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Nick Cooper / Docs Blog:
Introducing discussions in Google Docs  —  When we launched the new Google Docs last April, one of the big changes was moving comments to the sidebar and letting people reply to comments.  Today, we're updating comments in Google Docs to facilitate rapid and seamless discussions and integrate with email in an intuitive way.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft, RIM expected to unveil new, free hosted Blackberry service  —  Microsoft and RIM are set to unveil a new offering, possibly as soon as March 16 — a Hosted Blackberry Enterprise Service for customers using Exchange 2010 Online, Microsoft's hosted Exchange e-mail service, according to my sources.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Visa Unveils PayPal-Like Personal Payments Service For U.S. Consumers  —  Giant retail electronic payments network operator Visa is giving PayPal a run for its money today, announcing a new service that will allows U.S. consumers to receive and send funds to any eligible Visa credit, debit or prepaid account.
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Zediva: Streaming New Movies for Cheap Through a Sneaky Workaround  —  Movie studios are skittish about giving their new releases to bargain rental services like Netflix and Redbox, but that's not a concern for streaming video startup Zediva.  —  The service, which moves out of beta today …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC, White House urge Internet privacy measures  —  Top federal officials on pushed forward Wednesday on efforts to establish mandates for Internet privacy.  —  In a Senate hearing on Internet privacy, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission reiterated his push for a Do Not Track tool …
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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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 …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Goes Back To Being A Smart Address Book, Launches Virtual Assistant  —  Plaxo has had its fair share of ups and downs.  Back in 2006, the company famously wrestled with spamming allegations and was later the subject of controversy over the screen scraping techniques it used to pull contacts from Facebook.
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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Motorola's Wi-Fi XOOM coming to U.S. March 27th, $599  —  In a press release just moments ago, Motorola Mobility announced the release of the its Wi-Fi only XOOM tablet in the United States.  Available beginning March 27th for $599, the 32GB device will be available at Amazon.com, Best Buy …
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
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple rethinks inventory management for iPad 2  —  Apple has changed its inventory management policy for iPad 2 deliveries, having its retail stores hold on to new shipments until the next day in an effort to ease the sales process for both customers and employees, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: CNET News, MacNN, TUAW and ITworld.com
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: Fast Company
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile To Launch T-Mobile Jet 2.0 4G On March 23rd  —  As expected, the next iteration of the T-Mobile Jet, version 2.0 4G is ready to launch March 23rd.  Considered ready for the “busy, value-conscious consumer” the Jet 2.0 will give 4G capability with theoretical speeds up to HSPA+ 21Mbps.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Adobe updates Photoshop Express for iOS with ‘Camera Pack’ in-app purchase  —  Adobe's Photoshop Express didn't fare too well in our recent round-up of iOS image enhancement apps.  There are simply better options out there.  Now Adobe has made a push to make it a little more desirable …
Discussion: The Loop, CNET News, AppScout and MacNN
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Deceleration in Foxconn manufacturing seen as a concern for Apple  —  A “notable” slowdown in manufacturing at Apple's overseas partner Foxconn has been viewed as a potential issue for the iPad maker, and may result in less availability of products.  —  JMP Securities downgraded its outlook …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
100 Percent Fresh Exclusive!:  Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes in Acquisition Talks With Yahoo and Others  —  Flixster-the popular social movie site whose brands include the Rotten Tomatoes premium reviews site, as well as BuddyTV-is in early acquisition talks with several suitors, including Yahoo, said sources close to the situation.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Study: iPad 2 Screen Is as Good as iPhone's, Despite Lower Specs  —  Apple's new iPad 2 is thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor.  Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com  —  The iPad 2 doesn't pack a higher-resolution “retina” display yet, but the quality of the screen is just as good as the iPhone 4's, according to a display expert.
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 …
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 …
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Meet Silicon Valley's Unofficial Emissary to the Rest of the World  —  Internet Investor Braigel Travels From Brazil to Tanzania Sharing Startup Knowledge, Advice  —  It seems like everyone in the tech world wants a piece of Silicon Valley.  There's something magical about this geographical area …
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.
 
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Source: Seed-Stage Rounds Up 50 Percent in New York; Valuations Up 30 Percent
Discussion: VatorNews
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Finra Warns About Facebook Pre-IPO Investments
Kyle Thibaut / CrunchGear:
Netflix Gets Into The Original Content Game, Buys Upcoming Show For A Rumored $100m
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Beware the spyware model of technology - its flaws are built in
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: Screenwerk and SAI
Adam Feldman / Google Code Blog:
Improving the security of Google APIs with SSL
Oliver Burkeman / Guardian:
The internet is over  —  Oliver Burkeman went to Texas …
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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: App Advice, BlogsDNA, TUAW, MacStories and AdAge
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
AOL Asks Us If We Can Tone It Down