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5:10 PM ET, February 25, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
A peek inside Apple's shareholders meeting?  —  The press was barred from bringing laptops, iPhones or any other communication devices into the Apple (AAPL) shareholders meeting that began at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) Wednesday — much to the chagrin of CNBC's Jim Goldman, who had advertised his plans to live blog it.
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Bloomberg:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs Remains Deeply Involved at the Company, Director Says  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs remains deeply involved in strategic decisions and the company will disclose more information about his health if warranted, a director said.
Roy Blount Jr / New York Times:
The Kindle Swindle?  —  BEING president of too many well-meaning organizations put my father into an early grave.  The lesson in this was not lost on me.  But now I am president of the Authors Guild, whose mission is to sustain book-writing as a viable occupation.
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Frank Shaw / Glass House:   Case Study: What A Bad Op-Ed Looks Like
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
IE8 compatibility and reliability update for Windows 7 beta  —  Microsoft has released an update for Internext Explorer build 8.0.7000.0, fixing many bugs that were fixed with the release of IE8 RC1 for Vista and XP.  —  Microsoft has released a patch via Windows Update for Internet Explorer 8 …
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IE8 Reliability Update for Windows 7 Beta Now Available
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.
Discussion: CNET News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Exposes 1 Terabyte of Public Data to Developers  —  Amazon.com changed the retail world.  In the process the company built up so much surplus computing power that it started a dirt cheap “computing in the cloud” business that changed the computing world.
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Amazon Web Services Blog:
New AWS Public Data Sets - Economics, DBpedia, Freebase, and Wikipedia
Discussion: Beyond Search and bytes|genes
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple updates Apple TV software to version 2.3.1 [Ux2]  —  Apple overnight released a minor software update for owners of its Apple TV set-top media box that has thus far been revealed to include a new Network Test function and improvements when using Apple Remote for iPhone.
Ryan Spoon:
Perez Hilton Hits 14,000,000 Pageviews Yesterday.  Wow.  —  You might not be interested in celebrity news and gossip...  You might not consider it important or meaningful...  But to the web, it is significant and marks a major move in the Digital Media space.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Connected Life Head Marco Boerries to Leave Yahoo  —  Yahoo's top mobile exec, Marco Boerries, is departing Yahoo, according to an internal email obtained by BoomTown that he sent to some staffers on Sunday.  —  I have also confirmed Boerries's departure with company insiders familiar with the situation.
GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 price cut announcement “in the next couple of days” - Janco  —  The PlayStation 3 could be about to receive a price cut, with Sony due to make an announcement imminently.  —  That's according to Janco Partners' Mike Hickey, who has said in his latest note to investors that Sony needs …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Microsoft May Begin Shipping Windows 7 in September, Compal's Chen Says  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, may begin shipping its Windows 7 operating system as early as the third quarter, a computer-industry executive said.
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Who profits from the App Store?  —  You will struggle to find a happy shopkeeper right now - but I've just met one.  His name is Eric, and he has good reason to be contented.  After all his store only opened in July last year, but has already sold 500 million products, and its deal with its suppliers means it gets 30% of the revenues.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The unrecognizable Internet of 1996.  —  The Internet of 1996 is almost unrecognizable compared with what we have today.  —  It's 1996, and you're bored.  What do you do?  If you're one of the lucky people with an AOL account, you probably do the same thing you'd do in 2009: Go online.
Discussion: techblog.dallasnews.com and Vacuum
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 8: Pirates Kill the Music Biz  —  Today's first witness is Tobias Andersson from Piratbyrån and later on the IFPI's CEO John Kennedy will testify, although it's not expected that he will respond to the open letter and peace offering issued yesterday by the ‘Kopimists’.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google blames Gmail outage on data centre collapse  —  Domino effect crashes through the cloud  —  Free whitepaper - Lessons learned in successful implementation of enterprise learning  —  Google has apologised for yesterday's major Gmail meltdown after some of its data centres in Europe failed …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nortel to Cut 3,200 More Workers  —  Nortel, the bankrupt telecommunications gear maker, said today it will lay off an additional 3,200 workers worldwide over the coming months — bringing its total workforce down to 25,000.  The Canadian company, which filed for bankruptcy in January …
Discussion: Reuters and Computerworld
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Nortel:
NORTEL ANNOUNCES WORKFORCE REDUCTIONS
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Startup Fliggo Lets You Build Your Own YouTube  —  First we had Ning, which lets you build your own niche social network.  Now we have Fliggo, which lets you build your own YouTube.  Fliggo is the latest startup to come out of Y Combinator.  It has been in private beta for a while, but is now open to the public.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
SoftBank now giving away iPhones in Japan  —  In a bid to possibly clear inventory, combat slumping sales, or both, SoftBank Mobile's new “iPhone for Everybody Campaign” is offering customers in Japan a free iPhone 3G with a two-year contract through May.  —  Announced on the Japanese carrier's website …
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Local Mobile Search To Reach $1.3 Billion By 2013  —  Spurred by the burgeoning mobile Web and targeted advertising demand, U.S. local mobile search advertising will hit $1.3 billion by 2013—up from just $20 million in 2008, according to a new study by The Kelsey Group.
Ricky Cadden / MobileBurn.com:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic for North America is now available  —  News by Ricky Cadden on Wednesday February 25, 2009.  —  The Nokia Flagship stores in Chicago and New York City today began selling the North American variant of the popular 5800 XpressMusic smartphone.
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Amazon's E-Book Strategy Re-Kindles Debate on Open Standards  —  While many salivated over this week's arrival of “the iPod of the book world,” supporters of open e-book standards are opining anew that the Kindle's proprietary format is not only bad for readers but, in the long run, probably for Amazon as well.
Mike Miliard / thephoenix.com:
In your Facebook  —  Facebook is already giving away personal information.  And at least one data-miner is nervous.  —  Like thousands of other Facebook users, Jason Kaufman was “alarmed” last week when he read that Facebook had subtly altered the text of its Terms of Use in ways that seemed to give its users less privacy protection.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tale of 140 Characters, Plus the Ones in Congress  —  It's a case of Twittering while Rome burns.  —  President Obama spoke of economic calamity and war last night in that solemn rite of democracy, the address to the joint session of Congress.  And lawmakers watched him with the dignity Americans …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Penn State Study: Search Ad Click Through Rate  —  Penn State's Jim Jansen announced a recent study they just finished that looked at the click through rate of search ads.  They studied hundreds of thousands of users, as they interacted with DogPile, the popular meta search engine.
Discussion: Penn State Live and ecpm blog
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
More record companies take aim at music search engine SeeqPod  —  EMI and Capitol Records have jumped on the bandwagon, filing suit against music search engine SeeqPod for copyright infringement in New York.  They're following in the footsteps of Warner Music Group, which took action against the site in California in January 2008.
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
What Margaret Mead could teach techs  —  Big tech firms are hiring social scientists to help them figure out the changing landscape.  —  (Fortune) — While traveling in China, Genevieve Bell figured she'd have no trouble getting a cell phone.  With cash, a passport and official documents from her employer …
Fëdor Karpelevitch / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Browser title bar tweaks  —  I'm often doing something on my computer and want to know if I have new mail without having to keep my Gmail window open.  But if you keep Gmail minimized or in an inactive tab sometimes all you see in the browser title bar is something like “Gmail - Inbo...”
Engineering Windows 7:
Feedback and Engineering Windows 7  —  Welcome to our blog dedicated to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7
 
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Johnny Minkley / GamesIndustry.biz:
EA: We've learned our lesson on release dates
Discussion: Ars Technica and Joystiq
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
U.S. Supreme Court rules for AT&T in antitrust suit
Discussion: DSLreports
Wall Street Journal:
Lost Cellphone? Carriers Have Backup
Times of India:
Bloggers can be nailed for views
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:sampad
Matthew Richardson / Prefix Magazine:
iTunes Launches Indie Store
Discussion: Ars Technica
 Earlier Items: 
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Recruiters Are Sending Out Their Own Résumés
Thanks:atul
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Mobile Apps for Music: Look Out iTunes?
BBC:
UK government backs open source
Discussion: DailyTech and OStatic blogs
John Leyden / The Register:
Gmail phishing attack hits on heels of outage
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Gawker and Obsessable
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
15 online photo editors compared
Discussion: Lifehacker and Imaging Insider