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7:15 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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple to Verizon: Can you hear me now? Maybe.
Discussion: Gearlog
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Who's Advising Tom 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.
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Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Reason Friedman's Wrong: Most Startups Bomb
Thanks:jwyarow
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard screenshots show interface tweaks  —  A gallery of screenshots from the latest build of Apple's upcoming Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system showcases a handful of minor design tweaks that have been reported around the web in recent weeks.
Discussion: MacBlogz and TUAW
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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: Crave and MacRumors
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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
RIAA denies rumors that Last.fm turned over user data
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and Music Ally
Microsoft:
Microsoft Advertising Announces Formation of Publisher Leadership Council  —  Consortium of leading Web publishers will consult on next-generation advertising platform, Microsoft PubCenter.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the creation of the Publisher Leadership Council …
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:   Microsoft Wants To Be Less Hard: Unveils Initiatives To Reduce …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Microsoft Taps Major Publishers To Help Steer PubCenter Ad Platform
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
It's Official: Chernin's Tenure As News Corp. COO Will Expire When His Contract Does On June 30  —  After hours of tom-tom beating, it's official—News Corp (NYSE: NWS).  President and COO Peter Chernin will leave on June 30, when his current contract expires.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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 …
Douglas A. McIntyre / 247 Wall Street:
The Twenty Five Most Valuable Blogs  —  It is extremely difficult to put accurate financial values on blogs.  Almost all of them are private companies.  Some do raise VC money and those sums can be used as guidelines if and when they are disclosed.  Like many content businesses, the only worthwhile value is what an acquirer will pay.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and MediaMemo, Thanks:atul
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 …
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Hit ‘send,’ then hit the door  —  ‘SO LONG, SUCKERS!’  Jason Shugars, who left Google for the website Imeem, said, “I didn't want to send out a stale ‘good working with you, please reach me here’ e-mail.”  —  Farewell e-mails become an art form in this age of pink slips.
Thanks:atul
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft backtracks on severance issue  —  Amid a wave of criticism, Microsoft is backtracking on a decision to require laid off workers to pay back money that the software maker said was in excess of its planned severance, CNET News has learned.  —  Over the weekend, Microsoft confirmed …
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.
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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T pulls Quickfire handsets from shelves, floor  —  We got a couple tips this morning that AT&T has issued a notice to all store managers to stop selling AT&T Quickfires, and they've even been asked to pull the demo handsets from the floor.  We heard the reason that AT&T is bailing on the phone is due to “quality issues”.
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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Could Wikipedia's Future Be as a Development Platform?  —  Content creation at Wikipedia is slowing down.  The already small number of active regular editors is on the decline and Jimmy Wales has called for live edits to be held for approval on many pages, a step sure to slow contributions even further.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's growing cash hoard  —  Two days before Apple's (AAPL) annual meeting — the first in more than a decade that Steve Jobs won't attend — Financial Alchemist's Turley Muller offers beleaguered shareholders a statistic that should provide some comfort:  —  Apple's cash holdings have grown …
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 …
Discussion: eWeek and OakLeaf Systems
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.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
HTC uses Twitter to confirm Touch Pro2 coming to North America  —  Last time HTC used Twitter to confirm something, it was to let everyone know that the HTC Touch HD wouldn't be coming stateside.  This time, they bring good news!  —  We were already pretty sure that the Touch Pro2 was headed …
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Lenovo ThinkPad Laptop Toughens Up Against Panasonic, Dell  —  Lenovo is looking to bring its ThinkPad laptops into the semirugged and rugged competition against laptop offerings from the likes of Panasonic and Dell.  Lenovo announces that eight of its ThinkPad notebooks now offer the same type …
Discussion: Engadget, Pulse2 and Electronista
 
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Celebrities Handle the Pre (Update: with help from Palm)
Discussion: Engadget and WebOS Arena
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Publisher speculates about Amazon/Google e-book “duopoly”
Discussion: CrunchGear and VatorNews
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Widgetbox wants to make widgets more productive
Discussion: Atlassian News and RyanSpoon.com, Thanks:berecruited
Kevin Marks / TechCrunchIT:
Social Web Q&A with Google's Kevin Marks
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
Red Hat debuts virtualization software
Discussion: The Register
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Music Industry Orders BitTorrent Blackout
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Facebook Grapples With Revenue and Data
 Earlier Items: 
Lawrence Aragon / PE Hub Blog:
Accel, Breyer are “Strategic Partners” in Andreesen VC Fund
Discussion: Virtual Worlds News
James Ashton / Times of London:
Stop download flood, says music chief
Discussion: p2pnet and paidContent
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Associated Press Considers Locking Up Its Online Content
Discussion: Slashdot
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Mini USB to Micro USB adapter solves BlackBerry charger incompa …
Discussion: Engadget and Crave
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Survey: Axed Employees Often Walk Out with Corporate Data
Discussion: Digital Daily, The Register and GMSV
 

 
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