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8:55 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
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 …
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: Verizon
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Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson win Verizon LTE deal
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
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
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 …
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Anonymous Caller?  New Service Says, Not Any More  —  A new service set for launch Tuesday allows cellphone users to unmask the Caller ID on blocked incoming calls, obtaining the phone number, and in some cases the name and address, of the no-longer-anonymous caller.
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 and Reuters, Thanks:kevendones
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) …
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFlash
Cade Metz / The Register:
Intel sees future in Mega Data Center  —  Hitches self to cloudwagon  —  Free whitepaper - The Register Guide: Taking stock of the IT environment  —  Intel says that by 2012, Mega Data Centers run by the likes of Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook will account for 20 to 25 per cent of its server chip sales.
Discussion: internetnews.com
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 …
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
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 …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Battery, RAM, and HD access on new 17-inch Macbook Pro  —  Apple's new unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro began shipping earlier this week and a new tear-down of the high-end notebook reveals the steps needed to access the system's internal memory, hard drive, and battery components.
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 …
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
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple execs rethinking iPhone pricing strategy for 2009  —  While the likelihood of Apple releasing new iPhones this year is all but certain, a discussion between analysts and Apple's top brass has also dropped clues that the iPhone's pricing may not be static this year.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Did Hulu Just Pull The Plug On Its Deal With TV.com?  —  Something is up at TV.com, the CBS-owned site that recently relaunched as a competitor to Hulu.  Since last summer, when TV.com was owned by CNET and was still primarily a community hub, the site has featured content from NBC and News Corp through a partnership with Hulu.
Discussion: AdAge, MediaPost and CNET News, Thanks:kevendones
Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Startup Sues Google Using Microsoft's (Outside) Lawyers  —  By Jessica E. Vascellaro  —  TradeComet.com LLC, which operates a small search engine for industrial products, has sued Google, alleging that the search giant tried to put it out of business by increasing its advertising prices.
Aaron Wall / Learn. Rank. Dominate.:
Mahalo Caught Spamming Google With PageRank Funneling Link Scheme  —  Jason “SEO is dead” Calacanas, founder of Mahalo, used “SEO is dead” as a publicity stunt to help launch his made for AdSense scraper website.  In the past we have noted how he was caught ranking pages without any original content …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:atul
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
WeddingBook Marries Search Aggregation With Wedding Vendor Listings
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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 GottaBeMobile.com
Mike Hendrickson / O'Reilly Radar:
State of the Computer Book Market 2008, Part 1: The Market
Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Confusion reigns on Time's best blogs list
Discussion: Time, Daggle and Mashable!, Thanks:robinwauters
Radhika Lakshmanan / Docs Blog:
Data Validation gives you more control over your spreadsheets
Discussion: Webware.com
 Earlier Items: 
Glassdoor.com:
Mobile Company Employees Report What It's Like on the Inside
Discussion: Computerworld and GigaOM
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Still No Royalty Deal for Streaming Music Sites
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
A Virtual Unknown  —  So, the Internet walks into a bar.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
With a King's Ransom in Cash, Why Is There Still No Buying Spree …
Discussion: TechFlash and Computerworld Blogs, Thanks:atul