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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Own Estimates Show Declining Student Numbers; Now More Grandparents Than High School Users  —  How fickle are kids these days?  Just when all the grown ups started figuring out Facebook, college and high school users have declined in absolute number by 20% and 15% respectively …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Telecoms Face Antitrust Threat  —  Wireless Market, Generic Drugs Reviewed as White House Steps Up Enforcement  —  The Department of Justice has begun looking into whether large U.S. telecommunications companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are abusing the market power …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Justice Department May Bust Up AT&T's Exclusive Deal With Apple's iPhone  —  Obama's anti-trust cop Christine Varney is dusting off the Sherman Act and reviewing wireless companies' exclusive handset deals—most notably AT&T's monopoly control over Apple's iPhone.  —  One suspects that Google lobbyists are somehow involved.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New algorithm guesses SSNs using date and place of birth  —  Two researchers have found that a pair of antifraud methods intended to increase the chances of detecting bogus social security numbers has actually allowed the statistical reconstruction of the number using information that many people place on social networking sites.
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David Olmos / Bloomberg:
Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed From Data, Study Finds
Discussion: New York Times and The Register
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo to Formally Launch New Research Tool  —  Search Pad, a search feature Yahoo has been developing to help users store and organize their search results, is set to be released to the public Tuesday, according to people familiar with the company's plans.  —  Yahoo has been testing the feature …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:   Yahoo to release Search Pad for your web notes
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nokia N97 Review: Nokia Is Doomed  —  The N97 is Nokia's attempt to stand tall in an unfamiliar, hostile world populated by the iPhone, Pre and Android the only way it knows how: by throwing the kitchen sink at them.  If this is it, they're doomed.  —  Okay, maybe you don't think that's true …
Palm, Inc.:
Palm Pre to Launch in Europe with O2 and Movistar  —  Print page E-mail page Download PDF  —  Palm webOS Phone to Arrive in UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on Local Telefónica Networks  —  Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced that the Palm(R) Pre(TM) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen's Burgeoning Blogging Empire: Invests In Talking Points Memo  —  More news about Marc Andreessen making venture investments this morning after the launch of his new $300 million fund, Andreessen Horowitz: he is leading a round of financing for TPM Media, better known as the TalkingPointsMemo blog.
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Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
The Curious Case Of Marc Andreessen, Part 2
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Motorola Woos Android Developers  —  The cellphone maker is investing in developers months before its Android phones launch.  —  It's no secret that Motorola Co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha is betting on Google's Android mobile platform to bolster his company's faltering cellphone business.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Slide Cuts Ad-Staff, Shifts Focus  —  Max Levchin's Slide, a San Francisco-based start-up that caught the Facebook application wave early made a strategic shift, refocusing its revenue efforts on higher-margin premium advertising that included brand sponsorships for many of its well known applications such as Super Poke.
Discussion: paidContent and HipMojo.com
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Sprint Offers a Netbook for Under a Buck.  Will AT&T & Verizon follow?  —  If you thought a $99 netbook might spur demand, what do you think a 99-cent netbook will do?  We'll soon find out, because Sprint is subsidizing Compaq's 1040DX netbook.  Customers can get the offer in a local Best Buy …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
Microsoft opens Hohm to energy monitoring  —  Microsoft opened up its Hohm Web application on Monday to U.S. users, a site that gives people a starting point for cutting home energy use.  —  The launch of Hohm, still in beta, was marred at least for some people, including me …
VentureBeat:
Nokia and Symbian: Forget about Android, it's all about Cutey (Qt)  —  Nokia, the world's largest phone handset maker, is denying reports stemming from “industry insiders” that it is developing a smartphone that runs on Google's Android software.  Nokia said, “everyone knows that Symbian …
PC World:
Sony Takes First Step Into the Netbook Market  —  Sony will begin selling its first netbook computer next month and in doing so enter the only sector of the PC market showing significant growth.  —  The Vaio W is based around a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, the same processor used in many other netbooks.
Discussion: Reuters, Engadget and I4U News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Maybe The Palm Pre Isn't Selling So Well, After All  —  My, how time flies in the tech world.  It was only one month ago today that the Palm Pre launched to the public, giving users their first chance to try out WebOS first hand.  Critical response to the device was generally positive …
Discussion: mocoNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Push Gmail Comes To The iPhone — Through An App (If It's Accepted)  —  You'd think on a phone that can do as many cool things as the iPhone, push email through one of the world's most popular email services, Gmail, would be one of them.  But for some reason, Google and Apple haven't turned …
Nielsen Wire:
Video Game Engagement At All-Time High During Recession  —  How have gamers responded to the recession?  While much of the conversation has focused on fluctuations in new game sales, a new study “The Value Gamer: Play and Purchase Behavior in a Recession” by the Nielsen Company shows there is much more to the story.
Kevin Kelleher / The Big Money:
The Return Of The Pay Wall  —  Newspapers have declared free content the enemy.  But who are the allies?  —  Journalism Online's model resembles the pay-wall structure in place at some Dow Jones publications.  And that's where its vulnerabilities lie.  The Journal and Barron's are must-reads …
Mark Pfeifle / Christian Science Monitor:
A Nobel Peace Prize for Twitter?  —  The free social-messaging utility uniquely documented and personalized the story of hope, heroism, and horror in Iran.  —  WASHINGTON -  —  The video gave substance to what seemed so far away.  We saw the look in her eyes as they went lifeless.
Discussion: TechCrunch
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Facebook revenue to be “billions” in 5 years: board member  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook will likely be posting billions of dollars in revenue in five years, up from about $500 million this year, according to Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mark Andreessen who sits on Facebook's board.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (972890)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Version: 1.0  —  Microsoft is investigating a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control.  An attacker who successfully exploited …
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
$1.9m verdict is unconstitutional, Thomas-Rasset says  —  While an appeal is likely in the cards, the motion Jammie Thomas-Rasset's lawyers filed today was a request for new trial (PDF) or for the judge to alter the jury's “shocking” $1.9 million award.  —  Thomas-Rasset's lawyers argued that …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Where to watch the Jackson memorial online  —  If you weren't among the luck few who won tickets to attend Tuesday's memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and feel the need to bear witness to the spectacle, fear not—several Web sites plan to provide live streaming video of the event.
Discussion: Mashable! and Company Town
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Taking flight: why the iPhone still beats Pre for air travel  —  If you're one of the handful of people who follows me on Twitter, you know that I (plus wife and eight-month-old baby) was stuck in New York's JFK airport for two days with no luggage, no laptop power cord, and a Palm Pre.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Will GGF Really Take Over The Pirate Bay?  Could Be Doubtful  —  Martin points us to a video interview with Hans Pandeya, the head of GGF, the supposed new owners of The Pirate Bay.  To be honest, the interview seems somewhat incoherent, where he doesn't actually answer the questions …
 
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PC World:
AMD Slowly Evolves With Netbook Demand
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com and TechSpot
TechFlash:
How the Seattle data center fire caught companies unprepared
Discussion: Xconomy and TechFlash, Thanks:jesserobbins
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
BackType Releases Tweetcount to Challenge Tweetmeme for Retweets
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
The hazy future of Web typography
Discussion: digg.com
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Venture Capitalists Look for a Return to the A B C's
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: China Mobile still an iPhone contender
Discussion: Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Vik / zooie's blog:
A Comparison of Open Source Search Engines
Discussion: Open Source, ReadWriteWeb and Slashdot
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Facebook Poaches From Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
iPhone apps: For fun and profit?