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7:25 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.
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 …
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch:
Duplicated Confusion: The Canonical Edict From The Big Three  —  So virtually everyone has weighed in on the new instructions from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.  Apparently there should be joy in the cesspool today - the search gods have shown us the way to clean up part of the confusion with canonical pages in our industry.
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Fighting Duplication: Adding more arrows to your quiver
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Unite On “Canonical Tag” …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
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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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.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Pew: 11% of Americans Read or Post Status Updates
Thanks:steverubel
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: TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:justindavey
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Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Bespin: A new Mozilla Labs experimental extensible code editor using Canvas
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:   Outlook Live to support Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FTC warns of “day of reckoning” for online advertisers  —  The Federal Trade Commission today backed the idea of self-regulation for online behavioral advertisers, but two commissioners expressed strong discomfort with the idea.  One went so far as to warn of a “day of reckoning” if the industry doesn't get its house in order soon.
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Coder's Half-Million-Dollar Baby Proves iPhone Gold Rush Is Still On  —  Apple's iPhone application store is as crowded as a Beyonce concert, with more than 20,000 apps available.  But one independent developer still managed to rake in $600,000 in a single month with a single iPhone game.
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
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.
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Worried New Features Will Mean Firefox Bloat?  Relax  —  One person's exciting new feature is another's stupid software bloat.  So how do you keep both camps happy?  —  That's the dilemma Mozilla faces as it begins to map out plans for the next big release of Firefox, the free …
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”.
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashPhone and GPS Obsessed
Inside Windows Live Messenger:
Windows Live Messenger update notice  —  The latest version of Windows Live Messenger (14.0.8064.0206) is now available for free download here.  —  Over the next month, if you're still running versions 8.1 or 8.5, you'll get a prompt encouraging you to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Live Messenger.
Discussion: LiveSide
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff and Best Random Things
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
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
HBS Study Finds VCs Need Successful Serial Entrepreneurs Way More than Vice Versa  —  Entrepreneurs with one success in the rear view mirror are more likely to succeed in subsequent ventures than either first-time entrepreneurs, or those who failed in a past endeavor.
Discussion: TechFlash
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Contract work fuels rise in tech job postings  —  Correction, 12:11 p.m. PST: This story inadvertently gave an incorrect number for the tech job postings at Dice.com in February 2008.  The actual number for that month was 94,423.  The percentages that stem from that number also have been corrected.
Apple MobileMe News:
Sharing Large Files with iDisk  —  We're pleased to announce that you can now use your MobileMe iDisk to share files with others simply and easily.  Instead of attaching a large document to an email and hoping it's not too big to be received, you can place the file in your iDisk and use the new Share File command in the iDisk web app.
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Worst Response To A Reasonable Response To A DMCA Takedown I've Seen  —  Forgive the hyperbole in the headline.  It's mostly a reaction to the headline of this post, sent in by JJ, from the site “Plagiarism Today” declaring: The Worst DMCA Response I've Seen.
Paul Taylor / Financial Times:
Motorola not yet ready to fall on its Razr  —  The precipitous decline of Motorola's mobile phone business, once ranked second in the world to Nokia, has meant that the group's less glamorous non-handset operations have increasingly had to prop up the US telecoms company.
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 …
 
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Angela Moscaritolo / SC Magazine US:
Medical data leakage rampant on P2P networks
John Schwartz / New York Times:
An Effort to Upgrade a Court Archive System to Free and Easy
Thanks:atul
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Los Alamos National Lab missing 67 computers
Discussion: pogo.org, Beyond Search and Slashdot
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Browsing on Android isn't as dangerous as some may beileve
Discussion: AndroidGuys, eWeek and The Toybox
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yammer Aims To Bring Microsharing Inside Corporate Firewalls
Discussion: Webware.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tzero Technologies shuts down; that's the end of ultrawideband
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Sirius XM should dump satellites for the Web.
Discussion: Podcasting News and TWICE
Wall Street Journal:
GE, Tech Win Big in Stimulus Bill
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Former EMI Boss: Fight Against Illicit P2P is “Useless”
Discussion: TechSpot
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Obama's BlackBerry brings personal safety risks
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
January game console sales defy gravity
Discussion: VentureBeat and Associated Press
Susan Wojcicki / Traditional Media:
Google Exits Radio but Will Explore Online Streaming Audio
Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Adds Minor Often Requested Tweaks: Put Back, Stack Folder Navigation
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Ars Technica and Neowin.net