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1:55 PM 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!
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: VentureBeat 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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to cut production as phone market dives
Discussion: CNET News
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.”
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.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and WebProNews
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 …
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: Contentinople, WebProNews, Digits and Network World, Thanks:sampad
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
BBC:
New service is all in a day's SMS  —  Digital Planet  —  A new scheme that distributes simple tasks via text messages is being used to target a potential untapped work force in developing countries.  —  Txteagle is making it possible for many people in countries like Kenya to earn small amounts …
 
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Adam Lovallo / Inside Facebook:
The MySpace Platform, One Year Later: Games Dominating
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
Discussion: Washington Post, Thanks:juddleg
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia scores a couple of deals with Wintel
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Intel confirms Nehalem Xeons imminent
Discussion: MacRumors and Insanely Great Mac
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Why We Don't Write About Twitter Every Day
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Why Lord Carter should get real
Discussion: The Register and broadstuff
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
Hands-On With the Dell Latitude XT2
Discussion: SlashGear, DisplayBlog and Engadget