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9:10 PM ET, February 25, 2011

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Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Verizon iPhone 4: Mind the gap, our tests show  —  The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, Consumer Reports engineers have found in lab tests.  —  The problem is similar to the one we confirmed …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Antennagate 2.0?  Consumer Reports Won't Recommend Verizon iPhone Either  —  Oh no, please tell us this isn't the start of another “antennagate,” but it appears that Consumer Reports is again making headlines for throwing the iPhone 4 under the proverbial bus.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Testing Google's New Algorithm: It Really Is Better  —  When we heard that Google had unleashed a new algorithm in the United States to battle content farms, we were cautiously optimistic.  Content farms, which bet they can make more more money on any advertisements than they spend producing …
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Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:
Google and Search Tweaks  —  Chatter blizzard!  There is a flurry of commentary about Google's change to cope with outfits that generate content to attract traffic, get a high Google ranking, and deliver information to users!  You can read the Google explanation in “Finding More High-Quality Sites …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Watch Out iPad, Honeycomb Has 16 Tablet Apps!  —  The tablet war between Apple and Google is only just getting warmed up, but it's going to take time before it becomes a full-scale conflict.  Apple's iPad has a good 10-month head-start over Google Honeycomb tablets, the first of which became available only yesterday.
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Michael Hickins / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Revenue Hit $760 Million Last Year  —  Daily deals website Groupon Inc. saw its revenue surge to $760 million last year from $33 million the previous year, with more than a third of its 2010 sales coming from outside the U.S., according to an internal memo.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Files SEC Form For Another $16.2 Million
Discussion: Local Onliner
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals “Places” - A Social Networking Related Trademark  —  On February 24, 2011, The European Trademarks and Designs Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the word “Places” under application 009760141.  Apple has filed their trademark under four distinct International …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple may surprise with near immediate availability of iPad 2 next week  —  While media reports have shed considerable doubt on Apple's capacity to facilitate a full-scale launch of its second-generation iPad in the short term, AppleInsider has reason to believe that customers could be holding …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Verizon Says Short iPhone Lines Due to Strong Online Sales, Staggered Rollout  —  The Wall Street Journal reports on an interview with Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead, who claims that short lines for the public launch of the Verizon iPhone were the result of an intentional effort to push sales …
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Fred / A VC:
Marketing  —  You asked for it Arnold and 84 others (so far).  So I'm gonna talk about marketing.  —  I believe that marketing is what you do when your product or service sucks or when you make so much profit on every marginal customer that it would be crazy to not spend a bit …
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
How Apple Dodged a Sun Buyout: Former CEOs McNealy, Zander Tell All  —  Table of Contents:  —  At Churchill Club dinner, former Sun CEOs Scott McNealy and Ed Zander discuss why the company didn't buy Apple in 1996, the real beginnings of cloud computing and why Linux should never have come into existence.
Discussion: Digits and ITworld.com
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Truth About The iPad, Day 300: I Barely Use It Anymore  —  The main thing you need to know about my iPad right now is that I'm not sure where it is.  —  It's definitely at home, because I've stopped bringing it to work most days.  I think it's next to the bed, because that's where I've …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
MobileMe is officially online only  —  Expanding on the report from yesterday, a Genius (who uses Chrome interestingly) sent us this screenshot of the Apple Internal systems which shows that MobileMe is online-only now.  —  It also appears you can't currently pay for MobileMe online.
Facebook Site Governance / Facebook:
A Privacy Policy Re-imagined For Users Like You  —  At Facebook, we are constantly developing new experiences and features to help you control your information.  Some of our recent work includes simplified privacy settings and publisher privacy controls that let you select your audience every time you post something on Facebook.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Verizon to launch Windows Phone 7 device in late March  —  Verizon is scheduled to launch its first Windows Phone 7 device in late March WinRumors has learned.  —  Verizon officials may be planning to announce the device as soon as Monday February 28 according to people familiar with the company's plans.
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Dear Google, I Have More Than 10,000 Contacts  —  I just received the “amusing email of the day” from Google.  I feel like I'm in one step forward / one step back with Google Enterprise Support.  If you read my two recent posts on this, you saw that I started by saying that it's Time For Google …
Discussion: Geek.com
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
REPORT: Facebook Profiles Are Now Part Of 80% Colleges' Admissions Outreach  —  Recruiters aren't the only ones looking at candidates' Facebook profiles.  Four out of every five college admissions offices use the social network to recruit students.  —  That statistic comes …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Nabs Career Recruiting Service Pursuit  —  It looks like recruiting service Pursuit has been gobbled up by Facebook, the latest in a string of acqui-hires, judging by the brief message on their homepage: … The San Francisco based Pursuit was just three extremely over-educated guys …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter's Ad Team Runs Into the Learning Curve, and Promoted Tweets Take a Step Back  —  Another sign that Twitter's advertising plans are very much a work in progress: The company is playing down Promoted Tweets, the first ad units it introduced last year.  —  Instead, Dick Costolo's sales force …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bing's Travel Search, So Much Better Than Google, Gets Even Better  —  Google does almost nothing interesting in travel search.  Bing offers a much more compelling travel search experience and today added a new little feature that makes me want to use it even more.
Discussion: Bing, eMoney, SlashGear and LiveSide.net
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Post-Optical Disc Era Gets Off To A Rocky Start With The OS X Lion Beta  —  If there was any doubt in peoples' minds that Apple intends to kill off the optical disc, it was put to rest today.  This morning's unveiling of the OS X Lion Developer Preview came with the news …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring capacitive touch buttons to control a closed MacBook  —  Apple could add the ability to control applications like iTunes while a notebook is closed via capacitive touch buttons added to the lid of future MacBooks.  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week disclosed …
Discussion: CrunchGear, MacNN, Gizmodo and iClarified
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Bank of America trialing Mobile Wallet program, uses NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones  —  According to a BGR source, Bank of America has started inviting select customers to trial its new Mobile Wallet payment service program based on NFC technology.  The program only works with BlackBerry smartphones …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
T-Mobile USA losing customers, says turnaround will take time  —  T-Mobile USA, hoping to lift itself out of fourth place in the U.S. mobile market, instead dug itself a little deeper in the fourth quarter, according to results released this morning.  —  The Bellevue-based wireless company …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The new Silicon Valley hype machine: AngelList  —  Yesterday at the Launch event I was sitting next to Naval Ravikant.  I kept watching his screen.  I had heard about his site, AngelList, before, but I didn't have an opportunity to really dig into what it was and how it worked.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Neil Hunt / The Official Netflix Blog:
30% of Netflix Streaming Content Has Subtitles; 80% By End of 2011  —  This is Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer for Netflix, with an update on subtitles on content available to watch instantly from Netflix.  In the US, more than 3,500 TV episodes and movies have subtitles available, representing about 30% of viewing.
 
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Consumer group wants to tax Netflix to pay for rural broadband
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Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter, SF Mayor Ed Lee ‘very close’ on deal
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Darlene Storm / Computerworld:
Google publishes facial recognition patent, could use social network photos
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