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12:05 PM ET, March 18, 2011

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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Source: iPhone 5 May Have NFC Contactless Capability  —  Apple's iPhone 4 doesn't have NFC.  But could the iPhone 5?  —  One of the latest, juiciest rumors about Apple's upcoming iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5, is that the device will not include a wireless technology known as Near Field Communication or NFC.
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Richard Boscovich / TechNet Blogs:
Taking Down Botnets: Microsoft and the Rustock Botnet  —  Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit  —  Just over a year ago, we announced that the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), in cooperation with industry and academic experts, had successfully taken down the botnet Waledac in an operation known as “Operation b49”.
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Feds Pull Plug on Spam Network  —  Microsoft Corp. and federal law enforcement agents seized computer equipment from Internet hosting facilities across the U.S. in a sweeping legal attack designed to cripple the leading source of junk email on the Internet.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Not Even Kevin Rose Really Uses Digg Anymore  —  How bad are things at the once-mighty Digg these days?  Not so good.  It's been months since Digg relaunched in August in a quest for relevance.  They had 18 million unique worldwide visitors that month according to Comscore.
Discussion: Gearlog, Thanks:worldblotter
Business Week:
Are Four Words Worth $25 Billion for Groupon?  —  Inside Andrew Mason's plan to remake Groupon, fend off copycats, and change your spending habits forever  —  On a frigid Chicago morning in early March, Andrew Mason stood on a street corner outside his company's offices to reveal …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Q&A: New York Times Digital Czar Martin Nisenholtz on the Paywall, Pricing, Google and Apple  —  A lot of you have done a lot of reading, and a lot of writing, about the New York Times' digital paywall/subscription plans.  And if any of you who care about this stuff haven't read Ken Doctor's dissection …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Google Loophole Has Become The Facebook/Twitter Loophole
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Yahoo Is About To Sell Delicious For $1-$2 Million  —  Yahoo is about to close a deal to sell bookmarking site Delicious for $1-$2 million, says a source familiar with the discussions.  —  Our source isn't sure what company is buying it, but says it's a “strategic partner,” something like StumbleUpon.
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
AT&T aggressively moving against unauthorized tethering  —  AT&T is ruining a lot of people's days with a customer mailshot explaining that its “records show that you use [tethering] but are not subscribed to our tethering plan.” iOS, of course, will disable the built-in tethering facility if you do not have an appropriate carrier plan.
Wall Street Journal:
RIM, Carriers Fight Over Digital Wallet  —  BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. is locking horns with wireless carriers over control of mobile-payment data, in an example of the battles erupting as smartphones evolve into electronic wallets.  —  The dispute centers on where key data related …
Farhad Manjoo / Fast Company:
Google: The Quest  —  How New CEO Larry Page Will Lead The Company He Cofounded Into The Future — It's not Helen of Troy or the assassination of an archduke, but this spelling-bee-worthy 10-cent word also launched a war, the Great Search Engine War of 2011, between Google and Microsoft.
Discussion: SAI and @jlanzone
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Japanese Earthquake Poses Potential Supply Problems for iPad 2  —  The aftermath of the Japanese earthquake may cause logistical disruptions and supply shortages in Apple Inc.'s iPad 2, which employs several components manufactured in the disaster-stricken country—including a hard …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why the Nitro JavaScript Engine Isn't Available to Apps Outside Mobile Safari in iOS 4.3  —  Along a similar line to today's story about the performance differences between Mobile Safari and the system-wide UIWebView control in iOS 4.3, was Tuesday's mini-brouhaha about web app performance outside Mobile Safari.
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Apple: Yes, Safari outperforms embedded iOS web viewer
CNET News:
Criminal probe into iPhone prototype nears end  —  A probe into a prototype iPhone 4 purchased by a gadget blog is nearing its end, with investigators expected to report their findings soon.  —  Stephen Wagstaffe, district attorney for the county of San Mateo, Calif., told CNET today that …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Developers express concern over pirated games on Android Market  —  Google's smartphone app market is growing fast - but developers are calling foul over piracy and lack of transparency  —  App developers are concerned that Google is being too lax in its regulation of the Android Market …
Discussion: TechEye and Slashdot
Othman Laraki / Othman's Blog:
The Economics of Dissent: How Twitter and Facebook Tipped the Revolutionary Equation  —  Perhaps it is time to update the phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword” to “The Internet is mightier than dictators”  —  While this statement is made tongue-in-cheek, it is undeniable that we are living through a time of accelerated change.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Saying “SXSW Is Over” Is Over  —  A lot of the talk surrounding SXSW this year has reminded me of one of my favorite skits from IFC's show Portlandia.  It starts off with a guy peering into the window of a bar and telling the locals inside how much he loves the place.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Deal with it: SXSW has changed
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Fan backlash over adverts injected in Angry Birds HD  —  Last night, an update to Angry Birds HD dropped on iPad with fifteen new levels, a new golden egg and a “feature” that has immediately angered loyal fans - adverts.  No, not the unobtrusive types of an AdMob or AdSense variety seen in some apps.
Reuters:
Toshiba LCD plant out, Lenovo frets about supplies  —  (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said an assembly line in Japan making small liquid crystal displays would be closed for a month, and PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd voiced worries over parts, highlighting the threat to global supply chains from Japan's devastating earthquake.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
T-Mobile demos new Sidekick opening mechanism, promises mobile hotspot and tethering support  —  So what do you think of the first touchscreen Sidekick?  A desperate attempt to keep an archaic brand alive with unrelated hardware or a modern retelling of a successful retail story?
 
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
RIM PlayBook to sync with Microsoft Exchange cloud
Discussion: eWeek and Dow Jones Newswires
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
FriendFinder Revisits Plans To Go Public
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Gadget review aggregator Retrevo opens own store
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
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RSA breach leaks data for hacking SecurID tokens
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Titles and Promotions … Often when I meet with startups …
AppleInsider:
Owners of Apple's new MacBook Pros report issues with iTunes Home Sharing
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin Leads $6.5M Round For Jumio