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2:35 PM ET, February 18, 2010

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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 …
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Clint Boulton / Google Watch:
How Google Is Becoming a Startup Incubator
Discussion: Android Phone Fans, GigaOM and Tech Eye
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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Toybox and WMPoweruser.com
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 …
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 …
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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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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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 …
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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Facebook Press Releases:
PayPal is Now a Way to Pay for Facebook Ads and Facebook Credits  —  Facebook and PayPal today announced a strategic relationship to offer PayPal in key parts of Facebook's advertising and developer systems.  —  As part of the relationship, advertisers around the world will soon be able …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: PRWeb, MacNN and iLounge
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 …
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...
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Apple Pushes The App Over 3G Download Limit To 20MB, Prepares For The iPad?  —  Most likely in preparation for the iPad launch, Apple has just raised the maximum size of apps that can be download over 3G to 20MB.  —  Until now, the iPhone required a Wi-Fi connection to download apps bigger than 10mb …
Discussion: Macworld, 9 to 5 Mac and TUAW
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Moonshoot Raises $6.6 Million To Teach English Through Online Gaming
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Value of social game company Zynga? Perhaps more than $3 billion
Discussion: VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
EveryScape Raises Another $6 Million For Local 3D Street Search
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Next-Gen Mifi Firmware Includes GPS and Apps. Demo Video.
Discussion: SlashGear
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
OneRiot's New Realtime Search API Served Up With A Side Of Revenue
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge says no quick ruling on Google book plans
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Half of Netflix ‘Watch Instantly’ Users Are Streaming to the TV
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Apple disses our DRM for iPad, Adobe says
Discussion: ITworld.com
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Wikipedia wins the Google lottery - but why?
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple granted patent on capacitive multitouch displays
Discussion: Erictric
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mountain View Mulls A Googletopia
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Bad memory card? Could be a ‘ghost’
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
A Sneak Peek At Google Calendar's Upcoming Facelift
Discussion: Softpedia News and Erictric
 

 
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