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11:30 PM ET, February 11, 2009

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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm CEO Ed Colligan Talks Pre with Investors  —  We're listening to Ed Colligan talk to investors about the state of Palm and what some of their plans are going forward.  Some interesting tidbits:  — There will be no more PalmOS devices released by Palm (excepting the Centro getting released on other carriers).
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Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Guidance on Windows Deployments for Business Customers  —  Hi, I'm Gavriella; welcome to the new Windows for your Business Blog.  —  Let me introduce myself: I'm a member of the Windows Product Management team and have been at Microsoft for 13 years.  For the last two and a half …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista or Windows 7?  Just get rid of XP, Microsoft tells users  —  Microsoft's latest Windows deployment guidance for business users has morphed from the overly simplistic “Don't wait for Windows 7.”  —  The company's new corporate advice is more nuanced and more dependent on where users are currently in their deployment cycles.
Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Enterprise Edition Customer Benefits
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
AppleInsider:
Apple prepping iTunes Replay on-demand video service  —  Apple is believed to be wrapping up a new feature in iTunes 8 that will allow users to stream their iTunes video purchases directly from the company's servers for playback anywhere, anytime without eating up local storage.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS Update: Open Monetization, Pricing, Structured Data, and More  —  Today, we're announcing a handful of new features for Yahoo! Search BOSS as well as important updates on our terms of service and pricing.  —  Three New Features  —  Perhaps the most important component …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Readies The Meter For Its First Web Services Business
Discussion: Industry Standard, eWeek and Obsessable, Thanks:searchmonkey
Christopher Wren / Social Web Blog:
A social bar for your site  —  Labels: Google Friend Connect, new features  —  While it's easy to add social features to your site with Google Friend Connect, you may have been wondering where to put all of the great gadgets.  You need your users to sign in, to interact with your site …
Electronista:
First NVIDIA Ion system a desktop, due in spring  —  NVIDIA at a press conference in Taiwan today provided early details of launch plans for the first systems based on its Ion platform.  The company's mainboard chipset manager Drew Henry says the first system based on the architecture …
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Amid tanking revenues, NVIDIA looks to Intel for help
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Seeking Alpha
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Diddit launches surprisingly addictive activity guide  —  The development team behind search company Inktomi is launching a new service tonight called Diddit, which functions as both an activity guide and a way to share stories and accomplishments.  —  Diddit is a bit like business-rating services …
Paul McIntyre / Sydney Morning Herald:
MySpace founder concedes social network defeat  —  THE co-founder of News Corp's MySpace has thrown in the towel in the global battle against Facebook, predicting the social networking site will forever play second fiddle to its younger upstart.  —  Facebook and MySpace between …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
IBM to tap Amazon Web Services  —  One of the key questions for Amazon.com's cloud computing business is whether it can move beyond its early customer base of web startups to bring in large enterprise customers.  Today, Amazon took a major step that direction with a wide-ranging partnership deal with IBM.
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Maps Edges Closer To MapQuest  —  A few weeks ago I thought I was onto something very hot.  I was getting ready to announce that Google Maps had caught up to MapQuest in share of US Internet visits.  I decided to wait a week to be sure things held.  Since then, MapQuest has regained …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Old Habits Die Hard: MapQuest Still #1 Mapping Service
Discussion: CloudAve and AdAge
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Obama: I'm a PC  —  I realize people have bigger things on their minds these days, but how did the blogosphere not pick up on this yesterday?  —  Because while it's interesting (and important) to note that Intel (INTC) has committed to spending $7 billion in the U.S.-apparently …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Know Your Rights: Does the Kindle 2's text-to-speech infringe authors' copyrights?  —  Know Your Rights is Engadget's technology law series, written by our own totally punk ex-copyright attorney Nilay Patel.  In it we'll try to answer some fundamental tech-law questions to help you stay out of trouble in this brave new world.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Book Settlement Site Is Up; Paying Authors $60 Per Scanned Book  —  Last October, Google signed a $125 million settlement with the Author's Guild to pay authors for copyrighted works it has scanned and made available on the Web through its Google Book Search project.
Discussion: CNET News and Portfolio, Thanks:atul
Eric A. Taub / Gadgetwise:
Another Manufacturer Drops Plasma  —  Whether the rumors that Pioneer plans to pull out of the plasma TV business prove true or not, one other maker of flat panel TVs has left plasma behind: Vizio.  —  The five-year-old company, which originally made a name for itself selling lower-cost plasma and LCD TVs …
Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Ballmer to Congress: Act Now on Stimulus Agreement  —  House and Senate lawmakers moved with impressive speed today to forge a final agreement on a $789 billion stimulus package designed to help revive the struggling U.S. economy.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who has been a vocal proponent …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Samsung delays launch of Android phone  —  Samsung has delayed the release of its first mobile phone based on Google's Android operating system until the second half of this year.  —  There had been speculation that Samsung, which recently leapfrogged Nokia to become market leader in the UK …
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Hire Yahoo Vice President Larry Heck to Bolster Search Engine  —  Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. hired Yahoo! Inc. executive Larry Heck, bolstering its Internet-search expertise as the software maker tries to catch market leader Google Inc.
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ginx, an easier way to see what people are sharing on Twitter  —  Ginx describes itself as a tool for sharing news through Twitter.  But it's not just that, it's also a better interface for using core Twitter features than Twitter itself.  I've been playing around with the service …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Facebook appraisal pegs company's value at $3.7B  —  Facebook Inc. quickly concluded it wasn't worth anywhere near the $15 billion market value implied in a 2007 investment made by Microsoft Corp., according to confidential information obtained Wednesday from court documents.
Daily Mail:
Faithless on Facebook: One in five under-30s dump partners through online social networks … Chelsy Davy told the world about her break-up with Prince Harry after she posted a Facebook message on her page that read: ‘No longer in a relationship.’  —  Now a new survey has revealed she is part …
Discussion: Technically Incorrect
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon tidbits: Versa, Touch Diamond, Pearl 8230, and more  —  We've got a handful of juicy morsels coming out of Verizon today — actually, that sounds a little unpleasant, but you know what we mean — and we wanted to pass along what we've heard.  Follow the break for all the action!
Blassey / Brad's Blog:
Fennec Milestone Release for Windows Mobile  —  On behalf of everyone who have been tirelessly working towards this goal, I would like to announce that our first milestone release of Fennec for Windows Mobile is now available for download.  —  This release is pre-alpha …
Jennifer Chappell / PreCentral.net:
Sprint Showing Pre's Specs on Website  —  Forum member bommarkm has just noticed that Sprint has updated their website to now show the Palm Pre's specs.  —  These specs are on Palm's website, but haven't been on Sprint's site until now, so let's hope that this is a sign that the Pre will be released soon.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Penalizing Google  —  It looks like Google penalized one of its own websites.  Recently, Google Japan was caught buying blog posts in a promotion campaign for one of its features.  At least as far as integrating PageRank-passing links would go, Google gave pretty strong indicators …
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Novell Delivers Moonlight 1.0  —  Novell's Mono project announces the availability of Moonlight 1.0, an open-source technology that enables Linux and PowerPC Mac users to access Microsoft Silverlight and Windows Media content.  —  Novell's Mono project on Feb. 11 announced the availability of Moonlight 1.0 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
25 Random Things Meme Is a Boon for Facebook  —  According to the latest data from Compete, the ‘25 Random Things About Me’ meme has not only given us access to a plethora of random facts about people we barely know, but this digital fad has also been good for Facebook.
Discussion: The Social, broadstuff and Obsessable
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster Total Access to add games for $5 bump  —  Blockbuster is going after both Netflix and Gamefly with a new strategy: add the option of renting games as well as movies when you subscribe to the Total Access service.  Games will cost a little more, and you can only have one title at a time …
Discussion: SlashGear and paidContent.org
 
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DealBook:
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Discussion: paidContent.org and Orbitcast
Bill Harwood / CNET News:
U.S. and Russian satellites collide
David Dahlquist / Macworld:
MobileMe users targeted in phishing scam again
Discussion: CNET News and MacNN
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
FrugalMechanic Gets A Tune-Up With A New Round Of Funding
Discussion: TechFlash
Daily Yonder:
Broadband Connection Highs and Lows Across Rural America
Discussion: GigaOM, Bits and DSLreports
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Would you stick with a game franchise for 10 years?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco's Shopping List: EMC? VMware? Sun? NetApp?
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Where in the World Is America's CTO?
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Abe Epton / Google News Blog:
Eight Ways to Help Google News Better Crawl Your Site
Discussion: WebProNews
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Blip.tv gives videomakers a chance to be a star
Discussion: Beet.TV
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Photo-Sharing Site Runs Afoul of Facebook
Thanks:dmac1
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Pwn2Own hacker contest targets browsers, smart phones
Discussion: Computerworld
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Lego and Alcatel teaming up to release Lego phone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Surviving the Drama of the Twitter Awards
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Angela Gunn / BetaNews:
Adobe: Microsoft's Silverlight ‘has really fizzled’
Discussion: Technologizer and Tim Sneath