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8:30 PM ET, February 25, 2009

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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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Microsoft:
Microsoft v. TomTom: Patent Infringement Action  —  Microsoft has filed an action today after attempting for more than a year to engage in licensing discussions with TomTom.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — February 25, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today filed a patent infringement action against TomTom NV and Tom Tom …
Discussion: The Register and Microsoft Pri0
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Sues Linux For Patent Infringement  —  Microsoft (MSFT) has gone and done it, they've filed suit in U.S. District Court claiming Linux violates their patents.  —  The case centers on portable GPS device maker Tomtom, which uses Linux in its device.
Discussion: Engadget
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.
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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.
Discussion: SiliconAngle, Thanks:atul
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
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.
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Juan Carlos Perez / Network World:
IDC forecasts first U.S. ad spending contraction since 2001  —  More bad news for advertising-supported Internet and media companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and MySpace: IDC is predicting that online ad spending in the U.S. will shrink year-on-year in the first quarter for the first time since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Online Ads Could Fall 5% This Quarter, Says IDC
Discussion: TechCrunch and Wall Street Journal
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: TUAW
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Nokia thinking about dabbling in the laptop biz  —  Earlier this morning on Finland's YLE (think BBC, but Finnish), Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was asked if the company had plans to expand into the laptop market.  Sure enough, his response: … Yeah.  Weird, right?  Nokia, making laptops?
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nokia Reportedly Considers Making Laptops
Discussion: Electronic Pulp, Reuters and Engadget
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 …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Kindle 2 going international  —  If this job posting by lab126.com, Amazon's secret hardware skunkworks, is any indication there will be an International version of the Kindle sooner than later. … Note that this doesn't specifically mention overseas implementation but it does describe Wi-Fi and 3G …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Engadget
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Shared Stuff to Be Discontinued  —  Google Shared Stuff, the social bookmarking service that has never been officially launched, will no longer be available after the end of March.  —  Google Shared Stuff was only used to share videos at Google Video and Knol articles, but it was buggy and underdeveloped.
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.
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 …
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 …
Johnny Minkley / GamesIndustry.biz:
EA: We've learned our lesson on release dates  —  Electronic Arts has admitted it got it wrong with the releases of some of its biggest games of 2008, and insists the industry must now rethink its entire approach to putting products into the market.  —  Glen Schofield, general manager …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Kotaku, VG247 and Joystiq
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 …
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.
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:berecruited
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.
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...”
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.
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Netflix to offer “streaming only” plans in future  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy said on Wednesday it plans to offer its online streaming service on a stand-alone basis.  —  “We're likely to do that in the foreseeable future,” …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Apple shareholders re-elect board, vote no on resolutions  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Shareholders of Apple Inc. (AAPL: , , ) voted to re-elect the company's slate of directors and also voted down several shareholder-sponsored resolutions regarding executive pay, sustainability and healthcare reform.
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
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 …
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
Camera Sales Slump 12%  —  Market research firm IDC said that U.S. digital camera sales declined even more sharply than expected in the fourth-quarter holiday season, falling 12% to 15 million units.  —  Worsening the pain for camera makers and retailers, the market skewed toward lower-end devices …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Biden Forgets Recovery.gov's “Website Number”  —  This morning Vice President Biden went on the CBS early show to promote Recovery.gov, the website that will detail where all of the money in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be going.  Unfortunately, he forgot the actual address …
Discussion: Switched, Indecision and SiliconAngle
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo CFO Gives Mixed Signals On Possible Search Deal
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Pulse2
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Hearst, MediaNews: You can invent the future in San Francisco
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Local Mobile Search To Reach $1.3 Billion By 2013
Mike Miliard / thephoenix.com:
In your Facebook  —  Facebook is already giving away personal information.
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
U.S. Supreme Court rules for AT&T in antitrust suit
Discussion: CNET News and DSLreports
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Exposes 1 Terabyte of Public Data to Developers
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google blames Gmail outage on data centre collapse