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2:00 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.
Discussion: MacBlogz, 9 to 5 Mac and VentureBeat
Microsoft:
Microsoft Appoints David Porter as Corporate Vice President of Retail Stores  —  Twenty-seven-year retail veteran will focus on transforming the PC and device-buying experience for retail consumers and developing and rolling out new Microsoft-branded stores.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
New OS X Security Update, Java Update available
Discussion: Apple and CNET News
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.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Up to 40 to lose jobs as Google scraps radio ads
Discussion: Beyond Search and eWeek
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.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion, Thanks:atul
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
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Sources: Windows 7 moving toward 2009 release  —  Microsoft is moving forward with plans to launch Windows 7 this year, although the company still refuses to publicly commit to that goal.  —  PC industry sources in Asia and the U.S. tell CNET News that they have heard things are on track …
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Upgrading to Windows 7: what XP and Vista users need to know
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
“Google Devalues Everything It Touches” - Wall Street Journal Chief  —  Charlie Rose today started a series on the future of journalism. … It was a fascinating discussion about micropayments, subscription models, and how newspapers can adapt to the challenge of low online ad revenues.
Discussion: Romenesko and Newspaperproject.org
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 …
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
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Browsing on Android isn't as dangerous as some may beileve  —  I don't want to sound like a grizzled old Lou Grant smoking a cigar and tossing back belts of the scotch I keep in my desk for the days the news doesn't go so good (which is, incidentally, every day.) but there are some stories you just toss in the wait and watch pile.
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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 …
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”.
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: AppleInsider, MacNN and CNET News
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
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 and eWeek, Thanks:amanfirdaus
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.
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 …
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Los Alamos National Lab missing 67 computers  —  One security incident involves Blackberry loss in ‘sensitive’ foreign nation  —  Computerworld) New Mexico-based Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the nation's leading nuclear weapons lab, once again finds itself the focus of concerns about potentially serious cybersecurity lapses.
Discussion: pogo.org and Beyond Search
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.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
An Effort to Upgrade a Court Archive System to Free and Easy  —  Americans have grown accustomed to finding just about anything they want online fast, and free.  But for those searching for federal court decisions, briefs and other legal papers, there is no Google.
Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tzero Technologies shuts down; that's the end of ultrawideband  —  Goodbye to another ultra-wideband company.  Tzero Technologies has shut down its business of making wireless chips for transferring high-speed video from one consumer electronics device to another.  —  EE Times reported that the company has shut.
Discussion: GigaOM, EE Times, Engadget and Electronista
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 …
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: Associated Press and VentureBeat
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
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
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: GMSV and p2pnet
andriasang.com video game articles from Japan:
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Discussion: VG247 and Kotaku
GSMArena.com:
Two touchscreen Nokia phones leaked by Nokia, look promising
Discussion: tinyComb, IntoMobile and Engadget
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Doomed: why Wikipedia will fail
Discussion: p2pnet and Between the Lines