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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's How Amazon Could Quietly Become A Huge Tablet Player  —  It would be foolish not to include Amazon on the list of potentially huge players in the tablet industry.  —  While the company is still only selling simple Kindle e-readers, Amazon has quietly built all the tools it needs …
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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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Android App Store Launches: Test Drive Apps Directly From Your Browser  —  This morning Amazon is officially launching its Android App Store — a storefront for apps that will compete directly with Google's official Android Market.  We first broke the news about the impending App Store …
Justin Williams / carpeaqua:
8 Easy Steps  —  Previously I posted a snarky one liner …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Download Squad
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Groupon President and COO Rob Solomon Steps Down  —  Sources close to Groupon, the social buying site, said its COO, former Yahoo exec Rob Solomon, is stepping down from his job.  —  It's not clear what the reasons for Solomon's departure are, but the move seems to be sudden.
Discussion: CNET News and SAI
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Court rejects Google Books settlement  —  A New York federal district court has rejected the controversial settlement in a class-action suit brought against Google Books by the Authors' Guild, a publishing industry trade group.  —  “While the digitization of books and the creation …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Rejects Google Book Scanning Settlement With The Authors Guild
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and new Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on: thinner than the iPad 2, dual-core power, TouchWiz 4.0  —  You know who took the iPad 2 launch pretty seriously?  Samsung, that's who.  Just as we had heard, the company's executives were impressed by Apple's ability to slim down its tablet and …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone 7 “NoDo” update now available  —  Microsoft has started to distribute its first full Windows Phone 7 update.  —  The company began pushing out “NoDo” to devices on Tuesday after a number of device ROMs leaked to the Internet early.  Microsoft's first Windows Phone 7 platform …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
U.S. Senators ask Apple to pull police evasion apps  —  A group of U.S. senators is calling on Apple to remove applications that alert users to the presence of police and other law enforcement checkpoints that have been set up to combat drunk driving.  —  U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Justin Moore / Foursquare Engineering Blog:
Building a recommendation engine, foursquare style  —  Last summer, foursquare's employee count had grown a bit beyond our office capacity (as we surged towards 20 employees) and we had people sitting in whatever open space we could find.  We were split between floors, parked on folding tables, and crammed into couches and loveseats.
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 and Delivers a Fast, Sleek and Customizable Browsing Experience to More Than 400 Million Users Worldwide  —  Mozilla, a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better, is proud to release Mozilla Firefox 4, the newest version of the popular, free and open source Web browser.
Michael DeGusta / The Understatement:
Digital Subscription Prices Visualized (aka The New York Times Is Delusional)  —  Here are the annual prices of a variety of services, all of which allow users to access the service from the web and across multiple devices with a single unified subscription.  See if you can pick out which one is the outlier:
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Meet Y Combinator's Latest Class  —  Y Combinator on Tuesday showed off its latest class of start-ups at its Mountain View, CA, headquarters, offering an extra-large sampler pack of developer tools; social apps; lots of services for markets like real estate, doctors and parents; and, of course, a few of its trademark productivity apps.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Sprint's HTC EVO 3D hands-on!  —  Sprint just announced the HTC EVO 3D, its latest 4G WiMAX smartphone with a 3D-spin, and we had some time to sit down to check out the device first-hand.  In one word: Amazing.  The EVO 3D's 4.3-inch 3D display is incredible to look at while displaying 3D images and video.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sprint makes EVO View 4G tablet official: 1.5GHz, WiMAX, 7-inch screen, and a stylus to boot
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Gets An Absurd Patent For Its “Google Doodles”  —  If you needed any more proof that the U.S. patent system is totally out of control, here it is: after ten years of lobbying, Google was granted a patent on Google Doodles this morning.  —  Doodles are the customized version …
Alexia Tsotsis / CrunchGear:
Groupon Wants To Hire Over 100 People In Palo Alto Office, Buys Billboard Campaign  —  Daily deals site Groupon has joined the tech billboard wars in an effort to bulk up staff at its West Coast office.  Groupon PR representative Julie Mossler tells me it's looking to hire over 100 developers …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Begins Culling Content Sites  —  AOL will begin rolling out its plans to overhaul its panoply of content sites as early as today, a key part of its integration with the Huffington Post, sources familiar with the situation said.  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong will be sending out an internal memo …
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 …
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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:   Steve Jobs To Undergo 2 Hours “Limited Questioning” on 2004 Apple/RealNetworks DRM Spat
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Asks Twitter to Shut Down Paywall Dodgers  —  There are plenty of ways to tunnel under or through The New York Times's new online paywall, but if you're not careful about how you do it, the Times will shut you down.  —  That's what's about to happen to FreeNYTimes …
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 …
J. Bonasia / Investor's Business Daily:
Netflix Embraces Amazon's Cloud For Critical Services  —  On Aug. 11, 2008, Netflix (NFLX) tech managers detected a “database corruption event” that caused their DVD shipping system to fail.  The firm's official blog blamed a “key faulty hardware component.”
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Comcast Looking To Sell thePlatform, Rumor That KIT Digital Is The Likely Buyer  —  In 2006, Comcast acquired thePlatform for what was rumored to be about a $70M acquisition.  (Note: I've never seen that number verified.)  Now five years later, multiple sources are telling me that Comcast …
Discussion: GeekWire and Light Reading, Thanks:danrayburn
Christine Negroni / New York Times:
Tracking Your Wi-Fi Trail at the Airport  —  GENEVA — The scene at Copenhagen International Airport one recent day was much like that at any airport around the world: passengers hurrying through the terminal, waiting in security lines or lingering at the duty-free shops.
Discussion: Switched, Techland and DailyTech
David Kaplan / paidContent:
WSJ Launching Single-Issue Downloads For iPad  —  Looking to get more subscribers for its iPad app, The Wall Street Journal will start selling single-issue digital versions of its morning paper for $1.99 in the within the existing free app.  In a conversation last week with Alisa Bowen …
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.
 
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Twitter Gets New VP Operations From eBay
Discussion: TechCrunch
DigiTimes:
Motorola Xoom monthly orders to drop in 2Q11
Discussion: Neowin.net and PhoneArena
Alexia Tsotsis / CrunchGear:
TechCrunch And Millions Of WordPress.com Blogs On Pause Due To Back-End Outage [Update: We're Back!]
Discussion: @wordpressdotcom
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Searching for D.C. Astroturfing Expert...Um..."Federal Policy Outreach Manager"
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple hits adult ‘app store’ MiKandi with cease-and-desist over trademark
Discussion: Ars Technica, Thanks:johnhcook
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to release new iMacs with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt by early May
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
Reddit Denies Rumors of Condé Nast Spinoff [Update]
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Sparrow for Mac finally gets general IMAP support, multitouch
Discussion: PC World, TechCrunch and TUAW
Bill Ray / The Register:
BlackBerry users get free remote wipe, backup and location
Discussion: SlashGear and Pulse2
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
SocialVibe Closes $20 Million Funding Round
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
RIM Reveals BlackBerry PlayBook Versions, Pricing (Starts At $499), Retail Partners