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2:00 AM ET, February 11, 2009

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New York Times:
Sirius XM Prepares for Possible Bankruptcy  —  Last summer, Mel Karmazin was rattling off his trademark one-liners to talk up the future of Sirius XM Radio, the combined company he ran that had just been blessed by regulators.  —  He was planning to cut costs and expand a business …
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 …
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
You stay classy, Engadget  —  What the f**k is wrong with Engadget?  I'm not going to go too far into this since their commenters seem to be doing a pretty decent job as is, but here's what they had to say today about our VentureBeat piece on the whole multi-touch thing with Google and Apple:
Discussion: DailyTech and TechSpot
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.
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Fiona Ramsay / Marketing magazine:
Twitter to begin charging brands for commercial use
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
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 …
Marco Bonechi / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Add your location to your signature  —  Sometime ago I noticed how all mail systems tell you when an email was written, but not where it was sent from.  Because I love to travel, the first question in many messages I receive is “where are you?” and by the time I answer I am often somewhere else.
Discussion: Webware.com and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
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, SlashGear and DVICE, 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: Lifehacker and ReadWriteWeb
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Open source video player, aggregator Miro goes 2.0
Discussion: Miro, Podcasting News and TechCrunch
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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Room for Debate:
Battle Plans for Newspapers
Discussion: MediaFile
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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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 …
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.
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.
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Blogging Hits Crossroads: A-Listers Giving Up  —  Is blogging doomed, or just in need of new blood?  —  An old colleague of mine used to joke he was one of millions whose job it was to “feed the internet.”  This past November, an alumnus of a prestigious writing program in Louisville …
Discussion: David Risley dot com
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, Computerworld and Network World
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Legislators Log Back On To Facebook  —  Facebook is returning to the Maryland General Assembly.  —  Five days after sparking protests from lawmakers over his decision to block access to the popular networking site from legislative computers, the head of the assembly's information technology office …
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.
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 …
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 …
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) …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Guardian
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 …
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
Ellen Miller / Sunlight Foundation Transparency …:
White House: Where is the CTO?  —  On his second day in office, President Barack Obama issued a sweeping memorandum on transparency in government, setting out an ambitious to-do list for the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  This person was to be responsible initially …
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
BeOS Lives: Haiku Impresses  —  Back when it was becoming clear that the time of the BeOS had come and gone, enthusiasts immediately set up the OpenBeOS project, an attempt to recreate the Be operating system from scratch, using a MIT-like license.  The project faced difficult odds, and numerous times progress seemed quite slow.
Discussion: louisgray.com
 
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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
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel's Chief Calls for Investments in U.S.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
According To Author's Guild, You Cannot Read Books Out Loud
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and CNET News
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
IBM Scorns Cisco and Gets Serious About Clouds
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Can't Use Number Ports To Win Back Landline Customers …
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Southwest to begin testing in-flight Wi-Fi
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Door shutting on Windows 7 beta
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Cablevision to Investors: Sorry We Bought That (Really Expensive) …
 

 
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