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1:40 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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Rolls Out Long-Awaited/Feared Subscription Plan  —  Apple has finally announced its subscription plan for its apps sold through its iTunes store: As previous reports have indicated, it both allows app developers to set up recurring payment plans for iPad/iPhone/iPod apps …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
June 30 Deadline For Apple Subscriptions  —  Apple's new subscription plan has a compliance deadline.  June 30, according to a memo sent to publishers earlier this year.  “For existing apps already in the App Store, we are providing a grace period to bring your app into compliance with this guideline,” it reads.
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacStories
DigiTimes:
Apple to expand iPhone screen size to 4-inches  —  Apple reportedly will change the screen size of iPhone to 4-inch for its fifth generation iPhone to compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market, according to upstream component suppliers.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 5 to pack 4-inch display, A5 processor?
BBC:
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg answers mobile rumours  —  Facebook will help phone manufacturers achieve “deep integration” of its services  —  Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has responded to rumors that the company is planning to launch its own mobile phone.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC Salsa and Chacha bring the dedicated Facebook button to Android (update: eyes-on)  —  Yes folks, the leaks were for real, HTC really is bringing out a pair of new handsets adorned with a dedicated, delicately illustrated Facebook key front and (almost) center.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook SIMs, HTC/INQ Phones — Facebook's Phone Project Lingers, But It's None Of Those
Discussion: Engadget, pocketnow.com and IntoMobile
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
HTC's One-Button Facebook Phones Headed to AT&T
Discussion: Engadget
Nokia Plan B:
An open letter to Nokia shareholders and institutional investors  —  We are a group of nine young Nokia shareholders.  All of us have worked with Nokia in different capacities in the past.  We plan to challenge the company's strategy and partnership with Microsoft in the next Annual General Meeting scheduled for May 3, 2011.
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Dissenting Nokia shareholders: Bring us the head of Stephen Elop  —  Elopocalypse, Day Five  —  A group of purported Nokia shareholders and former employees have vowed to challenge the new company's strategy at the next AGM in May.  —  The revolting shareholders' “plan B” calls for a return to …
Discussion: Internet2Go
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Calls for Global Standards for Internet Use  —  WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for common global standards to guide the use of the Internet, while increasing pressure on countries like Iran, Syria and China to allow the free flow of information in their societies.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Atlantic Online
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Policy to Address Internet Freedom
Discussion: Switched and Associated Press
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC launches 1.5GHz, 7-inch Android 2.4 Flyer into the tablet wars (update: hands-on video!)  —  Boy oh boy, HTC is entering the tablet arena with quite a bang.  The company has just taken the wraps off its brand new 7-inch Flyer Android tablet, which touts a 1.5GHz single-core CPU …
AppleInsider:
Apple customer survey sparks hope for brawnier MacBook Airs with built-in 3G  —  Apple, a company notorious for relying on its own in-house research rather than the feedback of its customers, began reaching out to select MacBook Air owners this week in a new survey that could help define future versions …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Web of Frenemies  —  Facebook Inc.'s growing ambitions are redrawing battle lines in Silicon Valley.  —  As the seven-year-old company ramps up its hiring and adds new features to its social network, it is disrupting the businesses of established companies like Yahoo Inc …
Discussion: MediaPost and Search Engine Land
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom rolling out NFC payments with T-Mobile USA, other markets this year; NFC iPhone along for the ride?  —  At its press conference at Mobile World Congress today, Deutsche Telekom — the German parent of T-Mobile subsidiaries around the world — mentioned that it'll start launching …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Now The Most Valuable Tech Company By $100 Billion; Google Closing In On Microsoft  —  It's hard to believe that it wasn't even a year ago when I wrote the following post: What Happens When Apple Passes Microsoft In Value?  Yes, When.  It's even harder to believe just how many people thought …
Discussion: Post Tech and MacStories
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
AT&T airs new iPhone 3GS for $49 commercial  —  AT&T is airing a new — that's right, new! — commercial for the 2010 iPhone 3GS 8GB highlighting it's recently lowered price of $49.  AT&T also has a new logo treatment at the end, which has also been attached to their previous iPhone 4 “anniversary” commercial.
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog and BGR
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
HTC Revolver: a flagship ‘Honeycomb’ phone for AT&T?  —  Well, this is certainly curious.  If the tipster who sent us the image above is to be believed, you're looking at HTC's new flagship smartphone, the Revolver, which is supposedly headed to AT&T in the third quarter of this year.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
McKinney: webOS to be integrated with Windows on PCs  —  HP made kind of a big point out of their plans for webOS beyond the smartphone and tablet during last week's Think Beyond event, but it was rather unclear to us and everybody else sitting in the audience how exactly HP planned to bring webOS to the desktop (and printers).
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC refreshes Android lineup with Incredible S, Desire S and Wildfire S (update: hands-on)  —  The buttonless wonder we once knew only as “HTC's upcoming flagship device” has today been revealed to be the Incredible S. It's a new 4-incher that emulates the Droid Incredible's successful industrial design …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Blekko Partners With Stack Overflow To Improve Search Results  —  Blekko and Stack Overflow have announced a partnership that aims to use the latter's community of programmers to improve programming- and tech-related searches on Blekko.  —  The agreement calls for Stack Overflow's community …
Josh / Social Apples:
Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers  —  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.  The real reason I jailbreak: because I can.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google demos Android Movie Studio for Honeycomb  —  Google won't let anyone take pictures during its MWC 2011 keynote, so you'll just have to trust us when we say Eric Schmidt just demoed a new video editing application called Movie Studio for Honeycomb tablets.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Court confirms: IP addresses aren't people (and P2P lawyers know it)  —  Wrapping up the last of the United Kingdom's notorious copyright infringement “pay up” letter cases, a UK patent and copyright judge has had a major revelation.  Just because some lawyer cites an Internet Protocol (IP) …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong buys $10 million in company stock  —  AOL Inc. Chief Executive Tim Armstrong is putting his money where his mouth is.  —  He has invested more than $10 million in 477,000 shares of his company's stock, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
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