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11:00 AM ET, February 18, 2010

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Gabor Cselle / Gabor hits Send:
reMail Acquired by Google  —  I'm thrilled to announce that Google has acquired reMail!  I will be joining Google in Mountain View as a Product Manager on the Gmail team.  —  Gmail is where my obsession with email started as an engineering intern back in 2004, and I'm thrilled to be coming …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pollice Verso: Google Buys Awesome iPhone Email App; Kills It  —  As you might have heard earlier today, Google made another acquisition — the email search startup reMail.  While its topical description may make it seem like an obvious buy, there's another layer that makes this really interesting. reMail …
Clint Boulton / Google Watch:
How Google Is Becoming a Startup Incubator  —  Name a Web company that can have its employees leave, create new products, and then the company buys them out when they realize those employees were on to something.  —  Google, that's who!  Just look at Google's last two acquisitions of Aardvark and AppJet …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Apple's Prices for E-Books May Be Lower Than Expected  —  Maybe e-book prices won't be rising so much after all.  —  Since Apple announced plans to sell digital books on its forthcoming iPad, it has been cast as something of a savior of the publishing industry for allowing e-book prices …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6.5 to be redubbed Windows Phone Classic?  —  What, you didn't think Microsoft would really keep up with the non-parallel syntax of “Windows Phone 7 Series” and “Windows Mobile 6.x,” did you?  We knew Windows Mobile 6.5.3 would continue its admittedly less chic existence …
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WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Phone 7 development docs leaked  —  Click for larger versions.  —  We can always count on XDA-Developers to bring us the news early.  In this case it is some snippets of the developer documentation for Windows Phone 7.  The above bit confirms the OS is multi-tasking capable, but then we knew this already.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Broad New Hacking Attack Detected  —  Global Offensive Snagged Corporate, Personal Data at nearly 2,500 Companies; Operation Is Still Running  —  Hackers in Europe and China successfully broke into computers at nearly 2,500 companies and government agencies over the last 18 months …
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Over 75,000 systems compromised in cyberattack
James Temple / SFGate:
Local class action complaint filed over Google Buzz  —  A class action complaint filed in San Jose federal court alleges that Google Inc. broke the law when its controversial Google Buzz service shared personal data without the consent of users.  —  The case was filed on Wednesday on behalf of Eva Hibnick …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
BlackBerry users get Amazon Kindle app  —  Continuing its effort to expand its e-book business beyond its own hardware, Amazon on Thursday released a Kindle application for those with BlackBerry phones.  —  Amazon got its start as an online book seller, expanded to electronics and other retail categories …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
A Sneak Peek At Google Calendar's Upcoming Facelift  —  Google Calendar may not be the sexiest product Google offers, but, as with Gmail, there are plenty of people who use it to manage their business and personal lives (and wind up staring at it for hours each week as a result).
Discussion: Softpedia News, Erictric and PC World
Wall Street Journal:
PC Makers Ready iPad Rivals  —  Computer makers are developing strategies and devices to challenge Apple Inc.'s iPad, hoping to capitalize on new interest in a category of gadgets that was moribund until recently.  —  In the next few weeks, executives from Hewlett-Packard Co. will meet …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Netflix + Broadband = Watch Instantly, Even on Big-screen TVs  —  For Christmas this year, Liz Gannes, editor-at-large of NewTeeVee, keeping true to her affection for online video, gave me a subscription to Netflix.  It came with an option to rent DVDs via mail and also stream videos directly …
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
magicJack: Cheap, Way Overhyped, But Really Works  —  When I see a high-tech product that's advertised mainly via frequent hard-sell TV ads, as if it were a diet pill, I tend to assume it can't be very good, especially if its price is absurdly low.  So, I haven't paid much attention …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Android-powered Motorola Backflip headed to AT&T on March 7 for $100 on contract  —  AT&T just got its first Android-powered smartphone (four more coming this year) in the HSPA 7.2-capable Motorola Backflip.  The Motoblur device with reverse flip design and 3.1-inch touchscreen packs GPS …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mountain View Mulls A Googletopia  —  If you've ever been to Google's Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, also known as the Googleplex, you may have noticed that the area is essentially a collection of low-rise office buildings off of Highway 101.  There isn't a large amount of housing …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and KPIX-TV, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Clicker Raises Another $11 Million To Become The TV Guide Of Online Video  —  Clicker, a comprehensive search engine for TV content on the web, has closed an $11 million Series B funding round led by JAFCO Ventures, with existing investors Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures also participating.
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
UK Newspapers Want BBC Mobile Apps Blocked For ‘Undermining’ Them, BBC Disagrees  —  I wondered how long it would be before print media pointed at the BBC's new smartphone apps plan as another example of expansion in to their commercial territory.  The answer: just 24 hours...
Reuters:
For Apple suppliers, loose lips can sink contracts  —  LONGHUA, China /TAIPEI (Reuters) - The massive manufacturing complex in the South China city of Longhua resembles an industrial fortress.  To enter the facility, workers swipe security cards at the gate.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Reuters Reporter Assaulted While Investigating Apple's Top-Secret …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Apple disses our DRM for iPad, Adobe says  —  Adobe says Flash-enabled e-books still possible on iPad, however  —  Computerworld - Apple Inc. will not use Adobe Systems Inc.'s e-book digital rights management (DRM) technology, an Adobe executive said on Wednesday.
Discussion: TUAW and Apple Gazette
Marc Flores / MobileCrunch:
Android has been graced with a new eBay application  —  There's nothing like finding and getting rid of junk on eBay, especially if you're a gadget hound looking to offload last month's toys for the latest and greatest.  While it's entirely possible to manage your eBay account on your phone's browser …
Peter Chapman / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Yahoo Deal Wins European Union Antitrust Approval  —  Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. won European Union approval to buy Yahoo! Inc.'s Web-search business to speed up its effort to compete with Google Inc.  —  The deal won't harm competition in the 27-nation EU …
 
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Apple Pushes The App Over 3G Download Limit To 20MB, Prepares For The iPad?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Move over, Australia: France taking 'Net censorship lead
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Mobile operators embrace app store mania
Discussion: eWeek and Mobile Messaging 2.0
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Wikipedia wins Google lottery - but why?
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Classmates.com plans to digitize yearbooks, charge to view online
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple granted patent on capacitive multitouch displays
Discussion: Erictric, iLounge, displayblog and Gizmodo
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Bad memory card? Could be a ‘ghost’
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