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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On Firefox 4 Day, Chrome 11 Hits Beta With The Ability To Talk To Your Computer!  —  As you're aware by now, earlier today Mozilla officially unveiled Firefox 4 to the world.  At first glance, it's a great update with massive speed improvements.  And that's good, because that's exactly …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 4 doubles IE9 24-hour download tally  —  Firefox 4 doubled IE9's download total in less than 24 hours after its release.  —  Firefox may be under fire from Microsoft's newly competitive browser, but with more than twice the downloads in its first day, Firefox 4 soared over its rival by one measurement Wednesday.
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The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 and Delivers a Fast, Sleek and Customizable Browsing Experience …
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:
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Asks Twitter to Shut Down Paywall Dodgers
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Publishers back Inkling's iPad textbooks  —  iPad textbook startup Inkling just announced that it has won financial backing from the two biggest names in the textbook business — McGraw-Hill and Pearson.  —  Founder and chief executive Matt MacInnis said Inkling's goal involves using …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple hits adult ‘app store’ MiKandi with cease-and-desist over trademark  —  Amazon.com isn't the only company being targeted by Apple for using the phrase “app store” in conjunction with its Android marketplace.  Seattle-based MiKandi, which bills itself as “the world's first app store for adults …
Discussion: Gizmodo, MacNN, Mobile Entertainment and Pulse2, Thanks:johnhcook
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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 …
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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.
DailyTelegraph:
Banning baby-faces from social site Facebook  —  ABOUT 20,000 children are kicked off Facebook every day for lying about their age, the social network site admitted yesterday.  —  Despite efforts to enforce the strict 13 years or older age limit some children still slip through the checks.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Two Weeks Later, Google Lifts Ban On BeatThatQuote  —  Google acquired BeatTheQuote.com on March 7th, then the day after, Google penalized BeatThatQuote for violating the Google Webmaster guidelines.  —  Guess what?  BeatThatQuote has apparently been un-penalized by Google just two weeks after first being penalized.
Discussion: SEO Book.com
Reid Hoffman / Greylock VC:
Ten Entrepreneurship Rules for Building Massive Companies  —  Last week I gave a talk at South by Southwest, and in it I shared my top ten rules for entrepreneurship.  They are borne from my experiences starting companies and partnering with great entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley as an angel and a venture capitalist.
Discussion: Tech Europe and Howard Lindzon
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.
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Facebook traffic mysteriously passes through Chinese ISP  —  Routing cockup most likely explanation  —  For a short time on Tuesday, internet traffic sent between Facebook and subscribers to AT&T's internet service passed through hardware belonging to the state-owned China Telecom before reaching …
Discussion: blyon.com and The Next Web
Nicole Martinelli / Cult of Mac:
Breaking: Apple Pulls Christian “Gay Cure” App  —  It looks like Apple has responded to the outcry over an app from Christian group Exodus International aimed at “homosexual strugglers” by removing it from iTunes.  —  Some 145,000 people signed an online petition demanding it be removed.
Richard Esguerra / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
An Introduction to the Federated Social Network  —  Lately, EFF's work to protect rights and liberties in the online world has focused rather heavily on social networking sites and their policies.  The logic is borne out by the numbers — Facebook and Twitter combined claim hundreds of millions …
Discussion: @caterina
DigiTimes:
Motorola Xoom monthly orders to drop in 2Q11  —  Taiwan's shipments of Motorola Xoom in the first quarter of 2011 are expected to meet upstream component suppliers' forecast of 700,000-80,000 units, as Motorola already placed orders for about 200,000 units for the first half of March and shipments …
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.) …
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and TechCrunch
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Sprint Plans Appeal to Congress to Halt AT&T-T-Mobile Deal  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse said the company plans to submit its concerns over AT&T Inc. (T)'s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA to Congress, saying the deal hurts the wireless industry.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google working to reverse Chrome bloat  —  When Chrome got its start, the browser was svelte and fast-loading if limited.  —  Now, it's got plenty of features, but two years later, it's nearly three times bigger.  And Google, deciding that's not a good thing, has set up a task force to curtail Chrome bloat.
Discussion: thechromesource
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google spends $1 million on censorship and throttling detection  —  Google has awarded $1 million to Georgia Tech researchers so that they can develop simple tools to detect Internet throttling, government censorship, and other “transparency” problems.  —  That money will cover two years …
 
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Bloomberg:
Baidu Aims for ‘Box Computing,’ Denies FT Report on New Operating System
Discussion: CNBC and The Next Web
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Netflix Shares Soar, Site Goes Down
Discussion: The Tech Trade, Media Maverick and BGR
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Twitter Gets New VP Operations From eBay
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Alexia Tsotsis / CrunchGear:
Groupon Wants To Hire Over 100 People In Palo Alto Office, Buys Billboard Campaign
Christine Negroni / New York Times:
Tracking Your Wi-Fi Trail at the Airport
Discussion: Techland, Switched and DailyTech
David Kaplan / paidContent:
WSJ Launching Single-Issue Downloads For iPad
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Gets An Absurd Patent For Its “Google Doodles”
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