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10:30 PM ET, February 28, 2011

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Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple Plots Move To Expand iPhone's Market Share  —  Apple (AAPL) continues to plot new moves in its campaign to conquer the world.  —  In a research note this morning, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi reports on a meeting he had last week with Apple COO Tim Cook, CFO Peter Oppenheimer and VP of Internet Services Eddy Cue.
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple COO Hints At Cheaper iPhone, Saying, We Don't Want To Be For “Just The Rich”  —  Apple COO Tim Cook strongly suggested we will see a cheaper iPhone in the near future in an interview with Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi.  —  Cook says Apple is doing “clever things” to attack the prepaid market …
Ben Treynor / Gmail Blog:
Gmail back soon for everyone  —  Imagine the sinking feeling of logging in to your Gmail account and finding it empty.  That's what happened to 0.02% of Gmail users yesterday, and we're very sorry.  The good news is that email was never lost and we've restored access for many of those affected.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Gmail outage passes 24 hours for some (updated)  —  A small percentage of people have been without their Gmail accounts since Sunday.  —  Gmail's downtime in 2010 compared to competitors  —  Imagine if you lost your entire email inbox, sent box, folders -everything.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet:
Verizon iPhone Clears 1 Million-Sold Mark  —  NEW YORK, (TheStreet) — Verizon's(VZ) Apple(AAPL) iPhone sales, while deceptively slow, still managed to fly past the 1 million-sold milepost.  —  Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless chief, told media outlets this weekend that 60% of the company's iPhone sales were preorders.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad channel inventory dries up  —  It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, but Apple has stopped production of the original iPads and cut of supplies to the channel.  We are getting reports that global retailers are no longer able to get their hands on iPads.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Motorola's Sanjay Jha hints at a 7-inch tablet before the end of the year, foresees tablet prices dropping  —  Motorola's CEO Sanjay Jha had hinted once before that there would be a family of Motorola tablets, but speaking at Morgan Stanley's Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today …
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Matthew Rathbone / Foursquare Engineering Blog:
How we found the rudest cities in the world - Analytics @ foursquare  —  With over 400 million check-ins in the last year, it's safe to say that our servers log a lot of data.  We use that data to do a lot of interesting analysis, from finding the most popular local bars in any city …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jaron Schaeffer / Docs Blog:
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in 34 languages  —  Last June, we introduced the ability to upload documents into Google Docs using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).  OCR analyzes images and PDF files, typically produced by a scanner (or the camera of a mobile phone) …
Discussion: Erictric, The Next Web and Techie Buzz
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Honeycomb statue finally at Google campus  —  It took a little while longer than its cousins, but the Honeycomb statue has finally arrived at Building 44 on Google's Mountain View, Calif., campus.  There she be, with a honeybee and the Android robot facing off.  Pretty cool, actually.  [via @cyngus]
Jason Paur / Autopia:
FAA OKs iPad for Pilots' Charts  —  From the earliest days of aviation, pilots have relied upon paper maps to help find their way.  Even in an era of GPS and advanced avionics, you still see pilots lugging around 20 pounds or more of charts.  But those days are numbered, because maps are giving way to iPads.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TeleRead
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview  —  Apple announced Mac OS X Lion with considerable fanfare at its Back to the Mac event last October, and now it's dropped the first developer preview on the world — giving us a chance to sample some of the big cat's new features and UI concepts.
Discussion: lalawag, 9 to 5 Mac and Pulse2
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
European customs ordered to seize PlayStation shipments in legal dispute  —  Confiscations ordered after Asian electronics giant LG wins preliminary injunction against Sony in acrimonious patent battle  —  European customs officers have been ordered to seize shipments of Playstation 3s …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel Closes $7.68 Billion McAfee Acquisition  —  Intel has officially completed its acquisition of security giant McAfee, according to a release issued today.  Intel announced the $7.68 billion, all-cash deal last August.  —  According to the release, McAfee will continue developing …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Facebook plans to resume address, phone sharing  —  Despite congressional criticism, Facebook is planning to resume the aborted rollout of a feature that allowed the optional sharing of addresses and mobile phone numbers.  —  Facebook said in a letter (PDF) released today …
Lucas Mearian / InfoWorld:
Intel unveils next gen SSDs with 6Gbps throughput  —  New 510 SSD series doubles throughput by taking advantage of high-speed SATA bus interfaces on new Intel Core platforms  —  Intel announced on Monday a new line of SSDs (solid-state drives) that are based on the SATA (serial ATA) …
Lauren Dugan / mediabistro.com:
Texas Governor Rick Perry Blocks Media from his Twitter Account, Twitter Reacts  —  In a move that runs counter to the open nature of Twitter, Texas Governor Rick Perry has blocked several members of the Texas media from accessing his Twitter account.  —  Twitter has been a difficult beast for many politicians to tackle.
Discussion: @dannysullivan
Wall Street Journal:
Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy  —  As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product: privacy.  —  Companies including Microsoft Corp., McAfee Inc.—and even some online-tracking companies themselves …
Peter / The Mac Security Blog:
Black Hole RAT is Really No Big Deal  —  iThreats published information about a new remote administration tool recently, and other sites are presenting this as a serious new threat to the Mac.  Actually, this is hardly a threat at all.  This tool, BlackHole, is something that needs to be installed on a Mac …
Wall Street Journal:
‘Xooming’ In: Researchers Say Cameras, Display Add to Costs of Motorola Xoom  —  Research firms that have taken apart Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.'s Xoom tablet computer uncovered some additional clues about its features and why it costs more to build than Apple Inc.'s hit iPad.
Discussion: Electronista
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr Steps Down  —  Embattled CEO Aaron Barr says he is stepping down from his post at HBGary Federal to allow the company to move on after an embarassing data breach.  —  The announcement comes three weeks after Barr became the target of a coordinated attack …
Discussion: Network World
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Oscars, On Twitter: Over 1.2 Million Tweets, 388K Users Tweeting  —  Twitter has changed the way we watch television.  Say what you will about the 83rd Annual Oscars (and thus far the consensus is “meh"), you've probably already said it on Twitter.  Mass Relevance and TweetReach …
Leon Erlanger / InfoWorld:
Motorola's big plans to fix Android's security woes  —  Execs confirm plans to develop APIs for the missing capabilities, letting Android devices match the security level of BlackBerrys and iPhones  —  It's official: Motorola Mobility execs have confirmed to InfoWorld that the smartphone maker …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Internet Ad Forecast: Google, Facebook Expand Clout  —  A realignment of power on the Web will continue this year, researchers at eMarketer predict, as Facebook grabs the top spot in the online market for banner, interactive and video ads.  —  Meanwhile, Google will extend its dominance …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Investors Are Drawn Anew to Digital Music  —  Since it emerged in the 1990s, digital music has been hugely popular with fans, but for online music companies and their investors it has almost never been profitable.  —  And yet the money has again started pouring in.
Discussion: SAI and hypebot
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Mobile App Revenue to Reach $38 Billion by 2015, Report Predicts  —  It may be hard to remember, but when the Apple iPhone had its debut in early 2007 there were only a few apps available for the device — no Angry Birds, Doodle Jump or Netflix.  —  Today it's a different story.
 
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
New Fund Provides Stake in Twitter for JPMorgan
Discussion: TechCrunch and Adotas
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
Morgan Stanley Attacked by China-Based Hackers Who Hit Google
Discussion: Reuters
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Thumbplay Sells Music Subscription Service to Clear Channel
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
World's largest book publisher Random House may soon join Apple's iBookstore
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
ICE chief defends website seizures
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Khosla Ventures Leads $5.6 Million Funding For MyLikes; Buchheit Joins Board
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