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10:45 AM ET, February 14, 2009

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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: CrunchGear and First Look
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.
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Twitter Now Worth $230 Million, According to Investors
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.
Associated Press:
Microsoft's Allen sells DreamWorks Animation stake  —  LOS ANGELES: Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen has sold off all of his remaining shares in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., according to a securities filing Friday, ending his involvement in a company he helped launch more than a decade ago.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
WSJ Editor Claims Google Devalues Everything  —  This has been clueless newspaper guy month around here, and it's kept up with the appearance of Walter Isaacson (yet again), Mort Zuckerman (owner/publisher of both the NY Daily News and US News & World Reports) and Robert Thomson …
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 …
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.
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 …
James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
ETech Preview: Inside Factory China, An Interview with Andrew Huang  —  China has become the production workhorse of the consumer electronics industry.  Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life across the Pacific Ocean.  But what is it like to shepherd a product through the design and production process?
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
Emily Steel / Digits:
Rep. Boucher Calls for Internet Ad Regulation  —  In an interview Friday, Rep. Rick Boucher, (D-Va.) called for Congress to take a tougher stance in regulating online ad-targeting, despite the FTC's endorsement of industry self-regulation. … “I am coming to believe (industry self-regulation) …
Thanks:atul
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FTC Backs Web-Ad Self-Regulation
 
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google App Engine 1.1.9 boosts capacity and compatibility
Thanks:atul
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What Ad Companies Won't Say About Privacy
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Toshiba TG01 to get CoPilot GPS
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Fed indictments tell how H-1B visas were used to undercut wages
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: BetaNews, TeleRead and eWeek
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Kurt Soller / Newsweek:
Twitter, Unmasked
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Wikipedia's Policy to Blacklist Blogs is Outdated and Wrong
Discussion: Open Gardens
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
The man who wooed Woz
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Twitter fends off second clickjacking attack
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
If Pirate Bay is Shut Down, It Could Take All of BitTorrent With It
Discussion: p2pnet, The Local and Slashdot