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11:00 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 and Steve Clayton, 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?
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Nicholas Reville / Miro - Internet TV Blog:
Miro 2.0 is here!  —  I am thrilled to announce the release of Miro 2.0!  This is a huge update of Miro, the Miro Guide, and the GetMiro website.  —  Download Miro 2.0 Now  —  Miro 2 has an all-new interface and lots of new features- but for me it's less of a collection of new stuff …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Lifehacker
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Open source video player, aggregator Miro goes 2.0
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-002 - Critical  —  Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (961260)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities.  The vulnerabilities …
Discussion: IEBlog, Computerworld and Zero Day
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft patches four critical IE, Exchange holes
Discussion: eWeek and Network World
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
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.
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) …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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?
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry shows up in AT&T OLAM system  —  For the record, we've been aware of this one for quite a while, but it looks like Visual Voicemail for Blackberry is coming on the very near horizon for current AT&T Blackberry customers.  An eagle-eyed tipster alerted us …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Engadget Mobile
Network World:
Angry shareholders say Microsoft squanders billions on pointless R&D projects  —  Welcome to the second article in a series on Microsoft shareholder activism.  These posts examine why investors, through the power of the stock price, aren't buying the idea that Microsoft has a great future.
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 …
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 …
 
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Staska / Unwired View:
LG Arena KM900 UI has multi-touch, dedicated multimedia chip …
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Sirf agrees to merge into British company
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Despite Slump, Intel Plans More Technology Spending
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
According To Author's Guild, You Cannot Read Books Out Loud
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Can't Use Number Ports To Win Back Landline Customers …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Judge: Companies Must Contract For ‘Unique’ Visitors
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Southwest to begin testing in-flight Wi-Fi
Discussion: Obsessable and CrunchGear
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
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