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11:25 PM ET, February 1, 2009


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Networking site cashes in on friends  —  Facebook founder finally finds a way to profit from its 150m members' private data  —  Facebook is planning to exploit the vast amount of personal information it holds on its 150m members by creating one of the world's largest market research databases.
Discussion: All Facebook and broadstuff
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.
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.
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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Playing video games linked to breast-feeding, not crime  —  The media, hungry for stories, is way too quick to link gaming with violent crimes.  But the data indicates that, if anything, the opposite is true: crime has gone down during the recent explosion in video games.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Twitter comes clean  —  Twitter developer manager Alex Payne has updated the Twitter FAQ with the actual, real, honest story on the return of Track to its users.  First, the relevant text: … Now, the translation: … FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor appeared on NewsGang Live Friday …
Discussion: The Gillmor Gang
Mitchell LeBlanc /
New owners of Ebaumsworld fire Ebaum  —  According to the blog of Ebaumsworld, the new owners have fired all of the original staff, including Ebaum himself!  —  Ebaumsworld is a very well known website that focuses on funny videos, pictures, flash games, etc.
Discussion: eBaum.TV Blog and
Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
Introducing the 2009 Twitter Bowl; Rate Your Favorite Super Bowl Ads on Twitter  —  Note: to bypass the background story and skip straight to the instructions for Twitter Bowl, click here.  —  In 2008, Jeremiah Owyang had a great idea to extend the conversation about Super Bowl ads from my living onto Twitter.
Discussion: SOMEWHAT FRANK, and Web Strategy, Thanks:jesse
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:   Where to watch Super Bowl Commercials Online
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
One-Click iPhone App Cracker Released to the Public  —  Recently we have reported on what can happen when iPhone software from the Apple store is cracked and made available to the public.  In our articles we briefly touched on how these applications were cracked, via a piece of code known as Crackulous.
Google Closes in on Yahoo's Leadership in Display Advertising  —  NEW YORK ( — Yahoo's business didn't crater in the fourth quarter — good news for new CEO Carol Bartz.  But the bad news: The No. 2 online player predicts first-quarter revenue will be down 10% as the recession starts …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Netflix Contemplates Higher Tier Video Streaming  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings previously and repeatedly seemed to indicate they'd never introduce a pay-per-view video download model or higher tiers of video streaming.  However, it looks like that topic has been reopened for discussion.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gizmodo and Engadget HD
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Throwing Xbox 360 Tupperware Parties To Hook Women.  Brilliant (MSFT)  —  We've seen social gatherings of women to sell products — so-called “tupperware parties” — for everything from sex toys to botox.  But this might be the strangest one yet: Is Microsoft (MSFT) using tupperware parties to sell the Xbox 360?
Discussion: News Press and Negative Approach
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Credit problem takes down the iTunes store
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