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6:45 PM ET, February 25, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
A peek inside Apple's shareholders meeting?  —  The press was barred from bringing laptops, iPhones or any other communication devices into the Apple (AAPL) shareholders meeting that began at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) Wednesday — much to the chagrin of CNBC's Jim Goldman, who had advertised his plans to live blog it.
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Bloomberg:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs Remains Deeply Involved at the Company, Director Says  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs remains deeply involved in strategic decisions and the company will disclose more information about his health if warranted, a director said.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Apple shareholders re-elect board, vote no on resolutions
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft sues TomTom over Linux and other patent claims  —  Microsoft filed suit against TomTom today, alleging that the in-car navigation company's devices violate eight of its patents — including three that relate to TomTom's implementation of the Linux kernel.
Roy Blount Jr / New York Times:
The Kindle Swindle?  —  BEING president of too many well-meaning organizations put my father into an early grave.  The lesson in this was not lost on me.  But now I am president of the Authors Guild, whose mission is to sustain book-writing as a viable occupation.
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Frank Shaw / Glass House:   Case Study: What A Bad Op-Ed Looks Like
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
IE8 compatibility and reliability update for Windows 7 beta  —  Microsoft has released an update for Internext Explorer build 8.0.7000.0, fixing many bugs that were fixed with the release of IE8 RC1 for Vista and XP.  —  Microsoft has released a patch via Windows Update for Internet Explorer 8 …
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IEBlog:
IE8 Reliability Update for Windows 7 Beta Now Available
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Exposes 1 Terabyte of Public Data to Developers  —  Amazon.com changed the retail world.  In the process the company built up so much surplus computing power that it started a dirt cheap “computing in the cloud” business that changed the computing world.
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Amazon Web Services Blog:
New AWS Public Data Sets - Economics, DBpedia, Freebase, and Wikipedia
Discussion: Beyond Search
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Shared Stuff to Be Discontinued  —  Google Shared Stuff, the social bookmarking service that has never been officially launched, will no longer be available after the end of March.  —  Google Shared Stuff was only used to share videos at Google Video and Knol articles, but it was buggy and underdeveloped.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Microsoft May Begin Shipping Windows 7 in September, Compal's Chen Says  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, may begin shipping its Windows 7 operating system as early as the third quarter, a computer-industry executive said.
GamesIndustry.biz:
PS3 price cut announcement “in the next couple of days” - Janco  —  The PlayStation 3 could be about to receive a price cut, with Sony due to make an announcement imminently.  —  That's according to Janco Partners' Mike Hickey, who has said in his latest note to investors that Sony needs …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple updates Apple TV software to version 2.3.1 [Ux2]  —  Apple overnight released a minor software update for owners of its Apple TV set-top media box that has thus far been revealed to include a new Network Test function and improvements when using Apple Remote for iPhone.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Connected Life Head Marco Boerries to Leave Yahoo  —  Yahoo's top mobile exec, Marco Boerries, is departing Yahoo, according to an internal email obtained by BoomTown that he sent to some staffers on Sunday.  —  I have also confirmed Boerries's departure with company insiders familiar with the situation.
Ryan Spoon:
Perez Hilton Hits 14,000,000 Pageviews Yesterday.  Wow.  —  You might not be interested in celebrity news and gossip...  You might not consider it important or meaningful...  But to the web, it is significant and marks a major move in the Digital Media space.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Hitwise Intelligence, Thanks:berecruited
Apple:
MobileMe: Service updates as of February 25, 2009  —  The MobileMe service has recently been updated with improvements as described below.  —  Products Affected  —  MobileMe  —  Mail  — Compose window address selector shows all email addresses for contacts, not just home and work addresses.
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
SoftBank now giving away iPhones in Japan  —  In a bid to possibly clear inventory, combat slumping sales, or both, SoftBank Mobile's new “iPhone for Everybody Campaign” is offering customers in Japan a free iPhone 3G with a two-year contract through May.  —  Announced on the Japanese carrier's website …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Announcing the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 RC  —  This week we are announcing that Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has hit an important milestone in development: Release Candidate (RC).  —  Starting today, the RC of SP2 for Windows Vista …
Discussion: eWeek, Neowin.net and AppScout
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
What Margaret Mead could teach techs  —  Big tech firms are hiring social scientists to help them figure out the changing landscape.  —  (Fortune) — While traveling in China, Genevieve Bell figured she'd have no trouble getting a cell phone.  With cash, a passport and official documents from her employer …
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Who profits from the App Store?  —  You will struggle to find a happy shopkeeper right now - but I've just met one.  His name is Eric, and he has good reason to be contented.  After all his store only opened in July last year, but has already sold 500 million products, and its deal with its suppliers means it gets 30% of the revenues.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Startup Fliggo Lets You Build Your Own YouTube  —  First we had Ning, which lets you build your own niche social network.  Now we have Fliggo, which lets you build your own YouTube.  Fliggo is the latest startup to come out of Y Combinator.  It has been in private beta for a while, but is now open to the public.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Penn State Study: Search Ad Click Through Rate  —  Penn State's Jim Jansen announced a recent study they just finished that looked at the click through rate of search ads.  They studied hundreds of thousands of users, as they interacted with DogPile, the popular meta search engine.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Trial Day 8: Pirates Kill the Music Biz  —  Today's first witness is Tobias Andersson from Piratbyrån and later on the IFPI's CEO John Kennedy will testify, although it's not expected that he will respond to the open letter and peace offering issued yesterday by the ‘Kopimists’.
Fëdor Karpelevitch / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Browser title bar tweaks  —  I'm often doing something on my computer and want to know if I have new mail without having to keep my Gmail window open.  But if you keep Gmail minimized or in an inactive tab sometimes all you see in the browser title bar is something like “Gmail - Inbo...”
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Netflix to offer “streaming only” plans in future  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy said on Wednesday it plans to offer its online streaming service on a stand-alone basis.  —  “We're likely to do that in the foreseeable future,” …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
How Twitter could be a threat to Google  —  Google's search engine is so dominant that it's hard to imagine how anyone could knock the Mountain View company from its pedestal.  And yet if history is any guide, such reigns never last.  IBM gave way to Microsoft, which now has been usurped by Google.
Discussion: SiliconAngle and Bloggers Blog
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Tale of 140 Characters, Plus the Ones in Congress  —  It's a case of Twittering while Rome burns.  —  President Obama spoke of economic calamity and war last night in that solemn rite of democracy, the address to the joint session of Congress.  And lawmakers watched him with the dignity Americans …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Online Ad Spending Seen Shrinking  —  Internet advertising could fall by 5% in the first quarter of 2009, the first contraction in online ad spending since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, market research group IDC said Wednesday.  —  IDC analyst Karsten Weide also said the U.S. Internet ad market …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
U.S. Supreme Court rules for AT&T in antitrust suit  —  The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Wednesday for a subsidiary of AT&T in an antitrust lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive practices over high-speed Internet access.  —  The justices unanimously rejected a claim …
Discussion: CNET News and DSLreports
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Amazon's E-Book Strategy Re-Kindles Debate on Open Standards  —  While many salivated over this week's arrival of “the iPod of the book world,” supporters of open e-book standards are opining anew that the Kindle's proprietary format is not only bad for readers but, in the long run, probably for Amazon as well.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
FCC Threatens Telecoms with $12 Million in Privacy Fines  —  Federal regulators proposed Tuesday to impose more than $12 million in fines on 600 telecoms that failed to file paperwork in 2008 explaining how they protect their customers' private information.  —  At issue are annual reports …
Discussion: CircleID, CNET News and Ars Technica
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The unrecognizable Internet of 1996.  —  The Internet of 1996 is almost unrecognizable compared with what we have today.  —  It's 1996, and you're bored.  What do you do?  If you're one of the lucky people with an AOL account, you probably do the same thing you'd do in 2009: Go online.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Hearst, MediaNews: You can invent the future in San Francisco  —  MEMO TO: Steven Swartz (CEO, Hearst Newspapers) and Dean Singleton (CEO, MediaNews Group)  —  See that bridge?  When finished in 1937, it was not an incremental step.  It was a leap into the future.
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Local Mobile Search To Reach $1.3 Billion By 2013  —  Spurred by the burgeoning mobile Web and targeted advertising demand, U.S. local mobile search advertising will hit $1.3 billion by 2013—up from just $20 million in 2008, according to a new study by The Kelsey Group.
 
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Mike Miliard / thephoenix.com:
In your Facebook  —  Facebook is already giving away personal information.
HP:
HP and Sun Microsystems Sign Multi-year Partnership Agreement …
Discussion: The Register
Johnny Minkley / GamesIndustry.biz:
EA: We've learned our lesson on release dates
Discussion: Ars Technica and Joystiq
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nortel to Cut 3,200 More Workers
Wall Street Journal:
Lost Cellphone? Carriers Have Backup
 Earlier Items: 
Times of India:
Bloggers can be nailed for views
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:sampad
Matthew Richardson / Prefix Magazine:
iTunes Launches Indie Store
Discussion: Ars Technica
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Recruiters Are Sending Out Their Own Résumés
Thanks:atul
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google blames Gmail outage on data centre collapse