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6:40 PM ET, February 11, 2009

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Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS Update: Open Monetization, Pricing, Structured Data, and More  —  Today, we're announcing a handful of new features for Yahoo! Search BOSS as well as important updates on our terms of service and pricing.  —  Three New Features  —  Perhaps the most important component …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Readies The Meter For Its First Web Services Business  —  Yahoo is announcing several changes to its Search BOSS service, which lets developers incorporate web results from Yahoo's main search index into their own web apps.  The biggest of these changes intends to transform one of Yahoo's …
Discussion: Industry Standard, eWeek and Obsessable, Thanks:searchmonkey
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm CEO Ed Colligan Talks Pre with Investors  —  We're listening to Ed Colligan talk to investors about the state of Palm and what some of their plans are going forward.  Some interesting tidbits:  — There will be no more PalmOS devices released by Palm (excepting the Centro getting released on other carriers).
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AppleInsider:
Apple prepping iTunes Replay on-demand video service  —  Apple is believed to be wrapping up a new feature in iTunes 8 that will allow users to stream their iTunes video purchases directly from the company's servers for playback anywhere, anytime without eating up local storage.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Maps Edges Closer To MapQuest  —  A few weeks ago I thought I was onto something very hot.  I was getting ready to announce that Google Maps had caught up to MapQuest in share of US Internet visits.  I decided to wait a week to be sure things held.  Since then, MapQuest has regained …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Old Habits Die Hard: MapQuest Still #1 Mapping Service
Discussion: AdAge and CloudAve
Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Guidance on Windows Deployments for Business Customers  —  Hi, I'm Gavriella; welcome to the new Windows for your Business Blog.  —  Let me introduce myself: I'm a member of the Windows Product Management team and have been at Microsoft for 13 years.  For the last two and a half …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista or Windows 7? Just get rid of XP, Microsoft tells users
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Obama: I'm a PC  —  I realize people have bigger things on their minds these days, but how did the blogosphere not pick up on this yesterday?  —  Because while it's interesting (and important) to note that Intel (INTC) has committed to spending $7 billion in the U.S.-apparently …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Outbrain Raises $12 Million Series B; Massive $18 Million Total Funding To-Date  —  Last year NY-based Outbrain raised a $5 million Series A round of funding.  Today the company is announcing a new Series B round of funding to the tune of $12 million.  Including a $1 million angel funding …
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 …
Discussion: Technologizer and Tim Sneath
Reuters:
RIM sees profit at low end of range, shares tumble  —  TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research in Motion on Wednesday forecast profit at the low end of expectations because businesses are not buying its latest smartphone upgrades in the economic downturn.
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
25 Random Things Meme Is a Boon for Facebook  —  According to the latest data from Compete, the ‘25 Random Things About Me’ meme has not only given us access to a plethora of random facts about people we barely know, but this digital fad has also been good for Facebook.
Discussion: The Social and broadstuff
Eric A. Taub / Gadgetwise:
Another Manufacturer Drops Plasma  —  Whether the rumors that Pioneer plans to pull out of the plasma TV business prove true or not, one other maker of flat panel TVs has left plasma behind: Vizio.  —  The five-year-old company, which originally made a name for itself selling lower-cost plasma and LCD TVs …
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Surviving the Drama of the Twitter Awards  —  The microblog site Twitter has raised trivial communication to an art form.  Inevitably, it has its gala awards ceremony complete with feuding contestants.  —  Winners of the first annual Shorty Awards, honoring users of the medium of 140-character messages …
Discussion: Guardian, Contentinople and Digits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Abe Epton / Google News Blog:
Eight Ways to Help Google News Better Crawl Your Site  —  From time to time, publishers ask us what they can do to improve their listings in Google News.  The following are eight of the most frequent, and useful, pieces of advice we give out.  Why eight?  Because at Google, we love powers of 2.
Discussion: WebProNews
Electronista:
First NVIDIA Ion system a desktop, due in spring  —  NVIDIA at a press conference in Taiwan today provided early details of launch plans for the first systems based on its Ion platform.  The company's mainboard chipset manager Drew Henry says the first system based on the architecture …
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Google surges in U.S. search engine rankings  —  Nielsen Online released its January 2009 U.S. search engine rankings Wednesday and not surprisingly, Google has a commanding lead.  —  The research firm said 9.4 billion queries were submitted to search engines during the month, representing a 28.5 percent year-over-year growth.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
IBM to tap Amazon Web Services  —  One of the key questions for Amazon.com's cloud computing business is whether it can move beyond its early customer base of web startups to bring in large enterprise customers.  Today, Amazon took a major step that direction with a wide-ranging partnership deal with IBM.
Discussion: CNET News, CNN and The Register
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Know Your Rights: Does the Kindle 2's text-to-speech infringe authors' copyrights?  —  Know Your Rights is Engadget's technology law series, written by our own totally punk ex-copyright attorney Nilay Patel.  In it we'll try to answer some fundamental tech-law questions to help you stay out of trouble in this brave new world.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster Total Access to add games for $5 bump  —  Blockbuster is going after both Netflix and Gamefly with a new strategy: add the option of renting games as well as movies when you subscribe to the Total Access service.  Games will cost a little more, and you can only have one title at a time …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gearlog
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Lego and Alcatel teaming up to release Lego phone  —  Earlier this year Lego and Digital Blue announced combined efforts that would yield a variety of Lego-centric electronics aimed at kids.  Slated to be released by this Summer, the announcement included details on a digital camera …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Photo-Sharing Site Runs Afoul of Facebook  —  A site encourages users to post “hilarious"photos of friends and charges fees to have them removed.  Not everyone's laughing  —  Posting photos of last night's indiscretions on the Internet always carries risk.
Thanks:dmac1
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Blip.tv gives videomakers a chance to be a star  —  Everybody's in show biz.  —  Just ask Dina Kaplan, a co-founder of Blip.tv, the video website that distributes some 38,000 homegrown shows across the Web, and splits ad revenue 50/50 with the folks who make them.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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.”
Adam Lovallo / Inside Facebook:
The MySpace Platform, One Year Later: Games Dominating  —  Just over one year has passed since the launch of the MySpace Developer platform on February 5, 2008.  At that time, MySpace opened up the platform for all developers.  Now, one year later, what apps are doing well on MySpace?
Discussion: WebProNews
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Turn-By-Turn Voice Navigation Comes to Jailbroken iPhones  —  Six months after the App Store was launched, the iPhone app gray market lives on: turn-by-turn navigation has come to jailbroken iPhones in the form of xGPS.  UPDATED  —  xGPS uses Google's map data and driving directions …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Where in the World Is America's CTO?  —  With the naming of Oracle (ORCL) President Charles Phillips to President Barack Obama's 16-Member Economic Recovery Advisory Board a few days ago, another Silicon Valley tech mandarin fell off the list to become America's first chief technology officer.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Book Settlement Site Is Up; Paying Authors $60 Per Scanned Book
Thanks:atul
Reuters:
Certicom agrees to RIM's sweetened takeover offer
Cliff Edwards / Tech Beat:
WiMAX on World Tour
Discussion: Digits
Karen Brettell / Reuters:
Moody's cuts Charter, cites bankruptcy expectation
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Facebook's Future Is Mobile
Discussion: Portfolio
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Pwn2Own hacker contest targets browsers, smart phones
Discussion: Computerworld
internetnews.com:
Cybercriminals Launch Attacks Through Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Spotify versus last.fm
Discussion: Spotify, TechCrunch and Forever Geek
Apple MobileMe News:
Faster Syncing with Microsoft Outlook on Windows
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and Ars Technica
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Remember That Company You Sold Last Year? …