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3:30 PM 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 …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Google wins Street View privacy suit  —  A couple in Pittsburgh that sued Google claiming that the Street View on Google Maps is a reckless invasion of their privacy has lost their case.  —  Aaron and Christine Boring sued the Internet search giant last April, alleging that Google …
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 …
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Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
Intel files suit against Nvidia  —  We have just learned that Intel filed suit against Nvidia late last night in which it alleges that the four-year old chipset license agreement the two companies signed is not valid for Intel's current and future generation CPUs with integrated memory controllers.
Discussion: Digital Daily, Crave and DailyTech, Thanks:timsmalley
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hulu pulls content from TV.com  —  Hulu.com has pulled its content off CBS-owned TV.com, which relaunched last month, sources confirmed on Tuesday.  —  Attempts to access episodes of Heroes and other content from NBC and News Corp. partners in the Hulu joint venture displayed a “video unavailable” message.
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Can Hulu Hold Off TV.com?  —  And Everyone Else Gunning for It When Exclusive NBC and Fox Deals Expire?  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — When NBC Universal and News Corp. created Hulu, they gave the video portal a valuable but short-term asset: exclusive rights to distribute NBC and Fox shows outside of the media giants' own websites.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Oh, the humanity: Windows 7's draconian DRM?  —  Once again, we see fanciful claims about ludicrous DRM schemes in the new Windows operating system, but a closer look suggests that Windows isn't to blame after all.  Most users, in fact, won't even notice Windows 7's DRM.
Discussion: InfoWorld and TechFlash
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”.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Comcast's Customers Give The Cable Guy the Boot  —  Even in the worst of times, people are supposed to hold their TVs close to their hearts: Turn off the heat?  Sure.  But don't you dare take my cable away.  —  So this can't be good: Cable giant Comcast (CMCSA) turned in a fourth-quarter report card …
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.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Obama's antitrust pick: Microsoft ‘so last century,’ Google troubling
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.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla backs move to decriminalize iPhone jailbreaking
Discussion: CNET News, Pulse2 and TechSpot
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Search Share Rises Again... And Google Falls!  —  Last month we reported a potentially important change in search-market share trends: After years of steady decline, Yahoo's domestic share numbers (YHOO) had increased for five months in a row.  Well, the good news continued in January …
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica and eWeek
Craig Wilkinson / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App now available on Windows Mobile  —  One of the most common questions we are asked on this blog is “When will this be available for my phone?”.  Well for all you Windows Mobile fans the answer is “now” for the Google Mobile App.  Try it out by downloading it from http://m.google.com on your mobile phone.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
CAPTCHA-crackers breach Windows Live Hotmail yet again  —  Another day, another CAPTCHA crack, and this time it's Microsoft once again scrambling to pull its pants back up.  The company will undoubtedly resecure Windows Live Hotmail, but CAPTCHAs are a technology whose use needs to be reevaluated.
Discussion: eWeek
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Five Years of Yahoo! Search  —  Five years ago today, Yahoo! launched its own search engine.  Since then, we've introduced a host of new features, vastly improved the relevance of both our algorithmic and sponsored results, and learned some important lessons.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Ten reasons why Windows Mobile 6.5 misses the mark  —  The talk this week at Mobile World Congress has been largely positive about Microsoft's latest iteration of its smartphone UI, Windows Mobile 6.5.  Still, some of us at Engadget (well, one of us, at least), feel like the folks in Redmond missed the mark by a longshot.
Discussion: The Toybox and MacDailyNews
Nintendo:
NINTENDO DSI LAUNCHES APRIL 5 IN THE UNITED STATES  —  New Portable System Offers Customized Gaming Experiences  —  Nintendo pioneered hand-held entertainment in the '80s and made it fully mobile with the Game Boy™ video game system.  Now, Nintendo is transforming the way people access …
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Bentonville Mafia  —  As promised, here's part three of my series on fixing Microsoft for the 21st century.  This assumes we've already spun-off the Internet properties to Yahoo as I suggested a few days ago and a Bank of America/Merrill-Lynch analyst quickly copied.
Thanks:atul
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's IE 8 Compatibility List: Is it working?  —  Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) is nearing the finish line, with a March release to manufacturing looking like a distinct possibility.  But is IE 8 — or, more accurately — Web site developers and owners — really ready?
Discussion: SitePoint
 
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Discussion: Engadget and WMPoweruser.com
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Outbrain Launches “Sponsored But Good” Revenue Model
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Mobile broadband next-gen battle
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Sector remap fragmentation slowing Intel X25-M SSDs
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Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Jeff Dean keynote at WSDM 2009
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Traditional Radio Stations Agree To Webcasting Rates; Internet …
Discussion: Obsessable and hypebot
Tom Reestman / TheAppleBlog:
Microsoft Finally Found a Group They Can Impress
Discussion: Industry Standard
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Freescale To Use Android, Aims for Half of Netbook Market
Discussion: The Toybox and jkOnTheRun, Thanks:kevendones
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live