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9:20 AM ET, February 13, 2009

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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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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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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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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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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.
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
Bloomberg:
Record Labels Turn ISPs Into ‘Copyright Cops’ to Deter Global Music Piracy  —  Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — The world's biggest record companies sued college students, a 12-year-old girl and a dead woman and still failed to stamp out music piracy.  Now they're turning to Internet service providers.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bruce, Britney, Beyoncé Staying on YouTube: Sony Music Re-Signs
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM, Amazon foreshadow a bevy of connecting clouds; Is Microsoft surrounded?  —  If there were any lingering doubts about whether Amazon Web Services were enterprise ready they dissolved this week once IBM became a partner.  And now that Amazon and IBM have teamed up a picture of multiple computing clouds is emerging.
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.
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.
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
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Tests PGP Signature Verification  —  Sean Leather spotted a new Gmail feature that checks if the PGP signature attached to a message is valid.  —  “A major benefit of public key cryptography is that it provides a method for employing digital signatures.
Discussion: splutterance, Thanks:atul
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: The iPhone Blog and TheAppleBlog
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 and The Equity Kicker
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft splits Zune team in two  —  Microsoft has quietly reorganized its Zune team, splitting up the hardware and software teams, CNET News has learned.  —  The software and services portion of the Zune team—the bulk of its staff—will be added to the portfolio of Enrique Rodriguez …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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 …
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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Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
A little recognition for an unheralded pioneer in a Mac-happy Silicon Valley
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia, others target mobile software sales
Discussion: Unwired View
Paul Taylor / Financial Times:
Motorola not yet ready to fall on its Razr
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Worried New Features Will Mean Firefox Bloat? Relax
Angela Moscaritolo / SC Magazine US:
Medical data leakage rampant on P2P networks
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Contract work fuels rise in tech job postings
 Earlier Items: 
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
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, TWICE and BetaNews
Wall Street Journal:
GE, Tech Win Big in Stimulus Bill
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Obama's BlackBerry brings personal safety risks
Discussion: textually.org and Slashdot
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
January game console sales defy gravity