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4:35 PM ET, February 13, 2009

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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Opportunity Knocks  —  Twitter is growing at a phenomenal rate.  Active users have increased 900% in a year and even though our web traffic is amazing, we see twice that traffic to the APIs.  Interacting with Twitter over SMS is also getting more popular every day.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Twitter Raises $35 Million Series C From Benchmark and IVP  —  Update: We just got off the phone with IVP partner Todd Chaffee who says this round was actually in excess of $35 million.  Apparently, $35 million is just the total of what Benchmark and IVP put in ($21 million and $14 million respectively) …
Discussion: TechFlash and blogs.ft.com, Thanks:mask
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Raises $35 Million  —  Twitter now has the war chest it needs to try building its microblogging service from a geek tool to a mainstream utility.  The company has raised $35 million in new financing.  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone announced the funding on the company's blog.
Discussion: The Social and Zatz Not Funny!, Thanks:wesmax27
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Twitter Now Worth $230 Million, According to Investors
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Social
Android Developers Blog:
Android Market update: support for priced applications  —  I'm pleased to announce that Android Market is now accepting priced applications from US and UK developers.  Developers from these countries can go to the publisher website at http://market.android.com/publish to upload their application …
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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.
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Bach clarifies Microsoft's retail strategy — it's about building brand, not distribution  —  Robbie Bach, head of the Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division, which sells many of its products to consumers through retail partners, said the company's decision to launch its own branded retail stores …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft exec: New stores not following in Apple's footsteps
Discussion: CNET News and The Microsoft Blog
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
High schoolers quiz Microsoft's Bach on Vista, Xbox
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
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 …
Eric Bogs / Docs Blog:
Add, edit, sort, and filter: Improved mobile access to spreadsheets  —  Over a year ago, we enabled view-only access to docs from mobile devices.  This has come in handy for me because I use Google Docs spreadsheets to keep track of a lot of nerdy and not-so-nerdy things in my life.
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Pinkerton / Sucking less, on a budget:
It's Alive!  —  Over the last couple of months, the group working on Mac Chrome (myself included) has shifted gears from layout tests and WebKit compatibility to getting the application user interface up and limping.  That also means getting the separate WebCore renderer processes to communicate over IPC to the browser.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Zef.me
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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.
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.
Discussion: Technosailor.com
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pirate Bay trial starts Monday; pirate bus en route  —  The Pirate Bay goes on trial in Sweden this upcoming Monday, and the site's backers are ready to unleash a media juggernaut of bloggers, Twitterers, and press with the help of a city bus and a live audio stream of the entire trial.
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
If Pirate Bay is Shut Down, It Could Take All of BitTorrent With It
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
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.
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft sued over charge to downgrade Vista to XP  —  With one major case challenging Microsoft's Windows marketing practices nearing a make-or-break juncture, another one was filed.  A woman sued Microsoft in federal court in Seattle this week claiming that the company abused its monopoly power …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The micropayments argument: do we want to turn the web into Zimbabwe?  —  Every so often between 1995 and 2003 or so I would meet Jakob Nielsen, the web usability expert whose Nielsen/Norman Group will tell you all sorts of things you hadn't thought about over usability.
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
700 comments tell the FTC “No DRM!”  —  The Federal Trade Commission's DRM conference coming up in March has already attracted 700 user comments... nearly all of them negative.  Gamers currently appear to be the single most vocal group on the topic.  —  The Federal Trade Commission wants …
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 …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Xoopit for Firefox Integrates Facebook Status Updates with Gmail  —  It was just a few days ago that Facebook launched new status update APIs.  Today, Xoopit is launching an update to its Xoopit for Gmail Firefox add-on that lets users set their status update and view friends' status updates from within Gmail through Facebook Connect.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Mozilla Bespin tries taking coding to the cloud  —  Mozilla Labs on Thursday unveiled a new open-source project called Bespin, a Web-based programming environment its developers hope will combine the speed and power of desktop-based development with the collaborative benefits of cloud computing.
Shannon Kari / National Post:
Where you've been on Net not private, judge rules  —  An Ontario Superior Court ruling could allow police to routinely use Internet protocol addresses to find out the names of people online, without any need for a search warrant.  —  Justice Lynne Leitch found that there is …
Discussion: Ars Technica, CircleID and Slashdot
 
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia to finally annouce its first 8 megapixel handset at MWC?
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Twitter fends off second clickjacking attack
Discussion: The Register
David Shieh / Chronicle of Higher Education:
New From YouTube: Free Downloads of College Lectures
Discussion: Ars Technica and TechSpot
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Time to Say Goodbye to Yahoo! MyWeb
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T mulling tiered data plans for next iPhone - report
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Webware Radar: Shazam hits 35 million users
 Earlier Items: 
Boston Globe:
Jobs's leave not slowing development at Apple
Discussion: The Toybox
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Broadband Stimulus Package Nears Finish Line
Discussion: DSLreports and dailywireless.org
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's AngelConf Teaches Would-Be Investors How To Get Started
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Time for Unix nerds to celebrate 1234567890 Day
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Windows 7 Out Before Christmas?
Discussion: CNET News, Inquirer and InfoWorld
Tony Bain / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the Relational Database Doomed?
Discussion: The Healthcare IT Guy
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
A little recognition for an unheralded pioneer in a Mac-happy Silicon Valley