TechFast: Google Axes Piracy Searches, Android For Tablets, PlayStation Phone

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Good morning! Here are some of today’s top tech stories so far. We’ll cover a few of these throughout the day but feel free to get a head start.

Google Starts Censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and More

Link: TorrentFreak

Seemingly under pressure from the entertainment industry, Google has begun blocking certain piracy-related search terms from showing up in its “autocomplete” and “instant” search features. You can still get search results for these terms, Google just isn’t offering suggestions or previews for them.

Motorola feels pressure from Verizon iPhone

Link: CNET

While AT&T may feel the sting of a Verizon iPhone, Motorola could feel it even more. Several of its phones—particularly the Droid and Droid X—have been big sellers for Verizon in the iPhone’s absence. Now that the iPhone’s coming, Motorola “expects a net loss of $26 million to $62 million in the first quarter of 2011,” according to CNET.

Exclusive: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone) preview

Link: Engadget

Engadget gets an up-close look at the impending PlayStation Phone, a Sony Ericsson Android jobber with a slide-up screen that reveals a full gamepad.

Check Out Big Pictures Of Android 3.0, Google’s Tablet Operating System

Link: Business Insider

Google’s tablet-specific operating system, Android 3.0—also known as Honeycomb—has made its way into the hands of software developers. The interface is completely overhauled, as evidenced by the recently released screenshots of various features and programs.

Netflix Gets Social: “Extensive” Facebook Integration is Coming

Link: All Things Digital

As further proof that Facebook needs to be integrated into everything, Netflix is working on “extensive” Facebook integration.

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