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1:15 AM ET, March 23, 2011

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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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Justin Williams / carpeaqua:
8 Easy Steps  —  Previously I posted a snarky one liner …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Now Open: Amazon Appstore Launches With 3,800 Apps for Android
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.
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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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
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.) …
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 …
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.
Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
Showtime to Netflix: No Streaming for You!  —  Sure, Netflix bought the rights to House of Cards and has a digital deal with Starz (that expires this fall), but it's not like you can stream HBO's True Blood.  Showtime has been playing less nicely with Netflix streaming, too.
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.
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 …
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
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Netflix Shares Soar, Site Goes Down  —  It's not a great day for the Internet, folks.  Web services seem to be dropping like flies.  For several hours today, WordPress.com's back-end was nowhere to be found, causing several TechCrunch writers to consider writing on legal pads and posting on Craigslist.
Discussion: BGR and CNET News
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.
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 and TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
Discussion: PhoneArena, Neowin.net and Electronista
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 …
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 …
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
Alexia Tsotsis / CrunchGear:
TechCrunch And Millions Of WordPress.com Blogs On Pause Due To Back-End Outage [Update: We're Back!]  —  Notice anything different about this post?  How about that the links are orange?  Yes, that's right, I'm blogging off of CrunchGear because it's been impossible to access our WordPress.com back-end for a little over two hours.
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.”
Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon Announces Additional 4G LTE Cities for 2011, 145 Markets by the End of the Year  —  With the release of the HTC Thunderbolt last week, Verizon wants to make sure that more of you can take advantage of its ridiculous 4G LTE speeds.  At this time, only 39 markets are enjoying the power …
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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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Adobe Slips: FYQ2 View Cut On Japan Uncertainty
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Twitter Gets New VP Operations From eBay
Discussion: TechCrunch
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Searching for D.C. Astroturfing Expert...Um..."Federal Policy Outreach Manager"
Christine Negroni / New York Times:
Tracking Your Wi-Fi Trail at the Airport
Discussion: Switched, Techland and DailyTech
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Comcast Looking To Sell thePlatform, Rumor That KIT Digital Is The Likely Buyer
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple hits adult ‘app store’ MiKandi with cease-and-desist over trademark
Discussion: MacNN and Ars Technica, Thanks:johnhcook
 Earlier Items: 
David Kaplan / paidContent:
WSJ Launching Single-Issue Downloads For iPad
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, Pulse2 and Phones Review
Mark Percival / Twitter Engineering:
Improving Browser Security with CSP
Discussion: eWeek
Apple:
iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday