Oliver Burkeman went to Texas to the South by Southwest festival of film, music and technology, in search of the next big idea.  After three days he found it: the boundary between ‘real life’ and ‘online’ has disappeared  —  If my grandchildren ever ask …
Discussion: Gawker and Local Media Watch
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:   SXSW 2011: Great for Networking, But No Technology Breakthroughs
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 …
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
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 …
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
New Facebook Patent: the Huge Implications of Curated Search  —  For some time, Facebook has been interested in semantic search — using its social graph and immense amount of information about its users to deliver search results.  Some have dismissed the effort, but that's premature …
Discussion: SAI
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 …
Discussion: TechSpot
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 …
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: PC World and TechCrunch
Marc Parry / Wired Campus:
Colleges Discriminate Against the Blind With Google Apps, Advocates Say  —  Many colleges find Google's free e-mail and word-processing services irresistible.  —  Blind professors and students find them to be something else: inaccessible.  —  That's the accusation of a civil-rights complaint filed today …
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
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 …
Bloomberg:
Zillow Is Said to Hire Citigroup to Manage Initial Share Sale  —  Zillow Inc., an online real-estate information service, has hired Citigroup Inc. to manage its initial public offering, three people with knowledge of the company's plans said.  —  The exact timing of an IPO filing …
Discussion: SAI, eMoney and GeekWire
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.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Source: Seed-Stage Rounds Up 50 Percent in New York; Valuations Up 30 Percent  —  How hot is the New York tech scene?  Maybe a little too hot, suggests Owen Davis, managing director of NYC Seed, a three-year old seed fund that provides up to $200,000 to New York startups via a partnership …
Discussion: VatorNews
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Beware the spyware model of technology - its flaws are built in  —  Computers are increasingly designed to control and spy on us - the question isn't whether these control measures will fail but when, and who will hijack them  —  Technology regulation is notoriously tricky.
Mark Buchanan / New Scientist:
Happier people tweet together  —  As the old adage goes, “birds of a feather flock together” - and it seems to be true even when tweeting.  Scientists who have studied millions of tweets on the micro-blogging service Twitter say they have found that happier people tend to tweet together …
Discussion: Mashable!
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Finra Warns About Facebook Pre-IPO Investments  —  Private market trading of Facebook stock has garnered so much attention lately that the social network is cited as an example in a warning by a financial industry regulator.  —  The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has posted …
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.
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
No More Starred Results in Google Search
Bloomberg:
LivingSocial Is Said to Seek Funding Valuing Daily-Deal Site at $2 Billion
Discussion: SAI
Adam Feldman / Google Code Blog:
Improving the security of Google APIs with SSL
Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
The First PageRank Patent and the Newest
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Adobe issues warning for critical Flash Player, Adobe Reader vulnerability
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's How The Japan Crisis Could Affect Apple iPad 2 Production And Other Tech Supply Chains
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple opens iPad to iAds
Discussion: BlogsDNA, TUAW, MacStories and AdAge
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Yoskovitz / Next Montreal:
Zappos Stops Shipping to Canada
Discussion: Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Teams Up With Snaptu To Launch Smartphone-Like App For Feature Phones
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Postpones iPad 2 Launch in Japan
Anna Mongayt / Google Enterprise Blog:
New Google Apps feature release process