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12:10 PM ET, February 10, 2009

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google wants to tap into your electric meter; Enters smart grid fray  —  Google is developing home electricity dashboards for the future smart grid.  —  The effort, which dubbed the Google PowerMeter, is being tested by Google employees.  Google is just the latest player interested in part of the smart grid pie.
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and Obsessable
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Ed Lu / The Official Google Blog:
Power to the people  —  Imagine how hard it would be to stick to a budget in a store with no prices.  Well, that's pretty much how we buy electricity today.  Your utility company sends you a bill at the end of the month with very few details.  Most people don't know how much electricity …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: Apple asked Google not to use multi-touch in Android, and Google complied  —  One of the bigger complaints about T-Mobile's G1, the first phone based on Google's Android platform, is that its touch screen doesn't use multi-touch, the technology which allows for a screen to accept multiple points of contact as simultaneous input.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla call for EU intervention in browser war is troubling  —  Mozilla has voiced support for Opera's effort to convince the European Commission to impose sanctions on Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer in Windows.  But is this a necessary or even a wise move for the open source developer?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Start Charging Companies For Having An Account?  —  Companies using Twitter for commercial purposes may soon start getting charged for that activity, according to an interview British trade magazine Marketing (part of BrandRepublic) held with co-founder Biz Stone.  —  This is what Stone reportedly said:
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Fiona Ramsay / Marketing magazine:
Twitter to begin charging brands for commercial use
Discussion: WebProNews and The Blog Herald
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Shhh: Whispersync could be the real news out of Kindle 2  —  Syncing of e-book readers with other mobile handsets may be on the way  —  Computerworld) The introduction of “Whispersync” technology may well be the bigger technology news from Amazon.com Inc., which announced its Kindle 2 e-reader today in New York.
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Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Craig Newmark's Keynote Unlocks the Secrets to Building a Community  —  In an era where user generated content is changing our entire culture, rare is the company that can successfully harness the collective creativeness of its community, cultivate loyalty, make money consistently, and continue to flourish.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco's Cash Hoard Swells Along With Acquisition Rumors  —  With $30 billion, Cisco Systems likes to point out it has more cash on hand than any other technology company.  So why did it just sell $4 billion worth of debt on Monday?  —  Cisco has been rather upfront about plans to make acquisitions.
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Can Microsoft Catch Up in Mobile?  —  Going well beyond its current Windows Mobile software, Microsoft will try to extend its desktop dominance with a “Windows phone.”  Is it too late?  —  Microsoft (MSFT) executives have long spun visions of a world where computer users …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Mobility Site
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PC World:   ZTE's Windows Phone for Vodafone to Launch Next Week
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
How to become an iPhonedeveloper in eight easy steps  —  You've probably heard all about iShoot.  Written by a programmer at Sun Microsystems in his spare time, this Worms-style artillery shooter blasted to the top of the App Store charts earlier this year and stayed there for weeks earning …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel: We're spending $7 billion on U.S. plants  —  Intel said Tuesday it will spend $7 billion over the next two years to roll out 32 nanometer manufacturing plants in the U.S.  —  The chip giant said the investment will be made in existing manufacturing sites in Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico and create 7,000 jobs (statement).
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Reminder: General Availability for Windows 7 Beta Ending This Week  —  I wanted to quickly remind everyone that this week general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will be ending:  —  February 10th: Starting at 12am Pacific Time, no new downloads will be available.
InfoWorld:
The cloud-SOA connection  —  Cloud computing may have overtaken SOA as the trendy technology term du jour, but the two concepts can be paired to bolster service deployments, industry experts say.  With cloud computing, enterprises can access services hosted on third-party servers over the Internet.
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Leah Pearlman / Facebook Blog:
“I like this”  —  There's a lot of content my friends have shared on Facebook that's pretty awesome.  For instance, in the last few days I've seen photos from a friend's wedding, an article about U.S. President Obama's ongoing transition and status updates from a friend traveling in India.
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
SEO Fiascoes: The Trouble with Search Engine Optimization  —  Long URLs are bogus!  Tags like “nude” and “naked” are counterfeits!  SEO is a big business, and from what I can tell its proponents are modern snake-oil salesmen.  —  Search engine optimization (SEO) has turned into a big business …
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
Nokia:
Get attached to the Nokia E63 - in red hot or cool blue now available in the US  —  New York, NY, USA - Sizzle red hot on Valentine's Day or just be cool this winter with the Nokia E63, available on shelves in the US today.  This attractive full QWERTY device wows with more than just a big screen …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell Latitude XT2 multi-touch tablet with 11-hour battery now official (starts at $2,399)  —  The machine translation is pretty weak, but Dell's 12.1-inch (1,280 x 800 pixel) Latitude XT2 looks to have just made its first tentative steps in a global launch.  The video posted after the break …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
How Microsoft is trying to make its $1.3 billion Fast Search deal work  —  Microsoft today will unveil plans to start incorporating Fast Search's technology into its products, rolling out a blueprint for capitalizing on one of the largest acquisitions in its history.
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Twitter Fast Growing Beyond Its Messaging Roots  —  Thanks to its open-ended design and a thriving user community, Twitter is fast outgrowing its roots as a simple, easy-to-use messaging service.  Enterprising hackers are creating apps for sharing music and videos, to help you quit smoking and lose weight …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The Mark Cuban Stimulus Plan - Open Source Funding  —  Its easy to write about what the government or other people should do with our/their money.  It's harder to come up with a course of action that I can undertake on my own that possibly, somehow could make a difference.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:anandiyer
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
A Consumer's Guide to Apple Rumors  —  There are many unique things about Apple, Inc. And one of the oddest of all is the degree to which straightforward reporting about the company's activities has been drowned out in recent years by a surging sea of rumor, speculation, prediction, and-increasingly—wishful thinking.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
As IM Finally Begins To Open Up, Yahoo And Microsoft Cling To The Stone Age  —  Last week Meebo and Facebook teamed to launch the first integration of Facebook Connect + Chat, allowing Meebo users to chat with their Facebook friends from the popular web-based IM service.
Discussion: digg.com
Sony Ericsson:
Take special pictures in style with the Sony Ericsson C903 Cyber-shot™  —  Seeing is believing with the C903 Cyber-shot™.  The slick and stylish mobile phone has a unique sliding lens cover to make great photography as easy as one, two, three.  —  The C903 Cyber-shot&trade …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
$99 iPhone Coming This Summer: RBC (AAPL)  —  Apple will start selling a cheaper, ‘entry-level’ iPhone sometime this summer, for around $99 after subsidy, according to “checks,” RBC analyst Mark Abramsky said in a note this morning.  — The main cost reductions would come from fewer features …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Red Hat's state of the union
Discussion: Red Hat, OStatic blogs and CNET News
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Newly (Re-)Minted Microsoft-and Ex-Yahoo-Exec Scott Moore Speaks!
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Trackle Feeds You Personalized RSS
Discussion: Webware.com
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
US broadband infrastructure investments need transparency
Discussion: DSLreports
Aaron / Code: Flickr Developer Blog:
Things I'm Standing Next To
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Lifehacker and All Points Blog, Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Oodle raises round, plans to relaunch Facebook Marketplace soon
Discussion: Screenwerk and TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo5 Launches OpenSky, Free Service to Call Skype From Any VoIP Phone
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and Mashable!
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zumbox creates an all-digital alternative to the U.S. Postal Service
Discussion: Digits and TechFlash