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11:05 AM ET, February 11, 2009

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Marco Bonechi / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Add your location to your signature  —  Sometime ago I noticed how all mail systems tell you when an email was written, but not where it was sent from.  Because I love to travel, the first question in many messages I receive is “where are you?” and by the time I answer I am often somewhere else.
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Steven Musil / Webware.com:
Gmail feature lets recipients know where you are  —  Google has added an experimental feature to Gmail that automatically lets the recipient of your e-mails know where you penned your missive.  —  Gmail Labs announced in a blog posting Tuesday that Gmail users can now append their e-mail signature …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Mighty Morphin' Gmail: Dawn of the Daily Upgrade
Blassey / Brad's Blog:
Fennec Milestone Release for Windows Mobile  —  On behalf of everyone who have been tirelessly working towards this goal, I would like to announce that our first milestone release of Fennec for Windows Mobile is now available for download.  —  This release is pre-alpha …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mozilla releases pre-alpha web browser for the HTC Touch Pro  —  Mozilla is continuing its march toward getting Firefox to run on every device imaginable.  As expected, the team released an early build of Fennec (the codename for Firefox Mobile) designed to run on HTC Touch Pro smartphones.
Discussion: Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes the Twitter-Is-Really-Serious-Folks-About- Not-Making-$$ Memo  —  In a blog post that comes as the polar opposite of a complete surprise, Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone clarified a comment he made to a U.K. magazine that sounded like Twitter might actually charge for something.
Discussion: Network World, Thanks:sampad
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Nothing To Report Just Yet  —  There was a sudden burst of news early this week surrounding some ideas we've shared publicly for quite some time.  We've been thinking out loud for more than a year about the growing use of Twitter by companies, brands, and other commercial organizations.
Troy D. Brown / BlackBerryNews.com:
T-Mobile U.S. Launches BlackBerry Curve 8900  —  The time has finally arrived in the U.S. for T-Mobile customers wanting the new only to the United States BlackBerry Curve 8900.  All the rumors have been confirmed.  The price under a new 2 year contract is $299 with a $100 mail in rebate.
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday and Engadget
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Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 now live with pricing - $199.99
Angela Gunn / BetaNews:
Adobe: Microsoft's Silverlight ‘has really fizzled’  —  Addressing attendees at a tech-and-telecom conference on Tuesday, Adobe EVP and CFO Mark Garrett spoke of the challenges ahead.  Microsoft's software doesn't appear to be one of them.  —  Speaking at a fireside-chat style event …
New York Times:
Sirius XM Prepares for Possible Bankruptcy  —  Last summer, Mel Karmazin was rattling off his trademark one-liners to talk up the future of Sirius XM Radio, the combined company he ran that had just been blessed by regulators.  —  He was planning to cut costs and expand a business …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Real estate sites like Trulia see record traffic and revenue  —  Online real estate sites like Trulia.com, are reporting record traffic and revenues — even as most of the rest of the real estate industry is in the doldrums.  —  The San Francisco company Trulia says it hit record traffic levels in January …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Remember That Company You Sold Last Year?  Riiight.  Its Buyer Wants Its Money Back  —  It's no surprise that in a crummy market, money disputes tend to surface more than when everyone is feeling flush.  But it may surprise you to learn that those disputes are taking place over startups sold as long ago as in mid 2007.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Why We Don't Write About Twitter Every Day  —  Every day we receive between 8-10 emails and phone calls about the launch of a new Twitter application.  And everyday, I reply to each one with the same thing... we try to stay away from covering Twitter every single day.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Spend $350 Million to Map Broadband?  —  Deep inside the stimulus bill that passed the Senate Tuesday is an allocation of up to $350 million for making a “nationwide inventory map of existing broadband service capability and availability in the United States.”
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Modu Comes Out Of The Woodwork With A Truly Innovative Mobile Offering  —  Modu, the heavily-funded Israel-based modular phone manufacturer that enables you to slip a light mobile device into a variety of so-called “jackets” (think music players, other cellphones, car stereos, digital cameras …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia scores a couple of deals with Wintel  —  Nvidia is announcing a couple of deals with Wintel today that show the company is making progress with its new technologies.  —  In an endorsement for a new mobile graphics technology from Nvidia, Microsoft said it had certified Nvidia's Ion platform …
Discussion: Electronista
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (960715)  —  Update Rollup for ActiveX Kill Bits  —  Version: 1.0  —  Microsoft is releasing a new set of ActiveX kill bits with this advisory.  —  The update includes kill bits for previously published Microsoft security bulletins:
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Clearwire Funding Gap May Put Backers' Internet Expansion Plans on Hold  —  Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Clearwire Corp. may have to delay its network expansion if it fails to close a funding gap of about $2 billion, dealing a setback to investors such as Intel Corp. and Google Inc. that want to break …
Discussion: DSLreports and dailywireless.org
Max Zeledon / Business Week:
StockTwits May Change How You Trade  —  A new financial microblogging site lets newbies learn from the pros and eschew bad advice at no charge—at least for now  —  For a rookie, stock trading can be tough, especially in today's bear market.  So when neophyte Carolyn Ferguson got started, she sought all the advice she could get.
Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Maker Pares Forecast  —  Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. projected fiscal fourth-quarter margins and earnings at the low end of its prior forecast despite strong subscriber growth, suggesting customers may be opting for the company's older, less expensive smart phones rather than its newer products.
Discussion: Portfolio
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Is Cisco fattening its wallet for acquisitions?  —  Technology giant Cisco Systems said Monday it plans to sell $4 billion in bonds to pad its corporate wallet with cash, spurring speculation that the company is on the hunt for companies to buy.  But exactly which companies it might target …
Andres / Spotify:
Spotify now available to everyone in the UK  —  We're taking our first baby step to open up Spotify to a larger audience today.  Up until now we've kept a close eye on controlling our user growth with invitations so that we don't run into any problems and to ensure that everyone gets …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Comcast Property Sees 92% Success Rate With New OpenID Method  —  The most-watched geek event of the day has to be the OpenID UX (User Experience) Summit, hosted at the Facebook headquaters.  The most discussed moment of the day will surely be the presentation by Comcast's Plaxo team.
PC World:
Kindle's New Challenger Brings E-Books to iPhones  —  JR Raphael, PC World  —  Amazon's new E Ink-powered Kindle 2 is all the rage right now, but a Canadian bookseller is confident it can give you the same experience on your smartphone, and without the hefty pricetag.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
Hands-On With the Dell Latitude XT2  —  Just this morning Dell unveiled its Latitude XT2, an update to the XT, which was the first tablet to have multitouch capabilities.  A few hours after the announcement we were able to spend some quality time with the new tablet.
Discussion: SlashGear, DisplayBlog and Engadget
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to cut production as phone market dives  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Cellphone maker Nokia said on Wednesday it would cut production at its key Salo plant in Finland as demand for handsets has dropped.  —  Cellphone sales are set to dive this year, affected by consumers' reluctance to spend …
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Intel confirms Nehalem Xeons imminent  —  Two-socket to me  —  Reeling from revenue declines and even steeper drops in profits in the fourth quarter, Intel confirmed today that it will ship its “Nehalem” Xeon EP processors for two-socket servers before the end of this quarter.
Discussion: MacRumors and Insanely Great Mac
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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PE Hub Blog:
FetchDog Raises $4 Million
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Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Why Lord Carter should get real
Discussion: The Register
Reuters:
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Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
You stay classy, Engadget
Discussion: CNET News and Android Phone Fans
Network World:
Angry shareholders say Microsoft squanders billions on pointless R&D projects
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel's Chief Calls for Investments in U.S.
Discussion: The Register and Tech Daily Dose
Yury Pinsky / Google Mobile Blog:
Calling all Carriers — Introducing AdSense for mobile search