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10:30 AM ET, February 18, 2009

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Update on Terms  —  A couple of weeks ago, we revised our terms of use hoping to clarify some parts for our users.  Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook reverts to old terms of service, working on new version that “everybody can understand”  —  Well, that was pretty fast.  Facebook has reverted to its prior terms of service — due to a backlash from some users, media outlets and privacy groups — while it works out a new version.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes the Zuckerberg Terms of Service My-Bad Memo (Now With 10 Percent More “So Very Sorrys!")  —  Under cover of darkness last night, Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on the social networking site's blog that it would “return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.”
Discussion: HighTouch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon Wireless: 4G LTE trials showing 50 to 60 Mbps download rates  —  Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that it is testing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service with the aim of launching commercial service in 2010.  Verizon Wireless said the 4G LTE network in field trials has demonstrated download rates …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Electronista
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Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Fosters Global LTE Ecosystem as Verizon CTO Dick Lynch Announces Deployment Plans  —  New LTE Innovation Center Will Foster Wireless Growth  —  BARCELONA, Spain, and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — In a move that will jump-start deployment of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks globally …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Picks LTE Vendors - Says they're seeing 50-60Mbps in trials...  Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Verizon CTO Dick Lynch announced a number of new details concerning their upcoming deployment of LTE wireless broadband technology.  Verizon says they've selected Alcatel-Lucent …
Discussion: CNET News
Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson win Verizon LTE deal
Discussion: All About Nortel
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Canon releases 10 cameras in one night - thanks, Canon  —  Just when I thought it was safe to relax and read a little bit, my inbox lights up with a damn tidal wave of point-and-shoots.  If you're in the market, you'll be doing more in-depth research and of course the outliers of this batch …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mozilla, Skype support EFF's case for iPhone jailbreaking  —  In a filling with the US Copyright Office, Mozilla and Skype have added their voices of support to a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act related to iPhone jailbreaking.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:   Mozilla backs move to decriminalize iPhone jailbreaking
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Posts 32% Profit Decline  —  Comcast Corp. reported Wednesday that its fourth-quarter net income fell 32% amid rising competition, slowing subscriber growth and an asset impairment charge totaling $600 million.  —  Facing the toughest economic climate in its 46-year history …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Comcast's Customers Give The Cable Guy The Boot
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Once Again: Making Search Results Better Isn't An Antitrust Violation  —  And, here we go with more ridiculous antitrust lawsuits — this time against Google.  You may recall last fall, the NY Times ran a silly article focusing on one small company supposedly as evidence of Google's monopoly power.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Day 3 - The Pirate Bay's ‘King Kong’ Defense  —  The third day of the trial started with prosecutor Håkan Roswall who presented his updated/amended charges to the Court, taking into consideration the developments of yesterday (50% charges removed).  He characterized these amendments as a “small change”.
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live  —  Recovery.gov launches to track stimulus spending—but will it be a triumph of transparency or an exercise in spin?  —  President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 today, and while much of the $789 billion …
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James Rowley / Bloomberg:
Antitrust Pick Varney Saw Google as Next Microsoft  —  Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Christine A. Varney, nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S.'s next antitrust chief, has described Google Inc. as a monopolist that will dominate online computing services the way Microsoft Corp. ruled software.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Maybe Facebook should just offer a loyalty card instead  —  Facebook has a problem.  Every time it looks as though it's going to wriggle its way to creaming just a bit more money from its millions of users' comings and goings, they spot it - and get vocal enough to force a reverse.
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Jeff Dean keynote at WSDM 2009  —  Google Fellow Jeff Dean gave an excellent keynote talk at the recent WSDM 2009 conference that had tidbits on Google I had not heard before.  Particularly impressive is Google's attention to detail on performance and their agility in deployment over the last decade.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Freescale To Use Android, Aims for Half of Netbook Market  —  Earlier this year, Freescale announced it would enter the netbook market with its own set of chips based on the ARM architecture, claiming they would yield better battery life than the Atom-based netbooks of today.
Discussion: The Toybox, jkOnTheRun and Reuters, Thanks:kevendones
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Pantech's Matrix PRO slides two ways onto AT&T  —  This thing's been on quite a journey from concept to production, but here we are — finally, a true successor to Pantech's quirky Duo on AT&T. The Matrix PRO features HSDPA (up from UMTS), integrated GPS with AT&T Navigator, Bluetooth …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Traditional Radio Stations Agree To Webcasting Rates; Internet Only Webcasters... Not So Much  —  While the big radio stations, represented by the NAB seem to have worked out a deadline deal on webcasting rates, it appears that internet-only webcasters have had their talks break down.
Discussion: hypebot
Cecilia Kang / Post I.T.:
Obama Tech Adviser Says More to Come on Broadband Push  —  A tech adviser to President Obama said today that $7.2 billion in stimulus funds to bring broadband lines to rural areas is just the start of the administration's plan to bring high-speed Internet to the entire nation.
Nina Kang / Google LatLong:
1000 is the new 10  —  Ever wish you could see more than just ten local search results at once?  Us too.  —  So we've added a search layer for local search results that activates when there are more relevant results than we can show on one page.  Instead of just plotting the first page …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
NVIDIA's Tegra in the flesh, booting to Android and pumping out 1080p video  —  NVIDIA really has a technical wonder in the Tegra APX 2600 chipset, and is more than happy to show it off, with a myriad of tech demos on display here at MWC.  Some of this they showed off back in June of last year …
Discussion: The Toybox and techeblog.com
 
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
UMID M1 MID hands-on: Video Demo
Discussion: UMPCPortal and GottaBeMobile.com
Cade Metz / The Register:
Intel sees future in Mega Data Center
Discussion: internetnews.com
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Source: NYC to announce start-up workspace partnership
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google Street View Case Dismissed—Boring v. Google
Discussion: CNET News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Did Hulu Just Pull The Plug On Its Deal With TV.com?
Discussion: AdAge, MediaPost and CNET News, Thanks:kevendones
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple execs rethinking iPhone pricing strategy for 2009
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Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
How Facebook is taking over our lives
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