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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site  —  The New York Times announced Wednesday that it intended to charge frequent readers for access to its Web site, a step being debated across the industry that nearly every major newspaper has so far feared to take.
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Business Wire:
The New York Times Announces Plans for a Metered Model for NYTimes.com in 2011  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times announced today that it will be introducing a paid model for NYTimes.com at the beginning of 2011.  —  The new approach, referred to as the metered model …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Read NYT execs' memo to staff about plans to charge for NYTimes.com  —  Subject: On the Record - A Message from Arthur and Janet  —  Vol. 1 2010: An Important Decision about Our Future  —  Today we are announcing that we will be introducing a paid model for NYTimes.com at the beginning of 2011.
Discussion: MediaMemo, Mediaite and Epicenter
Felix Salmon:   The economics of the NYT paywall
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Apple Tablet Headed to Verizon  —  SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) — Qualcomm (QCOM Quote) comes up big again with another win with Apple (AAPL Quote).  —  The hotly anticipated Apple Tablet — or the Apple Newton II — will feature a wireless chip made by Qualcomm.
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Some New Perspective on Microsoft/Apple  —  Got an intriguing email from a knowledgeable source very familiar with search dynamics involving Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo [YHOO Loading...  () ] for that matter.  —  First point: When Microsoft released its Bing app for iPhone …
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Business Week:
Apple, Microsoft Discuss Giving Bing Top iPhone Billing
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Verizon ends service of alleged illegal downloaders  —  Months after Verizon Communications began issuing warnings to accused file sharers, the company has acknowledged that multiple offenses could result in a service interruption.  —  “We've cut some people off,” Verizon Online spokeswoman Bobbi Henson told CNET.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bill Gates launches new site, offering peek inside his mind  —  Turns out Bill Gates' attention-getting debut on Twitter was just the prelude.  The Microsoft chairman and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair today is launching a new site, dubbed The Gates Notes, where he'll be writing …
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Coming soon: Boxee Payments  —  Users want to see more content on Boxee.  Content owners want to be paid for what they produce (whether that's TV Shows, movies, music, or applications).  We don't believe these are conflicting interests.  —  This is why we plan to release a Payment Platform …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Verizon To Get iPhone 4G In June, Canaccord Says  —  It's become a tradition at Apple (AAPL) product launch events for CEO Steve Jobs to save some extra juicy bit for very end, which he typically provides after reviewing all of the other day's news, using the phase, “one more thing.”
Dave Cole / The White House Blog:
WhiteHouse.gov: Anywhere  —  Today, we're excited to announce the new White House App available for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.  The White House App delivers dynamic content from WhiteHouse.gov to the palm of your hand.  —  One feature that stands out is live video streaming.
Arjun Banker / Facebook Developers:
Communicating Directly with Your Users via Email  —  Facebook Platform has evolved since its launch in 2007, providing developers with a number of different communication channels to interact with their users.  In October 2009 we announced a roadmap for developers that outlined a number …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Starting Today, Facebook Apps Can Ask You To Hand Over Your Email Address
Discussion: GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb
Katrina Kurnit / Inside AdWords:
New targeting options for mobile ads  —  If you've chosen to show ads on iPhones and other mobile devices with full internet browsers, you can now target specific mobile devices or carriers.  —  This feature makes it easier for you to reach the right users if you have a carrier- or device-specific message.
Gmail Blog:
Serving better ads in Gmail  —  Ever since we launched Gmail, we've tried to show relevant and unobtrusive ads.  We're always trying to improve our algorithms to show better, more useful ads.  —  When you open a message in Gmail, you often see ads related to that email.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Ultimate Genesis: Sega's Official Console Emulator for iPhone  —  Apple's finicky about emulators in the App Store, but most of the candidates have been unofficial, and dubiously legal.  Sega's Ultimate Genesis, though, is official, and looks like a full virtual console for your iPhone.
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
If Your Kids Are Awake, They're Probably Online  —  The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
eBay earnings beat for Q4, 2009; credits PayPal's “exceptional performance”  —  eBay beat Wall Street's expectations, reporting a net income of $585 million, or 44 cents per share, for the fourth quarter, a 9 percent jump over the same quarter a year ago.  Revenue for the quarter was $2.4 billion …
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Microsoft Research Works on “Mental Tagging” of Images  —  One of the most tedious things to do when uploading a collection of photos to the web is tag them.  Although doing so ensures they can be easily found later either by yourself or the online community at large, the process is often time-consuming and cumbersome.
Brad Stone / Bits:
CrowdFlower Raises $5 Million to Boost Crowdsourcing  —  Jobs today are notoriously hard to come by.  But that's only if you want to build cars.  Or write for newspapers.  Or sell mortgages.  —  But what if you don't mind sitting at your computer for a few hours or even just a few minutes …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iSites Will Let Publishers Simultaneously Build Apps For iPhone And Android  —  It's becoming increasingly common for the web's many publishers to offer their own native smartphone applications in addition to mobile-optimized web versions.  But few web publishers have the resources …
Discussion: Computerworld and AndroidGuys
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T prepping network to handle “unannounced” devices?  —  We've been told by one of our connects that AT&T has apparently been meeting individually with regional executives to inform them of some changes to the AT&T network.  What have we heard?  Well, for starters, they seem to be focused …
Discussion: Phone Arena and 9 to 5 Mac
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Sues TiVo Over Two Patents Related to Video Programs  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. sued TiVo Inc. alleging infringement of patents for a system that displays programmable information and a secure method for buying and delivering video programs.
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
YouTube to charge $5 for some videos  —  YouTube this week begins a test to see if folks will pay to watch movies on its site.  —  The Web's most popular video sharing site Friday will offer five films from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance Film Festival for a fee around $5 .
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's MapReduce patent: what does it mean for Hadoop?  —  The USPTO awarded search giant Google a software method patent that covers the principle of distributed MapReduce, a strategy for parallel processing that is used by the search giant.  If Google chooses to aggressively enforce the patent …
Discussion: Search Blog, Thanks:atul
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Venture Capitalists' Increased Investments Will Have Some Industries Feeling Left Out  —  Many venture capitalists say they plan to invest more cash into Silicon Valley companies this year than in 2009.  But certain categories of technology start-ups won't be the recipients.
Google:
Facts about Google's acquisition of AdMob  —  Frequently asked questions  —  General  —  Why did Google buy AdMob?  —  AdMob is a strong player in the rapidly expanding online mobile ads space, and a great fit to enhance Google's efforts to realize the huge potential benefit …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mauricio / BlackBerry Rocks!:
First Photo Of The Official BlackBerry Twitter Client?  Launching In February?!  [Rumor]  —  I'm not sure how legit this pic is but @roblaguna let me know that @jmatuk Tweeted a photo of what is supposedly RIM's native, official BlackBerry Twitter client.  Still no official word from RIM …
 
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Network World:
Military contractors targeted in Chinese attacks, says F-Secure
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Want to Know Where Your Neighbors Are Spending Their Money?
Discussion: paidContent, broadstuff and Fast Company, Thanks:fredericl
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon gives publishers a bigger royalty cut for Kindle; Apple Tablet defense?