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8:15 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
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.
Discussion: ithinkdifferent and Gizmodo
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Reuters Reporter Assaulted While Investigating Apple's Top-Secret …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Wikipedia wins Google lottery - but why?  —  It's not every day somebody gives you a call and hands over millions.  —  That is unless you're Nigel Page and Justine Laycock, the Gloucestershire couple who won £56m on the lottery last weekend... or Jimmy Wales.
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 …
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: KPIX-TV and GMSV, Thanks:atul
Ben Margolin / Docs Blog:
A web clipboard for Google Docs  —  We want copying and pasting content within Google Docs to just work.  So, today we're launching a new web clipboard that improves copy and paste in Google Docs.  This new clipboard temporarily stores items you've copied in the cloud …
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 …
Hartmut Neven / Google Translate Blog:
Integrating translation into Google Goggles  —  Yesterday, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Eric Schmidt and I demonstrated a prototype version of Google Goggles that showcases the potential of integrating Google's machine translation and image recognition technologies.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Is Google preparing to challenge iTunes in the cloud?  —  As the four biggest record companies wait to hear more about a proposed iTunes cloud music service, word comes now that Google has kicked the tires on a start-up specializing in cloud media.  —  Google has showed interest …
Discussion: Go Rumors
Ray C. He / Facebook Blog:
New Privacy Controls for Your Applications  —  Facebook is designed to give you control over the information you share, and today we're making available some of our most recent privacy controls to applications on Facebook and websites and services using Facebook Connect.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple granted patent on capacitive multitouch displays  —  It's not the mythical pinch-to-zoom patent, but the USPTO just granted a fairly broad Apple patent on capacitive multitouch displays.  US Patent #7,663,607 describes a “transparent capacitive sensing medium configured to detect multiple touches” …
Discussion: Erictric, iLounge, displayblog and Gizmodo
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Mobile operators embrace app store mania  —  BARCELONA, Spain—Mobile operators at the GSM Association's Mobile World Congress here this week are happy to offer subscribers access to as many application stores as they can.  But they still want some say in the apps offered on their networks, and they want a cut of the action.
Discussion: eWeek
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Classmates.com plans to digitize yearbooks, charge to view online  —  All your friends may be on Facebook, but is your high-school yearbook?  Classmates.com, known for ads featuring old yearbook photos, is extending that concept across its site with an “ambitious plan” to secure …
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Bad memory card?  Could be a ‘ghost’  —  Quick, how many memory cards do you own?  —  Chances are it's at least two or three.  SD cards are in phones, cameras, GPS navigators, digital picture frames, TV sets and even toys.  They store photos of your kids, the slide deck for your business presentations …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Opera Demos Its iPhone Web Browser, It's Damn Fast & Will Be Submitted To Apple  —  As announced last week, Opera demonstrated yesterday in Barcelona an iPhone version of its mobile web browser, Opera Mini, and it's damn fast.  —  How fast?  Well, about five times faster than your current safari mobile on a 3GS.
 
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