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4:05 AM ET, February 12, 2009

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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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Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Enterprise Edition Customer Benefits
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Beyond Search
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.
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).
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.
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
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?
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ginx, an easier way to see what people are sharing on Twitter
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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 …
Bloomberg:
DirecTV Group Said to Be in Talks With Sirius XM on Possible Transaction  —  Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — DirecTV Group Inc., the largest U.S. satellite-television provider, is in talks with Sirius XM Radio Inc. about a possible transaction, according to people close to the situation.
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DealBook:
Sirius XM Holds Talks With Liberty Media
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 …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS Update: Open Monetization, Pricing, Structured Data, and More  —  Today, we're announcing a handful of new features for Yahoo! Search BOSS as well as important updates on our terms of service and pricing.  —  Three New Features  —  Perhaps the most important component …
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 …
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 …
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
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Hire Yahoo Vice President Larry Heck to Bolster Search Engine  —  Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. hired Yahoo! Inc. executive Larry Heck, bolstering its Internet-search expertise as the software maker tries to catch market leader Google Inc.
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Pulse2
Electronista:
First NVIDIA Ion system a desktop, due in spring  —  NVIDIA at a press conference in Taiwan today provided early details of launch plans for the first systems based on its Ion platform.  The company's mainboard chipset manager Drew Henry says the first system based on the architecture …
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Amid tanking revenues, NVIDIA looks to Intel for help
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and O'Reilly Radar
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
IBM to tap Amazon Web Services  —  One of the key questions for Amazon.com's cloud computing business is whether it can move beyond its early adopter base of web startups to bring in large enterprise customers.  Today, Amazon took a major step that direction with a wide-ranging partnership deal with IBM.
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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
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Maps Edges Closer To MapQuest  —  A few weeks ago I thought I was onto something very hot.  I was getting ready to announce that Google Maps had caught up to MapQuest in share of US Internet visits.  I decided to wait a week to be sure things held.  Since then, MapQuest has regained …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Book Settlement Site Is Up; Paying Authors $60 Per Scanned Book  —  Last October, Google signed a $125 million settlement with the Author's Guild to pay authors for copyrighted works it has scanned and made available on the Web through its Google Book Search project.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
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).
Discussion: Engadget HD
Jennifer Chappell / PreCentral.net:
Sprint Showing Pre's Specs on Website  —  Forum member bommarkm has just noticed that Sprint has updated their website to now show the Palm Pre's specs.  —  These specs are on Palm's website, but haven't been on Sprint's site until now, so let's hope that this is a sign that the Pre will be released soon.
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Novell Delivers Moonlight 1.0  —  Novell's Mono project announces the availability of Moonlight 1.0, an open-source technology that enables Linux and PowerPC Mac users to access Microsoft Silverlight and Windows Media content.  —  Novell's Mono project on Feb. 11 announced the availability of Moonlight 1.0 …
BBC:
Queen to launch new-look website  —  The Queen is to relaunch her website at a Buckingham Palace reception in the company of the world wide web's inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.  —  The royal site, which started in 1997, will include more video material as well as historical documents.
Thanks:atul
Eric A. Taub / Gadgetwise:
Another Manufacturer Drops Plasma  —  Whether the rumors that Pioneer plans to pull out of the plasma TV business prove true or not, one other maker of flat panel TVs has left plasma behind: Vizio.  —  The five-year-old company, which originally made a name for itself selling lower-cost plasma and LCD TVs …
 
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Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Facebook Plans to Offer More Social-Networking Features via Mobile Phones
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CrunchGear
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?
Discussion: GoNintendo
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon tidbits: Versa, Touch Diamond, Pearl 8230, and more
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco's Shopping List: EMC? VMware? Sun? NetApp?
Discussion: Reuters and Coop's Corner
Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Ballmer to Congress: Act Now on Stimulus Agreement
Discussion: CNET News, Tech Daily Dose and AppScout
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Where in the World Is America's CTO?
Abe Epton / Google News Blog:
Eight Ways to Help Google News Better Crawl Your Site
Discussion: WebProNews
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster Total Access to add games for $5 bump
Discussion: SlashGear, paidContent.org and Gearlog
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Photo-Sharing Site Runs Afoul of Facebook
Thanks:dmac1
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Pwn2Own hacker contest targets browsers, smart phones
Discussion: Computerworld
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Lego and Alcatel teaming up to release Lego phone
Discussion: Gizmodo and OhGizmo!