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5:00 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.”
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: TUAW, MacBlogz and digg.com
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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: 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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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”.
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.
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
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 …
Nikki Finke / Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily:
Peter Chernin Has Decided To Step Down As No. 2 At News Corp  —  1:30 PM: My news about Peter Chernin leaving was a shocker around the Fox lot this morning.  Not to mention Hollywood.  Even agents were the last to know.  —  12:06 PM: The Los Angeles Times is now following my scoop 1 1/2-hours later …
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.
Discussion: TechFlash
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Survey: Axed Employees Often Walk Out with Corporate Data  —  A study of people who left or lost their jobs in 2008 found close to 60 percent kept corporate data after leaving.  The survey, performed by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Symantec, included more than 900 responses and found …
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 …
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.
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
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.
James Ashton / Times of London:
Stop download flood, says music chief  —  BRITAIN's broadband providers are like its Victorian water pipes - far too leaky, according to a top entertainment chief, writes James Ashton.  —  Elio Leoni-Sceti, chief executive of EMI Music, whose artists include Katy Perry, above …
Discussion: p2pnet and paidContent
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Mini USB to Micro USB adapter solves BlackBerry charger incompatibility issues - $1.94  —  You can explain all you want about how Research in Motion had to switch from Mini USB to Micro USB (comparison photo here) to save space on their new BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry 8220 and BlackBerry Curve 8900.
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
 
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Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
Red Hat debuts virtualization software
Discussion: The Register
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
FTC loses bid to resurrect Rambus antitrust case
Discussion: CNET News
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Best Buy offering $100 iPhone discount to program members
Lawrence Aragon / PE Hub Blog:
Accel, Breyer are “Strategic Partners” in Andreesen VC Fund
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Telegraph:
Facebook users targeted by bogus application
New York Times:
The Media Baron and His Soft Spot
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Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Internet threat: Hackers swarm bank accounts
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Windows 7 will be “great for games”
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Social Network Twitter Is Becoming Something of a Hangout …
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