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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 …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mozilla releases pre-alpha web browser for the HTC Touch Pro
Discussion: IntoMobile and Mashable!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Readies The Meter For Its First Web Services Business  —  Yahoo is announcing several changes to its Search BOSS service, which lets developers incorporate web results from Yahoo's main search index into their own web apps.  The biggest of these changes intends to transform one of Yahoo's …
Discussion: Industry Standard and eWeek, Thanks:searchmonkey
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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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Outbrain Raises $12 Million Series B; Massive $18 Million Total Funding To-Date  —  Last year NY-based Outbrain raised a $5 million Series A round of funding.  Today the company is announcing a new Series B round of funding to the tune of $12 million.  Including a $1 million angel funding …
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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Electronista:
Palm: “no issues with Apple” over patents
Discussion: MacBlogz
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.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Mighty Morphin' Gmail: Dawn of the Daily Upgrade
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Spotify versus last.fm  —  If you want music streamed to your computer for free there's already a big choice.  As the ailing record industry thrashes around in search of a viable business model for the digital age, all sorts of deals are being done with new online services.
Discussion: last100
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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 …
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.
Electronista:
New BlackBerry users 20% higher than expected  —  Research in Motion on Wednesday provided a positive surprise with word that it expects its BlackBerry subscriber additions for its financial fourth quarter, which finishes at the end of February, to jump more than 20 percent higher than its originally predicted 2.9 million users.
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Matti Huuhtanen / E-Commerce Times:
Nokia Lays Off 320 Researchers, Dials Back Production  —  Nokia will eliminate 320 jobs and temporarily lay off another 2,500 workers as it closes one research center and shifts research and development to different areas.  The changes reflect reductions in market demand for the company …
Discussion: CNET News
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:   Nokia to cut production as phone market dives
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Remember That Company You Sold Last Year?  Riiight.  Its Buyer Wants Its Money Back  —  It's no surprise that in a crummy market, money disputes tend to surface more than when everyone is feeling flush.  But it may surprise you to learn that those disputes are taking place over startups sold as long ago as in mid 2007.
Angela Gunn / BetaNews:
Adobe: Microsoft's Silverlight ‘has really fizzled’  —  Addressing attendees at a tech-and-telecom conference on Tuesday, Adobe EVP and CFO Mark Garrett spoke of the challenges ahead.  Microsoft's software doesn't appear to be one of them.  —  Speaking at a fireside-chat style event …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Turn-By-Turn Voice Navigation Comes to Jailbroken iPhones  —  Six months after the App Store was launched, the iPhone app gray market lives on: turn-by-turn navigation has come to jailbroken iPhones in the form of xGPS.  UPDATED  —  xGPS uses Google's map data and driving directions …
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Surviving the Drama of the Twitter Awards  —  The microblog site Twitter has raised trivial communication to an art form.  Inevitably, it has its gala awards ceremony complete with feuding contestants.  —  Winners of the first annual Shorty Awards, honoring users of the medium of 140-character messages …
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Google surges in U.S. search engine rankings  —  Nielsen Online released its January 2009 U.S. search engine rankings Wednesday and not surprisingly, Google has a commanding lead.  —  The research firm said 9.4 billion queries were submitted to search engines during the month, representing a 28.5 percent year-over-year growth.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Clearwire Funding Gap May Put Backers' Internet Expansion Plans on Hold  —  Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Clearwire Corp. may have to delay its network expansion if it fails to close a funding gap of about $2 billion, dealing a setback to investors such as Intel Corp. and Google Inc. that want to break …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Modu Comes Out Of The Woodwork With A Truly Innovative Mobile Offering  —  Modu, the heavily-funded Israel-based modular phone manufacturer that enables you to slip a light mobile device into a variety of so-called “jackets” (think music players, other cellphones, car stereos, digital cameras …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Spend $350 Million to Map Broadband?  —  Deep inside the stimulus bill that passed the Senate Tuesday is an allocation of up to $350 million for making a “nationwide inventory map of existing broadband service capability and availability in the United States.”
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Real estate sites like Trulia see record traffic and revenue  —  Online real estate sites like Trulia.com, are reporting record traffic and revenues — even as most of the rest of the real estate industry is in the doldrums.  —  The San Francisco company Trulia says it hit record traffic levels in January …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft kills off public availability of Windows 7 beta  —  Torrent sites are where it's at  —  Microsoft has slammed the door shut on its Windows 7 beta download program, though anyone still keen to get their mitts on it can simply trundle along to Pirate Bay or similar for a copy.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and blogs.chron.com
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
App Store tally: 20,000 apps in seven months  —  iPhone and iPod touch users looking to download software from Apple's App Store now have 20,000 programs to choose from—at least according to one Web site's count.  —  Apptism, an iPhone app activity aggregator, says that the 20,000th iPhone app …
Apple MobileMe News:
Faster Syncing with Microsoft Outlook on Windows  —  We've recently improved the performance of MobileMe syncing with Microsoft Outlook on Windows.  Contacts and calendars automatically sync whenever a change is made in Outlook, and likewise when a change is made on the web or from another device.
 
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Bloomberg:
Italy Proposes Law To Allow Ministry to Block Access to Facebook, YouTube
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Adam Lovallo / Inside Facebook:
The MySpace Platform, One Year Later: Games Dominating
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
It's Been A Year Since AOL's Big Widget Play, But How Real Is The ‘Widget Economy’?
Discussion: PR Newswire
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sony Music woes extend to digital sales
Discussion: paidContent.org and Coolfer
Judd Legum / Legum's New Line:
BREAKING: Maryland General Assembly Will Lift Facebook Ban
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StockTwits May Change How You Trade
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Nvidia scores a couple of deals with Wintel
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