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8:30 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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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) …
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Twitter Now Worth $230 Million, According to Investors
Discussion: VentureBeat
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Twitter Could ‘Go for Years’ Without Earning a Dime, Investor Says
Discussion: MediaFile
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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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google now accepting paid apps in Android Market
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple: iPhone jailbreaking violates our copyright  —  Apple recently told the U.S. Copyright Office that it believes iPhone jailbreaking is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and infringes on its copyright, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Discussion: Bits
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: TechFlash and All about Microsoft
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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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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
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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: The Register and Todd Watson
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
UPDATED: Move Networks Lays Off 30% Of Company, John Edwards Still CEO  —  UPDATED: I've now heard back from Move Networks and can confirm that CEO John Edwards is still the CEO of the company.  In addition, John has now been named executive chairman of the board of directors.
 
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TuxRadar:
Browser benchmarks 2: even Wine beats Linux Firefox
Joel Comm:
iFart Mobile takes Pull My Finger to court
Discussion: VentureBeat and MacBlogz
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What Ad Companies Won't Say About Privacy
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco Pitches $250,000 Router as Valentine's Gift
Discussion: The Business Insider
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Authors Guild Digs Itself In Deeper Concerning Kindle Text-To-Speech
Discussion: eWeek, BetaNews and TeleRead
Kurt Soller / Newsweek:
Twitter, Unmasked
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
The man who wooed Woz
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
High schoolers quiz Microsoft's Bach on Vista, Xbox
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
 Earlier Items: 
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Twitter fends off second clickjacking attack
Discussion: The Register
David Shieh / Chronicle of Higher Education:
New From YouTube: Free Downloads of College Lectures
Discussion: Geek.com and Ars Technica
Shannon Kari / National Post:
Where you've been on Net not private, judge rules
Discussion: Ars Technica and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
700 comments tell the FTC “No DRM!”
Boston Globe:
Jobs's leave not slowing development at Apple
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Xoopit for Firefox Integrates Facebook Status Updates with Gmail
 

 
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