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12:55 AM ET, February 12, 2009

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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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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  —  Microsoft's latest Windows deployment guidance for business users has morphed from the overly simplistic “Don't wait for Windows 7.”  —  The company's new corporate advice is more nuanced and more dependent on where users are currently in their deployment cycles.
Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Enterprise Edition Customer Benefits
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Beyond Search
Tweet. Meet. Give.:
Tweet.  Meet.  Give.  —  On 12 February 2009 175+ cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.  —  Join us by:  — Attending one of the events detailed on the city sites listed on this page.
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.
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
Discussion: Industry Standard, Obsessable and eWeek, Thanks:searchmonkey
Christopher Wren / Social Web Blog:
A social bar for your site  —  Labels: Google Friend Connect, new features  —  While it's easy to add social features to your site with Google Friend Connect, you may have been wondering where to put all of the great gadgets.  You need your users to sign in, to interact with your site …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Samsung delays launch of Android phone  —  Samsung has delayed the release of its first mobile phone based on Google's Android operating system until the second half of this year.  —  There had been speculation that Samsung, which recently leapfrogged Nokia to become market leader in the UK …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and MobileCrunch
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Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Facebook Plans to Offer More Social-Networking Features via Mobile Phones
Discussion: CrunchGear and Wall Street Journal
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Diddit launches surprisingly addictive activity guide  —  The development team behind search company Inktomi is launching a new service tonight called Diddit, which functions as both an activity guide and a way to share stories and accomplishments.  —  Diddit is a bit like business-rating services …
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 …
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Amid tanking revenues, NVIDIA looks to Intel for help
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and O'Reilly Radar
Bloomberg:
DirecTV Group Said to Be in Talks With Sirius XM on Possible Transaction  —  Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — DirecTV Group Inc., the largest U.S. satellite-television provider, is in talks with Sirius XM Radio Inc. about a possible transaction, according to people close to the situation.
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DealBook:
Sirius XM Holds Talks With Liberty Media
Discussion: paidContent.org and Orbitcast
Paul McIntyre / Sydney Morning Herald:
MySpace founder concedes social network defeat  —  THE co-founder of News Corp's MySpace has thrown in the towel in the global battle against Facebook, predicting the social networking site will forever play second fiddle to its younger upstart.  —  Facebook and MySpace between …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ginx, an easier way to see what people are sharing on Twitter  —  Ginx describes itself as a tool for sharing news through Twitter.  But it's not just that, it's also a better interface for using core Twitter features than Twitter itself.  I've been playing around with the service …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Pierre Omidyar's New Ginx Looks Like a Dud
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Hire Yahoo Vice President Larry Heck to Bolster Search Engine  —  Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. hired Yahoo! Inc. executive Larry Heck, bolstering its Internet-search expertise as the software maker tries to catch market leader Google Inc.
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Pulse2
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.
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Facebook appraisal pegs company's value at $3.7B  —  Facebook Inc. quickly concluded it wasn't worth anywhere near the $15 billion market value implied in a 2007 investment made by Microsoft Corp., according to confidential information obtained Wednesday from court documents.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Book Settlement Site Is Up; Paying Authors $60 Per Scanned Book  —  Last October, Google signed a $125 million settlement with the Author's Guild to pay authors for copyrighted works it has scanned and made available on the Web through its Google Book Search project.
Discussion: CNET News and Portfolio, Thanks:atul
Bill Harwood / CNET News:
U.S. and Russian satellites collide  —  In an unprecedented space collision, a commercial Iridium communications satellite and a defunct Russian satellite ran into each other Tuesday above northern Siberia, creating a cloud of wreckage, officials said today.
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.
Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Ballmer to Congress: Act Now on Stimulus Agreement  —  House and Senate lawmakers moved with impressive speed today to forge a final agreement on a $789 billion stimulus package designed to help revive the struggling U.S. economy.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who has been a vocal proponent …
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose, CNET News and AppScout
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 …
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon tidbits: Versa, Touch Diamond, Pearl 8230, and more  —  We've got a handful of juicy morsels coming out of Verizon today — actually, that sounds a little unpleasant, but you know what we mean — and we wanted to pass along what we've heard.  Follow the break for all the action!
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Penalizing Google  —  It looks like Google penalized one of its own websites.  Recently, Google Japan was caught buying blog posts in a promotion campaign for one of its features.  At least as far as integrating PageRank-passing links would go, Google gave pretty strong indicators …
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Daily Mail:
Faithless on Facebook: One in five under-30s dump partners through online social networks … Chelsy Davy told the world about her break-up with Prince Harry after she posted a Facebook message on her page that read: ‘No longer in a relationship.’  —  Now a new survey has revealed she is part …
Discussion: Technically Incorrect
Daily Yonder:
Broadband Connection Highs and Lows Across Rural America  —  The highest percentage of rural broadband connections cluster in recreation counties and areas with large farms and ranches.  —  The percentage of U.S. farms with high speed Internet access varies wildly from state to state and county to county …
Discussion: GigaOM and DSLreports
 
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The Inudian:
Never Share Your Twitter Password Again
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
David Dahlquist / Macworld:
MobileMe users targeted in phishing scam again
Discussion: CNET News and MacNN
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
FrugalMechanic Gets A Tune-Up With A New Round Of Funding
Discussion: TechFlash
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Would you stick with a game franchise for 10 years?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco's Shopping List: EMC? VMware? Sun? NetApp?
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Where in the World Is America's CTO?
 Earlier Items: 
Abe Epton / Google News Blog:
Eight Ways to Help Google News Better Crawl Your Site
Discussion: WebProNews
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster Total Access to add games for $5 bump
Discussion: SlashGear and paidContent.org
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Photo-Sharing Site Runs Afoul of Facebook
Thanks:dmac1
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Pwn2Own hacker contest targets browsers, smart phones
Discussion: Computerworld
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Lego and Alcatel teaming up to release Lego phone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
25 Random Things Meme Is a Boon for Facebook
Discussion: The Social, broadstuff and Obsessable