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12:00 AM ET, February 13, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked Photos of Next Generation iPhone?  —  Images claiming to depict the back cover of an upcoming iPhone have started circulating on the internet. iPodObserver first posted a version of the above photo that allegedly depicts an unreleased 16GB iPhone with the model number A1303.
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iPod Observer:
New 16GB iPhone 3G May Be On the Way  —  Apple may be preparing to roll out an updated version of its 16GB iPhone 3G.  An image showing a new case back seems to back up rumors that an iPhone update is on the way thanks to its model number, A1303, which previously hasn't appeared on any iPhone model.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to follow Apple with its own family of retail stores  —  Microsoft is planning to launch a number of new Microsoft-branded retail stores, according to a company press release issued late in the day on February 12.  —  The press release announced the appointment of David Porter …
Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Adds Minor Often Requested Tweaks: Put Back, Stack Folder Navigation  —  With the absence of major new user interface features in Snow Leopard, we're left discussing some rather minor (though frequently requested) tweaks found in the latest developer builds of Mac OS X 10.6.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Neowin.net
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Apple:
About the security content of Security Update 2009-001  —  This document describes Security Update 2009-001, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss …
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
New OS X Security Update, Java Update available
Discussion: CNET News and Apple
Thai Tran / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Goes Offline  —  We are always looking for ways to make it easier for you to find, watch, and share videos.  Many of you have told us that you wanted to take your favorite videos offline.  So we've started working with a few partners who want their videos shared universally and even enjoyed away from an Internet connection.
Pew Internet:
Twitter and status updating  —  In the past three years, developments in social networking and internet applications have begun providing internet users with more opportunities for sharing short updates about themselves, their lives, and their whereabouts online.
Thanks:atul
Latest Adrian's Rojak Pot Updates:
The Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Program Rev. 2.1  —  The Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Program  —  Microsoft issued a draft of the Windows 7 Technical Guarantee Program to their OEM partners on December 10, giving them exactly one month to provide their feedback before Microsoft finalizes the program details.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Upgrading to Windows 7: what XP and Vista users need to know
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Specify your canonical  —  Carpe diem on any duplicate content worries: we now support a format that allows you to publicly specify your preferred version of a URL.  If your site has identical or vastly similar content that's accessible through multiple URLs, this format provides …
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog and AdMoolah
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Susan Wojcicki / Traditional Media:
Google Exits Radio but Will Explore Online Streaming Audio  —  Labels: Announcements, Google Audio Ads  —  At Google we've never shied away from high-risk, high-reward projects.  We believe that making big bets is not only in the best interests of our users and partners, but also important for our long term success.
Chris Wilson / Slate:
The evolutionary roots of Facebook's “25 Things” craze.  —  Last week, I enlisted Slate readers to help divine how Facebook's “25 Random Things About Me” trend got started.  More than 3,000 of you responded, answering queries on when you first saw a “25 Things” note, when you were first tagged …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Vulnerability So Dangerous, Owners Warned Not to Use Phone's Web Browser: Updated  —  Over the weekend at the Schmoocon hacker conference in Washington D.C., security researcher Charlie Miller presented a new vulnerability in Google's mobile OS Android which allows hackers to remotely …
John Leyden / The Register:
MS puts up $250K bounty for Conficker author  —  Zombie masterminds wanted undead or alive  —  Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the virus writers behind the infamous Conficker (Downadup) worm.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft, Symantec, VeriSign join forces to fight Downadup worm
Discussion: Neowin.net
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
MacBook owners frustrated by new audio jacks  —  A few owners of Apple's new unibody notebooks are experiencing backwards compatibility issues with the units' redesigned audio jacks, which offer a snug connection for the company's latest headphones with integrated microphones at the expense …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Samsung unveils Blue Earth solar powered phone … Samsung Electronics has unveiled a solar-powered full touchscreen phone called “Blue Earth”.  —  No eco launch is complete without earthy PR speak, so the Blue Eartch is apparently designed to “symbolise a flat and well rounded shiny pebble”.
Ben / Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Bespin  —  As we strive to evolve the Open Web as a robust platform for application development, we believe in the potential for web-based code editors to increase developer productivity, enable compelling user experiences, and promote the use of open standards.
Discussion: Ajaxian, Thanks:justindavey
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Apple Plans Major Store Space Reorganization  —  On the heels of an iPhone/iPod display table make-over, Apple plans to entirely reorganize and refocus space within the stores to emphasize customer education, and software over hardware.  The change would be the third major interior design for the stores …
Discussion: MacNN, CNET News, AppleInsider and MacBlogz
Wall Street Journal:
More Tech Start-Ups Call It Quits  —  As Funding Dries Up, Fledgling Silicon Valley Firms Are Shutting Down; Fears of Chill on Innovation  —  The deepening recession is speeding up the shakeout in Silicon Valley, forcing droves of start-ups to shut down or sell themselves at fire-sale prices.
Opera Press Room:
Opera unveils turbo-charged browsing at Mobile World Congress 2009  —  Just when you thought browsing couldn't get any faster, Opera unveils its latest innovation for better browsing, Opera Turbo.  This all-new, turbo-charged way to surf will make its exclusive appearance at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 16-19, 2009.
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and wmpoweruser.com, Thanks:amanfirdaus
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bruce, Britney, Beyoncé Staying on YouTube: Sony Music Re-Signs  —  YouTube and Sony Music Entertainment have signed a deal that will keep the music label's videos and music on the site.  The contract accomplishes what YouTube and Warner Music Group have been unable to do-figure …
Discussion: paidContent.org and CNET News
Wall Street Journal:
GE, Tech Win Big in Stimulus Bill  —  WASHINGTON — High technology and diversified conglomerates that helped shape the contours of the stimulus plan emerged as big winners in the draft bill scheduled for a vote Friday.  —  General Electric Co., whose CEO Jeff Immelt serves as a White House adviser …
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Midway Files for Bankruptcy  —  This is no surprise, seeing as the company was looking at $150 million in debt last December with just 50 days to pay it, but today Midway Games filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  —  Chairman, President and CEO Matt Booty called the filing “a difficult but necessary decision …
Exchange / You Had Me At EHLO:
Introducing Outlook Live for schools - and cool new features for everyone  —  We've put together a new video, sharing some of the cool new stuff you can expect to see with the next version of Exchange, code-named Exchange 14.  Please take a few minutes to go watch it because, hey …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Charter To File Chapter 11; Stock To Be Worthless  —  Charter Communications (CHTR) will file for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code by April 1 as part of a debt restructuring plan, the cable company announced.  Under terms of the deal, current Charter common shares will be worthless.
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
January game console sales defy gravity  —  In January, Microsoft's U.S. Xbox 360 sales increased 34 percent and Nintendo saw sales of its market-leading Wii console jump 148 percent over the same month a year ago, according to NPD Group figures released this afternoon.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Associated Press
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Facebook Just Took The Top Spot Among Social Media Sites  —  This past December we reported on how Facebook was coming up on Blogger to steal its top spot among social media sites when measured by total unique visitors worldwide.  —  Now, it appears as though Facebook has finally done it.
Thanks:atul
Dylan Casey / The Official Google Blog:
Happy trails with My Tracks for Android-powered phones  —  Today I'm pleased to announce the new My Tracks application for Android-powered phones such as the T-Mobile G1.  My Tracks records tracks of outdoor activities using the phone's built-in GPS.  It shows these tracks on a map …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Sirius XM should dump satellites for the Web.  —  Sirius XM bet on a losing technology.  Here's how the company can save itself.  —  Satellite radio is falling out of orbit.  Sirius XM, the product of a merger between America's founding satellite radio companies, is reportedly unable …
Discussion: Podcasting News and TWICE
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Former EMI Boss: Fight Against Illicit P2P is “Useless”  —  While working for a big company, which in themselves are very often parts of an even bigger concern with global interests, it is taken as read that you toe the corporate line.  Those that dare to have an opinion of their own can find themselves in sticky situations.
Discussion: TechSpot
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Webware.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tzero Technologies shuts down; that's the end of ultrawideband
Discussion: GigaOM, EE Times, Engadget and Electronista
Sharon Otterman / Bits:
The Scene at the Shorty Twitter Awards: Chatter
Discussion: blogs.ft.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft ThinkWeeks a thing of the past?
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0, Thanks:bromano
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Obama's BlackBerry brings personal safety risks
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Financial wrinkle lost ConnectU some Facebook settlement dollars
Discussion: GMSV and p2pnet
andriasang.com video game articles from Japan:
Bandai Namco plans D3 buyout
Discussion: VG247 and Kotaku
GSMArena.com:
Two touchscreen Nokia phones leaked by Nokia, look promising
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Lost Finds 1.4 Million Viewers On ABC.com
Discussion: VatorNews and SitePoint
InfoWorld:
New post-beta Windows 7 build leaks to Web
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
Redpoint Tells Startups to Cut Staff Up to 10% Amid Lack of IPOs, Mergers
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and HipMojo.com
PR Newswire:
Netflix Passes 10 Million Subscribers, With 600,000 Net Additions …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Innovative iPhone Developer Smule Raises $3.9 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Doomed: why Wikipedia will fail
Discussion: p2pnet and Between the Lines