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10:00 PM ET, February 15, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Launches Subscriptions on the App Store  —  Apple® today announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store℠, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc.  This is the same innovative digital subscription billing service …
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Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Subscription Rules Raise Possible Antitrust Issues  —  Apple Inc.'s new subscription service could draw antitrust scrutiny, according to law professors.  —  Apple will allow magazines, newspapers and other publishers to sell subscriptions of varying lengths to users of Apple's popular iPad, iTouch and iPhone products.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy?  —  We all knew it was coming, but the details of the App Store subscription model, which Apple outlined today, are fascinating on a number of levels.  Simply put: this is one of the boldest bets Apple has ever made.  And it could backfire.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Is Apple Getting Too Greedy?  Demands 30% Cut of In-App Subscriptions  —  After a lot of confusion earlier this year, Apple today finally clarified its rules for in-app subscriptions for magazines, newspapers, video and music.  The rules are very straightforward: Publishers can continue …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Rhapsody won't bow to Apple's subscription policy, issues statement  —  In case you weren't aware, Apple's newly launched App Store subscriptions aren't sitting so well with everybody.  While the functionality could of course be a boon to services that have struggled getting paying customers …
Discussion: Technologizer, @alexia and TUAW
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple's new App Store rules affect Amazon's Kindle  —  Amazon must remove link to Web e-bookstore from app, offer in-app purchases so Apple can take its 30% cut  —  Computerworld - Apple today unveiled the details of its App Store subscription plan, and confirmed that it will demand …
AppleInsider:
Apple customer survey sparks hope for brawnier MacBook Airs with built-in 3G
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What Apple's new subscription policy means for news: new rules, new incentives, new complaints
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia's Elop Only Put Microsoft Plan for Board Vote  —  Nokia Oyj executives put only the Microsoft Corp. option for vote at a board meeting on Feb. 10 after having studied three plans, Executive Vice President Mary McDowell said in an interview.  —  “We had presented three scenarios …
Discussion: broadstuff and Nokia Plan B
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Grabs Microsoft Global Ad Head Carolyn Everson  —  Apparently, it's not only in Google's pond where Facebook fishes for talent-the social networking giant has recruited Microsoft's global advertising head Carolyn Everson as one of its top sales execs.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Is Microsoft Zune about to be Kinned?  —  Over the past few days, more and more Microsoft watchers are noticing that Microsoft execs seem to be making a deliberate effort to avoid using the Z (Zune) word.  That avoidance has set off a wave of speculation.  —  Some pundits claiming …
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Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Microsoft says Zune branding is not being killed
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Charles Wu / Facebook Blog:
A Better Mobile Experience  —  Every day, hundreds of millions of people access Facebook from their mobile devices to share and connect with the people they care about, whenever and wherever they want.  As this number continues to grow, we want to make sure that everyone has a great experience regardless …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, WebProNews and VatorNews
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Lydia Leavitt / Pocket-lint:
Angry Birds coming to Windows Phone 7 and 3D  —  EXCLUSIVE: Rovio Mobile spills the beans to Pocket-lint  —  In an exclusive chat with Pocket-lint, Rovio Mobile has revealed its plans to bring Angry Birds to Windows Phone 7.  In addition, the developer has confirmed that it's working …
Stewart Mitchell / PC Pro:
“Two-way” radio breakthrough doubles Wi-Fi performance  —  Wi-Fi and mobile phone radio network speeds could double after scientists showed radio is able to send and receive over the same frequency at the same time.  —  The technology would overcome the problem best exemplified by pilots having to say …
Discussion: p2pnet and Slashdot
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Clinton Pledges $25 Million for Net Freedom Fighters  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed on Tuesday to invest $25 million for developers to build tools that will let online dissidents get around “thugs, hackers and censors.”  It's her attempt at giving teeth to the so-called …
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Hillary Clinton's speech: Shades of hypocrisy on internet freedom
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Josh / Social Apples:
Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers - Updated  —  I just recently updated my iPhone to 4.2.1 thanks to the greenpois0n jailbreak.  Yes, I jailbreak... and I'm proud of it.  There are many benefits to jailbreaking your iPhone like SBSettings, Activator, Infinifolders, etc.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
PayPal Founder: Facebook Could Become One of the More Valuable Companies in the World  —  Max Levchin — Google VP of engineering and founder of PayPal and Slide — argues that Facebook will become a serious contender to become one of the more valuable companies in the world if it can “successfully replace core messaging.”
Discussion: Friending Facebook Blog and SAI
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook's Stranglehold On Mobile Time  —  Time spent on Facebook is pretty big on the desktop, but it's downright obscene for mobile, according to data from comScore looking at UK users.  —  ComScore reports Facebook's 7.5 million unique mobile users spent 2.5 billion minutes on its site in December.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Near-Field Communication: Beyond Mobile Transactions  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Among the many buzz words — Androids, tablets, LTE — being tossed around the showroom floor here at the Mobile World Congress, there's one that I still haven't quite been able to wrap my head around.
Discussion: NewsGrange
Arik Hesseldahl / All Things Digital:
IBM “Jeopardy” Challenge Day 2: Very Different From Day One  —  When we last left our human heroes, one of them had drawn even while another was far behind the supercomputer Watson in a match of the uniquely human game of “Jeopardy!”  The computer was winning raves for holding its own against the game's best human players.
Thomas Crampton:
Three Kingdoms of China's Internet  —  While China's Internet is already dominated by power players in a way that the US Internet is not, investment bank CLSA sees further consolidation through lose alliances.  —  A recent report by the investment bank describes the evolution of China's Internet …
 
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Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
Dell's Enterprise Unit Drove Largest Single-Year Revenue Increase in FY 2011
Discussion: Computerworld
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Google Chases Computer Criminals to Search-Engine Competitors
Discussion: Digital Trends
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Microsoft Adopts Google-Style Trademark Policy for Keyword Advertising
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Having A Bad Day: Bizarre “Blank Page” Is The New “Fail Whale”
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and BlogPost
Karen Freifeld / Bloomberg:
Connecticut Asks Facebook About Anti-Fraud Controls
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AT&T CTO Says Voice Over LTE Coming In 2013
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: Spy games: Inside the convoluted plot to bring down WikiLeaks
Discussion: The Firewall and InfoWorld
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Glenn Beck says Google is ‘in bed’ with the government
Discussion: Switched and The Atlantic Online
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Next version of Android will combine Gingerbread and Honeycomb, arrive on a six-month cycle
Discussion: VentureBeat
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom rolling out NFC payments with T-Mobile USA, other markets this year; NFC iPhone along for the ride?
 

 
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