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3:30 PM ET, February 16, 2009

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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Meet the HTC Magic, the Android-powered Vodafone exclusive formerly known as the G2  —  Y'all might know the next Android phone from HTC as the G2, but around these here parts we know it as the HTC Magic.  An exclusive to Vodafone in Europe, the Magic is of debatable sexyness when compared to the T-Mobile G1 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reveals New Windows® Phones With Marketplace and My Phone Services  —  Microsoft mobile partners fly the Windows flag: HTC, LG and Orange preview first Windows® phones.  —  Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer along with key mobile partners …
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Associated Press:
Casinos are warned about card-counting iPhone app  —  LAS VEGAS - Nevada gambling regulators have warned casinos in the state about a card-counting program that works on Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPod Touch that illegally helps players beat the house in blackjack.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia enables $99 Android/Windows CE mobile internet devices  —  Nvidia is announcing today that it wants to enable $99 mobile internet devices that can play high-definition graphics.  —  The so-called MIDs are smaller than laptop computers but less functional.
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Derek Perez / NVIDIA Press Room:
NVIDIA Enables The World's First $99 HD Mobile Internet Device  —  NVIDIA Tegra Brings Full Internet Experience to Always On, Always-Connected Devices  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  —  MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 09—BARCELONA, SPAIN— FEBRUARY 16, 2009— Today's users want an always-connected device …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Netbooks killing off sickly Windows PC sales  —  PC sales are in free fall as the weak demand for Windows desktops and full-size notebooks in a poorly performing global economy is being compounded by an influx of low cost netbooks, which are gobbling up the remains of profitability in the PC industry.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Open Source
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Game-changers - Google or Apple?  —  Two years ago all the talk at the Mobile World Congress was of the imminent arrival of the Apple iPhone, and how it was going to change the industry.  One year ago, all the talk was of Google's open-source Android operating system, and what a radical impact that might have.
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Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Going mobile in Barcelona  —  If you fancy a couple of days …
Discussion: BBC and Agence France Presse
Nokia:
Nokia's latest GPS devices showcase the best that Nokia Maps has to offer  —  Barcelona, Spain - Since the first Nokia Navigator made its appearance two years ago, the company has been updating and improving its location based services steadily and has now introduced the latest arrival in its Navigator line, the Nokia 6710 Navigator.
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
What really happened at Ma.gnolia and lessons learned  —  Larry (@lhalff) and I have been recording a podcast for the past year called Citizen Garden that covers various topics related to the web, technology, and social networking.  —  Well, given Ma.gnolia's recent catastrophe …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Citizen Garden
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Trial - First Day in Court  —  The day started this morning at 08:30, with Pirate Bay founders Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (aka Anakata), Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi (aka Brokep) and Fredrik Neij (TiAMO) arriving at the court with the S23K bus.  The bus will operate as their press-center in the weeks to come.
Discussion: p2pnet
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BBC:
Pirate Bay file-sharing defended
Discussion: Telegraph and The Register
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Bill Introduced In Pennsylvania To Ban All Portable Gadgets In School  —  from the seems-a-bit-extreme,-right?  dept  —  We've seen various schools or school teachers/administrators try to ban bringing mobile devices into schools, and the whole concept seems backwards.
Discussion: Obsessable
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New York Times:   Industry Makes Pitch That Smartphones Belong in Classroom
Fred / A VC:
Does Apple Have A Blind Spot About Flash?  —  I think the news that Flash is coming to smartphones over the next year is a big deal.  Most of the rich media experiences I have on the web are in flash.  YouTube's success had a lot to do with its choice of Flash for its video player.
Thanks:atul
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Mobile Flash apps get better distribution, more money
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Unveils Ovi Store, Application Sales To Debut In May  —  At the Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona, Nokia has unveiled its initiative to try and repeat the runaway succes of Apple's App Store with its own mobile storefront dubbed Ovi Store.  This was an expected move as the rumors …
John Cook / TechFlash:
I Can Has Cheezburger buys Twittypic, plans Digg-like service  —  When I last caught up with Ben Huh of I Can Has Cheezburger fame, the Internet entrepreneur was overseeing an expanding empire of off-the-wall entertainment Web sites.  That unusual collection of cat photos …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Lenovo to launch 12-inch Atom netbook  —  Lenovo reportedly plans to launch an Atom N280-based IdeaPad S20 netbook featuring a 12-inch panel.  The specification would break Intel's restrictions for netbook products that state devices cannot offer panel sizes larger than the 10-inch category, according to sources at notebook makers.
Chris Davies / Pre Community:
GSM Palm Pre on Vodafone at MWC09  —  We've just finished up both a long video demo of the Pre - over 25 minutes, which we're currently editing and processing - but we wanted to share at least one detail from this morning.  Palm aren't announcing the GSM version of the Pre at Mobile World Congress …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft, Red Hat team up on patent-free interoperability  —  For years, Microsoft has insisted that open-source vendors acknowledge that its patent portfolio is a precursor to interoperability discussions.  Monday, Microsoft shed that charade and announced an interoperability alliance with Red Hat for virtualization.
Discussion: The Register, Port 25 and TweakTown News, Thanks:sampad
PC Magazine:
ARM's Multicore Chips Aim for Netbooks  — BARCELONA—ARM, the company that has designed most of the processors in mobile phones, on Monday announced a new, low-cost processor called “Sparrow” at the Mobile World Congress trade show.  The company said it is aiming to conquer the netbook market …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bloomberg And Reuters Clobbered  —  This one might need to be filed in the Duh category, but according to analysis by Douglas Taylor, the managing director of consulting group, Burton-Taylor, Bloomberg and Reuters are facing steep revenue losses for 2009.  —  In a story based on his report …
Thanks:sampad
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Twe2: Free Twitter SMS Updates For Europe and the Rest of the World  —  In August 2008, Twitter killed SMS updates for everybody outside of the U.S., Cananda, and India.  Users in the U.K. can now only send messages from their phones, but can't receive them anymore.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:atul
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
GMG Entertainment cleans up with game currency cards in stores
Discussion: Virtual Worlds News
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
What Went Wrong with Fennec?
Thanks:blogfisher
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Government Hack Attacks Prompt Scrutiny
Thanks:atul
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EU, not content to double music copyrights, now looks to video
Thanks:sampad
Maxwell Cooter / LinuxWorld.com:
Debian's Lenny offers enterprises open-source option
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker blogs:
New Internet?  No Thanks.  —  Yesterday's New York Times ran a piece …
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
canada.com:
Nortel offers Ottawa campus to government
Discussion: All About Nortel
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Archos: ‘Revolutionary’ 800gm, 9" Tablet.  Moorestown products in 2010.
Discussion: Liliputing
Nicole Laporte / The Wrap:
DVD Sales Are Way Down, and High-Def Is Slow to the Rescue
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Vint Cerf: Despite Its Age, The Internet is Still Filled with Problems
Discussion: Beet.TV and Beyond Search, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Science gleans 60TB of behavior data from Everquest 2 logs
Discussion: Massively
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Dear Obama: Please consider open-source a waste of your time
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update
Discussion: HeyJude