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3:30 AM ET, February 26, 2009

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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.
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Microsoft v. TomTom: Patent Infringement Action
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Sues TomTom For Linux Patent Infringement
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Engadget
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter = YouTube.  —  What?  Is Battelle crazy?  Hear me out.  Think back when YouTube was growing like a weed, and Google snapped it up.  Most folks (including me) saw this as Google “getting into the video business,” and sure, that in fact was one part of the equation.
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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: MYBLOG by Ouriel and Bloggers Blog
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia considering entering laptop industry  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia is eyeing entering the laptop business, its Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said in an interview to Finnish national broadcaster YLE on Wednesday.
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:   Nokia thinking about dabbling in the laptop biz
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nokia Reportedly Considers Making Laptops
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple shareholder meeting dominated by politics  —  Apple's annual shareholder meeting was dominated, as usual, by groups using the event as a soapbox for furthering their political agenda.  Apple COO Tim Cook only answered a couple real questions from individuals, and the crowd sang …
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
10 reasons to buy a Kindle 2... and 10 reasons not to  —  Having used both Kindles 1 and 2, I thought it would helpful to list where the new Kindle excels and where it falters.  The dead tree book will never die - I think it will even have more longevity and popularity than the boutique appreciation …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Amazon's Kindle 2 Improves the Good, Leaves Out the Bad
Discussion: TechFlash and All Things Digital
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.
Discussion: TUAW and MacDailyNews
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Would You Pay Comcast $10 a Month for Online TV?  —  While watching Hulu and other premium online content on your big screen TV isn't a threat to cable companies right now (TV watching is at an all time high, and getting high-quality content from PC to TV isn't that easy yet) …
Discussion: ParisLemon
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google says hello to Twitter with a stream of 1s and 0s  —  That was the first official tweet from Google's official Twitter account today.  The second tweet announced the launch of its App Status Dashboard, which we just covered.  This looks to be another move in the direction of transparency …
Juan Carlos Perez / Network World:
IDC forecasts first U.S. ad spending contraction since 2001  —  More bad news for advertising-supported Internet and media companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and MySpace: IDC is predicting that online ad spending in the U.S. will shrink year-on-year in the first quarter for the first time since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and ecpm blog
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Online Ads Could Fall 5% This Quarter, Says IDC
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch
Nancy Gohring / Macworld:
Google blocks paid apps for unlocked G1 users  —  People who bought an unlocked version of the Android G1 phone are no longer allowed to download new paid applications from the Market, after a change Google made late last week.  —  Google is prohibiting users of the unlocked phones …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Electronista, Thanks:atul
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
AIM for iPhone gets paid version, SMS alerts, location awareness  —  AIM for iPhone and iPod touch has split into free (ad-supported) and paid versions, though both feature the same enhancements for this 2.0 upgrade.  New in AIM for iPhone 2.0 are SMS notifications, location-aware services, multiple accounts, and more.
Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Ads in Google News search results  —  If you're in the US, starting today you may notice something a bit different when you search Google News.  —  Last November, we announced plans to begin experimenting with ads on a number of Google properties, including news query refinements within Google search.
Discussion: CNET News and Micro Persuasion, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Is Microsoft Guilty of Push Polling?  Yes.  —  Yesterday, blogging about some of Google's woes, I threw in a sentence claiming that Microsoft had run a “push poll” attacking its search rival.  Objections followed, and I've gone back and reread the poll.  The verdict?  Guilty as charged.
Thanks:atul
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
President Obama Abandons Twitter  —  Barack Obama's online presence drove his campaign's early fundraising and his primary victory over Hillary Clinton.  His use of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube proved the 46-year-old senator was part of the Web 2.0 generation.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Flexible Touchscreen E-paper Signals the Rise of Touchscreens Everywhere  —  We've sung the praises of flexible screen technology here a few times—it'll be a key part of the next revolution in gadget technology.  And now another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Biden Forgets Recovery.gov's “Website Number”  —  This morning Vice President Biden went on the CBS early show to promote Recovery.gov, the website that will detail where all of the money in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be going.  Unfortunately, he forgot the actual address …
Discussion: Switched, Indecision and SiliconAngle
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Microsoft's Fight Against Fat Fingers  —  At Microsoft, they call it “the fat finger problem.”  —  Chubby digits make it tough to work the screens on computing devices that seem to get smaller and smaller every year.  Your finger bumbles about, often covering up the very information that you're trying to see.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google unveils App Status Dashboard to confirm when your anger is justified  —  When Gmail had a massive worldwide failure a couple days ago, a lot of users were angry.  And rightfully so — even though it was only for a few hours, some people are paying Google to use Gmail for their work.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Another credit card processor breached, fraud extent unknown  —  It's only been a month since Heartland Payment Systems disclosed that it had let details on over 100 million credit cards leak into the market, and news of another breach has already surfaced.  This new leak is not as serious …
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 …
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.
 
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Electronista:
Panasonic, Philips, Sony vow cheaper Blu-ray
Discussion: Gizmodo
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
No Protection For Bloggers In Possible Law?
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
Camera Sales Slump 12%
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo CFO Gives Mixed Signals On Possible Search Deal
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Pulse2
Mike Miliard / thephoenix.com:
In your Facebook  —  Facebook is already giving away personal information.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Startup Fliggo Lets You Build Your Own YouTube
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!