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11:40 AM ET, February 11, 2009

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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: Mashable!
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
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Mighty Morphin' Gmail: Dawn of the Daily Upgrade
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
Troy D. Brown / BlackBerryNews.com:
T-Mobile U.S. Launches BlackBerry Curve 8900  —  The time has finally arrived in the U.S. for T-Mobile customers wanting the new only to the United States BlackBerry Curve 8900.  All the rumors have been confirmed.  The price under a new 2 year contract is $299 with a $100 mail in rebate.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Tech Beat and Between the Lines
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Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Maker Pares Forecast
Discussion: Portfolio
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
Judd Legum / Legum's New Line:
BREAKING: Maryland General Assembly Will Lift Facebook Ban  —  The Maryland General Assembly will soon lift its Facebook ban.  Del. Kumar Barve, House Chair of the Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems, told the New Line this morning that “Facebook will be allowed back on our system in a few days.”
Discussion: Washington Post, Thanks:juddleg
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (960715)  —  Update Rollup for ActiveX Kill Bits  —  Version: 1.0  —  Microsoft is releasing a new set of ActiveX kill bits with this advisory.  —  The update includes kill bits for previously published Microsoft security bulletins:
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 and dailywireless.org
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
Max Zeledon / Business Week:
StockTwits May Change How You Trade  —  A new financial microblogging site lets newbies learn from the pros and eschew bad advice at no charge—at least for now  —  For a rookie, stock trading can be tough, especially in today's bear market.  So when neophyte Carolyn Ferguson got started, she sought all the advice she could get.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sony Music woes extend to digital sales  —  The struggling music units of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG merged in 2004 so that a combined company could better fend off illegal file sharing and shrinking CD sales.  —  The new recording company, named Sony BMG, was expected to wield the kind …
Discussion: Coolfer
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 …
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 …
 
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
App Store tally: 20,000 apps in seven months
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia scores a couple of deals with Wintel
Discussion: Electronista
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Intel confirms Nehalem Xeons imminent
Discussion: MacRumors and Insanely Great Mac
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tsavo Strays From The Acquisition Model, Develops Three Lifestyle Blogs
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PE Hub Blog:
FetchDog Raises $4 Million
Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
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Forget Micropayments — Here's a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Why Lord Carter should get real
Discussion: The Register
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Is Cisco fattening its wallet for acquisitions?
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
Hands-On With the Dell Latitude XT2
Discussion: SlashGear, DisplayBlog and Engadget
Carol Huang / Christian Science Monitor:
China aims for its own Silicon Valley
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
BeOS Lives: Haiku Impresses
Discussion: louisgray.com
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel's Chief Calls for Investments in U.S.
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose and The Register
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