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12:35 PM ET, February 23, 2009

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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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Socializes Even More With New Lifestream  —  As part of its ongoing rejiggering of its social-networking offerings, AOL is formally rolling out its expected Lifestream platform today, with a new “timeline” depicting a user's online life in a streaming horizontal calendar called a Lifestory.
Discussion: AppScout
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
AOL upgrades Bebo with Lifestream and more  —  AOL continues to upgrade the Bebo social network it bought in 2008, layering in more functionality from the social data aggregator SocialThing it also acquired that year.  —  In December, we covered Bebo's new Social Inbox …
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: TeleRead
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
The day iTunes died?  Spotify is working on a killer iPhone app  —  Ever since hot streaming music startup Spotify hired a director of “portable solutions” you just knew they were going to do something cool in mobile.  And frankly there is no cooler place to do it right now than on the iPhone.
Rac / ubiq_uitous communication …:
Apple wireless keyboard used with an iPhone  —  Here is a short video showing the interacting devices (Apple wireless keyboard, iPhone, communicating over Bluetooth) in operation.  —  Feels like getting closer to the “mainstreaming” goal - it uses hardware that comes of the shelf …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Startups in a Downturn  —  Entrepreneurs who helped build their startups into tech stalwarts—companies like Cisco, Oracle, and Google—share lessons on how to thrive during tough times  —  December 1987 was no time to be raising money for a startup.  Computer engineer Len Bosack was trying …
Discussion: innonate, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
iPhone apps for Lady Gaga, Pussycat Dolls and other UMG artists  —  Interscope Geffen A&M is launching iPhone applications for five of its key artists, through a partnership with mobile firm Kyte.  The five are Lady Gaga, the Pussycat Dolls, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, the All American Rejects, and Keri Hilson.
Discussion: Webware.com and TechCrunch
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 …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
MSI unveils new X-Slim models ahead of CeBIT  —  We certainly aren't tired of the X-Slim 320 laptop from MSI, with its Air-like form-factor in less expensive and slightly more practical packaging — it's still many moons away from release, after all.  Despite that, MSI felt the need to announce …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Huawei Android devices hitting T-Mobile in Q3 2009?  —  Huawei's “look but don't touch” Android handset at Mobile World Congress last week was quite the disappointment: if it wasn't for the display around it, you'd not know what OS the device was meant to be running.
Discussion: Softpedia News and IntoMobile
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Social Network Twitter Is Becoming Something of a Hangout for High-Profile TV Anchors  —  The sun was not yet up when David Gregory checked in with his followers:  —  “646 am.  Just got to NBC.  Almost showtime.  Betsy just sent me Frank Rich piece.  Actually read during night.
Discussion: Tech President
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: Apple 2.0
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.
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Internet threat: Hackers swarm bank accounts  —  New and nasty banking trojans are on the rise on the Internet and attacking online bank accounts.  —  The new trojan programs — which wait on your hard drive for an opportunity to crack your online banking account — are different from traditional …
Discussion: Technology Live, Thanks:brickandclick
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why Web radio faces another crisis  —  Few people know this but for a little while last year, the music-royalty rates that Web radio stations have complained about for years appeared to be behind them.  —  In a midtown Manhattan law office last November 6, representatives from Webcasting companies …
Discussion: p2pnet
Martyn Williams / Macworld:
IPhone-controlled car to demo at Geneva Motor Show  —  It can send e-mails, play video, access the Web and snap pictures, but control a car?  Swiss automobile design house Rinspeed will unveil a concept electric car controlled by an iPhone at next week's Geneva Motor Show.
Alex Wright / New York Times:
Exploring a ‘Deep Web’ That Google Can't Grasp  —  One day last summer, Google's search engine trundled quietly past a milestone.  It added the one trillionth address to the list of Web pages it knows about.  But as impossibly big as that number may seem, it represents only a fraction of the entire Web.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Oscar's YouTube No-Show  —  Looking for highlights of last night's Oscars on YouTube?  Good luck.  —  That's because ABC, which broadcast last night's show, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which produces the event, don't want clips of last night's show on the world's biggest video site.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Pocket-lint.co.uk
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.
GamesIndustry.biz:
Windows 7 will be “great for games”  —  Microsoft's VP of the Interactive Entertainment Business for the EMEA region, Chris Lewis, has told GamesIndustry.biz that the corporation's next major PC operating system, Windows 7, will be a positive step over and above Vista with respect to gaming.
Discussion: PC World and VG247
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: Computerworld
GamesIndustry.biz:
Funcom CFO resigns following $23.3m loss  —  Funcom has reported its financial results for the fourth quarter, revealing an operating loss of USD 23.3 million, caused by a depreciation of USD 22.8 million due to the lagging performance of Age of Conan.  —  The poor performance is compounded …
Discussion: Kotaku, Massively, VG247, Blue's News and Joystiq
 
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Adrian Weckler / sbpost.ie:
Music-swapping sites to be blocked by internet providers
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Ed Sperling / Forbes:
Intel Inside—Everything  —  Chip maker looks for growth opportunities …
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
AOL + Oodle = AOL Classifieds
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
More Consolidation In Europe: GoAdv To Acquire LeGuide.com For €50 Million
Discussion: The Register and TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Jobs Health Concerns Swirl as Apple Holds Annual Meeting Without Its CEO
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
6,473 Texts a Month, But at What Cost?
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