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4:20 PM ET, February 23, 2009

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Nick Farrell / www.itexaminer.com:
Apple to allow Verizon connections  —  When Jobs is away the cats will play  —  Apple is certain to allow Verizon to join its elite band of Iphone providers, bringing to an end the exclusive and somewhat stupid exclusivity deal in its biggest market.  —  Deep throats in Apple claim …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple To Launch iPhone On Verizon Wireless?  —  So, this is a pretty sketchy report, but fascinating if right.  —  A Rome-based reporter for the Bangalore-based tech news site ITExaminer.com is reporting that “deep throats” at Apple (AAPL) say “iPhones for Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) will be announced soon.”
Richard Jones / Last.fm:
“Techcrunch are full of s**t”  —  On Friday night a technology blog called Techcrunch posted a vicious and completely false rumour about us: that Last.fm handed data to the RIAA so they could track who's been listening to the “leaked” U2 album.  —  I denied it vehemently on the Techcrunch article …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iTunes Concept Shows How iPhone App Management Should Have Worked From the Start  —  Add, delete, rate, and move—these are your app options on the iPhone.  This interface concept, though, puts full app management within iTunes, and makes us wonder why it wasn't there in the first place.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Surprise: America is No. 1 in Broadband  —  There is a constant refrain that the United States is falling behind in broadband, as if the speed of Internet service in Seoul represents a new Sputnik that is a challenge to national security.  —  It's certainly true that in some countries …
Softpedia News:
OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Build 10A261 Highlights  —  The latest OS X 10.6 build has multiple observable (some intriguing) changes  —  World of Apple, which usually posts entire sets of release notes / seed notes the instant Apple makes a new move in the Snow Leopard area, has “refrained” …
Discussion: MacRumors
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard screenshots show interface tweaks
Discussion: MacBlogz and digg.com
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T rivals seen driving down cost of iPhone service  —  Tough macroeconomic conditions are causing wireless carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile to become more aggressive with pricing of their monthly service plans, a move which could ultimately help drive down the cost of owning an iPhone.
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: iPhone benefits from carrier rate war
Discussion: Ars Technica
Wall Street Journal:
Information Wants to Be Expensive  —  Newspapers need to act like they're worth something.  —  With newspapers in cities across the country on the brink, an old idea is being resurrected in the hope of saving them: They should charge for access to their journalism on the Internet.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Music Industry Orders BitTorrent Blackout  —  Last month, Eircom announced that at the behest of the music industry it will disconnect customers who are allegedly sharing copyrighted material.  Initially the ISP planned to stand up for its customers in court.
Discussion: digg.com
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Adrian Weckler / sbpost.ie:
Music-swapping sites to be blocked by internet providers
Tim O'Reilly / Forbes:
Why Kindle Should Be An Open Book  —  Unless Amazon embraces open standards, the Kindle's lead will become a very short story.  —  SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — The Amazon Kindle has sparked huge media interest in e-books and has seemingly jump-started the market.
Discussion: TeleRead
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo News Head Khemlani Departs for Hearst as VP Digital Media  —  [UPDATED: With Hearst press release confirming the move at the bottom.]  —  Neeraj Khemlani (pictured here), Yahoo's general manager and executive editor of news, is set to leave his job-right in the midst of a major restructuring …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Yahoo Management Structure: Who Is In and Who Is Out?  —  On Friday, BoomTown first reported that new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz is likely to be announcing a sweeping new management structure soon, which can only mean the possibility that some existing top execs are likely to be broomed out, even as some new ones are ushered in.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Red Dog: Can you teach old Windows hounds new tricks?  —  It has been four months since Microsoft took the official wraps off its cloud-computing initiative.  Yet still relatively little still is known about the Azure platform and plans.  —  The part of Azure which intrigued …
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Facebook Grapples With Revenue and Data  —  Ascending social net mulls app taxing and community liaison post/board  —  A few weeks ago, the social application developer Slide announced that movie and TV star Ashton Kutcher would headline an original Web series on Facebook.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Who is Advising Thomas Friedman?  I Have a Guess  —  A lot of people have been expressing their surprise and disappointment in the recent writings of Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist who has, inarguably, become one of the nation's most influential journalists over the past decade.
Discussion: TechFlash
Nielsen Wire:
TV, Internet And Mobile Usage In U.S. Continues To Rise  —  Viewing of video on television, Internet and mobile devices — the Three Screens — continues to increase and has hit record levels.  Nielsen's fourth quarter A2/M2 Three Screen Report reports that the average American watches …
Martyn Williams / Macworld:
IPhone-controlled car to demo at Geneva Motor Show  —  It can send e-mails, play video, access the Web and snap pictures, but control a car?  Swiss automobile design house Rinspeed will unveil a concept electric car controlled by an iPhone at next week's Geneva Motor Show.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Oscar's YouTube No-Show  —  Looking for highlights of last night's Oscars on YouTube?  Good luck.  —  That's because ABC, which broadcast last night's show, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which produces the event, don't want clips of last night's show on the world's biggest video site.
Nick Broughall / Gizmodo Australia:
Hands On With The Kogan Agora Android Phone Prototype  —  Just in case you thought the entire Kogan Agora smartphone was a play in the game of marketing chess some companies tend to play, tonight I managed to get some hands-on time with one of the prototypes.  And I liked it.
APC:
Sol's stolen phone wiped remotely … Where are the leaked screenshots of the supposedly top secret Windows Mobile 6.5?  After last week's pick-pocketing theft of a handset given to Telstra head honcho Sol Trujillo we'd be expecting someone, somewhere to be leaking details of the latest mobile OS from Redmond.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
MSI unveils new X-Slim models ahead of CeBIT  —  We certainly aren't tired of the X-Slim 320 laptop from MSI, with its Air-like form-factor in less expensive and slightly more practical packaging — it's still many moons away from release, after all.  Despite that, MSI felt the need to announce …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
iPhone apps for Lady Gaga, Pussycat Dolls and other UMG artists  —  Interscope Geffen A&M is launching iPhone applications for five of its key artists, through a partnership with mobile firm Kyte.  The five are Lady Gaga, the Pussycat Dolls, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, the All American Rejects, and Keri Hilson.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
The day iTunes died?  Spotify is working on a killer iPhone app  —  Ever since hot streaming music startup Spotify hired a director of “portable solutions” you just knew they were going to do something cool in mobile.  And frankly there is no cooler place to do it right now than on the iPhone.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Socializes Even More With New Lifestream  —  As part of its ongoing rejiggering of its social-networking offerings, AOL is formally rolling out its expected Lifestream platform today, with a new “timeline” depicting a user's online life in a streaming horizontal calendar called a Lifestory.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Associated Press Considers Locking Up Its Online Content  —  You can almost hear Reuters, CNN, UPI and a few others laugh maniacally over the news that the Associated Press is considering locking up its content.  The Associated Press has a pretty long history of not having much of a grasp …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
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James Ashton / Times of London:
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Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
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Telegraph:
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New Zealand Herald:
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
The Media Baron and His Soft Spot
Discussion: MediaFile, Romenesko and Gawker
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Survey: Axed Employees Often Walk Out with Corporate Data
Discussion: Computerworld
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Internet threat: Hackers swarm bank accounts
Discussion: GMSV and Technology Live, Thanks:brickandclick
GamesIndustry.biz:
Windows 7 will be “great for games”
Discussion: PC World, VG247 and Kotaku
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Social Network Twitter Is Becoming Something of a Hangout …
Discussion: Tech President
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Startups in a Downturn  —  Entrepreneurs who helped build …
Discussion: innonate, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why Web radio faces another crisis
Discussion: p2pnet