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8:20 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
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.
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  —  As mentioned in our Super Bowl Guide for Geeks you want to surf the web in front of the TV during Super Bowl XLIII to watch the Super Bowl Commercials again and again.  —  Below you find a list of sites that are supposed to publish all Super Bowl 2009 commercials.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
The Top 10 Money-Making MMOs of 2008  —  Game industry analyst DFC Intelligence will publish a comprehensive study of massively multiplayer online worlds next month, and was nice enough to give us an advance peek at their list of MMOs and MMORPGs that earned the most revenue in 2008.
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.
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: Negative Approach and News Press
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 …
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing  —  With the iPhone leading the way, smartphone users are downloading games at a rapidly growing rate, according to data from ComScore.  —  Downloads of mobile games grew 17% last year thanks to the increased graphics capabilities of smartphones like Apple's iPhone …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Defense Department sets up its own SourceForge  —  The dam holding back U.S. federal adoption of open source just burst with the introduction of the Defense Department's  — is an open-source project repository built in the image of, Federal Computer Week reported Friday.
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Best Yet?  OS Leaked for the BlackBerry Storm 9530  —  Notice the blog post title starts with Best Yet followed by a question mark?  That's because every time one of these unofficial Storm OS updates surfaces in the wild and I deem it Best Yet out of starting gates …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
Peter Baker / New York Times:
New Symbol of Elite Access: E-Mail to the Chief  —  WASHINGTON — Anthony Lake served as one of Barack Obama's principal counselors on foreign affairs during the campaign and exchanged e-mail messages with him regularly.  But now that Mr. Obama is president, Mr. Lake no longer has his e-mail address.
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Credit problem takes down the iTunes store
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and, Thanks:sampad
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Stefanie Hoffman / ChannelWeb:
Fannie Mae Logic Bomb Attack ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Cooper / Ruby Inside:
Ruby 1.9.1 Released - First Production Release of the Fastest Ruby Ever!
Discussion: and Slashdot
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Interactive photo-hunt game on YouTube
Discussion: Mashable!
Glyn Moody / open:
Flatworld: Open Textbooks
Discussion: TeleRead