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7:05 PM ET, February 10, 2009

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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
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.
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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
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 …
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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
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 …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Electronista
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: Apple asked Google not to use multi-touch in Android, and Google complied
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
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Hot Chicks With Douchebags Authors Free to Call Women ‘Hot Chicks,’ Men ‘Douchebags’  —  A New Jersey judge has revealed the secret to calling someone a “douchebag”: Make it clear you're just kidding!  That's why the Honorable Menelaos Toskos cleared the author of Hot Chicks With Douchebags of defamation.
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: Zero Day and Computerworld
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.
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) …
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
The Secret to Start-Up Success: Save Customers Money  —  These days, venture capitalists are ever more cautious with their money.  The way to catch their eye?  Pitch a company whose mission is to save customers money.  —  That is the advice from three venture capitalists who invest …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
How Microsoft is trying to make its $1.3b Fast Search deal work  —  Microsoft today will unveil plans to start incorporating Fast Search's technology into its products, rolling out a blueprint for capitalizing on one of the largest acquisitions in its history.  —  It still remains to be seen if the $1.3 billion deal will pay off.
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.
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Twitter Fast Growing Beyond Its Messaging Roots  —  Thanks to its open-ended design and a thriving user community, Twitter is fast outgrowing its roots as a simple, easy-to-use messaging service.  Enterprising hackers are creating apps for sharing music and videos, to help you quit smoking and lose weight …
Discussion: Lost Remote and Open Gardens
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: Tech Trader Daily
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Can't Use Number Ports To Win Back Landline Customers - Telco fails appeal effort of last year's FCC ruling...  Last year, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse accused Verizon of sleazy tactics in the war over voice customers.  According to the cable companies …
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Southwest to begin testing in-flight Wi-Fi  —  Southwest Airlines, a pioneer in no-frills flying, said Monday it will begin testing in-flight Wi-Fi Internet.  —  The Fort Worth-based airline said a satellite-based system has been installed on one aircraft and will be turned on Monday.
Discussion: Obsessable and CrunchGear
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).
 
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Lenore Skenazy / AdAge:
Smartphone Apps Great for Marketing, Bad for Social Skills
Jerry A. Dicolo / Wall Street Journal:
AMD Fails to Get Votes for Spinoff
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
According To Author's Guild, You Cannot Read Books Out Loud
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
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10,000 “Eureka Moments,” and Counting
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Open letter to Obama: Uncle Sam should go open source
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
CNN P2P video streaming tech raises questions
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A Twitter Decision  —  In starting a significant project …
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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Interview: Wired's Chris Anderson on the ‘free’ business model
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PC Pro:
Mozilla reveals plans for Firefox 3.2
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
A Consumer's Guide to Apple Rumors
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Craig Newmark's Keynote Unlocks the Secrets to Building a Community
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