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7:40 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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Electronista and PE Hub Blog
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 …
Discussion: TechFlash, @dsilverman and SlashGear
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.
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.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What Apple's new subscription policy means for news: new rules, new incentives, new complaints
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Rhapsody won't bow to Apple's subscription policy, issues statement
Discussion: Technologizer, @alexia and TUAW
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 …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop talks Microsoft, Symbian, MeeGo, and Windows Phone  —  We had a chance to sit down for a few minutes with the man who's arguably stolen the show here at Mobile World Congress this year — Nokia CEO Stephen Elop — to talk about everything …
Nokia Plan B:
An open letter to Nokia shareholders and institutional investors
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 and VatorNews
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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.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC Salsa and Chacha bring the dedicated Facebook button to Android (update: eyes-on)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook SIMs, HTC/INQ Phones — Facebook's Phone Project Lingers, But It's None Of Those
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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SuperSite for Windows:
Questions Remain In Wake Of Microsoft/Nokia Partnership
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.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Hillary Clinton's speech: Shades of hypocrisy on internet freedom  —  Last year, the US secretary of state criticised the ‘firewall’ approach.  Yet after the WikiLeaks affair it is harder to moralise  —  Hillary Clinton is back, lecturing the world on internet freedom …
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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.
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
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
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 …
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot:
Rumor: AMD is up for sale, Dell may be interested  —  As far as the stock market is concerned, Advanced Micro Devices may be up for sale.  AMD's shares were significantly up yesterday, apparently on rumors that Dell is interested in buying the American multinational semiconductor company.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Next version of Android will combine Gingerbread and Honeycomb, arrive on a six-month cycle  —  Eric Schmidt didn't give a ton of details about the future of Android during his MWC 2011 keynote, but he did drop one interesting tidbit: the next version of Android will “start with an I …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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 …
 
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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
Discussion: Digits and All Facebook
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Dell Reports Profit That Tops Estimates on Business-PC Demand
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Gaddafi warns against use of Facebook, activists arrested
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
AT&T CTO Says Voice Over LTE Coming In 2013
Dana Hedgpeth / Crime Scene:
Judge to consider Twitter information request
Discussion: AOL News
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Glenn Beck says Google is ‘in bed’ with the government
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Blekko Partners With Stack Overflow To Improve Search Results
Discussion: Skrentablog
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S 4G pegged for February 23rd launch at $150
Discussion: Softpedia News
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
AT&T airs new iPhone 3GS for $49 commercial
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom rolling out NFC payments with T-Mobile USA, other markets this year; NFC iPhone along for the ride?
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC launches 1.5GHz, 7-inch Android 2.4 Flyer into the tablet wars (update: hands-on video!)
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Web of Frenemies
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