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9:25 AM ET, February 11, 2009

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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.
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Steven Musil / Webware.com:
Gmail feature lets recipients know where you are  —  Google has added an experimental feature to Gmail that automatically lets the recipient of your e-mails know where you penned your missive.  —  Gmail Labs announced in a blog posting Tuesday that Gmail users can now append their e-mail signature …
Discussion: Technologizer
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:   Now Where Was I? Gmail Labs Adds Location to Signatures
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes the Twitter-Is-Really-Serious-Folks-About- Not-Making-$$ Memo  —  In a blog post that comes as the polar opposite of a complete surprise, Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone clarified a comment he made to a U.K. magazine that sounded like Twitter might actually charge for something.
Discussion: Network World, Thanks:sampad
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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.
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 …
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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Why We Don't Write About Twitter Every Day  —  Every day we receive between 8-10 emails and phone calls about the launch of a new Twitter application.  And everyday, I reply to each one with the same thing... we try to stay away from covering Twitter every single day.
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.
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 …
Discussion: TechFlash
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.”
Discussion: All Points Blog
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports
PC World:
Kindle's New Challenger Brings E-Books to iPhones  —  JR Raphael, PC World  —  Amazon's new E Ink-powered Kindle 2 is all the rage right now, but a Canadian bookseller is confident it can give you the same experience on your smartphone, and without the hefty pricetag.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to cut production as phone market dives  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Cellphone maker Nokia said on Wednesday it would cut production at its key Salo plant in Finland as demand for handsets has dropped.  —  Cellphone sales are set to dive this year, affected by consumers' reluctance to spend …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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: InformationWeek and DailyTech
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Andres / Spotify:
Spotify now available to everyone in the UK  —  We're taking our first baby step to open up Spotify to a larger audience today.  Up until now we've kept a close eye on controlling our user growth with invitations so that we don't run into any problems and to ensure that everyone gets …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Geeky-Gadgets
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 …
Steve Outing / Editor and Publisher:
Forget Micropayments — Here's a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content  —  While Time magazine and others claim the answer lies in asking readers to pay in small increments, that model will only hasten newspapers' death spiral.  Instead, consider what may prove to be the solution: a California start-up called Kachingle.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
Hands-On With the Dell Latitude XT2  —  Just this morning Dell unveiled its Latitude XT2, an update to the XT, which was the first tablet to have multitouch capabilities.  A few hours after the announcement we were able to spend some quality time with the new tablet.
Discussion: SlashGear, DisplayBlog and Engadget
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Intel confirms Nehalem Xeons imminent  —  Two-socket to me  —  Reeling from revenue declines and even steeper drops in profits in the fourth quarter, Intel confirmed today that it will ship its “Nehalem” Xeon EP processors for two-socket servers before the end of this quarter.
Discussion: MacRumors and Insanely Great Mac
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tsavo Strays From The Acquisition Model, Develops Three Lifestyle Blogs  —  Start-up Tsavo Media, an online media network started by UserPlane founder Mike Jones, has officially added a trio of new blogs, Manolith, Twirlit and KidGlue to its growing media mini-empire.
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Why Lord Carter should get real  —  Last month's release of Lord Carter's “interim” Digital Britain report sparked howls of outrage from network wonks across the land.  Even as Gordon Brown gushed about the potential of the internet to be as important to Britain's industrial and economic future …
Discussion: The Register
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Is Cisco fattening its wallet for acquisitions?  —  Technology giant Cisco Systems said Monday it plans to sell $4 billion in bonds to pad its corporate wallet with cash, spurring speculation that the company is on the hunt for companies to buy.  But exactly which companies it might target …
Discussion: Tech Beat, ZDNET.com.au and GigaOM, Thanks:dreamsketcher
PE Hub Blog:
FetchDog Raises $4 Million  —  FetchDog.com, a Portland, Maine-based online retail and community site for dog owners, has raised $4 million in VC funding co-led by Borealis Capital Partners and Harbor Light Capital Partners.  —  FetchDog.com, a leading online destination for dog owners to shop …
Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
 
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