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1:00 PM 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.
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 …
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 …
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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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.
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Sony interested in challenging Apple's iPad  —  IDG News Service - Sony hinted on Thursday that it's preparing a challenger to Apple's upcoming iPad.  —  “That is a market we are also very interested in.  We are confident we have the skills to create a product,” said Nobuyuki Oneda …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony posts sharply higher earnings and offers upbeat outlook
Discussion: CNET News, CrunchGear and Engadget
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Commenting on Engadget: a human's guide  —  As you may have noticed, the other day we shut down comments on the site.  Things had gotten a little out of hand and the complaint emails we were getting from readers were stacking up, so we decided to take some Engadget time to do a little cleaning …
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: ReadWriteWeb, Geekword, Pulse2 and Mashable!, 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.
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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.
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
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Slacker Radio for WebOS, It's Out Now  —  There are two major camps for internet radio: Pandora and Slacker.  Team Pandora's been setup on webOS for a while, but now Slacker fans can get theirs on every webOS phone. … [Slacker]
Discussion: PR Newswire and Zatz Not Funny!
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps To Add “Google Store Views”  —  I received a tip from a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, that Google came to their store to take pictures for a new Google Maps product named “Google Store Views.”  I was told that they took pictures of the inside of the store, every 6 feet, in all directions.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Why Have So Many Internet People Lost Touch With Reality ?  —  Sometimes its hard to tell if people are trying to be funny, mean, interesting, provocative or are just plain stupid or completely out of touch with reality.  I know I get accused of being all of the above all the time.
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 …
Nicholas Deleon / MobileCrunch:
Sirius XM application now available for BlackBerry (but there's no Howard Stern)  —  The Sirius XM application for BlackBerry is now available.  It runs on the Storm/Storm 2, Curve (8500, 8900), Bold (9000, 9700), and Tour (9600).  —  The application requires a Sirius XM subscription plus …
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.
Seanmccullough / Blogger Buzz:
Create Pages in Blogger  —  Another top user-requested feature has just graduated from Blogger In Draft!  Blogger now makes it easy to create Pages linked from your blog.  —  This feature lets you easily publish static information on stand-alone pages.  For example, you can create …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM launches Lotus Symphony 3 beta; Office alternatives pile up  —  IBM on Thursday rolled out the beta of Lotus Symphony 3.0, its free office productivity suite built on the OpenOffice.org code base.  —  The company launched Lotus Symphony as a free alternative in 2007.
Discussion: eWeek
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
5min Rules The How-To Video Space
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The Sims celebrates 125 million games sold across 10 years
Discussion: CNET News and VG247
John Leyden / The Register:
Wikileaks finds cash to continue
Discussion: Telegraph
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joel Hruska / HotHardware.com News:
Intel Details Upcoming Mobile and Six-Core Processors
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kwedit Launches: The First Completely Unreliable Payment Network
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Social Games, Thanks:albert5888
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Puts Email Addresses on User Profiles Back Into Plain Text
Discussion: Computerworld and Geekword
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Two Little Laptops With a Lot to Offer Their Core Users
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ICanHasLawsuit? …