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8:40 PM ET, February 18, 2010

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Yahoo! Search Blog:
News about our Search Alliance with Microsoft  —  Today we issued a press release announcing that we've received clearance from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission for our search agreement with Microsoft.  Now that we're full steam ahead, I'd like to share what we at Yahoo! …
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Matt / WordPress.com News:
WP.com Downtime Summary  —  Today WordPress.com was down for approximately 110 minutes, our worst downtime in four years.  The outage affected 10.2 million blogs, including our VIPs, and appears to have deprived those blogs of about 5.5 million pageviews.  —  What Happened …
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Zee / The Next Web:
Wordpress.com is down, taking over 9.2 million blogs with it.  [Update: It's Back Up]  —  This is a rarity but Wordpress.com, the Internet's largest blogging platform is down taking over 9.2 Million blogs with it.  —  The good news is that the team are aware and hard at work attempting to get things back up and running.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
What Steve Jobs Said During His Wall Street Journal iPad Demo  —  We know that Apple's CEO is no fan of Flash, the Web animation software.  But it sounds like Steve Jobs really unleashed on the Adobe system to try and convince the Wall Street Journal to ditch it for the iPad.
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AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs calls Flash a ‘CPU hog’ in meeting with WSJ - rumor
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home  —  According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated …
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Business Wire:
PayPal is Now a Way to Pay for Facebook Ads and Facebook Credits  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. & SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Facebook and PayPal today announced a strategic relationship to offer PayPal in key parts of Facebook's advertising and developer systems.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Increasing Focus on Credits Prompts Developer Speculation
Discussion: The Register and Erictric
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Microsoft, Asus Team on Phone: Exclusive  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple (AAPL Quote) did it.  Google (GOOG Quote) did it.  Now it's Microsoft's (MSFT Quote) turn.  —  The Redmond, Wash., software giant is working with computer hardware manufacturer Asustek to build its own phone.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Exclusive: TheStreet.com's Tech Exclusives Are a Crapshoot
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson CEO: Google asked us to build the Nexus One, we refused  —  Aw, why don't these CEOs say stuff like this in press conferences?  Sony Ericsson's head Bert Nordberg has shared with Swedish publication Sydsvenskan the rather salacious news that his company was asked to build …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple conceals iPad freight records - report  —  Moves to hide ocean shipping data from competitors and prying reporters, according to trade privacy group  —  In preparation for the scheduled March delivery of Apple's (AAPL) new iPad tablet computer, the company has blocked its bills of lading …
Raj Dash / All Facebook:
Report: Facebook Served As Primary Distribution Channel For Botnet Army  —  Internet security company NetWitness has just published a report that reveals an 18-month-long widespread hacker attack on computers worldwide whose topmost method of malware delivery was Facebook.
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Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Broad New Hacking Attack Detected
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Launches A Series Of Videos To Explain Its “Awesomeness,” Gibberish  —  Google Voice is a great service, one of the best things Google has released in a long time.  Unfortunately, most casual web users have no idea what it is.  Or more specifically, what it's purpose is.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS: We'll Cut iTunes Prices for Some Shows UPDATE  —  Steve Jobs's effort to cut prices on TV shows sold on iTunes has found at least partial backing from CBS.  CEO Les Moonves says the broadcaster will mark down the price on some of its shows from $1.99 to 99 cents.
Ellen McGirt / Fast Company:
#1 Facebook  —  It was quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and crew, whose site added a whopping 200 million users.  Now, as they brush off the crumbs of MySpace and other competitors, it's time to look for their next meal.  They're very, very hungry.  —  The photos and updates began appearing …
Discussion: Fast Company
Sponsors of Elliot / Elliot's Blog:
Sex.com For Sale in Foreclosure Auction  —  In exactly one month from today, we may see a new record set for the price of a domain sale.  I just received an email from a friend with a link to a notice stating that SEX.com will be up for auction.  The foreclosure auction will be held …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Fred / A VC:
How Unique Is A Unique Visitor?  —  I access the web each day from at least seven browsers;  —  Chrome on my windows desktop in the office,  —  The Android browser on my google phone,  —  The blackberry browser on my Blackberry 9700  —  I know that I am not your typical web user.
Discussion: Scout Analytics™
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Most Popular YouTube Videos and the Bloggers Who Embed Them  —  YouTube is, by far, the most popular online video service, but we actually know very little about how bloggers use the service to embed videos on their own sites.  Sysomos, the Toronto-based social media analytics and monitoring firm …
Discussion: Sysomos and Sysomos Blog
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Comcast launches online backup service  —  Comcast's new online backup service is available only to its high-speed Internet customers.  —  The company that's known for giving you access to the Internet now also wants to be entrusted with storing your personal files.
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.
 
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Justin Scheck / Digits:
Dell Goes Small in Tablets as It Prepares iPad Competition
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Networking Now More Popular on Mobile than Desktop
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Pre-Roll Video Ads Still Hated, Here to Stay
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For Pentagon Contractors, Cyberspying Escalates
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Names New Head of Display Advertising
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Michael Steen / Financial Times:
TomTom unfazed by free navigation apps
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Value of social game company Zynga? Perhaps more than $3 billion
Discussion: VentureBeat
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Next-Gen Mifi Firmware Includes GPS and Apps. Demo Video.
Discussion: SlashGear and Obsessable
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Half of Netflix ‘Watch Instantly’ Users Are Streaming to the TV
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