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1:00 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 …
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.
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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Zef.me
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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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.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Open Stores, Hires Retail Hand  —  Microsoft Corp. said it hired a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive to help the company open its own retail stores, a strategy shift that borrows from the playbook of rival Apple Inc.  —  The Redmond, Wash., company said it hired David Porter …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Department of Déjà Vu: Last Microsoft Retail Store Foray Was a Bust
Discussion: Between the Lines
Microsoft:
Microsoft Appoints David Porter as Corporate Vice President of Retail Stores
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.
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Edit Google Docs Spreadsheets on your iPhone
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
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.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Xoopit for Firefox Integrates Facebook Status Updates with Gmail  —  It was just a few days ago that Facebook launched new status update APIs.  Today, Xoopit is launching an update to its Xoopit for Gmail Firefox add-on that lets users set their status update and view friends' status updates from within Gmail through Facebook Connect.
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.
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.
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 …
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, InfoWorld and Electronista
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
New post-beta Windows 7 build leaks to Web
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 …
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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The micropayments argument: do we want to turn the web into Zimbabwe?  —  Every so often between 1995 and 2003 or so I would meet Jakob Nielsen, the web usability expert whose Nielsen/Norman Group will tell you all sorts of things you hadn't thought about over usability.
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
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft sued over charge to downgrade Vista to XP  —  With one major case challenging Microsoft's Windows marketing practices nearing a make-or-break juncture, another one was filed.  A woman sued Microsoft in federal court in Seattle this week claiming that the company abused its monopoly power …
Kamal DS / GadgetMix.com!:
Fresh Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots - MarketPlace by Microsoft CONFIRMED [Windows Mobile]  —  UPDATE: although the market place is not working yet, but its presence in the ROMs gives us an assurance that it will be available and working in the final release
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.
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, Engadget and Gadget Lab
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FTC warns of “day of reckoning” for online advertisers  —  The Federal Trade Commission today backed the idea of self-regulation for online behavioral advertisers, but two commissioners expressed strong discomfort with the idea.  One went so far as to warn of a “day of reckoning” if the industry doesn't get its house in order soon.
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
A little recognition for an unheralded pioneer in a Mac-happy Silicon Valley  —  Carl Clement doesn't want to whine and moan about it, he's just saying.  —  He's just saying that before there was the Apple Macintosh and its recent and much-heralded 25th anniversary, there was the Xerox Alto.
 
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John Callaham / Big Download Blog:
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Kenya, Turkey, Japan lead mobile money trend
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Sony VAIO P - HSDPA mod
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Gmail Tests PGP Signature Verification
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The Worst Response To A Reasonable Response To A DMCA Takedown I've Seen
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Worried New Features Will Mean Firefox Bloat? Relax
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