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10:50 AM ET, February 12, 2009

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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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Garmin and Asus to show off nuvifones; Will anyone buy them?  —  Garmin and Asus next week will show off two nuvifones, a smartphone with a GPS twist, but the larger question is whether proconsumers will buy it.  —  Garmin-Asus is a co-branded partnership with Garmin and Asus parent ASUSTek Computer.
PC World:
Garmin-Asus to Release Low-cost Eee Phone This Year
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Engadget and CrunchGear
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 …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Google plans data centre at old Finnish paper mill  —  * Stora sells old paper plant to Google  —  * Google says plans to open data centre at site (Releads, adds Google comments)  —  Google (GOOG.O) said on Thursday it aimed to build a data centre at an old paper mill in southeastern Finland …
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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.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Qualcomm, HP, MySpace to join Symbian camp  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Qualcomm (QCOM.O), MySpace (NWSA.O) and 12 more companies joined the Symbian camp on Thursday, giving the mobile operating system larger scale than Google's (GOOG.O) Android in the handset software battleground.
Discussion: Unwired View and Phone Scoop, Thanks:s_constantine
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Benjamin Grol / Gmail Blog:
Four changes to Gmail contacts  —  Over the past few days we've made a lot of small changes to Gmail's contact manager which, combined, should make it easier to organize the contacts you want and get rid of some of the cruft.  Here's a quick summary:  —  1. Contact merge (and an important caveat about auto-complete)
Discussion: WebProNews and Google Operating System, Thanks:sinkercat
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
Nick / Rough Type:
Another little IBM deal  —  On August 12, 1981, 28 long years ago, IBM introduced its personal computer, the IBM PC.  Hidden inside was an operating system called MS-DOS which the computing giant had licensed from a pipsqueak company named Microsoft.  IBM didn't realize it at the time …
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 and digg.com
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Sniffing Out Illicit BitTorrent Files  —  A new tool promises to detect illegal files without slowing network traffic.  —  A new technique has been developed for detecting and tracking illegal content transferred using the BitTorrent file-trading protocol.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New Windows virus attacks PHP, HTML, and ASP scripts  —  Virut gets around  —  Researchers have identified a new strain of malware that can spread rapidly from machine to machine using a variety of infection techniques, including the poisoning of webservers, which then go on to contaminate visitors.
Discussion: Microsoft Malware …
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
The Telegraph: how to pick up traffic from Digg  —  The Telegraph recently ran an excellent story that included our recent Twitter data.  While reading the article I noticed the Digg widget illustrated in the picture below on the newspaper's homepage.  Launched last October it lists …
Discussion: WebProNews
Telegraph:
The Royal Website: The Queen's new website SEO review  —  The British Royal Family's new official website is reviewed for Search Engine Optimisation.  —  By Julian Sambles, Head of Audience, Telegraph.co.uk  —  I was honoured to be asked by colleagues to review the British Royal Family's …
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Epson's tiny GPS receiver will make everything location aware  —  Small, right?  That's Epson's Infineon XPOSYS chip, its next generation Assisted-GPS device set for mass production in late 2009.  The chip measures just 2.8 x 2.9-mm making it 25% smaller than other A-GPS chips on the market …
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Obsessable, Thanks:labnol
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 …
Reuters:
Sirius XM in talks with DirecTV, Liberty: reports  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sirius XM Radio Inc's Chief Executive Mel Karmazin has approached DirecTV Group Inc and Liberty Media in an effort to fend off bankruptcy as well as a bid by EchoStar Corp's Charlie Ergen, media reports said on Wednesday.
Lewis Page / The Register:
NSA offering ‘billions’ for Skype eavesdrop solution  —  Business model for P2P firm at last?  —  Counter Terror Expo News of a possible viable business model for P2P VoIP network Skype emerged today, at the Counter Terror Expo in London.  An industry source disclosed that America's …
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.
Discussion: Dealscape
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 …
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 …
 
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Wall Street Journal:
More Tech Start-Ups Call It Quits
Discussion: GigaOM and BoomTown
William Maher / PC Authority:
Australia's tubes, some are about to be filtered
Discussion: Slashdot
Associated Press:
Free music download service signs last major label
Discussion: last100
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
iPhone Push Notification Server tied to Snow Leopard Server
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and digg.com
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Audio Will Be Streamed Online
Discussion: p2pnet, Techdirt and digg.com
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If Newspapers Went Offline For A Week... People Might Realize …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Texas judge orders site to identify anonymous trolls, flamers
Discussion: DailyTech, Slashdot and Computerworld
The Inudian:
Never Share Your Twitter Password Again
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Hire Yahoo Vice President Larry Heck to Bolster Search Engine
Paul McIntyre / Sydney Morning Herald:
MySpace founder concedes social network defeat