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4:45 AM ET, February 2, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple starts 2009 with strong Net gains  —  Apple (AAPL) consolidated its 2008 holiday Internet market-share gains with strong performances from the Mac, iPhone and iPod touch in January, according to preliminary data issued overnight Sunday by Net Applications.
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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Mac Share Gains Aren't Believable  —  I assert this after seeing several reports, including Apple 2.0 blog, touting Mac share gains.  —  GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?  —  “Mac's share grew another 3.12 percent in January to grab a record 9.93 percent of Internet traffic.
Discussion: LiveSide
John Cook / TechFlash:
Saint Valentino helps lovers find that special gift for February 14  —  The laid off techies who dreamed up the innovative IamSaintNick.com service are back in business with a new idea just in time for Valentine's Day.  It's called IamSaintValentino.com.  And if you are struggling to come …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree  —  Video demo shows you how  —  Using inexpensive off-the-shelf components, an information security expert has built a mobile platform that can clone large numbers of the unique electronic identifiers used in US passport cards and next generation drivers licenses.
Discussion: Engadget
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook (NOT) Rolling Out New Product Research Service (Updated)  —  According to the Telegraph, Facebook announced at Davos that it will be rolling out a new service to provide real-time research for companies looking to test “the appeal of new products.  Companies will be able to pose questions …
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Chris Nicholson / New York Times:
Bringing the Internet to Remote African Villages  —  ENTASOPIA, Kenya — The road from Nairobi winds 100 miles to this town deep in Masai country.  The asphalt gives way to sand and dust, until finally it is just a dirt track climbing over broken hills and plunging back to desert flats.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Plots Pirate Bay Ban and Piracy Clampdown  —  The proposals in the report, drafted by the 73 year old Spanish socialist Manuel Medina Ortega, show many similarities to the wish lists of the RIAA, IFPI and MPAA we published earlier.  The report calls for more responsibility and liability for ISPs …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hulu's Super Bowl Ad Comes With An Ad  —  The Super Bowl is perhaps the one television event where people actually look forward to the ads because so much effort is put into each one.  And every year, there are a handful of standouts.  You can watch the ads plenty of places online, including on Hulu.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Twitter comes clean  —  Twitter developer manager Alex Payne has updated the Twitter FAQ with the actual, real, honest story on the return of Track to its users.  First, the relevant text: … Now, the translation: … FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor appeared on NewsGang Live Friday …
Discussion: The Gillmor Gang
Om Malik / GigaOM:
By 2012 Koreans Will Get 1Gbps Broadband Connections  —  The Korea Communications Commission is working on plans that will boost broadband speeds in that country tenfold by the end of 2012.  That means Koreans will access 1 Gbps service by 2012.  That's 200 times as fast …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Farewell to Mike Homer  —  We all liked Mike.  In fact, we all loved the pugnacious, energetic and restlessly entrepreneurial Silicon Valley exec.  —  Sadly for those who knew him, Mike Homer died today at his home surrounded by family and friends, after a long battle with a severe illness.
Discussion: CNET News
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Netflix Contemplates Higher Tier Video Streaming  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings previously and repeatedly seemed to indicate they'd never introduce a pay-per-view video download model or higher tiers of video streaming.  However, it looks like that topic has been reopened for discussion.
 
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Local Police Want Right to Jam Wireless Signals
Discussion: Current News US and Slashdot
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Rambus demos mobile memory interface at DesignCon
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter improves service, base; next, revenue
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Playing video games linked to breast-feeding, not crime
Mitchell LeBlanc / Neowin.net:
New owners of Ebaumsworld fire Ebaum
Discussion: NewTeeVee and eBaum.TV Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon target of mysterious postal investigation
Thanks:johnhcook
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
Discussion: AppleInsider
AdAge:
Google Closes in on Yahoo's Leadership in Display Advertising
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Throwing Xbox 360 Tupperware Parties To Hook Women.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
The Top 10 Money-Making MMOs of 2008
Thanks:liors
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Max Tani / Semafor:
The Intercept is losing ~$300K/month and could run out of cash by May 2025, according to data from March; its CEO says the projection was a worst case scenario

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

 
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