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3:35 PM ET, February 18, 2011

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Obama's Silicon Valley “Tech Supper” - Who Sat Where?  Why Was He There?  —  Why was he there?  Who wasn't invited and why?  What did they talk about?  Why was he really there?  —  These are the questions being debated this morning about Obama's visit last night to the home (dare I say …
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama dines with tech stars of Silicon Valley  —  President Obama - on his first official trip to the Bay Area that didn't involve political fundraising - held a dinner meeting Thursday to talk job creation and education with a star-studded team of Silicon Valley executives and leaders …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Suspends UberMedia Clients For Privacy And Monetization Violations, Trademark Infringement  —  We'll this is interesting.  According to this post, Twitter has suspended UberTwitter and twidroyd for violating its policies.  It's unclear how the clients violated Twitter's policies …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
WAR: Twitter Just Blocked Bill Gross's UberMedia  —  Twitter just shut down UberTwitter, twidroyd, and UberCurrent, saying the apps “have been suspended due to policy violations.”  —  All three of those apps belong to Bill Gross's startup, UberMedia.  —  UberMedia is also in the process of buying popular Twitter app TweetDeck.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   UberMedia CEO Bill Gross: Twitter Turn-Off “Took Us By Surprise,” But “We Will Change”
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nokia giving developers free E7 and free WP7 device  —  Nokia's decision to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone 7 might not have been met with glee from many developers, but the company looks to be addressing its coding community in a decent way.  SlashGear has been passed details …
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Terhi Kinnunen / Reuters:
Nokia sees Windows phone prices dropping fast  —  (Reuters) - Prices of smartphones using Microsoft's Windows Phone software platform will fall fast, Nokia's chief executive Stephen Elop said on Friday.  —  Last week Nokia, the world's largest phone maker by volume, said it would adopt …
Michael Kan / PC World:
Lenovo to Launch LePad Tablet Worldwide in June  —  Chinese PC maker Lenovo plans on selling its LePad tablet worldwide in June, but will first launch the device in China at the end of March, a company spokesman said on Friday.  —  The LePad, Lenovo's first tablet computer …
New York Times:
Apple Is Weighing a Cheaper iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has been exploring ways to broaden the appeal of the iPhone by making the popular device less expensive and allowing users to control it with voice commands.  —  But contrary to published reports, Apple is not currently developing …
Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Eye Apple Anew  —  Enforcers Interested in Whether Digital-Subscription Rules Stifle Competition  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple Inc. set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its popular iPad and other devices …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
FTC, DoJ in “preliminary” investigation of Apple subscriptions
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John Fu / Google Chrome Blog:
Faster than a speeding rabbit: speed, sync, and settings  —  In the spirit of the lunar new year, we're excited to kick off the Year of the Rabbit with a slew of enhancements in the Chrome beta channel.  Today's new beta includes a dramatic improvement in JavaScript speed, new password sync features …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gawker's Gulp Moment: Big Redesign Is Driving People Away  —  About ten days ago, gossip blog Gawker and its sister sites Gizmodo, Lifehacker and others switched over to a drastic redesign which was met with plenty of jeers.  People always complain about design changes …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
H-P CEO Apotheker on a Post-Hurd Hewlett  —  New Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Leo Apotheker inherited a company in tumult.  —  His predecessor, Mark Hurd, resigned in August following an investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment, which Mr. Hurd denied.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft mulls changing Windows Phone Marketplace terms to add more open-source licenses  —  As headlines rolled by over the past couple of days claiming Microsoft was banning free and open-source applications from its Windows Phone Marketplace, I sat back and waited.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Bird's-Eye View Of iOS And Android As Seen By One Premium Ad Platform  —  Comparing the iOS and Android platforms is often tricky because the perspective is usually one-sided.  But mobile ad platforms tend to have a pretty well-rounded look at the state of things because they're agnostic …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
AT&T iPhone Beats Verizon in Nationwide 3G Speed Tests  —  The Verizon iPhone and AT&T iPhone have gone head-to-head in thousands of broadband tests, and the numbers tell the story you'd expect: AT&T's network is much faster.  —  More Verizon iPhone coverage on Wired.com:  — Review: Verizon iPhone
Discussion: Geek.com and Faster Forward
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Google Unveils Delicious Bookmark Importer  —  Google has just rolled out a convenient new tool for importing your Delicious bookmarks to Google Bookmarks.  —  The simple importer takes your Delicious login credentials (or lets you use a one-click OAuth button) and imports all your bookmarks, preserving labels or tags.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zynga Raising $500 Million at $10 Billion Valuation  —  The fast-growing social gaming company Zynga is close to completing a funding round of $500 million, valuing the company at $10 billion, said multiple sources.  —  The round includes big institutional investors Morgan Stanley …
David Pierson / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Father of China's Great Firewall discusses being persona non grata, admits to skirting the censorship he built  —  The man known as the father of China's so-called Great Firewall is defending his invention, which blocks out hundreds of thousands of foreign websites, and admits to owning software to evade the censorship he helped create.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Wants to Tax Your Stock Options- All of Them.  —  Few people are aware the San Francisco has had a tax provision in its municipal code since 2004 that requires companies to pay a payroll tax on gains from employee stock options.  No one pays it, and San Francisco hasn't enforced it to date …
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Google Pushes To Keep Reams Of Documents Secret In Major Trademark Case  —  Rosetta Stone v. Google, one of the most important trademark cases of the digital age, is pending in a Virginia federal appeals court, and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is fighting a remarkable battle to keep thousands of pages of documents secret.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Mobile phone e-wallets get closer to reality  —  Phones with a special microSD memory card and Visa's PayWave mobile app can be used to make transactions by holding the device near a reader.  —  BARCELONA, Spain—Later this year you'll be able to pay for clothes, taxi fare …
 
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
AMD CEO Denies Smartphone Plans, Slates Tablet Attack for 2012
Discussion: eWeek, Softpedia News and Digits
James Glanz / New York Times:
Internet Use in Bahrain Restricted, Data Shows
Discussion: Mashable! and Switched
Matthew Mengerink / The PayPal Blog:
eBay and PayPal Developer Communities Come together
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
BilltoMobile Quietly Emerges As Mobile Payment Powerhouse
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Don Clark / Digits:
Intel's Otellini Named to Obama Jobs Council
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Facebook Adds hCalendar and hCard Microformats to Millions of Events
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Klout Chrome Extension Brings Scores to the Twitter Timeline
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Analysis: Google Social Search Is All About Blocking Facebook/Twitter Search
Phil Hornshaw / Appolicious Advisor:
Apple adds copyright infringement to reasons for rejecting apps
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Apple Contemplating Reduction in 15-Minute App Purchase Window
Brodie Beta / The Next Web:
Netflix may get slapped with fees to broadcast in Canada
Discussion: CrunchGear and Hollywood Reporter
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels Now Hosts His Blog on Amazon S3 and So Can You
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Skype: Expect Video Calling for AT&T
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