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4:55 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 …
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Translates the Twitter-Is-Really-Serious-Folks-About- Not-Making-$$ Memo
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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.
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: NEWSFACTOR and InformationWeek
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
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 …
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.
Room for Debate:
Battle Plans for Newspapers  —  Virtually every newspaper in America has gone through waves of staff layoffs and budget cuts as advertisers and subscribers have marched out the door, driven by the move to the Web and, more recently, the economic crisis.  —  In some cities, midsized metropolitan papers may not survive to year's end.
Discussion: MediaFile
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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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: PC World
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Comcast Property Sees 92% Success Rate With New OpenID Method  —  The most-watched geek event of the day has to be the OpenID UX (User Experience) Summit, hosted at the Facebook headquaters.  The most discussed moment of the day will surely be the presentation by Comcast's Plaxo team.
Carol Huang / Christian Science Monitor:
China aims for its own Silicon Valley  —  Like the ‘Asian tigers’ before it, China is pushing into higher-end manufacturing and innovation.  — E-mail a friend - Print this - Letter to the Editor - Republish - - Get e-mail alerts - RSS  —  SHENZHEN, CHINA
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel's Chief Calls for Investments in U.S.  —  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.
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Staska / Unwired View:
LG Arena KM900 UI has multi-touch, dedicated multimedia chip …
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Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Sirf agrees to merge into British company
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Lenore Skenazy / AdAge:
Smartphone Apps Great for Marketing, Bad for Social Skills
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According To Author's Guild, You Cannot Read Books Out Loud
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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
Discussion: Obsessable and CrunchGear
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's “sticky” iPhone
Discussion: MacNN
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Door shutting on Windows 7 beta
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