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6:45 AM ET, March 22, 2011

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Horacio Gutierrez / Microsoft:
Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec for Patent Infringement by Android Devices  —  Statement from Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing  —  Microsoft Corp. today filed legal actions …
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Horacio Gutierrez / TechNet Blogs:
Android Patent Infringement: Licensing is the Solution  —  Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel  —  As you may have seen, Microsoft today filed legal actions against Barnes & Noble, Inc., Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., and Inventec Corporation in both the U.S. International …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Drunk On Licensing Fees And Patents, Microsoft Has Become A Joke  —  Earlier today, it was revealed that Microsoft was suing yet another company for infringing on their patents.  The target this time?  Barnes & Noble.  Yes, Microsoft is suing a book chain.  Why?
Discussion: @migueldeicaza and @tedneward
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Microsoft Alleges Patent Infringement On Barnes & Noble E-Reader Devices
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Bloomberg:
Apple Sues Amazon.com, Seeks Order to Stop Use of ‘App Store’ Trademark  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) sued Amazon.com Inc., saying the online retailer is improperly using Apple's “App Store” trademark for a mobile software developer program.  —  Apple, in a complaint filed March 18 in California …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Now Open: Amazon Appstore Launches With 3,800 Apps for Android  —  Amazon has officially launched the Android Appstore, a potential iTunes equivalent for Android.  —  The company-whose roots are in e-commerce and not mobile-aspires to merchandise and sell apps better than Google does on its own platform.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
That was quick: Four lines of code is all it takes for The New York Times' paywall to come tumbling down  —  The New York Times paywall is costing the newspaper $40-$50 million to design and construct, Bloomberg has reported.  And it can be defeated through four lines of Javascript.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Rule of Thumb: Pricing Should Be Simple  —  One thing many companies — in any industry — can learn from Apple is the importance of simple pricing.  If you make it easy for people to understand how much they're paying, and what they're paying for, it is more likely that they'll buy it.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless CEO says no interest in Sprint deal  —  (Reuters) - The chief executive of Verizon Wireless said he has no interest in buying Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) even as the company stands to lose its top position in the U.S. wireless market because of a merger between AT&T Inc (T.N) and T-Mobile USA.
Discussion: SAI, CNET News, Electronista and Pulse2
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
What AT&T Owes T-Mobile if Deal Doesn't Go Through
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
Dropbox and why you should invest in people  —  It was reported today that Dropbox will generate $100M in revenue this year.  Whether or not those reports are right, it is certainly a great product, beloved by its customers and will almost certainly be wildly successful.
Discussion: @drewhouston
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Dropbox Could Generate $100 Million In Revenue This Year  —  Dropbox, the startup that makes cloud backup and syncing incredibly easy, is cash-flow positive, on track to generate $100 million in revenue this year and could be worth $1-2 billion, Fortune reports.  —  Dropbox has a good freemium business model.
Discussion: @anildash
Biz Stone / Twitter Blog:
Happy Birthday Twitter!  —  It's easy to remember working with @jack, @ev, and our tiny team on a project we called Twitter like it was last week.  Amazingly, it's five years ago today that the first tweet was sent.  Over these years, Twitter has matured and made an impact in the areas …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Happy Birthday Twitter. Yes, You're Awesome. Now Back To Work (On Search And Archives)
Arn / MacRumors Page 2:
iPad 2: Wife Says No, but Apple Says Yes  —  Apple is paying close attention to all iPad 2 returns during the first few weeks to make sure there are no major production defects.  This policy has led to an amusing story that we thought was entertaining enough to share.
Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Must Answer Questions in ITunes Antitrust Suit  —  A federal magistrate judge ordered Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs to answer questions in an antitrust dispute alleging the company operated a music-downloading monopoly.  —  Lawyers for consumers who filed …
Michael Abbott / Twitter Engineering:
The Great Migration, the Winter of 2011  —  If you look back at the history of Twitter, our rate of growth has largely outpaced the capacity of our hardware, software, and the company itself.  Indeed, in our first five years, Twitter's biggest challenge was coping with our unprecedented growth and sightings of the infamous Fail Whale.
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:   Humanity's Tweets: Just 20 Terabytes
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Nokia releasing yet another cheap Symbian smartphone … Nokia announced today that it is launching the Nokia Astound in the United States, a low-end smartphone geared toward first-time smartphone owners running the company's Symbian mobile operating system.
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Electronista:
Hands on: Nokia C7 Astound for T-Mobile
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Larry Page almost skipped web search for automated cars  —  Those automated cars that Google is building aren't anything new - in fact, Google Co-founder Larry Page almost chose to forgo web search and ranking to work on a Ph.D. project in automated cars.  —  Here's a little tidbit …
Joe Light / Wall Street Journal:
Google Is No. 1 on List Of Desired Employers  —  One in four young professionals wants to work at Google Inc., according to a survey by Universum, a consulting firm that helps companies improve their attractiveness to prospective employees.  —  Nearly 25% of survey respondents picked Google …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Marty Katz / Gadgetwise:
YouTube Offers Free Image Stabilization  —  Starting today, Google's YouTube video Web site will make the road for video enthusiasts smoother.  —  YouTube has added a stabilization feature to its adjustment tools, which reduces shakiness in video, whether from walking, riding or unsteady hands.
Discussion: ThinkMobile
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Technology Behind Making Mobile Payments a Reality  —  It's only a matter of time before your mobile phone swallows up yet another piece of technology: your credit card.  —  In this not-too-distant future, rather than pay for gas or dinner with a piece of plastic that you slide through a machine …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Here Come the First T-Mobile 42 Mbps Cities, Devices  —  The latest T-Mobile news may have been focused on the AT&T's plans to purchase the carrier, but that isn't stopping T-Mobile with its network expansion plans for 2011.  Today, the company announced the first three cities …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
RIM Reveals BlackBerry PlayBook Versions, Pricing (Starts At $499), Retail Partners  —  In case you were holding out for a BlackBerry PlayBook: good news.  Research In Motion this morning announced (expected) plans to make the tablet computer available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Nintendo 3DS review  —  See that greenish blue thing up there?  That might look like this greenish blue thing over here that we reviewed a few weeks back, but actually they're not the same.  No, sir.  This thing up there is the genuine, guaranteed, red-blooded American version …
 
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Lilly Vitorovich / Dow Jones Newswires:
Ofcom Plans UK Mobile Spectrum Auction Early 2012
Discussion: Guardian, Reuters and Bloomberg
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
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Kara Swisher / Boom Town:
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Discussion: Asana
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Consumers Drawn To Bigger Mobile Screens
Discussion: NPD Group, Business Wire and Fortune
Scott Gilbertson / Ars Technica:
HTTPS is more secure, so why isn't the Web using it?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
If You Love Something, Set It Sort-Of Free: Condé Nast Mulling Reddit Spin-Off
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Digg CEO: We're Not Dead, I Promise (Yet VP Product & Engineering Is Leaving)
Discussion: Digg Blog, TechCrunch and Pulse2
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Watch out, PayPal: Facebook gets serious about payments
Discussion: The Business Insider and MediaFile
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Shutterfly Acquires Online Stationery Company Tiny Prints For $333M In Cash And Stock
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac OS X 10.6.7 released with 2011 MacBook Pro fixes, more