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9:35 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
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports
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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 …
Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson win Verizon LTE deal
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 …
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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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 …
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”.
Discussion: The Register, p2pnet, hypebot and Obsessable
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: jkOnTheRun, The Toybox and Reuters, Thanks:kevendones
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android G2 Hands On: Close to Perfection  —  HTC and Google are getting closer to perfection with the new Android G2, the HTC Magic.  Nice finish, great form factor.  Check out our video, including the obligatory comparison with Apple's iPhone, and hands-on impressions:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC Magic is official, bringing Android to Vodafone sans keyboard
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
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.
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
How Facebook is taking over our lives  —  President Obama used it to get elected.  Dell will recruit new hires with it.  Microsoft's new operating system borrows from it.  No question, Facebook has friends in high places.  Can CEO Mark Zuckerberg make those connections pay off?
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla backs move to decriminalize iPhone jailbreaking  —  Firefox unwelcome on the iPhone, says CEO, who says 'choice shouldn't be criminalized'  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp. is backing a move that would nullify copyright infringement charges against people who “jailbreak” their iPhones …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
UMID M1 MID hands-on: Video Demo  —  We had a chance to spend some brief time with the UMID M1 MID at Mobile World Congress this week, courtesy of Intel's stand, and in the plastic it certainly does little to disappoint if it's a super-small full QWERTY notebook you're looking for.
Discussion: UMPCPortal and GottaBeMobile.com
Tom Reestman / TheAppleBlog:
Microsoft Finally Found a Group They Can Impress  —  Joe Wilcox has an article on Microsoft Watch about Microsoft's new ads with kids.  The series is called The Rookies, and there's a second spot up.  —  Joe is less impressed with the second spot than the first, but goes on to explain …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Source: NYC to announce start-up workspace partnership  —  The city of New York is about to step up its efforts to help nascent businesses and laid-off professionals, CNET News has learned.  —  On Wednesday, the city's Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) plans to announce a new initiative …
Ubergizmo:
Samsung SWD-M100 MID Hands-On (WiMax)  —  Now, there's a MID (mobile internet device) that we could use to blog on the go.  The Samsung SWD-M100D is a WiMax + WiFi device that has both a touch display and a sliding QWERTY keyboard.  The most important feature (for live blogging) …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Anonybloggers, Be Gone!  Tumblr Boots Griefers  —  Last September, we noted the unfortunate reality that every social network has its troublemakers, and Tumblr — which was plagued by so-called “anonybloggers” —  is no exception.  —  No more.  In a post today on the official Tumblr blog …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Stimulus bill includes $7.2 billion for broadband  —  Updated at 3 p.m. PST with comments from industry representatives.  —  President Obama signed into law on Tuesday the $787 billion stimulus package, which includes $7.2 billion for broadband grant and loan programs.
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google Street View Case Dismissed—Boring v. Google  —  Boring v. Google, Inc., 2:08-cv-00694-ARH (W.D. Pa. Feb. 17, 2009)  —  You may recall the Boring case from last Spring.  A Pennsylvania couple sued because Google's camera car drove up their private driveway and the resulting pictures were posted to Google's Street View.
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Intel sees future in Mega Data Center
Discussion: internetnews.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Did Hulu Just Pull The Plug On Its Deal With TV.com?
Discussion: AdAge, MediaPost and CNET News, Thanks:kevendones
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
WeddingBook Marries Search Aggregation With Wedding Vendor Listings
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Mike Snider / USA Today:
eGuiders cuts through clutter of a gazillion videos online
Discussion: NewTeeVee
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
For all the “open” talk, Android Market sure has a lot of rules
Discussion: Gizmodo and AndroidGuys
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple execs rethinking iPhone pricing strategy for 2009
Discussion: Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Still No Royalty Deal for Streaming Music Sites
Aaron Wall / Learn. Rank. Dominate.:
Mahalo Caught Spamming Google With PageRank Funneling Link Scheme
Discussion: Beyond Search and the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
With a King's Ransom in Cash, Why Is There Still No Buying Spree …
Discussion: TechFlash and Computerworld Blogs, Thanks:atul