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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.
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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.
Ryan Gavin / The Windows Blog:
2.3 Million Downloads of IE9 in the first 24 hours  —  Internet Explorer 9 has now been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours since its Monday night release.  That is over 27 downloads every second, or over 240 downloads every 9 seconds.  Wow.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Controller Publishes Candid Report On How Badly They Need Twitter  —  San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos hates the idea of businesses not paying a 1.5% tax on payroll and employee stock option gains (see his brilliantly stupid quote here).  The fact that San Francisco …
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Joshua Sabatini / San Francisco Examiner:   Twitter says it will stay in San Francisco if given tax break
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Why I switched back to an AT&T iPhone  —  Look, I have been dreaming about a Verizon iPhone since the original announcement was made in 2007.  I've always admired Verizon's insanely solid and reliable wireless network, even before it was Verizon (someone tell James Earl Jones I said what's up).
New York Post:
iPad cads scalping buyers  —  If only there were an app to nail black-market extortionists.  A cutthroat Asian group has set its crosshairs on the flagship Apple store on Fifth Avenue at 59th — scoring nearly every iPad 2 it can get its hands since the hot gizmo went on sale last week …
Kenneth Kwan / Gmail Blog:
New connection bar in Gmail for iPhone  —  Using Gmail in Safari on your iPhone gives you access to fast search, conversation view, stars, labels, and more.  But it's sometimes frustrating not knowing whether your email has been sent or whether your phone has a functioning internet connection at all.
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Is This The Girl That Hacked HBGary?  —  Next time you see a flock of teenage girls in the mall, note that one of them might be Kayla.  As your average 16-year-old, she regularly hangs out with friends, works part time at a salon and hopes one day to be a teacher.
Discussion: TG Daily and The Atlantic Online
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.
Kindle Post US:
Kindle's Real Page Numbers  —  We've seen a lot of interest from customers about our new real page numbers feature for latest generation Kindles and what makes them “real”, so we wanted to tell you a little more about this feature and how we did it.  —  An e-book, like a print book, is at its core a stream of text.
Discussion: TechFlash, PWxyz, GeekWire and paidContent
Dana Franklin / TUAW:
Fox affiliate in Texas shoots news story on iPad  —  With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, Fox affiliate KBTV's Mike McNeill stopped by Spec's Liquor Store in Beaumont, Texas, to discuss the various alcoholic options available for properly (and responsibly) celebrating the holiday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Little Speakers, Big Bet: Andreessen Horowitz Invests $49 Million in Headset-Maker Jawbone  —  Little speakers, big bet: VC shop Andreessen Horowitz is putting $49 million into Jawbone, the company best known for its slim mobile headsets.  —  There aren't any other investors joining Andreessen Horowitz in the round.
Brad Reed / PC World:
RIM Urges BlackBerry Users to Turn off JavaScript  —  Research in Motion is recommending that IT departments and users disable JavaScript on their BlackBerry devices, citing a vulnerability unearthed at this year's Pwn2Own hacker challenge.  —  According to RIM, the vulnerability could allow …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Player 4 and 5 to arrive in the US this spring  —  Remember the Galaxy Player (or Galaxy S WiFi) we saw back at MWC?  Sure you do, it basically strips out the 3G and calling functionality of a Galaxy S phone and leaves you with a Android 2.2 media player or shrunken tablet.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable iPad App Crashes Under Load - ‘Not A Good Party Unless You Run Out Of Beer,’ Says Company  —  Yesterday we noted how Time Warner Cable had launched a promising new iPad application offering thirty channels of television content.  Unfortunately, like many cable industry TV …
Bryan Wolfe / App Advice:
Murdoch's iPad Gamble: The Daily's Pay Wall About To Go Up  —  Rupert Murdoch will begin charging for The Daily in the U.S. beginning next week, according to Jonathan Miller, the chief digital officer at News Corp. Mr. Miller made the announcement at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Media Summit.
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google first to patch Flash bug with Chrome update  —  Takes advantage of deal with Adobe to push zero-day fix a week before others get protection  —  Computerworld - Google on Tuesday updated Chrome, patching a flaw in the browser's copy of Flash Player.  —  The move let Chrome beat rival browsers …
Discussion: Networking Blog and Fudzilla
Yung-Hui Lim / GreyReview:
Quora engineers accused of vandalizing a clone's website  —  It started with a question, Is Qato a serious Quora clone attempt?  Wait, what is Qato?  On its Twitter profile, Qato is described as enterprise Q&A system, developed by DZone.  It allows users to switch effortlessly between Quora, OSQA and StackOverflow themes.
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 …
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.
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
One less reason to buy 3G iPad: WiFi-only model supposedly gets GPS when tethered to an iPhone  —  As you know, Apple has finally brought wireless tethering functionality with iOS 4.3.  Called Personal Hotspot, it allows you to share your iPhone's 3G cellular data connection with other devices over its WiFi connection.
CNN:
U.S. military blocks websites to help Japan recovery efforts  —  Washington (CNN) — The U.S. military has blocked access to a range of popular commercial websites in order to free up bandwidth for use in Japan recovery efforts, according to an e-mail obtained by CNN and confirmed by a spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command.
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 …
 
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Langevin introduces cybersecurity bill
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Leigh Phillips / Guardian:
EU to force social network sites to enhance privacy
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Skype security weaknesses could endanger ‘vulnerable users’
Discussion: Inquirer and TechEye
Matt LeMay / bit.ly blog:
In Which We Welcome Matthew Rothenberg to the bit.ly Team
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
TomTom puts its HD Traffic service data in a browser, lets everyone use it for free
Discussion: WebProNews
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC, White House urge Internet privacy measures
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Adobe updates Photoshop Express for iOS with ‘Camera Pack’ in-app purchase
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Mark Buchanan / New Scientist:
Happier people tweet together
Discussion: GeekSugar and Fast Company