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9:35 AM ET, March 22, 2011

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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.
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.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Big Acquisitions Are Bad For Shareholders: A Look At The 10 Biggest Tech Mergers Ever  —  Huge acquisitions like AT&T's proposed buyout of T-Mobile make headlines, alter the competitive landscape, and make bankers rich.  —  But they don't do much for shareholders.
Reuters:
AT&T seen selling assets to get nod for mega deal
Discussion: DSLreports
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T: T-Mobile 3G phones will need to be replaced
Discussion: TechSpot and GottaBeMobile
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?
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday  —  Available in Hong Kong, Korea & Singapore in April  —  Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available …
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.
GSMArena.com:
Exclusive: HTC Pyramid frontal shot confirms qHD resolution  —  We just got an exclusive new shot of the HTC Pyramid.  The image again shows the Pyramid posing next to the Desire HD, but this time we have the front of the phones.  Best of all, it seems to confirm the rumor about the increased resolution screen.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Boom!  Professional Social Network LinkedIn Passes 100 Million Members  —  2011 has proven to be a monumental year so far for professional social network LinkedIn.  The company filed its S-1 for a public offering, released a number of data-focused products and unveiled a social news reader for professionals.
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 …
BBC:
China rejects Google claims of email interference  —  Google reduced its presence in China last year after complaining of interference  —  China's foreign ministry has rejected claims by Google that Beijing is disrupting access to its e-mail service in the country.
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: Softpedia News and ThinkMobile
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)
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
Discussion: Issues & Insights, Reuters and Crave
 
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Larry Page almost skipped web search for automated cars
New York Times:
China Tightens Censorship of Electronic Communications
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Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Digg CEO: We're Not Dead, I Promise (Yet VP Product & Engineering Is Leaving)
Discussion: Digg Blog, TechCrunch and Pulse2
Joe Light / Wall Street Journal:
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac OS X 10.6.7 released with 2011 MacBook Pro fixes, more