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7:05 AM ET, February 2, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple starts 2009 with strong Net gains  —  Apple (AAPL) consolidated its 2008 holiday Internet market-share gains with strong performances from the Mac, iPhone and iPod touch in January, according to preliminary data issued overnight Sunday by Net Applications.
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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Mac Share Gains Aren't Believable  —  I assert this after seeing several reports, including Apple 2.0 blog, touting Mac share gains.  —  GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?  —  “Mac's share grew another 3.12 percent in January to grab a record 9.93 percent of Internet traffic.
Discussion: LiveSide
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree  —  Video demo shows you how  —  Using inexpensive off-the-shelf components, an information security expert has built a mobile platform that can clone large numbers of the unique electronic identifiers used in US passport cards and next generation drivers licenses.
Discussion: Engadget
Royal Pingdom:
Revver and Pageflakes go dark for days  —  Both the video-sharing site Revver and the personalized start page service Pageflakes have been down since last Thursday, January 29.  As of this writing, that is more than three-and-a-half days of straight downtime.
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Samsung to present the world's first 12MP phone at MWC 2009  —  Samsung was the first manufacturer to release an 8MP camera phone (the Innov8, outed one month before Sony Ericsson's C905), and it looks like it will also be the first to announce and launch a 12MP handset.
Discussion: SlashGear, Newlaunches.com and Engadget
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Discussion: The Blog Herald, Thanks:therahmin
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Plots Pirate Bay Ban and Piracy Clampdown  —  The proposals in the report, drafted by the 73 year old Spanish socialist Manuel Medina Ortega, show many similarities to the wish lists of the RIAA, IFPI and MPAA we published earlier.  The report calls for more responsibility and liability for ISPs …
Ross Hill:
Big Websites Start Small  —  It is easy to forget that the big popular sites were once small too.  —  The first version of Digg cost $200 to build and launch.  —  After Kevin Rose came up with the idea back in 2004 he found Owen Byrne through eLance to develop the idea.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook (NOT) Rolling Out New Product Research Service (Updated)  —  According to the Telegraph, Facebook announced at Davos that it will be rolling out a new service to provide real-time research for companies looking to test “the appeal of new products.  Companies will be able to pose questions …
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Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter improves service, base; next, revenue  —  (02-01) 15:13 PST — Greg Sterling, a technology analyst, used to ridicule Twitter and the deluge of messages its users posted about eating hamburgers and running errands.  —  “It just seemed to me to be a glorification of trivia and navel gazing,” he said.
Chris Nicholson / New York Times:
Bringing the Internet to Remote African Villages  —  ENTASOPIA, Kenya — The road from Nairobi winds 100 miles to this town deep in Masai country.  The asphalt gives way to sand and dust, until finally it is just a dirt track climbing over broken hills and plunging back to desert flats.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
By 2012 Koreans Will Get 1Gbps Broadband Connections  —  The Korea Communications Commission is working on plans that will boost broadband speeds in that country tenfold by the end of 2012.  That means Koreans will access 1 Gbps service by 2012.  That's 200 times as fast …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Farewell to Mike Homer  —  We all liked Mike.  In fact, we all loved the pugnacious, energetic and restlessly entrepreneurial Silicon Valley exec.  —  Sadly for those who knew him, Mike Homer died today at his home surrounded by family and friends, after a long battle with a severe illness.
Discussion: CNET News
 
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Saint Valentino helps lovers find that special gift for February 14
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Local Police Want Right to Jam Wireless Signals
Discussion: Current News US and Slashdot
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Rambus demos mobile memory interface at DesignCon
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hulu's Super Bowl Ad Comes With An Ad
Discussion: Webware.com, Gizmodo, Techmamas and I4U News
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Playing video games linked to breast-feeding, not crime
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Twitter comes clean
Discussion: The Gillmor Gang
 Earlier Items: 
Mitchell LeBlanc / Neowin.net:
New owners of Ebaumsworld fire Ebaum
Discussion: NewTeeVee and eBaum.TV Blog
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon target of mysterious postal investigation
Thanks:johnhcook
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
AdAge:
Google Closes in on Yahoo's Leadership in Display Advertising
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Throwing Xbox 360 Tupperware Parties To Hook Women.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
The Top 10 Money-Making MMOs of 2008
Discussion: New World Notes, Thanks:liors
 

 
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