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2:00 AM ET, February 14, 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) …
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Twitter Could ‘Go for Years’ Without Earning a Dime, Investor Says  —  Apparently, Twitter doesn't need a business plan.  At least not for years to come.  —  “We've got a ton of cash.  We have far more cash then we need, so I'm not in any hurry,” said Todd Chaffee, General Partner at Institutional Venture Partners, or IVP.
Discussion: MediaFile
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Twitter Now Worth $230 Million, According to Investors
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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Joel Comm:
iFart Mobile takes Pull My Finger to court  —  My team and I came up with the idea for an iPhone fart application in summer of 2008.  We knew it would be a hit.  We just needed to develop it.  —  We took great pride in developing iFart Mobile.  It was more than another iPhone application.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
If Pirate Bay is Shut Down, It Could Take All of BitTorrent With It  —  The operators of Pirate Bay are standing trial in Stockholm next week.  Yikes, I know, but here's the scariest part: if Pirate Bay falls, it could be big trouble for BitTorrent as a whole.
Discussion: p2pnet
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pirate Bay trial starts Monday; pirate bus en route
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
2009 DMCA Rulemaking
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
NYT Article Skimmer: Recreate the Sunday Morning Paper in Your Browser  —  New York TimesThe New York Times just released an interesting new online product that tries to recreate the experience of spreading out the newspaper on Sunday morning.  The new ‘article skimmer’ gets back to the basics …
Discussion: First Look
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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Launching New Pages Product This Month  —  Until now Facebook's Pages product had not been affected by the profile redesign.  Apparently that all is about to change.  According to a few brand managers that I've spoken to, Facebook is working on converting the fan page design to mimic the the new profile design.
Thanks:biznickman
internetnews.com:
Bill Joy on Reinventing Silicon Valley — Again  —  The high-tech industry should gear up for the green revolution, tech guru says.  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bill Joy is a fix-it kind of guy.  He improved UNIX to make it more stable because, as an admin, he got tired of driving to the computer lab to reboot the machines.
TuxRadar:
Browser benchmarks 2: even Wine beats Linux Firefox  —  We posted yesterday about Firefox having very different JavaScript performance on Windows and Linux, despite being the same version of the software.  —  Some people have said that we should have used a stock build from Mozilla.
Discussion: Linux Hater's Blog
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
8 Megapixel Nokia Nseries Cameraphone With Carl Zeiss Lens Coming to MWC 09  —  It looks like Nokia will be announcing a Nokia Nseries phone with 8 megapixels and Carl Zeiss lens at the upcoming Mobile World Congress a few days from now.  They've posted a sample photo taken from the said device …
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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Noam Friedlander / Telegraph:
Facebook and Google turn to booze to raise money during economic downturn  —  Social networking sites such as Facebook and search engine giant Google are turning to booze in a bid to raise funds during the economic downturn.  —  In order to create a new advertising revenue source …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
FunMobility: iPhone isn't so hot at mobile flirting  —  The iPhone may be an incredibly useful and flexible tool, but there's one thing it can't do that well — flirt.  At least that's what mobile content company FunMobility found when studying the usage of its America's Best Mobile Pix application.
Kurt Soller / Newsweek:
Twitter, Unmasked  —  Who is really writing all those Tweets?  Professional microbloggers.  —  twitpic.com (left); Mark J. Terrill / AP  —  Celeb Tweets: Shaquille O'Neal and Britney Spears  —  When Alex Rodriguez admitted earlier this week that he tested positive for steroids, many a Twitter feed were aflutter.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Time to Say Goodbye to Yahoo! MyWeb  —  Back in 2005, we launched Yahoo! MyWeb with the goal to help our users save valuable information they discover on the Web.  As we have continued to innovate with the 2.0 release of Delicious and the upgraded Yahoo! Bookmarks, we saw that MyWeb users' needs are being served by our newer products.
Chris / My Apple Guide:
Customizable 4 Finger Gestures for Snow Leopard?  —  When Steve Jobs introduced the new unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros at Apple's media event last October, he announced the new glass trackpad with two four finger gestures for OS X Leopard.  Well it seems Apple has even more four finger gestures planned …
Discussion: Macworld, MacRumors and MacBlogz
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
UPDATED: Move Networks Lays Off 30% Of Company, John Edwards Still CEO  —  UPDATED: I've now heard back from Move Networks and can confirm that CEO John Edwards is still the CEO of the company.  In addition, John has now been named executive chairman of the board of directors.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What Ad Companies Won't Say About Privacy  —  I received several e-mail messages this morning from Randall Rothenberg, the president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, scolding me for not including the Internet industry's views in the article I wrote in Friday's Times about the Federal Trade Commission's …
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T mulling tiered data plans for next iPhone - report  —  Apple and its US wireless partner AT&T are discussing plans to potentially offer next-gen iPhone customers more data plan choices amid fears of losing their business during a time of economic hardship, according to a new report.
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Fed indictments tell how H-1B visas were used to undercut wages  —  U.S. announces arrests in several states alleging visa fraud  —  Computerworld) Federal agents on Thursday said they arrested 11 people in six states in a crackdown on H-1B visa fraud and unsealed documents that detail …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco Pitches $250,000 Router as Valentine's Gift  —  In my experience, a discussion about large back-haul capacity stands as a surefire way to kill a romantic mood.  And yet here's Cisco arguing that such talk will win over your loved one on Valentine's Day.
Discussion: The Business Insider
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Authors Guild Digs Itself In Deeper Concerning Kindle Text-To-Speech
Discussion: TeleRead, eWeek and BetaNews
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
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Discussion: Mobilewhack.com
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Wikipedia's Policy to Blacklist Blogs is Outdated and Wrong
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The man who wooed Woz
David Shieh / Chronicle of Higher Education:
New From YouTube: Free Downloads of College Lectures
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