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8:40 AM ET, February 17, 2009


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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
50% of Charges Against Pirate Bay Dropped  —  What has been shown in court today is that the prosecutor cannot prove that the .torrent files he is using as evidence actually used The Pirate Bay's tracker.  Many of the screenshots being used clearly state there is no connection to the tracker.
Vodafone and HTC unveil Android-powered HTC Magic  — Vodafone extends world-class range of Internet phones with latest Android™-powered smartphone from HTC  — HTC Magic smartphone exclusive to Vodafone customers initially in UK, Spain, Germany and France (SFR) and non-exclusively in Italy.
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Second ‘Google phone’ is unveiled  —  Science and technology reporter, BBC News, Barcelona  —  A second phone based on Google's operating system Android has been unveiled by Vodafone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  —  The touchscreen HTC Magic will feature a 3.2 Megapixel camera …
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Vodafone Announces HTC Magic Android Phone
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
On Facebook, People Own and Control Their Information  —  A couple of weeks ago, we updated our terms of use to clarify a few points for our users.  A number of people have raised questions about our changes, so I'd like to address those here.  I'll also take the opportunity to explain how we think about people's information.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Facebook's TOS debacle: Be upset for a better reason  —  There was some Facebook backlash over the long U.S. weekend that has prompted some calls for boycotts over two sentences that were taken out of the company's Terms of Services agreement earlier this month.
Discussion: BoomTown and
Richard Wray / Guardian:
At last ... a charger for all mobile phones  —  The mobile phone industry plans to introduce a universal charger as part of a drive to improve its previously patchy environmental record.  —  The plan from industry body the GSM Association (GSMA) is just one of a raft of “green” announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Agence France Presse:
Mobile phone makers agree to create standard charger
Discussion: Gizmodo
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Worst.  Windows 7.  Piece.  EVER!  —  Over on Slashdot is perhaps the worst piece on Windows 7 that I've see so far (I find it hard to believe that this one will be beaten anytime soon ...). … OK, just a few points worth making:  — Someone messes about with Photoshop in order to crack it …
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7  —  from the just-who-did-you-think-owns-your- machine dept. … Read on for more details of this user's findings.  —  Re — Photoshop: That Photoshop stopped functioning after we messed with one of its nag DLLs was not so much a surprise …
Discussion: TechnoLlama and Boing Boing
Marguerite Reardon /
Skype strikes deal with Nokia  —  BARCELONA—Skype is racking up deals with mobile handset makers here at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2009.  —  On Tuesday, the company, which is owned by eBay, announced a partnership with Nokia, the largest cell phone maker in the world, to put the Skype Internet calling software onto its phones.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Offerpal Media Raises $15 Million to Peddle In-Game Ads  —  For most casual gamers on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo, tricking out their avatars is almost more fun than playing the game.  —  One way to build an impressive inventory of virtual goods is by earning them through hours of game play.
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and Inside Facebook
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Technology's bargain bin  —  A lot of tech stocks have taken a beating in this difficult market.  Here are three that will bounce back when the economy recovers.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — If you thought Nortel looked cheap in mid-December at 27 cents a share, you were right.
Discussion: All About Nortel
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Employment Falls in Silicon Valley  —  Silicon Valley posted a drop in employment and recorded a decline in per capita income in 2008 for the first time in several years, as the recession caught up with the technology-heavy region.  —  The findings come in a closely watched annual report …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Windows Mobile 6.5 Hands On: The New Interface Rocks  —  I like the new Windows Mobile 6.5 interface, specially the new home screen, which is brilliantly executed.  Running on the new HTC Touch Diamond 2, everything looked smoother, cleaner, and matched the iPhone's lick factor.
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Local Advertising Isn't Jumping Online  —  As the newspaper industry crumbles, online sites figured they'd cash in on local advertising.  But “local” doesn't mean much online  —  For at least a decade, Web startups have spun visions of conquering local ad markets.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:sadkids
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Satellite-hacking boffin sees the unseeable  —  Lady Di gossip plucked from sky  —  White-hat hacker Adam Laurie knows better than to think email, video-on-demand, and other content from Sky Broadcasting and other satellite TV providers is a private matter between him and the company.
Agence France Presse:
Bill Gates grant to extend mobile banking to poor  —  BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) — Microsoft founder Bill Gates has agreed to help fund a massive rollout of projects enabling poor mobile phone users to transfer money using their handsets, an industry body announced Tuesday.
Discussion: PR Newswire
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John Markoff / New York Times:
The Cellphone, Navigating Our Lives
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Filtrbox Raises $1.4 Million, Launches Revamped Market Intelligence Tool
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Toshiba Agrees to Buy Fujitsu's Hard-Disk Drive Unit to Boost Market Share
Discussion: Computerworld
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Mobile World Congress: One Day, Sixteen New Phones
Discussion: CNET News, infoSync World and PC World
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TechStars Fills Void Left By Y Combinator With New Incubator In Boston
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Oracle Goes on a Recession Buying Spree
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Is Redirecting Porn Queries Into Cash
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
Italian Government's Internet Bill May Limit Free Speech, Tiscali Says
Cade Metz / The Register:
Apple's Mac OS X update breaks Perl
Discussion: lists
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Social Atoms and the Twitter Ecosystem
Paul Carr:
Can you guess what my column's going to be about this week?
Discussion: The Register