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5:40 PM ET, February 18, 2009

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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 …
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.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Intel/Nvidia Catfight Is About More Than IP  —  Intel on Monday night filed suit to stop graphics chipmaker Nvidia from tying its graphics chips to certain future Intel CPUs.  The suit filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery alleges that Nvidia doesn't have the right to integrate a Nvida GPU …
Discussion: eWeek and Ars Technica
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   BoomTown Decodes the Zuckerberg Terms of Service My-Bad Memo …
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.
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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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: TechFlash and InfoWorld
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”.
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Enforcing Manners, Tumblr Shuts Down 5 Blogs  —  Please: be nice.  Julia Allison (at right), the blogger other bloggers love to hate, posing for a photograph at her 27th birthday party, in 2008, with fellow bloggers Meghan Asha and Robert Buka.  —  In a blog post written late Tuesday night …
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 …
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 …
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 iPhone Blog and The Toybox
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
While people worry about Facebook photos, a million users let Google know exactly where they are  —  Why should location-based social networks be worried about Google?  Because its new Latitude product was able to gain over a million users in just a week, Google's vice president …
Business Wire:
HP Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  — First quarter GAAP operating profit down 5% to $2.5 billion; $0.75 GAAP earnings per share, down from $0.80 a year earlier  — First quarter non-GAAP operating profit up 10% to $3.1 billion; $0.93 non-GAAP earnings per share, up from $0.86 a year earlier
Softpedia News Center:
Windows 7 Build 7048 Labeled Release Candidate 1 (RC1)  —  It is all speculation at this point in time  —  The first Release Candidate of Windows 7 is beginning to take contour.  Following the availability of Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 for the general public on January 10, 2009 …
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Outbrain Launches “Sponsored But Good” Revenue Model  —  Last week NY-based recommendations service Outbrain raised $12 million with a total of $18 million in total venture capital funding.  Today Outbrain is announcing the launch of their revenue model which they are calling, “Sponsored But Good”.
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.
NEWS.com.au:
Pickpocket steals secret data off Telstra boss  —  A MOBILE phone loaded with top-secret Microsoft software given to Telstra boss Sol Trujillo has apparently been stolen by a Barcelona pickpocket.  —  The yet-to-be-released software was on a yet-to-be-released phone given to Mr Trujillo in Spain this week at the World Mobile Congress.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS: Things Are Bad, But We Can Pay Our Bills; Dividend Slashed  —  CBS had a lousy fourth quarter, but that's no news: Wall Street expected that, and Les Moonves and company met revenue expectations while beating earnings.  —  The real news: The company is trying to resolve a looming debt problem by slashing its dividend.
InfoWorld:
Microsoft kills Equipt subscription offering  —  After offering it only since July, Microsoft is discontinuing its Equipt package of software and services.  —  The move follows the company's decision to also kill off OneCare, the security software that was included in the Equipt package …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Dieter Bohn / The iPhone Blog:
Eyes On: Sygic Turn By Turn GPS App for iPhone  —  There you see it, folks, a real live native iPhone app that provides turn-by-turn GPS directions with voice prompts, points of interest, support for multiple countries, maps stored in-memory instead of streamed from the internet, the whole nine yards.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors, TUAW and MacBlogz
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.
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
 
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The McKinsey Quarterly:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Sean Bradford / Neowin.net:
Live Search QnA moves to MSN platform
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Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
Why being a “hit” on iTunes doesn't matter yet
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Tom Dimopoulos / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps on Verizon's BlackBerry Storm now uses GPS for My Location
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Bentonville Mafia  —  As promised, here's part three …
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 Earlier Items: 
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Mobile broadband next-gen battle
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's IE 8 Compatibility List: Is it working?
Discussion: The Register and SitePoint
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Jeff Dean keynote at WSDM 2009
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Traditional Radio Stations Agree To Webcasting Rates; Internet …
Discussion: hypebot and Obsessable