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12:00 PM ET, February 13, 2009

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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft splits Zune team in two  —  Microsoft has quietly reorganized its Zune team, splitting up the hardware and software teams, CNET News has learned.  —  The software and services portion of the Zune team—the bulk of its staff—will be added to the portfolio of Enrique Rodriguez …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Search giants join to tidy up Web addresses  —  The average person likely won't even notice, but Webmasters can rejoice that Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have banded together to support an unofficial standard for steering search engines in the right direction.
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Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch:
Duplicated Confusion: The Canonical Edict From The Big Three  —  So virtually everyone has weighed in on the new instructions from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.  Apparently there should be joy in the cesspool today - the search gods have shown us the way to clean up part of the confusion with canonical pages in our industry.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Appoints David Porter as Corporate Vice President of Retail Stores  —  Twenty-seven-year retail veteran will focus on transforming the PC and device-buying experience for retail consumers and developing and rolling out new Microsoft-branded stores.
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Coder's Half-Million-Dollar Baby Proves iPhone Gold Rush Is Still On  —  Apple's iPhone application store is as crowded as a Beyonce concert, with more than 20,000 apps available.  But one independent developer still managed to rake in $600,000 in a single month with a single iPhone game.
Discussion: Pulse2
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Apple Says iPhone Jailbreaking is Illegal  —  Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking.  This marks the first formal public statement by Apple about its legal stance on iPhone jailbreaking.
Discussion: iLounge, CrunchGear and GPS Obsessed
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
First Google Chrome on Mac screenshot appears  —  Mac users who have been waiting patiently for the arrival of Google Chrome, there's a light at the end of the tunnel.  A member of the development team has posted a screenshot of the browser in the Chrome Group.
Apple MobileMe News:
Sharing Large Files with iDisk  —  We're pleased to announce that you can now use your MobileMe iDisk to share files with others simply and easily.  Instead of attaching a large document to an email and hoping it's not too big to be received, you can place the file in your iDisk and use the new Share File command in the iDisk web app.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Anatomy of a Tweet: Twitter Gets a Style Guide  —  They're no Strunk and White, but Dom Sagolla and Adam Johnson are aiming to do for Twitter what “The Elements of Style” did for good writing on paper: outline elementary rules of usage, composition and grammar.
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Windows 7 Out Before Christmas?  —  With Windows 7 Beta getting positive reviews, more rumors are emerging that Microsoft's new operating system will be available before Christmas.  But Microsoft is still refusing to admit that Windows 7 will be ready by the end of this year and insists on the January 2010 release date.
Discussion: Inquirer, Electronista and Neowin.net
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
New post-beta Windows 7 build leaks to Web
Apple:
About the security content of Security Update 2009-001  —  This document describes Security Update 2009-001, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM, Amazon foreshadow a bevy of connecting clouds; Is Microsoft surrounded?  —  If there were any lingering doubts about whether Amazon Web Services were enterprise ready they dissolved this week once IBM became a partner.  And now that Amazon and IBM have teamed up a picture of multiple computing clouds is emerging.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia, others target mobile software sales  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Technology firms like Nokia and Microsoft are rushing to open their mobile software stores, hoping to follow the runaway success of Apple's online App Store.  —  The focus of the cellphone market has been shifting …
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Terabit Ethernet becomes a photonic possibility  —  Researchers may have found a way to break the terabit-per-second barrier by using a photonic chip made with an unusual material to pull vast amounts of data from a single fiber strand.  —  Researchers from Australia, Denmark …
Ben / Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Bespin  —  As we strive to evolve the Open Web as a robust platform for application development, we believe in the potential for web-based code editors to increase developer productivity, enable compelling user experiences, and promote the use of open standards.
Pinkerton / Sucking less, on a budget:
It's Alive!  —  Over the last couple of months, the group working on Mac Chrome (myself included) has shifted gears from layout tests and WebKit compatibility to getting the application user interface up and limping.  That also means getting the separate WebCore renderer processes to communicate over IPC to the browser.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Zef.me
Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
Sony VAIO P - HSDPA mod  —  So, after more tinkering with the Sony VAIO P, I have successfully managed to mod the WWAN radio from EDVO-only to HSDPA!  —  I have documented the process with a how-to and some pictures...  Enjoy :)
Tony Bain / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the Relational Database Doomed?  —  Recently, a lot of new non-relational databases have cropped up both inside and outside the cloud.  One key message this sends is, “if you want vast, on-demand scalability, you need a non-relational database”.  —  If that is true, then is this a sign …
Discussion: The Healthcare IT Guy
John Callaham / Big Download Blog:
Interview: PC Gaming Alliance's president gives us an update  —  Just over a year ago, the PC Gaming Alliance announced their formation.  The non-profit organization consisted of companies that normally are fierce competitors; Nvidia, AMD, Intel, Microsoft, Dell, Acer, Activision and more.
Discussion: Crave, Kotaku, VG247 and Blue's News
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Edit Google Docs Spreadsheets on your iPhone  —  Running a mobile handset with a Webkit-based browser?  If so, Google has added some functionality to the Google Docs mobile view just for you.  —  Up until now, the interface has really only be a handy way to view your files on the go.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Kenya, Turkey, Japan lead mobile money trend  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The mobile banking business is growing in countries like Kenya, Turkey and Japan, while the combining of wallets with cell phones has been held back elsewhere by disagreements over sharing revenues.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Time for Unix nerds to celebrate 1234567890 Day  —  It's won't be the epochalypse of 2038, but 3:31 p.m. PST on Friday offers a moment notable enough for some Unix fans to raise a toast.  —  That's when Unix computer clocks will reach the time of 1234567890—1.2 billion seconds elapsed from January 1 …
Discussion: Maximum PC all, Gadget Lab and Engadget
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
“Google Devalues Everything It Touches” - Wall Street Journal Chief  —  Charlie Rose today started a series on the future of journalism. … It was a fascinating discussion about micropayments, subscription models, and how newspapers can adapt to the challenge of low online ad revenues.
Inside Windows Live Messenger:
Windows Live Messenger update notice  —  The latest version of Windows Live Messenger (14.0.8064.0206) is now available for free download here.  —  Over the next month, if you're still running versions 8.1 or 8.5, you'll get a prompt encouraging you to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Live Messenger.
Discussion: LiveSide and Neowin.net
Chris Wilson / Slate:
The evolutionary roots of Facebook's “25 Things” craze.  —  Last week, I enlisted Slate readers to help divine how Facebook's “25 Random Things About Me” trend got started.  More than 3,000 of you responded, answering queries on when you first saw a “25 Things” note, when you were first tagged …
Discussion: broadstuff and Best Random Things
 
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Dave Linthicum / Real World SOA:
SOA mistakes are being repeated in the clouds
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
A little recognition for an unheralded pioneer in a Mac-happy Silicon Valley
Bloomberg:
Record Labels Turn ISPs Into ‘Copyright Cops’ to Deter Global Music Piracy
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Tests PGP Signature Verification
Discussion: splutterance, Thanks:atul
Paul Taylor / Financial Times:
Motorola not yet ready to fall on its Razr
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Worst Response To A Reasonable Response To A DMCA Takedown I've Seen
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Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Contract work fuels rise in tech job postings
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FTC warns of “day of reckoning” for online advertisers
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
HBS Study Finds VCs Need Successful Serial Entrepreneurs Way More than Vice Versa
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Sirius XM should dump satellites for the Web.
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Leaked Photos of Next Generation iPhone?
 

 
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