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5:35 PM ET, February 16, 2011

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Lee Shirani / The Official Google Blog:
A simple way for publishers to manage access to digital content  —  At Humboldt University in Berlin today, Eric Schmidt announced Google One Pass, a service that lets publishers set their own prices and terms for their digital content.  With Google One Pass, publishers can maintain direct relationships …
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Hayley Tsukayama / Faster Forward:
Google launches subscription service — Google One Pass  —  One day after Apple introduced its controversial subscription service, Google has announced that it will also offer a subscription service for digital content, called Google One Pass.  “With Google One Pass, publishers can customize …
Discussion: mocoNews and GigaOM
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Forget 90/10 Split, Key To Google One Pass Is That Customer Information Is Shared With Publishers
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Verizon iPhone sales fail to meet expectations  —  One of our Apple sources has shared some very sensitive information on first-week Verizon iPhone launch sales with us.  It's quite interesting — we're being told sales are performing a little under what Apple and Verizon anticipated, and we have the data to show it.
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DSLreports:   Verizon iPhone Sales Failed To Meet Expectations - Just 14% Of Verizon iPhone Buyers Former AT&T Users
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Motorola's Xoom tablet priced at $799  —  (Reuters) - Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc's Xoom tablet will sell for an unsubsidized $799 at Verizon Wireless, with WiFi-only version priced at around $600 price, chief executive Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday.  —  “Competing with Apple …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:   OFFICIAL: Motorola's Xoom Tablet Will Cost $600 For WiFi, $800 For 3G
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
More Detail On Apple's Plans For MobileMe: Think FaceBook, Foursquare & uStream [Exclusive]  —  Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is working on a “major revamp” of MobileMe, including a “locker” that will stream movies and TV shows to iPhones and iPads.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony ‘S1’ PlayStation tablet (updated)  —  Think for a second, what major consumer electronics company doesn't have a tablet to show?  Right, Sony.  In fact, the rumor womb has been conspicuously barren of salacious Sony tablet tattle ever since Apple's iPad was announced back in 2010.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nokia Plan B was just a hoax all along  —  There's been a lot of chatter about a “Nokia Plan B” over the past 48 hours — the site was put up by “nine young investors” who outlined an audacious plan to rally shareholders, get themselves elected onto Nokia's board, and radically change …
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
The true cost of publishing on the Amazon Kindle  —  Ever wondered why newspapers and magazines published on the Amazon Kindle rarely contain photos?  I've downloaded several copies of The Times and The Telegraph on my Kindle, and you're lucky if you get more than one photo in the entire newspaper.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Why Are You People Defending Apple?
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
IBM Watson Scientist: Speed Matters, But So Does Accuracy, Intuition  —  IBM supercomputer Watson's Game One blowout of Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter may not have come as much of a surprise, considering how much information is packed inside the machine's brain.
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Steve Hamm / A Smarter Planet Blog:
Watson on Jeopardy! Day Two: The Confusion over an Airport Clue
Wall Street Journal:
Borders Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection  —  Borders Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection Wednesday and said it will close about 30% of its stores nationwide in the coming weeks.  —  The struggling operator of the Borders and Waldenbooks chains sought protection from its creditors …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’  —  As part of “Operation Save Our Children” ICE's Cyber Crimes Center has again seized several domain names, but not without making a huge error.  Last Friday, thousands of site owners were surprised by a rather worrying banner that was placed on their domain.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Whoops!  Did Intel Just Leak the New MacBook Pro Design?  —  We think Apple's on the verge of updating its MacBook Pro line of laptops, but Intel may have let the cat out of the bag early with an image in an ad.  Skinnier?  Check.  Optical drives?  Gone (probably).
Mark Webster / New Zealand Herald:
An interview with the Daring Fireball  —  For someone who owns and runs one of the most perceptively critical blogs in the IT sphere, John Gruber is mild-mannered and affable in person.  —  Gruber is well known for his Daring Fireball blog, published from Philadelphia …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Nokia to delay Windows Phone  —  • Microsoft faces long wait to have its software on any handsets  —  • Mobile company to wait until ‘Mango’ is released in October  —  Nokia is not adopting Microsoft's current Windows Phone 7 platform - which means that there is no chance …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Warner Brothers Debuts App-Based Movie Purchases  —  Warner Brothers today announced the launch of “App Editions” of its feature films, providing the titles as App Store apps that offer downloadable and streaming versions of the films along with an array of expanded content.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Inside Twitter's Sales Machine: A Secret Guide for Advertisers (Video)  —  Twitter hopes to generate something like $100 million from advertising this year, but first it has to teach people how to buy its ads.  Here's how it's doing that: A hand-holding how-to video, which walks through everything …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google will launch iTunes music store competitor with upgrade to Android  —  ‘Google Music’ service will form part of new version of Android operating system designed specifically for tablet devices  —  Google is to launch a music service to compete with Apple's iTunes music store as part …
Discussion: Guardian, Download Squad and Droid Life
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Texas Wants Google to Spill Its Secrets-Here's the List  —  The antitrust investigation Google is facing in Texas is quite a bit broader than originally thought.  A civil investigative demand sent last July by the office of Attorney General Greg Abbott, and first reported by Bloomberg …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Google's Schmidt Sees Payments as a Big Business  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive, thinks wireless transactions, enabled by the coming wave of Android smartphones outfitted with near-field communication technology, could turn into a serious business for the company.
Discussion: Fast Company and eWeek
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Motorola Droid X 2 leaks, more details emerge  —  We've been hearing rumors of a Motorola Droid X 2 for a few days now from The Mobi Zone, complete with specs and pictures (above).  Supposedly, it's the successor to the Droid X, with a similar appearance, Android 2.2 with MOTOBLUR, and the same 8 megapixel camera.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Mapquest Takes On Google Navigation With Free Android App  —  Following the success of its iPhone app, Mapquest has released a free, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation app for Android handsets.  The new app differs in a couple ways from its older iPhone sibling.
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
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HTC Flyer tablet hits Amazon.de for 669 euros
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Michael Rayfield / NVIDIA:
Tegra Roadmap Revealed: Next Chip to be World's First Quad-Core Mobile Processor
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