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6:30 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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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
2009 DMCA Rulemaking
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 and The Local
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: TechFlash
Louis Gray:
Twickie Lets You Post All Your Twitter Replies to Your Blog  —  Just a few years ago, one could safely assume the majority of blogging conversations took place on the blog itself.  Today, the conversation has been fractured, not just in terms of having comments on your blog posts on any number …
Brad Haynes / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Official Is Tapped to Shape Telecom Policy  —  The Obama administration has tapped a Washington executive of Sprint Nextel Corp. to help run an agency that shapes telecommunications policy and will dole out billions of dollars in federal stimulus money to wireless providers.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Venture Industry Needs to Slash Its Investments  —  Amid an IPO drought and the economic downturn, one investor believes that the venture industry should take the amount of money it puts into startups each year and slash it by nearly half, to between $15 billion and $20 billion.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Wikipedia's Policy to Blacklist Blogs is Outdated and Wrong  —  This week we received an email from a reader telling us that he'd tried to add a link to ReadWriteWeb onto a Wikipedia article, only to get the message: “The following link has triggered our spam protection filter: http://www.readwriteweb.com.
Discussion: Open Gardens
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
MySpace Ad Revenues Closing In On AOL's  —  We just got off the phone with MySpace sales boss Jeff Berman, who also sent us this slide.  Check it out; selling portal-like ads, MySpace revenues are quickly gaining on portals AOL and MSN.  —  Jeff says the success is all about MySpace …
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: PC World, MacRumors and MacBlogz
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.
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.
 
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Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Fed indictments tell how H-1B visas were used to undercut wages
Emily Steel / Digits:
Rep. Boucher Calls for Internet Ad Regulation
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:atul
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco Pitches $250,000 Router as Valentine's Gift
Discussion: The Business Insider
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
UPDATED: Move Networks Lays Off 30% Of Company, John Edwards Still CEO
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Authors Guild Digs Itself In Deeper Concerning Kindle Text-To-Speech
Discussion: eWeek, BetaNews and TeleRead
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8210 coming to AT&T soon?
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
The man who wooed Woz
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: Geek.com and Ars Technica
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T mulling tiered data plans for next iPhone - report
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
700 comments tell the FTC “No DRM!”