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12:40 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!
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
Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Maker Pares Forecast  —  Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. projected fiscal fourth-quarter margins and earnings at the low end of its prior forecast despite strong subscriber growth, suggesting customers may be opting for the company's older, less expensive smart phones rather than its newer products.
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Electronista:
New BlackBerry users 20% higher than expected
Discussion: Tech Beat, eWeek and Between the Lines
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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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 and MYBLOG by Ouriel
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
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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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.
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 …
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
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.”
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
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.
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Google surges in January 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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Intel confirms Nehalem Xeons imminent
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Andres / Spotify:
Spotify now available to everyone in the UK
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Tsavo Strays From The Acquisition Model, Develops Three Lifestyle Blogs
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