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11:00 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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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Search giants join to tidy up Web addresses  —  The average person likely won't even notice, but Webmasters can rejoice that Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have banded together to support an unofficial standard for steering search engines in the right direction.
Nathan Buggia / Live Search Webmaster Center Blog:   Partnering to help solve duplicate content issues
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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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Open Stores, Hires Retail Hand  —  Microsoft Corp. said it hired a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive to help the company open its own retail stores, a strategy shift that borrows from the playbook of rival Apple Inc.  —  The Redmond, Wash., company said it hired David Porter …
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 …
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.
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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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia, others target mobile software sales  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Technology firms like Nokia and Microsoft are rushing to open their mobile software stores, hoping to follow the runaway success of Apple's online App Store.  —  The focus of the cellphone market has been shifting …
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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Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Terabit Ethernet becomes a photonic possibility  —  Researchers may have found a way to break the terabit-per-second barrier by using a photonic chip made with an unusual material to pull vast amounts of data from a single fiber strand.  —  Researchers from Australia, Denmark …
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.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Anatomy of a Tweet: Twitter Gets a Style Guide  —  They're no Strunk and White, but Dom Sagolla and Adam Johnson are aiming to do for Twitter what “The Elements of Style” did for good writing on paper: outline elementary rules of usage, composition and grammar.
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 and Neowin.net
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
First Google Chrome on Mac screenshot appears  —  Mac users who have been waiting patiently for the arrival of Google Chrome, there's a light at the end of the tunnel.  A member of the development team has posted a screenshot of the browser in the Chrome Group.
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Apple Says iPhone Jailbreaking is Illegal  —  Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking.  This marks the first formal public statement by Apple about its legal stance on iPhone jailbreaking.
Discussion: CrunchGear and GPS Obsessed
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.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Edit Google Docs Spreadsheets on your iPhone  —  Running a mobile handset with a Webkit-based browser?  If so, Google has added some functionality to the Google Docs mobile view just for you.  —  Up until now, the interface has really only be a handy way to view your files on the go.
T_Korea / Telecoms Korea News Service:
Samsung Denies Mobile Phone Rumors  —  Samsung Electronics has no plans to introduce its first Android-based smartphone or a 12-megapixel camera phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.  —  According to a source familiar with Samsung's internal marketing plans for the MWC event …
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 …
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.
Dave Linthicum / Real World SOA:
SOA mistakes are being repeated in the clouds  —  Perhaps the same guys who screwed up your SOA are not the guys to tap for cloud computing  —  Yesterday IBM tossed more weight behind cloud computing, and other mega-players are doing the same thing.  However, the quick movement to cloud computing …
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.
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
A little recognition for an unheralded pioneer in a Mac-happy Silicon Valley  —  Carl Clement doesn't want to whine and moan about it, he's just saying.  —  He's just saying that before there was the Apple Macintosh and its recent and much-heralded 25th anniversary, there was the Xerox Alto.
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.
 
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Tony Bain / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the Relational Database Doomed?
Discussion: The Healthcare IT Guy
Bloomberg:
Record Labels Turn ISPs Into ‘Copyright Cops’ to Deter Global Music Piracy
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Tests PGP Signature Verification
Discussion: splutterance, Thanks:atul
Paul Taylor / Financial Times:
Motorola not yet ready to fall on its Razr
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
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Contract work fuels rise in tech job postings
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FTC warns of “day of reckoning” for online advertisers
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HBS Study Finds VCs Need Successful Serial Entrepreneurs Way More than Vice Versa
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and TechFlash
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
MacBook owners frustrated by new audio jacks
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday and CrunchGear