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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.
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.
Discussion: DSLreports, Techdirt and Threat Level
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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.
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.
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 .
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon gives publishers a bigger royalty cut for Kindle; Apple Tablet defense?  —  Amazon on Wednesday outlined a new royalty option for its Kindle platform where authors and publishers can get 70 percent of list price net of delivery costs.  There are a few catches in the royalty package …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek expected to unveil Nvidia Tegra-powered Eee Pad at Computex 2010  —  Asustek Computer plans to unveil a tablet PC based on Nvidia's Tegra processor at Computex Taipei 2010, according to industry sources.  The device, dubbed the Eee Pad, will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
BumpTop brings 3D, physics to Mac desktop  —  The creative and attractive desktop replacement app BumpTop is coming to the Mac.  Launched last year on Windows, and a CNET Download Best of 2009 app, BumpTop makes desktop items act more like they're physical.
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 …
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Analyst: AT&T Needs to Spend US$5B to Catch up  —  AT&T would need to spend about US$5 billion on its wireless network to catch up with the coverage offered by Verizon Wireless, a financial research firm said Tuesday.  —  The public's perception of AT&T's network is poor and declining …
 
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Venture Capitalists' Increased Investments Will Have Some Industries …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
UK Launches Open Data Site; Puts Data.gov to Shame
Discussion: Guardian, Telegraph and The Next Web
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
FCC Votes To Close Loophole That Kept Some Sports Nets Off Satellite …
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Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
OK Go's Damian Kulash On YouTube Embedding: “You Pick Your Battles”
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Guess What? E-reader Owners Buy More Books
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Dave Rosenberg / CNET News:
Cloud and open source meet to test Web apps
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Microsoft calls for regulations over cloud computing
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Network World:
Military contractors targeted in Chinese attacks, says F-Secure
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
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