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11:10 AM ET, February 4, 2010

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Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T Gives Green Light to Sling TV Over 3G  —  Remember the Great Sling Spat?  —  A year ago, Sling Media, a subsidiary of EchoStar, introduced a nifty application for the Apple iPhone that allowed users with a Slingbox at home to watch and control their home television signal from their handsets.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun's Chief Executive Tweets His Resignation  —  Jonathan Schwartz, the last chief executive of Sun Microsystems, has become the first Fortune 200 boss to tweet his resignation.  —  Late Wednesday night, Mr. Schwartz used Twitter to publish a haiku about his exit from Oracle, which just completed its purchase of Sun last week.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Now Lets You Preview iPhone Apps In Your Browser  —  In November 2009, Apple launched a feature dubbed iTunes Preview, which essentially enabled people to see what music is available on iTunes from their Web browser without the need to fire up - or install - the desktop software program.
New York Times:
Amazon Is Said to Buy Touch-Screen Company  —  In a sign that Amazon wants to upgrade its Kindle e-reader to compete head-on with the Apple iPad, Amazon has acquired Touchco, a New York-based start-up specializing in touch-screen technology, a person briefed on the deal said Wednesday.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Is Amazon Building a Superkindle?  —  If you were Amazon, and Apple released the iPad, what would you do?  Scurry away into the corner, or buy a small company in New York and use its technology to build a Superkindle, with a multitouch color screen and built-in applications?  If you guessed the latter, you're right.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks  —  The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity.  —  Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency …
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Symbian Operating System, Now Open Source and Free  —  The source code for the ten-year old Symbian platform will be completely open source and available for free starting Thursday.  The transition from proprietary code to open source is the largest in software history, claims the Symbian Foundation.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Monster Buys Yahoo HotJobs For $225 Million In Cash (YHOO, MWW)  —  Monster (MWW) will buy Yahoo (YHOO) HotJobs for $225 million in cash, the companies announced today.  —  Details from the release:  — “Monster and Yahoo! have also entered into a three year commercial traffic agreement …
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Jennadawn / Twitter Blog:
Flying Around With Hovercards  —  Because many of you use twitter.com to read and write tweets, we've been spending some time focusing on ways to improve your experience on the site.  Today, we're introducing a feature called Hovercards that will be a handy way to interact with the folks behind each tweet.
Discussion: Geekword, Pulse2, Mashable!, The Next Web and Pocket-lint, Thanks:atul
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Largest News Reader?  —  Marshall Kirkpatrick at Read Write Web had an interesting piece suggesting that Facebook could become the world's leading news reader.  A recent Facebook company blog entry encouraged members to set up a news feed on Facebook.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony posts sharply higher earnings and offers upbeat outlook  —  For the first time in a while, Sony blew away earnings forecasts for the quarter ended Dec. 31 and predicted a much better outlook for its fiscal year that ends March 31.  —  After years of restructuring under chief executive Howard Stringer …
Discussion: CNET News and Engadget
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Sony interested in challenging Apple's iPad
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Electronista and SlashGear
Dick Brass / New York Times:
Microsoft's Creative Destruction  —  AS they marvel at Apple's new iPad tablet computer, the technorati seem to be focusing on where this leaves Amazon's popular e-book business.  But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America's most famous and prosperous technology company …
Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Apps adds enterprise admin policies for iPhone, Nokia, and Windows Mobile devices  —  In a world focused on improving business productivity, companies look to solutions like Google Apps to provide employees with seamless access to information regardless of location or device.
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Anthony Ha / MobileBeat:
Remote wipe, other new features make Google's mobile apps more business friendly
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Android Tapp:
Download The Weather Channel Android App from your TV!  —  The Weather Channel is helping Google's mobile platform Android reach the masses by allowing users to scan a bar code from a television and download their weather app from the Android Market.  An innovative approach to bridge the gap …
David Watson / Comcast Voices:
Comcast Launches XFINITY  —  Today on Comcast's earnings call Brian Roberts and Steve Burke talked about XFINITY, the new brand for our technology platform and products.  Simply put, XFINITY is about offering our customers more — more HD, more speed, more choice and more control over their services.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Patent Filings Shed Light On Future Of Internet And Online Advertising  —  Google updated a series of patent filings in January that could suggest the search giant plans to dig deeper into behavioral targeting, video content, and might also roll out dynamic advertising in its mapping applications …
Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kwedit Launches: The First Completely Unreliable Payment Network  —  Something tells me Kwedit, which launches today, is going to be a hit.  It's a new payment service that absolutely doesn't guarantee payments.  In fact, its unreliability is what makes it so attractive to social game publishers and other people selling virtual goods.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Palm Mobile Hotspot Speed Tests — Not so Good  —  Palm captured the imagination of many when they announced the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on Verizon early this year.  The ability to turn the phones into the equivalent of the MiFi excited quite a few who were considering such capability for their mobile arsenal.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
5min Rules The How-To Video Space  —  We recently wrote about the traction that how-to video site and producer Howcast is seeing online.  But there's another information and how-to video startup that is dominating the space: 5min.  The company is a syndication platform for instructional …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AppsFire Draws In Some French Angels To Bankroll Mobile App Recommendations  —  With more than 140,000 apps on the iPhone alone, there is a real need for services which help you find the best apps.  Apple's iTunes ratings and genius recommendations only go so far.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Finally Fixes Mobile OAuth [PICS]  —  Twitter mobile users and developers, rejoice: the microblogging company has finally fixed mobile OAuth.  —  In an announcement earlier today, Twitter's Director of Platform Ryan Sarver revealed that the team has finally fixed the rendering issue …
PewResearch.org:
Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults  —  Summary of Findings  —  Since 2006, blogging has fallen among teens and young adults while simultaneously rising among older adults.  As the tools and technology embedded in social networking websites change …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Factual Raises $1 Million Seed Round From Andreessen Horowitz, Idealab, And Angels  —  If you co-founded the company that became Google AdSense, as Gil Elbaz did with Applied Semantics, you don't have any problem finding investors when you want to start a new venture.
Joel Hruska / HotHardware.com News:
Intel Details Upcoming Mobile and Six-Core Processors  —  With the International Solid-State Circuits Conference less than a week away, Intel has released additional details on its hexa-core desktop, next generation mobile and dual-core Westmere processors.  Much of the dual-core data …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The Sims celebrates 125 million games sold across 10 years
Discussion: VG247
John Leyden / The Register:
Wikileaks finds cash to continue
Discussion: Telegraph
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
H.264 Will Stay Royalty-Free for Free Internet Video Through 2016 …
Discussion: The Register and BetaNews
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
New Digital Protocol Lets You Sign Secure, Legally Binding Contracts Over the Phone
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Facebook comes out swinging at critics of settlement offer in Beacon lawsuit
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Movie Studios Lose Landmark Case Against Aussie ISP
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Puts Email Addresses on User Profiles Back Into Plain Text
Discussion: Geekword
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Versign fails to take action against malicious sites, researcher says
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Two Little Laptops With a Lot to Offer Their Core Users
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ICanHasLawsuit? …
Kunur Patel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Plots Its Business Model
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Why Google is Bad for the Newspaper Business
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Jordy Yager / Hillicon Valley:
iPad-inspired vending machine woos Hill staffers