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Business Week:
New Gear from Apple and Verizon Wireless?  —  The companies are in talks to develop two iPhone-like handhelds that could be unveiled as soon as this year  —  Verizon Wireless is warming to the idea of an Apple (AAPL) partnership.  Verizon Wireless is in talks with Apple to distribute …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Two New Devices from Apple: Category Defining ‘Media Pad’ and ‘iPhone Lite’?  —  Apple and Verizon partnership rumors seem to have taken on a life of their own with multiple reports that the companies are planning to work together as early as 2010.  Businessweek provides the most intriguing report yet …
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Microsoft debuts Vine in Seattle: Twitter+Facebook on steroids  —  It's been awhile since Microsoft introduced a game-changing social Web application, but Vine — a service that's debuting today with a beta test in Seattle — could be a contender.  —  Vine is a hyperlocal, personalized message and alert system.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Microsoft Goes Social (& Local) With Vine
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Acquires Stanza, an E-Book Application for the iPhone  —  Update |  4:06 p.m. Added quotation from Lexcycle blog post about the deal.  —  Update |  4:04 p.m. Added comment from Amazon.com.  —  Seeking to strengthen its presence on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Amazon has acquired Lexcycle …
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Lexcycle:
Lexcycle has been acquired by Amazon.com!
Darren Waters / BBC:
Home Office ‘colluded with Phorm’  —  The Home Office has been accused of colluding with online ad firm Phorm on “informal guidance” to the public on whether the company's service is legal.  —  E-mails between the ministry and Phorm show the department asking if the firm would be “comforted” by its position.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Boing Boing
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Phorm chief labels critics ‘serial agitators’  —  Phorm, the online advertising company, has launched an extraordinary personal attack on two of its leading critics - claiming that they are “serial agitators” and that they could be supported by its rivals.  —  Leading privacy activists …
Discussion: dot.life, Stop Phoul Play and Web User
Jason Scott / ASCII:
Geocities: Lessons So Far  —  The Geocities-is-going-away thing broke wide a short while ago.  The “Jason is Saving Geocities” thing is breaking wider by the day, so I guess we need an update.  —  After my initial call-out, a nice selection of folks showed up to the Archive Team IRC channel …
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Hugh / hughstimson.org:
Jason Scott Is In Your Geocities, Rescuing Your Sh*t  —  Some time back, Jason Scott — the computing documentarian who hughstimson.org readers may remember from King of Kong controversy — “got angry like a fire gets burning” because AOL hometown was shutting down and leaving its users without many options to save off their home pages.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's Privacy Settings Present Intrinsic Limitations To The Platform  —  I've written countless times about Facebook's “privacy facade” and how it could develop potential problems in their global expansion.  Today, some developers and bloggers were disappointed that Facebook did not open …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Despite New Openness, Facebook Remains Fundamentally Closed  —  What are people saying on Facebook about the swine flu?  Facebook knows, but they won't tell you.  The company made a major move today to open up some of the data on the site in some interesting ways - but the conversation …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Don't get confused: Facebook's open stream approach isn't like Twitter's
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ray C. He / Facebook Developers:
The Facebook Open Stream API  —  Today we are excited to announce an important step toward greater openness through Facebook Platform.  For the first time, we're opening the core Facebook product experience — the stream — with the new Facebook Open Stream API.
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Seesmic Desktop Gets Full Facebook Open Stream API Support
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Coming soon: A new, smarter Google News?  —  Google may be working on a new, intelligent news distribution system, according to Sharon Waxman, a reporter for Hollywood newsblog TheWrap.  She approached chief executive Eric Schmidt at a soiree thrown by Arianna Huffington last week …
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The White House:
President Obama Announces Members of Science and Technology Advisory Council  —  WASHINGTON - Today, during remarks at the National Academy of Sciences, President Barack Obama announced the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  The full membership of PCAST is below.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple sued over legal threats to wiki operator  —  It's possible to use Apple's iPods and iPhone with third-party software, and BluWiki's users wanted to make sure the world could find out how.  Apple, however, was not fond of the situation and threatened BluWiki with legal action if the information was not removed.
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   Wiki Operator Sues Apple Over Bogus Legal Threats
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
With no $10 laptop in sight, India buys 250,000 OLPCs  —  India has purchased 250,000 XO laptops.  This move will boost the One Laptop Per Child project and could help the deflating effort get back on its feet.  —  The government of India has signed an agreement with the One Laptop Per Child …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB Nearing $1 Million In iPhone Revenue  —  Major League Baseball's At Bat iPhone app is a hit — and a money maker.  —  The league tells us it's sold 130,000 copies of the $10 app so far this year.  That translates to about $1.3 million in gross revenue.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
IBM challenges partner Cisco  —  IBM is adding a new chapter to the high-tech industry's long history of “coopetition.”  —  Big Blue is expected to announce on Tuesday that it plans to resell Ethernet switching equipment from Brocade, a much smaller rival to Cisco Systems.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
One week later, it's time for Firefox 3.0.10  —  It's only been six days since the emergence on the scene of Mozilla's Firefox 3.0.9 — ostensibly a major security and bug-fix update to the world's #2 browser — and already the organization is preparing another update.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
What's Apple Building in There?  —  Apple has fleshed out its chip design group with another key hire.  The company has recruited Bob Drebin, former CTO of AMD's Graphics Products Group, as a senior director.  —  Apple (AAPL) won't say what it is exactly that Drebin's going to work on …
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Government wants phone and internet providers to track users  —  Home secretary rules out state-run ‘super-database’ but firms would store details of calls, emails, texts and web browsing  —  The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, today ruled out building a single state “super-database” …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Cablevision Goes for U.S. Broadband Speed Record  —  While it may not match the very best broadband deals in other countries, Cablevision will start offering the fastest home Internet service in the United States next month.  —  The new service will offer download speeds of 101 megabits per second …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
HP ProBook S-Series: Businesspeople Can Have Sassy Red Laptops Too  —  HP today revealed its new business laptops, the ProBook s-series.  The 14.1", 15.6", and 17.3" ProBooks are all about pragmatic performance, affordability, and inoffensive design.  They're the Toyota Camry of laptops.
Live Search:
Live Search Is Only a Phone Call Away  —  We launched Live Search 411 (1-800-CALL-411 or 1-800-225-5411) in October 2007, and since then have been rolling out new features that have helped our users in all kinds of ways.  There's Business Search to find that restaurant where your friends are waiting for you.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple's Mark Papermaster finally ready for work  —  Six months after Mark Papermaster accepted a key leadership role at Apple, he has finally started leading the group developing future iPhones and iPods.  —  Papermaster's first official day was Friday.  His title is senior vice president …
 
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Secretive 5to1.com shows Heckman, Levinsohn as directors
Joe Clark / Personal Weblog of Joe Clark, Toronto:
The extreme Google brain
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Amazon's startup investment portfolio takes a big valuation hit
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Andy Kazeniac / Compete Blog:
Yelp Closing in on Citysearch
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook First Big Site To Really Embrace OpenID
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Newspapers, The Recording Industry And A Misplaced Sense Of Entitlement
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Pulling In Geotagged Flickr Photos
Discussion: Nature and AppScout
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With Yahoo?  —  Something seems to be pressuring Yahoo (YHOO) shares.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple building YouTube support into Snow Leopard