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10:00 PM ET, February 13, 2009

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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Opportunity Knocks  —  Twitter is growing at a phenomenal rate.  Active users have increased 900% in a year and even though our web traffic is amazing, we see twice that traffic to the APIs.  Interacting with Twitter over SMS is also getting more popular every day.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Twitter Raises $35 Million Series C From Benchmark and IVP  —  Update: We just got off the phone with IVP partner Todd Chaffee who says this round was actually in excess of $35 million.  Apparently, $35 million is just the total of what Benchmark and IVP put in ($21 million and $14 million respectively) …
Discussion: AdAge, paidContent.org, broadstuff and blogs.ft.com, Thanks:mask
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Twitter Could ‘Go for Years’ Without Earning a Dime, Investor Says  —  Apparently, Twitter doesn't need a business plan.  At least not for years to come.  —  “We've got a ton of cash.  We have far more cash then we need, so I'm not in any hurry,” said Todd Chaffee, General Partner at Institutional Venture Partners, or IVP.
Discussion: MediaFile
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Twitter Now Worth $230 Million, According to Investors
Discussion: VentureBeat
Android Developers Blog:
Android Market update: support for priced applications  —  I'm pleased to announce that Android Market is now accepting priced applications from US and UK developers.  Developers from these countries can go to the publisher website at http://market.android.com/publish to upload their application …
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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.
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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.
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Bach clarifies Microsoft's retail strategy — it's about building brand, not distribution  —  Robbie Bach, head of the Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division, which sells many of its products to consumers through retail partners, said the company's decision to launch its own branded retail stores …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft exec: New stores not following in Apple's footsteps
Eric Bogs / Docs Blog:
Add, edit, sort, and filter: Improved mobile access to spreadsheets  —  Over a year ago, we enabled view-only access to docs from mobile devices.  This has come in handy for me because I use Google Docs spreadsheets to keep track of a lot of nerdy and not-so-nerdy things in my life.
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pirate Bay trial starts Monday; pirate bus en route  —  The Pirate Bay goes on trial in Sweden this upcoming Monday, and the site's backers are ready to unleash a media juggernaut of bloggers, Twitterers, and press with the help of a city bus and a live audio stream of the entire trial.
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
If Pirate Bay is Shut Down, It Could Take All of BitTorrent With It
Discussion: p2pnet
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
8 Megapixel Nokia Nseries Cameraphone With Carl Zeiss Lens Coming to MWC 09  —  It looks like Nokia will be announcing a Nokia Nseries phone with 8 megapixels and Carl Zeiss lens at the upcoming Mobile World Congress a few days from now.  They've posted a sample photo taken from the said device …
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.
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.
internetnews.com:
Bill Joy on Reinventing Silicon Valley — Again  —  The high-tech industry should gear up for the green revolution, tech guru says.  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bill Joy is a fix-it kind of guy.  He improved UNIX to make it more stable because, as an admin, he got tired of driving to the computer lab to reboot the machines.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Time to Say Goodbye to Yahoo! MyWeb  —  Back in 2005, we launched Yahoo! MyWeb with the goal to help our users save valuable information they discover on the Web.  As we have continued to innovate with the 2.0 release of Delicious and the upgraded Yahoo! Bookmarks, we saw that MyWeb users' needs are being served by our newer products.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
Joel Comm:
iFart Mobile takes Pull My Finger to court  —  My team and I came up with the idea for an iPhone fart application in summer of 2008.  We knew it would be a hit.  We just needed to develop it.  —  We took great pride in developing iFart Mobile.  It was more than another iPhone application.
Discussion: VentureBeat and MacBlogz
TuxRadar:
Browser benchmarks 2: even Wine beats Linux Firefox  —  We posted yesterday about Firefox having very different JavaScript performance on Windows and Linux, despite being the same version of the software.  —  Some people have said that we should have used a stock build from Mozilla.
Chris / My Apple Guide:
Customizable 4 Finger Gestures for Snow Leopard?  —  When Steve Jobs introduced the new unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros at Apple's media event last October, he announced the new glass trackpad with two four finger gestures for OS X Leopard.  Well it seems Apple has even more four finger gestures planned …
Discussion: PC World and MacRumors
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T mulling tiered data plans for next iPhone - report  —  Apple and its US wireless partner AT&T are discussing plans to potentially offer next-gen iPhone customers more data plan choices amid fears of losing their business during a time of economic hardship, according to a new report.
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Many looking for love online  —  One of the “success stories” of eHarmony, an online match making service, is the Florida couple who named their baby girl, yes, Harmony.  —  But would a couple really name their baby Zoosk?  Some Zoosk-paired couples have at least discussed the possibility …
Thanks:sheds
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Wikipedia's Policy to Blacklist Blogs is Outdated and Wrong  —  This week we received an email from a reader telling us that he'd tried to add a link to ReadWriteWeb onto a Wikipedia article, only to get the message: “The following link has triggered our spam protection filter: http://www.readwriteweb.com.
Kurt Soller / Newsweek:
Twitter, Unmasked  —  Who is really writing all those Tweets?  Professional microbloggers.  —  twitpic.com (left); Mark J. Terrill / AP  —  Celeb Tweets: Shaquille O'Neal and Britney Spears  —  When Alex Rodriguez admitted earlier this week that he tested positive for steroids, many a Twitter feed were aflutter.
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 …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Fed indictments tell how H-1B visas were used to undercut wages  —  U.S. announces arrests in several states alleging visa fraud  —  Computerworld) Federal agents on Thursday said they arrested 11 people in six states in a crackdown on H-1B visa fraud and unsealed documents that detail …
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Business Insider
Noam Friedlander / Telegraph:
Facebook and Google turn to booze to raise money during economic downturn  —  Social networking sites such as Facebook and search engine giant Google are turning to booze in a bid to raise funds during the economic downturn.  —  In order to create a new advertising revenue source …
 
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
NYT Article Skimmer: Recreate the Sunday Morning Paper in Your Browser
Discussion: First Look
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What Ad Companies Won't Say About Privacy
Emily Steel / Digits:
Rep. Boucher Calls for Internet Ad Regulation
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:atul
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco Pitches $250,000 Router as Valentine's Gift
Discussion: The Business Insider
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
UPDATED: Move Networks Lays Off 30% Of Company, John Edwards Still CEO
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Authors Guild Digs Itself In Deeper Concerning Kindle Text-To-Speech
Discussion: eWeek, BetaNews and TeleRead
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
The man who wooed Woz
David Shieh / Chronicle of Higher Education:
New From YouTube: Free Downloads of College Lectures
Discussion: Ars Technica and Geek.com
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
700 comments tell the FTC “No DRM!”
Boston Globe:
Jobs's leave not slowing development at Apple
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
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Discussion: broadstuff
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Search giants join to tidy up Web addresses
 

 
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