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6:05 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: paidContent, GigaOM and MacStories
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.
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 …
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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 …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google's Schmidt: We Would Have Loved for Nokia to Adopt Android  —  Google would have loved Nokia to choose Android, and executive Eric Schmidt expressed hope that it might someday decide to do so, its partnership with Microsoft notwithstanding.  —  “I hope at some time in the future they will be …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Dissenting Nokia shareholders: Bring us the head of Stephen Elop
Discussion: Internet2Go
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.
Discussion: PC World and NBC Bay Area
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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: BGR, TUAW and PhoneArena
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.
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.
 
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Judge to consider Twitter information request
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Blekko Partners With Stack Overflow To Improve Search Results
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S 4G pegged for February 23rd launch at $150
Discussion: Softpedia News
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom rolling out NFC payments with T-Mobile USA, other markets this year; NFC iPhone along for the ride?
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
HTC Revolver: a flagship ‘Honeycomb’ phone for AT&T?
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Web of Frenemies
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Apple to expand iPhone screen size to 4-inches
 

 
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