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10:25 PM ET, February 10, 2009

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Zachery Kouwe / New York Times:
Sirius XM Prepares Bankruptcy Filing  —  Sirius XM Satellite Radio has been working with advisers to prepare for a possible bankruptcy filing in a move that could put pressure on the satellite company EchoStar, which owns a substantial amount of the company's debt.
Zusha Elinson / LAW.com:
Quinn Spills Value of Facebook Deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook paid the founders of ConnectU $65 million to settle lawsuits accusing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for the wildly successful social-networking Web site, according to a law firm's marketing brochure.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Winklevoss twins made $65 million on Facebook “copycat” settlement  —  Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss may have had some serious evidence showing that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole ideas like “profile pages” back when he worked at their social-networking startup, ConnectU.
Discussion: Bits and Digital Daily
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Nothing To Report Just Yet  —  There was a sudden burst of news early this week surrounding some ideas we've shared publicly for quite some time.  We've been thinking out loud for more than a year about the growing use of Twitter by companies, brands, and other commercial organizations.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog, Thanks:atul
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Fiona Ramsay / Marketing magazine:
Twitter to begin charging brands for commercial use  —  LONDON - Twitter is planning to charge brands for using the micro-blogging website.  —  Twitter  —  Co-founder Biz Stone told Marketing: 'We are noticing more companies using Twitter and individuals following them.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Start Charging Companies For Having An Account?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
$99 iPhone Coming This Summer: RBC (AAPL)  —  Apple will start selling a cheaper, ‘entry-level’ iPhone sometime this summer, for around $99 after subsidy, according to “checks,” RBC analyst Mike Abramsky said in a note this morning.  — The main cost reductions would come from fewer features …
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
$99 iPhone rears its ugly, nonsensical head again
Discussion: MacBlogz
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple, Google, and Palm  —  M.G. Siegler has an intriguing report today regarding the lack of multi-touch support in the current Android OS: … This jibes with a story I heard several months ago from a source who works at Apple, which is that Google showed Apple legal a pre-release prototype of the HTC G1 …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel demos first-ever 32nm processors  —  Intel had a little roadmap event today to shed some light on its massive $7b fab investment, and the focus was mostly on the upcoming transition to 32nm processors — highlighted by the first-ever demo of a working 32nm Nehalem-based Westmere chip.
Fast Company:
Forget Kindle 2: Fujitsu's E-Reader Screen is Bigger, and It's in Color  —  In all the fuss about the new Amazon Kindle 2 yesterday, it was easy to forget that the “upgraded” device still has a relatively small paperback-sized screen and can only cope with greyscale imagery.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed, Gearlog and SlashGear, Thanks:noahr
Yury Pinsky / Google Mobile Blog:
Calling all Carriers — Introducing AdSense for mobile search  —  In September 2007, we launched Adsense for mobile content so that publishers could join our mobile content network and monetize their sites with Google text ads.  —  Today, we're happy to announce a new AdSense product …
Matt Shobe / FeedBurner Status:
Feed serving and FeedBurner application outage  —  Issue: FeedBurner stopped serving feeds for about 45 minutes today, starting at approximately 9:15am PST.  Most feeds are being served again properly, but we are still working to restore full service. feedburner.google.com is not currently available …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   It will be good for the web, Google, when Feedburner finally works right
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils New Enterprise Search Road Map  —  Strategy features FAST Search for SharePoint and FAST Search for Internet Business.  —  Microsoft Corp. today disclosed a detailed road map for its enterprise search products, including the introduction of FAST Search for SharePoint and FAST Search for Internet Business.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Open source video player, aggregator Miro goes 2.0  —  The team behind open source internet video player Miro have pushed out version 2.0.  The new player features a new interface, improved speed and performance, and the ability for users to add links to online streaming video portals like Hulu and CBS.com to the sidebar.
Discussion: Podcasting News, Miro and TechCrunch
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Nicholas Reville / Miro - Internet TV Blog:
Miro 2.0 is here!  —  I am thrilled to announce the release of Miro 2.0!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Lifehacker
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft patches four critical IE, Exchange holes  —  Updated at 12:30 p.m. PST with nCircle comment.  —  Microsoft on Tuesday released security updates that fix four critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Exchange Server that could allow an attacker to take control of an affected computer remotely.
Discussion: eWeek and Network World
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-002 - Critical
Discussion: Computerworld and Zero Day
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
More Sprint details: New Treo Pro target launch, Rumor 2, Instinct Mini, HTC Cedar and more  —  Ok Sprint people, you had some bad news yesterday as we learned the Treo Pro will not be launching on time this coming Sunday.  It's time to regroup and calm down because you know we wouldn't just hit and run with bad news.
Nick / Rough Type:
The writing is on the paywall  —  There has been much interesting speculation about the future of the newspaper business in recent weeks.  There was Michael Hirschorn's pre-obituary for the print edition of the New York Times in The Atlantic.  He foresees the Times shrinking into “a bigger …
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter enters top 100 sites; UK traffic has trebled already in 2009  —  Last week (w/e 07/02/09) Twitter became one of the 100 most visited websites in the UK for the first time.  It ranked 91st within All Categories, placing above online heavyweights such as Expedia UK (96), Gumtree (100) …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's “sticky” iPhone  —  When Barclays' Ben Reitzes refers to the “stickiness” of Apple's iPhone, he's not talking about adhesives on the product's surface.  (Indeed, the iPhone seems to us as slippery as ever, which may be why there's such a lively market in protective cases.)
Discussion: MacNN
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Dell uses Zink Imaging to create an ink-free mobile printer  —  Zink Imaging is steadily expanding its reach for its inkless printing technology as it announces that licensee Dell has released its Dell Wasabi PZ310 Ink-free Mobile printer.  —  Bedford, Mass-based Zink Imaging figured …
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
How to become an iPhonedeveloper in eight easy steps  —  You've probably heard all about iShoot.  Written by a programmer at Sun Microsystems in his spare time, this Worms-style artillery shooter blasted to the top of the App Store charts earlier this year and stayed there for weeks earning …
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
Many local TV stations to go ahead with DTV switch  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 40 percent of the nation's hundreds of TV stations will be broadcasting completely in digital signals next week, even after regulators delayed a mandatory nationwide switch to “DTV” by months.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Appoints Simon Sproule as Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications  —  Sproule brings 17 years of broad communications experience to Microsoft.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Simon Sproule will join the company as corporate vice president of Corporate Communications.
PC Pro:
Mozilla reveals plans for Firefox 3.2  —  Mozilla is planning to include simple-text commands and desktop web apps in the next version of Firefox.  —  Firefox 3.2 will see the company build the Mozilla Labs project, Ubiquity, into the browser.  Ubiquity allows users to type natural language phrases …
Discussion: OStatic blogs and The Tech Report
Engineering Windows 7:
Recognizing Improvements in Windows 7 Handwriting  —  Microsoft has been working on handwriting recognition for over 15 years going back to the Pen extensions for Windows 3.0.  With the increased integration and broad availability of the handwriting components present in Windows Vista …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Despite Slump, Intel Plans More Technology Spending  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Paul S. Otellini, the chief executive of Intel, made an uncharacteristic lunge toward the limelight on Tuesday, holding up his company's $7 billion investment in new computer chip factories as a patriotic gesture for other businesses to follow.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla call for EU intervention in browser war is troubling  —  Mozilla has voiced support for Opera's effort to convince the European Commission to impose sanctions on Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer in Windows.  But is this a necessary or even a wise move for the open source developer?
Lenore Skenazy / AdAge:
Smartphone Apps Great for Marketing, Bad for Social Skills  —  Are We Dumbing Down a Generation of Children With Technology?  —  Is it just my kid, or is every child over the age of 8 carrying around a smartphone that's making him dumb?  —  That's what I've been wondering ever since …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
IBM Scorns Cisco and Gets Serious About Clouds  —  IBM yesterday trumpeted its cloud computing strategy with a demonstration at its Silicon Valley campus and a press release touting new customers, products and other tidbits we are going to ignore (you can read the release here).
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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Staska / Unwired View:
LG Arena KM900 UI has multi-touch, dedicated multimedia chip …
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Angry shareholders say Microsoft squanders billions on pointless R&D projects
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Sirf agrees to merge into British company
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
According To Author's Guild, You Cannot Read Books Out Loud
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Roger Yu / USA Today:
Southwest to begin testing in-flight Wi-Fi
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
CNN P2P video streaming tech raises questions
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Interview: Wired's Chris Anderson on the ‘free’ business model
Discussion: Irregular Enterprise
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Craig Newmark's Keynote Unlocks the Secrets to Building a Community
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Twitter Fast Growing Beyond Its Messaging Roots
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