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7:35 AM ET, February 26, 2009

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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter = YouTube.  —  What?  Is Battelle crazy?  Hear me out.  Think back when YouTube was growing like a weed, and Google snapped it up.  Most folks (including me) saw this as Google “getting into the video business,” and sure, that in fact was one part of the equation.
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Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
How Twitter could be a threat to Google  —  Google's search engine is so dominant that it's hard to imagine how anyone could knock the Mountain View company from its pedestal.  And yet if history is any guide, such reigns never last.  IBM gave way to Microsoft, which now has been usurped by Google.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft sues TomTom over Linux and other patent claims  —  Microsoft filed suit against TomTom today, alleging that the in-car navigation company's devices violate eight of its patents — including three that relate to TomTom's implementation of the Linux kernel.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Microsoft lawyer 'won't speculate' on more Linux suits
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia considering entering laptop industry  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia is eyeing entering the laptop business, its Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said in an interview to Finnish national broadcaster YLE on Wednesday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times to the Web: Hands Off Our “T”!  —  The New York Times is justifiably proud of the work its staff publishes on the its flagship Web site every day.  It's also very proud of the first letter of its name.  —  That seems to be the lesson in a flap between the paper and Newser …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   It's NYTCo's Turn To Complain About Aggregators
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
10 reasons to buy a Kindle 2... and 10 reasons not to  —  Having used both Kindles 1 and 2, I thought it would helpful to list where the new Kindle excels and where it falters.  The dead tree book will never die - I think it will even have more longevity and popularity than the boutique appreciation …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Amazon's Kindle 2 Improves the Good, Leaves Out the Bad
Discussion: All Things Digital and TechFlash
Tracey John / MTV Multiplayer:
Id Software Hopes ‘Quake Live’ Lasts At Least A Decade  —  The makers of “Quake Live,” a new browser-based online multiplayer game based on “Quake III: Arena,” talk about how hard it was getting it to work with different browsers and how they plan to make “Quake” appeal to a much broader audience …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple shareholder meeting dominated by politics  —  Apple's annual shareholder meeting was dominated, as usual, by groups using the event as a soapbox for furthering their political agenda.  Apple COO Tim Cook only answered a couple real questions from individuals, and the crowd sang …
Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Ads in Google News search results  —  If you're in the US, starting today you may notice something a bit different when you search Google News.  —  Last November, we announced plans to begin experimenting with ads on a number of Google properties, including news query refinements within Google search.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft renews Vista anticrack campaign  —  Latest antipiracy move targets only Vista Ultimate  —  Computerworld) Starting this week, Microsoft Corp. will feed Windows Vista Ultimate users an update that sniffs out pirated copies, a company manager said yesterday.
Nancy Gohring / Macworld:
Google blocks paid apps for unlocked G1 users  —  People who bought an unlocked version of the Android G1 phone are no longer allowed to download new paid applications from the Market, after a change Google made late last week.  —  Google is prohibiting users of the unlocked phones …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Electronista, Thanks:atul
Apple:
MobileMe: Service updates as of February 25, 2009  —  The MobileMe service has recently been updated with improvements as described below.  —  Products Affected  —  MobileMe  —  Mail  — Compose window address selector shows all email addresses for contacts, not just home and work addresses.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and TUAW
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Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
President Obama Abandons Twitter  —  Barack Obama's online presence drove his campaign's early fundraising and his primary victory over Hillary Clinton.  His use of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube proved the 46-year-old senator was part of the Web 2.0 generation.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google says hello to Twitter with a stream of 1s and 0s  —  That was the first official tweet from Google's official Twitter account today.  The second tweet announced the launch of its App Status Dashboard, which we just covered.  This looks to be another move in the direction of transparency …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Would You Pay Comcast $10 a Month for Online TV?  —  While watching Hulu and other premium online content on your big screen TV isn't a threat to cable companies right now (TV watching is at an all time high, and getting high-quality content from PC to TV isn't that easy yet) …
Discussion: ParisLemon
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
AIM for iPhone gets paid version, SMS alerts, location awareness  —  AIM for iPhone and iPod touch has split into free (ad-supported) and paid versions, though both feature the same enhancements for this 2.0 upgrade.  New in AIM for iPhone 2.0 are SMS notifications, location-aware services, multiple accounts, and more.
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Perry: PSP 2 is Real, Could Hit This Fall  —  The a UMD-free Playstation Portable 2 is indeed real and could hit as early as this fall, David Perry, chief creative officer at Acclaim, told Kotaku today.  —  “I spoke to a developer who is working on it right now,” he said.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hacking contest offers $10,000 for iPhone exploit  —  Pwn2Own your smartphone  —  Free whitepaper - Trend Micro marries security with Cloud Computing  —  An annual hacker competition planned for next month has setting its sights on Apple's iPhone and four other smart phones in a contest …
Discussion: DVLabs
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Flexible Touchscreen E-paper Signals the Rise of Touchscreens Everywhere  —  We've sung the praises of flexible screen technology here a few times—it'll be a key part of the next revolution in gadget technology.  And now another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Music Labels Reach A New Low, Sue Developer For Using Seeqpod API  —  It's no secret that the record industry hates Seeqpod, a music site that lets users stream songs for free.  Last year the company was sued by Warner Music Group (the outcome of the suit is still pending).
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Announcing the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 RC  —  This week we are announcing that Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has hit an important milestone in development: Release Candidate (RC).  —  Starting today, the RC of SP2 for Windows Vista …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Google's EU Gambit Is Stupid  —  Google has long cooperated with the European Union Competition Commission and its investigations of Microsoft, but from the sidelines.  My reliable sources were clear on this months ago.  I blogged about Google's participation, again, on Jan. 16.
 
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Palm Energizes Developers for the Pre Phone
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Is Microsoft Guilty of Push Polling? Yes.
Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Howard Lindzon and Friends Launch New Investment Fund for Social Apps
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Dealscape, Thanks:atul
Electronista:
Panasonic, Philips, Sony vow cheaper Blu-ray
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
No Protection For Bloggers In Possible Law?
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Another credit card processor breached, fraud extent unknown
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Microsoft's Fight Against Fat Fingers
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William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
Camera Sales Slump 12%
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Biden Forgets Recovery.gov's “Website Number”
Discussion: Switched, Indecision and SiliconAngle
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo CFO Gives Mixed Signals On Possible Search Deal
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Pulse2
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Shared Stuff to Be Discontinued
Mike Miliard / thephoenix.com:
In your Facebook  —  Facebook is already giving away personal information.
 

 
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