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4:55 PM ET, February 4, 2010

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Dick Brass / New York Times:
Microsoft's Creative Destruction  —  AS they marvel at Apple's new iPad tablet computer, the technorati seem to be focusing on where this leaves Amazon's popular e-book business.  But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America's most famous and prosperous technology company …
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Frank X.Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Measuring Our Work by Its Broad Impact  —  Former Microsoft employee Dick Brass has an op-ed in the NYT arguing that our better days are behind us, ("clumsy, uncompetitive innovator" . . . ouch!) and using examples from his tenure to make the point that the company can no longer compete or innovate.
Discussion: Engadget
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T Gives Green Light to Sling TV Over 3G  —  Remember the Great Sling Spat?  —  A year ago, Sling Media, a subsidiary of EchoStar, introduced a nifty application for the Apple iPhone that allowed users with a Slingbox at home to watch and control their home television signal from their handsets.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun's Chief Executive Tweets His Resignation  —  Jonathan Schwartz, the last chief executive of Sun Microsystems, has become the first Fortune 200 boss to tweet his resignation.  —  Late Wednesday night, Mr. Schwartz used Twitter to publish a haiku about his exit from Oracle, which just completed its purchase of Sun last week.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks  —  The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity.  —  Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps To Add “Google Store Views”  —  I received a tip from a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, that Google came to their store to take pictures for a new Google Maps product named “Google Store Views.”  I was told that they took pictures of the inside of the store, every 6 feet, in all directions.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Now Lets You Preview iPhone Apps In Your Browser  —  In November 2009, Apple launched a feature dubbed iTunes Preview, which essentially enabled people to see what music is available on iTunes from their Web browser without the need to fire up - or install - the desktop software program.
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Sony interested in challenging Apple's iPad  —  IDG News Service - Sony hinted on Thursday that it's preparing a challenger to Apple's upcoming iPad.  —  “That is a market we are also very interested in.  We are confident we have the skills to create a product,” said Nobuyuki Oneda …
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Apple Paying Out 15% On Broken 27-Inch iMacs  —  Still think that widespread iMac problems don't exist?  After we reported Apple giving UK customers 15% refund bonuses with 27-inch iMac returns, we've heard from quite a few readers that Apple is doing the same thing in the US.  UPDATE  —  15%.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Why Have So Many Internet People Lost Touch With Reality ?  —  Sometimes its hard to tell if people are trying to be funny, mean, interesting, provocative or are just plain stupid or completely out of touch with reality.  I know I get accused of being all of the above all the time.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Commenting on Engadget: a human's guide  —  As you may have noticed, the other day we shut down comments on the site.  Things had gotten a little out of hand and the complaint emails we were getting from readers were stacking up, so we decided to take some Engadget time to do a little cleaning …
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily and Erictric
Laura Scott / Google LatLong:
WWII historical imagery in Google Earth  —  Many of us have heard stories, read books and watched films which show the many impacts of WWII across the world.  Today we're giving you another way to understand this period in time - by exploring a new set of historical aerial images …
Discussion: Wired Science
Molly Wood / CNET News:
Can Android survive its forks and fragments?  —  Updated to include Google comment and Symbian news.  —  Rejoice, ye Nexus One owners, for you and only you are the lucky recipients of multitouch.  And I'm wondering: does this software update for this one Android phone spell serious trouble for the whole endeavor?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AppFund Launches To Seed iPad Apps  —  On the heels of the launch of the much-hyped iPad, investors and developers alike are beginning to cater to the iPad ecosystem.  CNET and E! Online co-founder Kevin Wendle has teamed with MusicNation co-founder Daniel Klaus to form AppFund …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
A pretty chart of top apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry  —  Mplayit, maker of the mobile app catalog that lives inside Facebook, will release a report later today that lists the top games in their collection.  Tetris, The Sims 3, and Wheel of Fortune are among the winners.  So are Tap Tap Revenge and Rock Band.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Symbian Operating System, Now Open Source and Free  —  The source code for the ten-year old Symbian platform will be completely open source and available for free starting Thursday.  The transition from proprietary code to open source is the largest in software history, claims the Symbian Foundation.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Comcast-NBCU Hearings: Zucker Confronted About Hulu's Boxee Block  —  Boxee's inability to carry Hulu programming is a matter of Congress now, thanks to the proposed Comcast-NBCU deal.  During this morning's hearing at the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Media Boss Bill Wilson Leaving, Replaced By Googler (MEMO) (AOL, GOOG)  —  AOL (AOL) media boss Bill Wilson is leaving the company, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong told employees in a memo today.  —  He'll be replaced by former Googler David Eun.  —  This is a shocking development for AOL watchers.
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
House Passes Cybersecurity Bill  —  The bill, which passed 422-5, requires the Obama administration to conduct an agency-by-agency assessment of cybersecurity workforce skills and establishes a scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate students who agree to work as cybersecurity specialists for the government after graduation.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft warns of IE flaw, turns PC into public file server  —  Microsoft has issued Security Advisory (980088) to address a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer that may allow information disclosure for Windows XP users or for users who have disabled Internet Explorer Protected Mode.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Patent Filings Shed Light On Future Of Internet And Online Advertising  —  Google updated a series of patent filings in January that could suggest the search giant plans to dig deeper into behavioral targeting, video content, and might also roll out dynamic advertising in its mapping applications …
Discussion: Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:atul
MediaShift:
Google News to Publishers: Let's Make Love Not War  —  In the view of some traditional media execs, Google is a digital vampire or a parasite or tech tapeworm using someone else's content to profit.  As that rhetoric heated up in the past year, Google has responded not with equal amounts …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Sydney Morning Herald:
iiNet slays Hollywood in landmark piracy case  —  Little sign of peace as both sides react to iiNet's landmark file download court victory.  —  The giants of the film industry have lost their case against ISP iiNet in a landmark judgment handed down in the Federal Court today.
Seanmccullough / Blogger Buzz:
Create Pages in Blogger  —  Another top user-requested feature has just graduated from Blogger In Draft!  Blogger now makes it easy to create Pages linked from your blog.  —  This feature lets you easily publish static information on stand-alone pages.  For example, you can create …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Sci-fi writers' group vaporizes Amazon links  —  Industry trade group Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is none too pleased with Amazon's dispute with publisher Macmillan over e-book pricing, and says that it is encouraging readers “to seek out new places to find their books.”
Discussion: SFWA and TeleRead
IDC:
Worldwide Converged Mobile Device Market Grows 39.0% Year Over Year in Fourth Quarter, Says IDC  —  The worldwide converged mobile device market (commonly referred to as smartphones) reached a new record level in a single quarter.  According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker …
Discussion: Internet2Go and MacRumors
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM to design cloud computing network for Air Force
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel launches new business PC technology, 6-core chips
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Neil Vidyarthi / SocialTimes.com:
Breaking: Zynga Launches on MSN Live Messenger and MSN Games
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
LensVector raises $30M for improved autofocus in camera phones
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Clone Cliqset Launches Social Memory Integration Courtesy Of Evernote
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Paul Krill / ITworld.com:
Oracle shutting off Sun project-hosting site
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM launches Lotus Symphony 3 beta; Office alternatives pile up
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
H.264 Will Stay Royalty-Free for Free Internet Video Through 2016 …
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