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3:30 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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Raises $35 Million  —  Twitter now has the war chest it needs to try building its microblogging service from a geek tool to a mainstream utility.  The company has raised $35 million in new financing.  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone announced the funding on the company's blog.
Discussion: The Social and The Noisy Channel, Thanks:wesmax27
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Twitter Raises $35 Million Series C From Benchmark and IVP, Others  —  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 …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Thanks:mask
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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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 …
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 …
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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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.
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Department of Déjà Vu: Last Microsoft Retail Store Foray Was a Bust  —  Displaying BoomTown's advanced age and elephantine cache of meaningless tech memories, after news yesterday that the software giant was plunging into the retail market, I was surprised to find little mention …
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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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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.
Discussion: Technosailor.com
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Mozilla Bespin tries taking coding to the cloud  —  Mozilla Labs on Thursday unveiled a new open-source project called Bespin, a Web-based programming environment its developers hope will combine the speed and power of desktop-based development with the collaborative benefits of cloud computing.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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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
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
700 comments tell the FTC “No DRM!”  —  The Federal Trade Commission's DRM conference coming up in March has already attracted 700 user comments... nearly all of them negative.  Gamers currently appear to be the single most vocal group on the topic.  —  The Federal Trade Commission wants …
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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.
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.
Boston Globe:
Jobs's leave not slowing development at Apple  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. chief operating officer Tim Cook, filling in for Steve Jobs, is hinting of iPhone price changes, working on new handsets, and has “ideas” for netbook computers, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. said.
Discussion: The Toybox
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.
 
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David Shieh / Chronicle of Higher Education:
New From YouTube: Free Downloads of College Lectures
Discussion: Ars Technica and TechSpot
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Time to Say Goodbye to Yahoo! MyWeb
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T mulling tiered data plans for next iPhone - report
Discussion: Macsimum News
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Webware Radar: Shazam hits 35 million users
Discussion: Pulse2
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Broadband Stimulus Package Nears Finish Line
Discussion: DSLreports and dailywireless.org
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's AngelConf Teaches Would-Be Investors How To Get Started
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Windows 7 Out Before Christmas?
Discussion: CNET News, Inquirer and InfoWorld
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Kenya, Turkey, Japan lead mobile money trend
Tony Bain / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the Relational Database Doomed?
Discussion: The Healthcare IT Guy
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
A little recognition for an unheralded pioneer in a Mac-happy Silicon Valley
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Tests PGP Signature Verification
Discussion: splutterance, Thanks:atul
 

 
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