Nick Farrell / www.itexaminer.com:
Apple to allow Verizon connections — When Jobs is away the cats will play — Apple is certain to allow Verizon to join its elite band of Iphone providers, bringing to an end the exclusive and somewhat stupid exclusivity deal in its biggest market. — Deep throats in Apple claim …
Discussion: DSLreports, Between the Lines, VentureBeat, CNET News, MobileDevicesToday, Bloomberg, MacRumors and ecpm blog
Karl Bode / DSLreports: Verizon Getting iPhone ‘Soon’ - Though AT&T has exclusive contract until 2010
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines: Apple roundup: Jobs-less meeting, to netbook or not, and an iPhone rumor
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Apple to Verizon: Can you hear me now? Maybe.
Matt Hickey / CNET News: Verizon iPhone around the corner?
Todd Ogasawara / MobileDevicesToday: Rumor: CMDA iPhone for Verizon?
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg: Jobs Health Concerns Swirl as Apple Holds Annual Meeting Without Its CEO
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: iPhone on Verizon Rumor Revived
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple To Launch iPhone On Verizon Wireless? — So, this is a pretty sketchy report, but fascinating if right. — A Rome-based reporter for the Bangalore-based tech news site ITExaminer.com is reporting that “deep throats” at Apple (AAPL) say “iPhones for Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) will be announced soon.”
Brian Heater / Gearlog: Rumor: Apple Bringing iPhone to Verizon?
Richard Jones / Last.fm:
“Techcrunch are full of s**t” — On Friday night a technology blog called Techcrunch posted a vicious and completely false rumour about us: that Last.fm handed data to the RIAA so they could track who's been listening to the “leaked” U2 album. — I denied it vehemently on the Techcrunch article …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: That Elevator Goes Up and Down — Each week I am asked when I will “beat” Techcrunch.
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad: Even RIAA says Last.fm never handed over data
Kelly Fiveash / The Register: Last.fm denies data handover to RIAA
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Last.fm Squashes Rumors Of Handing Data to RIAA
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Last.fm addresses accusations of collusion with RIAA, betraying users
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench: TechCrunch Runs Bogus Last.fm Rumor
Sean Bradford / Neowin.net: Last.fm sends a memo to Techcrunch: You're full of s**t
Milo Yiannopoulos / blogs.telegraph.co.uk …: Last.fm speaks out over leaked U2 album: “TechCrunch are full of ****”
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Last.fm: “TechCrunch Are Full Of Sh**”
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: A Great Example of Hosting the Conversation When Under Attack
Ian Betteridge / Technovia: TechCrunch: Irresponsible journalism
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
RIAA denies rumors that Last.fm turned over user data
RIAA denies rumors that Last.fm turned over user data
Discussion: Music Ally, TheNextWeb.com, Slashdot, Internet Evolution and digg.com
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: U2 album leak: everything you need to know
David Silversmith / Internet Evolution: Click ‘OK’ to Download Your Subpoena
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard screenshots show interface tweaks — A gallery of screenshots from the latest build of Apple's upcoming Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system showcases a handful of minor design tweaks that have been reported around the web in recent weeks.
OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Build 10A261 Highlights — The latest OS X 10.6 build has multiple observable (some intriguing) changes — World of Apple, which usually posts entire sets of release notes / seed notes the instant Apple makes a new move in the Snow Leopard area, has “refrained” …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T rivals seen driving down cost of iPhone service — Tough macroeconomic conditions are causing wireless carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile to become more aggressive with pricing of their monthly service plans, a move which could ultimately help drive down the cost of owning an iPhone.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Aggressive pricing by Sprint, T-Mobile could help drive down costs …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: iPhone benefits from carrier rate war
Analyst: iPhone benefits from carrier rate war
Discussion: Ars Technica
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica: Falling prices putting pressure on AT&T's iPhone rate plans
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Surprise: America is No. 1 in Broadband — There is a constant refrain that the United States is falling behind in broadband, as if the speed of Internet service in Seoul represents a new Sputnik that is a challenge to national security. — It's certainly true that in some countries …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Ars Technica, GigaOM, dailywireless.org, blogs.chron.com, GottaBeMobile.com, Gizmodo, Gearlog, Zoli's Blog, Obsessable, DSLreports and New York Times
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica: Broadband woes aside, US tops the world in “connectivity”
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM: Broadband: Damned Lies Edition
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Connectivity Scorecard: US Ranked First
John Mahoney / Gizmodo: U.S. Broadband May Not Suck So Much After All
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog: Is the USA Really the Broadband Leader?
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: U.S. ranked world broadband leader
Karl Bode / DSLreports: We're #1 In Broadband (Sort Of) …
Alex Mindlin / New York Times: Tweeting? Odds Are You Live in a City
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iTunes Concept Shows How iPhone App Management Should Have Worked From the Start — Add, delete, rate, and move—these are your app options on the iPhone. This interface concept, though, puts full app management within iTunes, and makes us wonder why it wasn't there in the first place.
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Apple Core, MobileCrunch, AppScout, textually.org, Electronista, last100, Out of the Box, Electronic Pulp and digg.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: A solution for the iPhone app management chaos
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: Concept: App management in iTunes
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Concept video shows iPhone App sorting done right
Brian Heater / AppScout: FIve Android Apps That Won't Make it to the iPhone
Steve O'Hear / last100: Spotify for iPhone in existence, S60 version on its way too
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp: Video shows great concept iPhone App management inside iTunes
Wall Street Journal:
Information Wants to Be Expensive — Newspapers need to act like they're worth something. — With newspapers in cities across the country on the brink, an old idea is being resurrected in the hope of saving them: They should charge for access to their journalism on the Internet.
Discussion: paidContent.org, paidContent, TeleRead, Romenesko, Newspaperproject.org and Screenwerk
Lauren Rich Fine / paidContent.org: Micropayments? Won't Work. Here's A Better Plan For Newspapers
Lauren Rich Fine / paidContent: Micropayments? Won't Work. Here's A Better Plan For Newspapers
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Information wants to be expensive
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: Crovitz: Newspaper execs have been asking the wrong question about online content
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: A Great Story about Local Journalism
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Who's Advising Tom Friedman? I Have a Guess — A lot of people have been expressing their surprise and disappointment in the recent writings of Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist who has, inarguably, become one of the nation's most influential journalists over the past decade.
Discussion: TechFlash and Texas Startup Blog
Alexander Muse / Texas Startup Blog: The smartest way to spend $20 billion. . .
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo News Head Khemlani Departs for Hearst as VP Digital Media — [UPDATED: With Hearst press release confirming the move at the bottom.] — Neeraj Khemlani (pictured here), Yahoo's general manager and executive editor of news, is set to leave his job-right in the midst of a major restructuring …
Discussion: paidContent.org, CNET News, Jobwire, Search Engine Watch and Susan Mernit's Blog
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org: Interview: Yahoo's Khemlani Explains His Move To Hearst As CEO's Top Digital Advisor
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Yahoo News chief heading to Hearst
Doug Coleman / Jobwire: Former Yahoo! News Head Joins Hearst as VP of Digital Media
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Yahoo! News Executive Editor Heads to Hearst
TV, Internet And Mobile Usage In U.S. Continues To Rise — Viewing of video on television, Internet and mobile devices — the Three Screens — continues to increase and has hit record levels. Nielsen's fourth quarter A2/M2 Three Screen Report reports that the average American watches …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog, Podcasting News, NewTeeVee, Ars Technica, GMSV, Online Video Watch, Wall Street Journal and mocoNews.net
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee: Online Video Viewing Up, Impact on TV “Negligible”
David Chartier / Ars Technica: Nielsen: Americans still love their TV, embracing DVRs
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: The lure of the screen — If there's video, we will watch it.
Corey Kronengold / Online Video Watch: Online Video Good For You, Good for Me, Good for TV
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal: Mobile, DVR Video Log Fastest Growth
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews.net: Report: Mobile Video Consumption Up, But Still A Fraction …
Douglas A. McIntyre / 247 Wall Street:
The Twenty Five Most Valuable Blogs — It is extremely difficult to put accurate financial values on blogs. Almost all of them are private companies. Some do raise VC money and those sums can be used as guidelines if and when they are disclosed. Like many content businesses, the only worthwhile value is what an acquirer will pay.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and MediaMemo, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: The 25 Most Valuable Blogs — Multiplying traffic and CPMs …
Tim O'Reilly / Forbes:
Why Kindle Should Be An Open Book — Unless Amazon embraces open standards, the Kindle's lead will become a very short story. — SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — The Amazon Kindle has sparked huge media interest in e-books and has seemingly jump-started the market.
Discussion: Podcasting News and TeleRead
James Lewin / Podcasting News: O'Reilly: The Kindle Must Open Up Or Die
David Rothman / TeleRead: Tim O'Reilly: Kindle needs open ePub-style standard to survive
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Red Dog: Can you teach old Windows hounds new tricks? — It has been four months since Microsoft took the official wraps off its cloud-computing initiative. Yet still relatively little still is known about the Azure platform and plans. — The part of Azure which intrigued …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Yahoo Management Structure: Who Is In and Who Is Out? — On Friday, BoomTown first reported that new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz is likely to be announcing a sweeping new management structure soon, which can only mean the possibility that some existing top execs are likely to be broomed out, even as some new ones are ushered in.
Discussion: Industry Standard, Silicon Alley Insider, Search Engine Land, Contentinople and Gawker, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: The Losers In Carol's Yahoo Re-Org
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Yahoo CEO Bartz to Reorg for More ‘Top-Down’ Authority
Diane Mermigas / Contentinople: News Bits: Changes Coming at Yahoo This Week
Owen Thomas / Gawker: Yahoo's Do-Nothings Set to Bleed Purple
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T pulls Quickfire handsets from shelves, floor — We got a couple tips this morning that AT&T has issued a notice to all store managers to stop selling AT&T Quickfires, and they've even been asked to pull the demo handsets from the floor. We heard the reason that AT&T is bailing on the phone is due to “quality issues”.
Discussion: Phone Arena, Mobilewhack.com and Phone Scoop
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Quickfire Pulled from AT&T Stores
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Best Buy offering $100 iPhone discount to program members — Members of Best Buy's Reward Zone program can save up to $100 on an iPhone 3G from Best Buy Mobile until the end of this week. — The full $100 discount is offered to Premier Silver members, making the price of an 8GB iPhone 3G just $99.99, or $199.99 for the 16GB model.
Discussion: Macworld, PC World, Gizmodo, Engadget, Ars Technica and Technologizer
Ian Paul / PC World: $99 iPhone Emerges — for Real
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: iPhone 3G $50 and $100 Off for Best Reward Zone Members
Tim Stevens / Engadget: Best Buy shows membership has its benefits, offers up to $100 off new iPhones
Justin Berka / Ars Technica: Best Buy Rewards members getting new iPhone discounts
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Facebook Grapples With Revenue and Data — Ascending social net mulls app taxing and community liaison post/board — A few weeks ago, the social application developer Slide announced that movie and TV star Ashton Kutcher would headline an original Web series on Facebook.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Music Industry Orders BitTorrent Blackout — Last month, Eircom announced that at the behest of the music industry it will disconnect customers who are allegedly sharing copyrighted material. Initially the ISP planned to stand up for its customers in court.
Discussion: sbpost.ie, The Register, Ars Technica and digg.com
Adrian Weckler / sbpost.ie: Music-swapping sites to be blocked by internet providers
Austin Modine / The Register: Eircom to block Pirate Bay
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica: Record industry talks Irish ISP into blocking P2P sites
Nikki Finke / Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily:
Peter Chernin Has Decided To Step Down As No. 2 At News Corp — 1:30 PM: My news about Peter Chernin leaving was a shocker around the Fox lot this morning. Not to mention Hollywood. Even agents were the last to know. News Corp stock fell 4.34% ($.29) today to $6.39.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times and Gawker
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org: Updated: Chernin Watch: News Corp. COO Leaving; No Immediate Successor
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
AOL + Oodle = AOL Classifieds — Oodle as become the vendor/partner of choice it would appear for third parties seeking to add or beef up classifieds — a missed opportunity for eBay/Kijij. Today AOL launched a new classifieds site: Classifieds.AOL.com. There's also a Canadian specific site at Classifieds.AOL.ca.
Discussion: Local Onliner, paidContent.org, PC World, WebProNews, Cheezhead Recruiting, TechCrunch, silicontap.com and AppScout
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org: Oodle Adds Another Big Classifieds Partner
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World: AOL's Bebo Social Network to Gain Lifestreaming Features
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: AOL Rolls Out Classified Site
Vanessa Dennis / Cheezhead Recruiting: first myspace and facebook, and now aol
Brian Heater / AppScout: AOL Partners With Oodle, Launches Classifieds Site
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's growing cash hoard — Two days before Apple's (AAPL) annual meeting — the first in more than a decade that Steve Jobs won't attend — Financial Alchemist's Turley Muller offers beleaguered shareholders a statistic that should provide some comfort: — Apple's cash holdings have grown …
Discussion: MediaMemo, CNET News, techblog.dallasnews.com and ChannelWeb
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Apple's Jobs to skip annual shareholder meeting
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com: How should Apple spend its $28 billion cash reserves?
Kevin McLaughlin / ChannelWeb: Report: Jobs Won't Attend Apple Shareholder Meeting
Nick Broughall / Gizmodo Australia:
Hands On With The Kogan Agora Android Phone Prototype — Just in case you thought the entire Kogan Agora smartphone was a play in the game of marketing chess some companies tend to play, tonight I managed to get some hands-on time with one of the prototypes. And I liked it.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Android Phone Fans, MobileCrunch and GPS Obsessed
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Kogan Agora Australian Android Phone Hands On Reveals It's Going Full Touchscreen
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans: Kogan Agora Goes Full Touch
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Survey: Axed Employees Often Walk Out with Corporate Data — A study of people who left or lost their jobs in 2008 found close to 60 percent kept corporate data after leaving. The survey, performed by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Symantec, included more than 900 responses and found …
Discussion: CNET News, The Register and GMSV
Elinor Mills / CNET News: Exiting workers taking confidential data with them
John Leyden / The Register: Former staff swipe confidential company data
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: More stuff to worry about, including protecting what may be left …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Associated Press Considers Locking Up Its Online Content — You can almost hear Reuters, CNN, UPI and a few others laugh maniacally over the news that the Associated Press is considering locking up its content. The Associated Press has a pretty long history of not having much of a grasp …
ScuttleMonkey / Slashdot: AP Considers Making Content Require Payment
Sol's stolen phone wiped remotely … Where are the leaked screenshots of the supposedly top secret Windows Mobile 6.5? After last week's pick-pocketing theft of a handset given to Telstra head honcho Sol Trujillo we'd be expecting someone, somewhere to be leaking details of the latest mobile OS from Redmond.
Discussion: Tech Ticker, MobileCrunch, InformationWeek, Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Kunal Gangar / Tech Ticker: HTC phone with WinMo 6.5 stolen, data wiped off remotely
Chakkaradeep Chandran / Neowin.net: Stolen HTC phone with Windows Mobile 6.5 wiped remotely
James Ashton / Times of London:
Stop download flood, says music chief — BRITAIN's broadband providers are like its Victorian water pipes - far too leaky, according to a top entertainment chief, writes James Ashton. — Elio Leoni-Sceti, chief executive of EMI Music, whose artists include Katy Perry, above …
Discussion: p2pnet and paidContent
Patrick Smith / paidContent: EMI CEO Warns ISPs: Close Your Pipes To Illegal Downloading