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8:20 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 coming from  —  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.
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 …
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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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 and Geeky-Gadgets
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.
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
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 …
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: DisplayBlog, SlashGear and Engadget
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
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel demos first-ever 32nm processors  —  Intel had a little roadmap event today to shed some light on its massive $7b fab investment, and the focus was mostly on the upcoming transition to 32nm processors — highlighted by the first-ever demo of a working 32nm Nehalem-based Westmere chip.
Andrew Savikas / TOC Combined Feed:
At TOC: Bookworm Online EPUB Reader Now Part of O'Reilly Labs  —  Regular readers know we're big fans of the Bookworm online EPUB reader.  With Bookworm, you upload and organize your ebooks, and can read them online as well as a variety of mobile devices (iPhone shown below).
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel's Chief Calls for Investments in U.S.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Paul S. Otellini, the chief executive of Intel, made an uncharacteristic lunge toward the limelight on Tuesday, holding up his company's $7 billion investment in new computer chip factories as a patriotic gesture for other businesses to follow.
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose and Slashdot
Nicholas Reville / Miro - Internet TV Blog:
Miro 2.0 is here!  —  I am thrilled to announce the release of Miro 2.0!  This is a huge update of Miro, the Miro Guide, and the GetMiro website.  —  Download Miro 2.0 Now  —  Miro 2 has an all-new interface and lots of new features- but for me it's less of a collection of new stuff …
Reuters:
Cuba looks to expand Internet access  —  HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba wants to expand access to the Internet but has been held back by economic problems and bandwidth limitations, Cuban communications minister Ramiro Valdes said on Tuesday.  —  Valdes, speaking at a computer exposition in Havana …
Network World:
Angry shareholders say Microsoft squanders billions on pointless R&D projects  —  Welcome to the second article in a series on Microsoft shareholder activism.  These posts examine why investors, through the power of the stock price, aren't buying the idea that Microsoft has a great future.
Discussion: Slashdot
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
Carol Huang / Christian Science Monitor:
China aims for its own Silicon Valley  —  Like the ‘Asian tigers’ before it, China is pushing into higher-end manufacturing and innovation.  — E-mail a friend - Print this - Letter to the Editor - Republish - - Get e-mail alerts - RSS  —  SHENZHEN, CHINA
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
Fast Company:
Forget Kindle 2: Fujitsu's E-Reader Screen is Bigger, and It's in Color  —  In all the fuss about the new Amazon Kindle 2 yesterday, it was easy to forget that the “upgraded” device still has a relatively small paperback-sized screen and can only cope with greyscale imagery.
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 …
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.
 
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