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10:50 PM ET, February 22, 2010

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Buying Vudu Movie Service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Wal-Mart is making a major move into the business of selling movies over the Internet.  —  The retail giant said Monday that it had agreed to buy Vudu, a three-year-old Silicon Valley startup whose online movie service is built …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vudu Convinces Wal-Mart to Pay Up: Why an Also-Ran Web Movie Service Sold For More Than $100 Million  —  As I wrote in January, Wal-Mart was indeed interested in buying Vudu, the online movie service.  I was off about one thing, though — the price.  —  Wal-Mart (WMT) will be paying …
Walmartstores.com:   Walmart Announces Acquisition of Digital Entertainment Provider, VUDU
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
Measuring Tweets  —  As a member of the Twitter analytics team, part of my job is to measure and understand growth.  The graph above tells a story of how we've grown over the past three years in terms of number of tweets created per day.  Please note that tweets from accounts identified …
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Hits 50 Million Tweets Per Day
Discussion: Changing Way, The Next Web and Soshable
Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
The next generation of ad serving for online publishers  —  Today, we're announcing the next generation of ad serving technology for online publishers — DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP).  —  For the past few years, we've been investing in a suite of solutions — AdSense …
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Jonathan Bellack / Doubleclick Blog:
Breaking Down Barriers to Revenue with the Next Generation of DFP
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
First Look: Apple's Massive iDataCenter  —  How big is Apple's new iDataCenter in Maiden, North Carolina?  It's plenty big, as illustrated by this aerial video posted to YouTube (apparently taken by an area realtor) of the 500,000 square foot facility.  The new $1 billion data center …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Apple bringing iPhoneOS/ARM architecture to new platforms  — IT TOPICS:Desktops & Servers, Hardware, Laptops & Netbooks, Macintosh & Apple, Mobile & Wireless, Personal Technology, Storage Hardware  —  With the launch of Apple's tablet a mere few weeks away, we can already start looking …
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone Game House ngmoco Raises $25 Million Series C, Buys Freeverse  —  Neil Young, the CEO of iPhone game startup ngmoco, wants to “amass enough scale” to accelerate “away from the pack.”  He just raised a $25 million series C round and acquired Freeverse, another top iPhone game developer, to help ngmoco keep moving forward.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft, Amazon strike patent deal covering Kindle and Linux  —  Microsoft and Amazon.com say they've reached a wide-ranging agreement in which each company has granted the other a license to its patent portfolio.  Microsoft says the agreement covers technologies in products including Amazon's Kindle …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Truth about Mobile Application Stores  —  At the recent Mobile World Congress 2010, Dutch app store analytics firm Distimo presented their findings on the six largest mobile application stores in existence today: the iTunes App Store, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
New plugin brings HTML5 video support to Internet Explorer  —  I strongly suspect that the vast majority of web users out there who are currently interested in (or using) sites with HTML5-powered goodies tend to run browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.
Jeremy Hsu / Popular Science:
MIT's Sketch-Interpreting Software Turns Tablet Computers into Smart Whiteboards  —  Unleash your inner geek artiste  —  Sketch-Recognition Can you see me now?  MIT  —  MIT chemists cover the whiteboards and even windows of their with graphical diagrams of molecular bonds, but they need not rely upon dry-erase markers much longer.
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
Millward Brown:
New Research by Millward Brown Reveals Amazon is the Most Trusted and Recommended Brand in the U.S.  —  New consumer research released today by Millward Brown reveals that Amazon.com is the top performing brand in the U.S. based on “trust” and “recommendation,” the key ingredients to brand success …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Google Exec Singh Cassidy Becomes CEO of Fashion Start-up Polyvore  —  Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (pictured here), former president of Google's Asia-Pacific and Latin American operations, has taken the CEO job at an unusual fashion and shopping social network called Polyvore.
Damon Kiesow / Mobile Media:
Kindle test at Princeton reduced paper use by 50 percent  —  Students participating in a pilot program using KindleDX e-readers at Princeton University reduced the amount of printed course work they created by 50 percent during the semester-long test.  But, the results of the study indicate …
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Princeton gives mixed report card on Amazon's Kindle DX reader
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Networks Wary of Apple's Push to Cut Show Prices  —  If Apple cut the price of each TV episode in half — to 99 cents, from $1.99 — would sales on iTunes increase enough to offset the price drop?  —  Experiments are under way to find out, and the head of the nation's No. 1 television network …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
How smartphones are bogging down some wireless carriers  —  It's no secret that the iPhone has taxed AT&T's network in densely populated areas, especially New York and San Francisco.  Reports of problems using iPhones at major tech conferences, like SXSWi, Macworld Expo, CES, and NAMM are not unusual.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft starts big push for enterprise adoption of Windows 7, Office 2010  —  Microsoft on Monday released a slew of updated virtualization tools that should help businesses more easily migrate from their old systems to Windows 7 and Office 2010.  —  Now available are Microsoft Application …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google Buzz Hijacks Your Google Profile  —  Google Profiles existed long before the launch of Google Buzz earlier this month.  But since that time, Google Buzz has hijacked Google Profiles in a way unmatched by any other Google product.  That's bad news for those who want to fully opt-out of Google Buzz.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
SanDisk ships 64GB Ultra SDXC card for $350  —  Here's hoping you didn't pull the trigger on of the world's first SDXC cards to ship, 'cause if so, you just paid a painful premium.  Nary two months after Panasonic served up the first 32GB and 64GB SDXC cards to the masses …
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!:
Seesmic's Web App Now Does Threaded Twitter Conversations  —  Fans of the popular Seesmic Twitter client's web-based interface have some good news today.  A major update to the web interface brings in a brand new contact manager, drag-and-drop full Twitter list management, photo uploads with geotagging …
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
To Impress, Tufts Prospects Turn to YouTube  —  MEDFORD, Mass. — There are videos showing off card tricks, horsemanship, jump rope and stencils — and lots of rap songs, including one by a young woman who performed two weeks after oral surgery, with her mouth still rubber-banded shut.
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
ICM Registry Hopes to Offer .XXX Domains This Year  —  Registry wants to offer name.xxx later this year.  —  After winning an independent review against ICANN for denying ICM Registry's application for a .xxx top level domain name, the registry says it hopes to begin offering .xxx domain names later this year.
Discussion: The Domains and ICANN
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Glitch knocks Rollingstone.com offline  —  IDG News Service - Rollingstone.com stopped rolling for several hours on Monday.  —  The music Web site was knocked offline, apparently after a DNS configuration error caused site visitors to be greeted with a Network Solutions “This page is under construction” …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Changing Of The Guard: Jive Software Brings On New CEO  —  There's a changing of the guard taking place at social software company Jive.  Co-founder and CEO Dave Hersh will be stepping down from the role to allow board member Tony Zingale to take over as interim CEO.
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Emily Steel / Digits:
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Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Apple ranks third in BusinessWeek customer service survey
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Amy Schatz / Digits:
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