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7:35 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: 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
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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 …
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Apple shareholders re-elect board, vote no on resolutions
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
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
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 and MacDailyNews
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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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Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Online Ad Spending Seen Shrinking  —  Internet advertising could fall by 5% in the first quarter of 2009, the first contraction in online ad spending since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, market research group IDC said Wednesday.  —  IDC analyst Karsten Weide also said the U.S. Internet ad market …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Online Ads Could Fall 5% This Quarter, Says IDC
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
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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.
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
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.
Discussion: SiliconAngle and Bloggers Blog
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 …
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, Neowin.net and AppScout
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.
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.
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo CFO Gives Mixed Signals On Possible Search Deal  —  Yahoo (YHOO) CFO Blake Jorgensen told investors at the Goldman Sachs technology conference in San Francisco today that the Internet company is not opposed to cutting a deal to sell or outsource its search business to Microsoft (MSFT) …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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.
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 …
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’.
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...”
 
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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
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Recruiters Are Sending Out Their Own Résumés
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Exposes 1 Terabyte of Public Data to Developers
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
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