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5:55 PM ET, February 11, 2009

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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 …
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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, Obsessable and eWeek, Thanks:searchmonkey
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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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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple prepping iTunes Replay on-demand video service  —  Apple is believed to be wrapping up a new feature in iTunes 8 that will allow users to stream their iTunes video purchases directly from the company's servers for playback anywhere, anytime without eating up local storage.
Discussion: MacRumors, Gizmodo and The iPhone Blog
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Obama: I'm a PC  —  I realize people have bigger things on their minds these days, but how did the blogosphere not pick up on this yesterday?  —  Because while it's interesting (and important) to note that Intel (INTC) has committed to spending $7 billion in the U.S.-apparently …
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 …
Reuters:
RIM sees profit at low end of range, shares tumble  —  TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research in Motion on Wednesday forecast profit at the low end of expectations because businesses are not buying its latest smartphone upgrades in the economic downturn.
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday
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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.
Discussion: The Social and broadstuff
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 …
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, Contentinople, Digits and BetaNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric A. Taub / Gadgetwise:
Another Manufacturer Drops Plasma  —  Whether the rumors that Pioneer plans to pull out of the plasma TV business prove true or not, one other maker of flat panel TVs has left plasma behind: Vizio.  —  The five-year-old company, which originally made a name for itself selling lower-cost plasma and LCD TVs …
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Photo-Sharing Site Runs Afoul of Facebook  —  A site encourages users to post “hilarious"photos of friends and charges fees to have them removed.  Not everyone's laughing  —  Posting photos of last night's indiscretions on the Internet always carries risk.
Thanks:dmac1
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
IBM to tap Amazon Web Services  —  One of the key questions for Amazon.com's cloud computing business is whether it can move beyond its early customer base of web startups to bring in large enterprise customers.  Today, Amazon took a major step that direction with a wide-ranging partnership deal with IBM.
Discussion: CNET News, CNN and The Register
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Know Your Rights: Does the Kindle 2's text-to-speech infringe authors' copyrights?  —  Know Your Rights is Engadget's technology law series, written by our own totally punk ex-copyright attorney Nilay Patel.  In it we'll try to answer some fundamental tech-law questions to help you stay out of trouble in this brave new world.
Adam Lovallo / Inside Facebook:
The MySpace Platform, One Year Later: Games Dominating  —  Just over one year has passed since the launch of the MySpace Developer platform on February 5, 2008.  At that time, MySpace opened up the platform for all developers.  Now, one year later, what apps are doing well on MySpace?
Discussion: WebProNews
Cliff Edwards / Tech Beat:
WiMAX on World Tour  —  Intel just offered its pre-Mobile World Congress update on the state of WiMAX:  —  Executive Vice President Sean Maloney says WiMAX has become “a global reality.”  PC OEMS, Acer, Fujistu, Lenovo, Panasonic and others are offering new Centrino notebooks in the next couple …
Discussion: Digits
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.”
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Lego and Alcatel teaming up to release Lego phone  —  Earlier this year Lego and Digital Blue announced combined efforts that would yield a variety of Lego-centric electronics aimed at kids.  Slated to be released by this Summer, the announcement included details on a digital camera …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Electronista:
First NVIDIA Ion system a desktop, due in spring  —  NVIDIA at a press conference in Taiwan today provided early details of launch plans for the first systems based on its Ion platform.  The company's mainboard chipset manager Drew Henry says the first system based on the architecture …
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 …
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: TechCrunch, Spotify and Forever Geek
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster Total Access to add games for $5 bump  —  Blockbuster is going after both Netflix and Gamefly with a new strategy: add the option of renting games as well as movies when you subscribe to the Total Access service.  Games will cost a little more, and you can only have one title at a time …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Facebook's Future Is Mobile  —  With nearly 2,000 “friends” on Facebook, I should be a regular visitor to the site.  I am not.  Instead, I prefer to use Facebook's mobile application on my iPhone to send messages, update my status, upload photos taken on the go and sometime even scroll through …
Discussion: Portfolio
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Blip.tv gives videomakers a chance to be a star  —  Everybody's in show biz.  —  Just ask Dina Kaplan, a co-founder of Blip.tv, the video website that distributes some 38,000 homegrown shows across the Web, and splits ad revenue 50/50 with the folks who make them.
Discussion: Beet.TV
internetnews.com:
Cybercriminals Launch Attacks Through Digg  —  Bad guys leverage celebrities' names to put malware on victims' PCs.  —  Once again, hackers are using celebrity names in order to get people to download malware onto their PCs.  This time, they are using the popular news aggregator Digg …
 
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Abe Epton / Google News Blog:
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Reuters:
Certicom agrees to RIM's sweetened takeover offer
Karen Brettell / Reuters:
Moody's cuts Charter, cites bankruptcy expectation
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Pwn2Own hacker contest targets browsers, smart phones
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