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10:40 AM ET, February 22, 2011

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Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Email Suggests In-App Subscriptions Don't Apply to ‘Software As a Service’?  —  Apple's announcement last week introducing App Store Subscriptions has generated a lot of controversy across the web.  At issue is Apple's policy requiring publishers to also offer all subscriptions through Apple's …
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Subscriptions and the new In-App Purchase requirement  —  Apple's new subscription-billing requirement has generated a lot of bad press and debate.  The new rule, from the App Store Review Guidelines (developer account required):  —  In practice, this means that any app that requires content …
David Carr / New York Times:
2 Platforms, With 2 Sets of Problems
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon launches Prime Instant Video, unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers  —  We heard it was coming and now here it is.  Amazon has flipped the switch on its “free” video streaming for Prime members, the service we've been hearing about for the past month or so.
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Amazon.com:
Amazon Prime Members Now Get Unlimited, Commercial-free, Instant Streaming of More Than 5,000 Movies and TV Shows at No Additional Cost  —  Amazon Adds Instant Videos to Amazon Prime  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the launch of a new benefit for Amazon Prime members …
DigiTimes:
HP to start selling WebOS 3.0-based TouchPad in April  —  First-tier notebook brand vendor Hewlett-Packard (HP) is set to start selling its WebOS 3.0-based tablet PC, TouchPad in April with shipments to start delivery by the end of March, according to sources from HP's upstream component partners.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows 8 roadmap: A picture is worth a thousand build numbers  —  Given the very few (and occasionally confusing) leaks around Windows 8, an update as to how things are progressing is always welcome.  —  In early 2011, a source of mine passed on to me what he claimed was a snapshot of the internal Windows 8 roadmap.
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Matt Rozen / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Update for Flash Player 10.2 Support on Tablets  —  Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 pre-installed on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adobe: Flash Coming To Android Tablets “Within A Few Weeks”
Discussion: CrunchGear
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple schedules secret retail employee meeting ahead of possible media event  —  Apple has asked its retail employees to sign non-disclosure agreements ahead of an all-hands meeting likely to be held later this week, and potentially foreshadowing a forthcoming media event, AppleInsider has been told.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The PayPal Mafia Puts $525K In CapLinked, A LinkedIn-Meets-Salesforce For Private Investing  —  There a few platforms that aim to connect investors and startups on the web, including AngelList, and Kickstarter, but for the most part investment transactions and venture funding is done face-to-face, many times with a hand shake involved.
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Despite 861.5 Percent Growth, Android Market Revenues Remain Puny  —  You read the headline “Android Market grows a staggering 861.5 per cent”, and you think, “Wow, Android is really on a tear.”  But then you look at the fine print, and you realize that Android Market revenues are still barely registering …
Chris / cdixon.org:
The importance of predictability for platform developers  —  A platform is a technology or product upon which many other technologies or products are built.  Some platforms are controlled by a single corporation: e.g. Windows, iOS, and Facebook.  Some are controlled by standards committees …
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel lists new Sandy Bridge mobile chips  —  Intel has updated its price list with new dual-core Sandy Bridge chips—some likely bound for Apple MacBooks and just about every PC vendor on the planet.  —  On top of the bevy of Core i5 and Core i7 Sandy Bridge chips already listed in Intel's database …
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Exclusive: Spotify Sells Stake To Silicon Valley Firm  —  Spotify, one of the world's hottest technology companies, is selling a stake to the legendary Silicon Valley investor Kleiner Perkins as part of a deal valuing the online music streaming service at more than $1bn, I can reveal.
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest: report  —  (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's deputy blamed Google Inc in an interview published on Tuesday for stirring up trouble in the revolution that ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.  —  “Look what they have done in Egypt …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony ‘S2’ dual-screen Android clamshell and 9.4-inch Windows 7 VAIO slider due this year  —  So, by now you've seen the PlayStation Certified Qriocity tablet known within Sony as the “S1.”  But that's not the only tablet the vernerable Japanese company is preparing to launch in 2011.
Steve Clayton / TechNet Blogs:
Kinect for Windows SDK to Arrive Spring 2011  —  Every year about this time, Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, holds an intimate gathering to discuss the company's vision for the future: just Craig, a handful of Microsoft thinkers and select media convening …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Early Look: Avatar Kinect
Electronista:
Lenovo intros Sandy Bridge ThinkPads, 30-hour battery option  —  Confirming a recent leak, Lenovo has officially unveiled six new ThinkPad notebooks based on Intel's Sandy Bridge series of Core and Core vPro processors.  The T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 models are all geared for business users …
Roland Lloyd Parry / Agence France Presse:
Internet tool shows French web surfers ‘Jewish-curious’  —  PARIS — An Internet tool that flags up popular search words has spontaneously revealed a deeper trend: French web surfers' exceeding curiosity about whether their politicians are Jewish.  —  Observers say the phenomenon betrays …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jeremy Page / Wall Street Journal:
China Co-Opts Social Media to Head Off Unrest  —  Government allows networking sites—if they block or remove controversial material  —  BEIJING—China's domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, added his voice to calls for tighter Internet controls as censors ratcheted up temporary online restrictions …
Greg Tito / The Escapist:
PS3 Hacker Raised All the Legal Funds Needed to Beat Sony in a Weekend  —  Famed rapper and PS3 hacker Geohot asked for donations on Friday to fund his defense against Sony and got all he needed by Monday.  —  Geohot, aka George Hotz, firmly believes that he has done nothing wrong.
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Royston Chan / Reuters:
Chinese workers appeal to Apple over health worries
Discussion: Metro.co.uk, Softpedia News and thinq_
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPhone versus iPhone: Ars puts Verizon and AT&T to the test
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Tony Smith / Reg Hardware:
Apple iOS dominates Euro smartphone usage
Discussion: MacStories
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 incoming: iPad sold out/on sale at some European retailers