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9:55 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.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Pirate Bay prosecutor tosses infringement charges overboard  —  Watered down to ‘assisting making available’  —  Free whitepaper - The Register Guide: Taking stock of the IT environment  —  Half of the charges made against the four men behind the notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay …
Discussion: The Local
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Pirate Bay Trial Begins With Theatrics
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Charges Against The Pirate Bay Partly Dropped
Vodafone:
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.
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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 …
Discussion: PSFK and Slashdot
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.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   “You Have Zero Privacy Anyway.  Get Over It"-That Goes Double on Social Networks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg On Who Owns User Data On Facebook: It's Complicated
Discussion: Consumerist
Marguerite Reardon / Webware.com:
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.
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Chaim / About Skype:
Skype and Nokia partner to integrate Skype into Nokia devices
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 …
Discussion: p2pnet
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Kdawson / Slashdot:
Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7
Discussion: TechnoLlama and Boing Boing
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Universal mobile phone charger unveiled  —  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.
Discussion: PC World and Agence France Presse
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Updates Windows Mobile To Make It More Like The iPhone.  (My Phone, Anyone?).  —  Once again, Microsoft is throwing some flattery Apple's way by following its lead.  Earlier today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft announced the latest version of its mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Windows Mobile 6.5 Hands On: The New Interface Rocks
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Cellphone, Navigating Our Lives  —  The cellphone is the world's most ubiquitous computer.  The four billion cellphones in use around the globe carry personal information, provide access to the Web and are being used more and more to navigate the real world.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
AT&T CEO: Dell Will Build a Smartphone  —  At a panel at Mobile World Congress today, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega just said, “Dell announced they're entering the smart phone market.”  That's a quote.  —  This confirms many rumors that have been floating around …
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
Alertbox:
Mobile Web 2009 = Desktop Web 1998 … I recently sat through many sessions in which usability test participants attempted to use websites on their mobile phones.  What a cringeworthy experience — for both users and researchers.  In terms of the user experience quality we observed …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
MWC: GSMA CEO Conway Says Telecom Industry Will Weather Economic Downturn  —  Table of Contents:  —  GSMA CEO Rob Conway said the mobile industry would weather the economic crisis, outlined the association's ambitious plans for the years ahead and earned a round of applause after announcing plans …
Discussion: Associated Press
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon May Offer Landline Plan for $5  —  In a sign that the recession is forcing phone companies to take bold measures to hold onto landline customers, Verizon Communications Inc. is considering a $5 monthly voice plan that would let customers receive calls but dial only 911 and Verizon customer service.
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
 
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Sirius XM agrees to $530 million Liberty Media stake
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nortel to present new business plan in few weeks
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Employment Falls in Silicon Valley
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Local Advertising Isn't Jumping Online
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and Search Engine Land, Thanks:sadkids
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Filtrbox Raises $1.4 Million, Launches Revamped Market Intelligence Tool
Discussion: paidContent.org
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Toshiba Agrees to Buy Fujitsu's Hard-Disk Drive Unit to Boost Market Share
Discussion: Computerworld
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Satellite-hacking boffin sees the unseeable
 Earlier Items: 
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Mobile World Congress: One Day, Sixteen New Phones
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TechStars Fills Void Left By Y Combinator With New Incubator In Boston
Discussion: Innovation Economy, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Oracle Goes on a Recession Buying Spree
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Justin.tv Is Redirecting Porn Queries Into Cash
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
THE DATABASE OF INTENTIONS IS MORE VALUABLE THAN THE DATABASE …
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
Cade Metz / The Register:
Apple's Mac OS X update breaks Perl
Discussion: perl.org lists
 

 
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