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7:55 AM ET, February 12, 2009

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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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The AP Reveals Details of Facebook/ConnectU Settlement With Greatest Hack Ever  —  This is almost too good to be true.  The Associated Press has uncovered the details of the Facebook/ConnectU settlement using, of all things, copy and paste.  After taking drastic preventative measures to keep …
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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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Report: Free Windows 7 upgrades to run until January 2010  —  Latest clue that Windows 7 will ship by Christmas, says analyst  —  Computerworld) To encourage consumers to keep buying Windows Vista PCs this year despite Windows 7's looming release, Microsoft Corp. will give away free Windows 7 upgrades …
Discussion: GartenBlog
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, Nokia Discuss Alliance  —  Battle Over Social-Networking Users Extends Into Cellphone Market  —  Facebook Inc. is stepping up its efforts to integrate its social network into an array of mobile phones, including those made by Nokia Corp., the world's largest handset maker.
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Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Facebook Plans to Offer More Social-Networking Features via Mobile Phones
Discussion: CrunchGear
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New Tweetdeck Out Tomorrow, Here's What It Will Include  —  We got our hands on the new version of popular Twitter desktop app Tweetdeck that will be delivered to all users tomorrow and we're pretty excited about what's been added.  —  If you've never used Tweetdeck, it's …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Nokia Beta Labs blog:
Contacts on Ovi beta database failed - my deepest and most sincere apologies  —  Written by: Kristian Luoma, Product Manager, Contacts on Ovi.  —  Hey,  —  Something bad happened yesterday.  A cooler broke down in the hosting center that we run the Chat service in.
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.
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:   Twitterers Worldwide Gather for Twestival
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If Newspapers Went Offline For A Week... People Might Realize They're Fine Without Them  —  Honestly, it's getting difficult to keep up with the massive amount of stories every day from old school journalists — often with no business or economics background — either complaining about how things used …
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Java gets a mobile makeover with JavaFX Mobile  —  BN] e.g. searchapi.php?brand=TR&mode= document  —  Sun Microsystems announced today the release of the JavaFX Mobile platform.  Built on top of the existing Java ME platform, JavaFX Mobile allows developers to create immersive mobile content …
Discussion: eWeek and InfoWorld
Esteban Israel / Reuters:
Cuba launches own Linux variant to counter U.S.  —  HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba launched its own variant of the Linux computer operating system this week in the latest front of the communist island's battle against what it views as U.S. hegemony.  —  The Cuban variant, called Nova …
Discussion: DailyTech, OSNews and Slashdot
PC World:
Skype Growing by 380,000 Users a Day  —  Ross O. Storey, CIO Asia  —  The number of its users is growing by the population of Singapore (more than four million) every 12 days and nearly a third of its registered subscribers now use it for business purposes.
Discussion: Pulse2
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Download and Buy Videos from YouTube  —  YouTube includes a new section for “My Videos”: a list of purchased videos.  A YouTube help page has more details about the new feature: … Videos are available to download in the MP4 format and some of them can be downloaded for free and they're …
Thanks:labnol
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).
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:joshuamcclure
Hiroshi Suzuki / Bloomberg:
Pioneer, Forecasting a Wider Loss, Will Cut 10,000 Jobs, Quit TV Business  —  Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Pioneer Corp. will cut 10,000 jobs and close its television operations as the slump in global electronics sales forced the company to widen its annual loss forecast to a record 130 billion yen ($1.44 billion).
The Inudian:
Never Share Your Twitter Password Again  —  Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!  —  A few hours ago Twitter's OAuth private beta was launched and Inuda was one of the lucky 150 users to be chosen to test it.  OAuth is an open protocol that allows secure API authorisation in a simple and standard method from desktop and web applications.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
IDC:
Precipitous Decline of the Worldwide PC Microprocessor Market in 4Q08 Will Continue Through 1H09, IDC Reveals  —  Sequential PC processor unit shipment decline in 4Q08 was the worst since IDC started tracking  —  Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments fell significantly in the fourth calendar quarter of 2008 …
Discussion: InformationWeek, Bits and Liliputing
Martin Arnold / Financial Times:
Venture capital groups make lifeline plea  —  Hundreds of promising UK technology companies are expected to fail this year because of a lack of funding, venture capitalists are warning, as they press the government to finance a £1bn ($1.4bn) fund of funds to support the sector.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M20: A Surprisingly Cute WinMo 6.1 GPS Phone  —  Garmin-Asus will launch the M20, a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone, sometime this year.  True to the name, this cute touchscreen handset comes with car dock and a full set of GPS maps for deep-country use.
Discussion: Garmin-Asus, Engadget and SlashPhone
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Texas judge orders site to identify anonymous trolls, flamers  —  The right to flame someone online has typically been protected by the courts, but a Texas judge has decided enough is enough when it comes to 178 anonymous commenters on Topix.com.  The site has less than a month to hand …
Discussion: Slashdot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Pierre Omidyar's New Ginx Looks Like a Dud  —  Remember that link I shared on Twitter yesterday?  What if I told you I had a new tool that would help you find it again...and all it would cost was 1 year of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's time?  That would be insane, would it not?
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
 
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Bloomberg:
DirecTV Group Said to Be in Talks With Sirius XM on Possible Transaction
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Hire Yahoo Vice President Larry Heck to Bolster Search Engine
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Pulse2
Daily Mail:
Faithless on Facebook: One in five under-30s dump partners through …
Discussion: Technically Incorrect
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Penalizing Google  —  It looks like Google penalized one of its own websites.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Daily Yonder:
Broadband Connection Highs and Lows Across Rural America
Discussion: GigaOM and DSLreports
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Would you stick with a game franchise for 10 years?
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco's Shopping List: EMC? VMware? Sun? NetApp?
Discussion: Reuters and Coop's Corner
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Where in the World Is America's CTO?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Book Settlement Site Is Up; Paying Authors $60 Per Scanned Book
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Photo-Sharing Site Runs Afoul of Facebook
Discussion: Imaging Insider and Gawker, Thanks:dmac1
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