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7:35 PM ET, February 4, 2010

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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 …
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Frank X.Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Measuring Our Work by Its Broad Impact  —  Former Microsoft employee Dick Brass has an op-ed in the NYT arguing that our better days are behind us, ("clumsy, uncompetitive innovator" . . . ouch!) and using examples from his tenure to make the point that the company can no longer compete or innovate.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Electronista
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee responds to NBC's Jeff Zucker  —  Congress held a hearing today examining the proposed acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast.  Speaking before the committee were Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast and Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC.  —  During the hearing the Chairman …
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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.
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.
Daniel Maurer / New York Magazine:
Steve Jobs in Secret New York Meeting With Top Times Execs  —  Bonus Buster: Bank of America Execs Acted Out Of Self-interest, Greed, And Hubris  —  When Apple recently booked the cellar dining room at Pranna for a talk with 50 top executives from the New York Times, even restaurant higher-ups didn't know who their VIP guest would be.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Apple Paying Out 15% On Broken 27-Inch iMacs  —  Still think that widespread iMac problems don't exist?  After we reported Apple giving UK customers 15% refund bonuses with 27-inch iMac returns, we've heard from quite a few readers that Apple is doing the same thing in the US.  UPDATE  —  15%.
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 …
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Rolling Out Latest Redesign (Pics)  —  Facebook has just started rolling out a new homepage design to a small number of users, and will be deploying it on a wide scale in the near future.  The design takes the navigational elements that have previously been tucked under the …
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Macmillan NYT Ad: “Available at booksellers everywhere except Amazon”  —  In that full-page New York Times advertisement today, Macmillan took a more aggressive stance in the ongoing debate with Amazon over eBook pricing.  —  The advertisement for Atul Gawande's new book, “The Checklist Manifesto …
Discussion: TechFlash, Mashable! and TeleRead
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Sci-fi writers' group vaporizes Amazon links
Discussion: Guardian and SFWA
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.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Department of Justice objects to revised Google Books settlement  —  In a brief filed late Thursday, the Department of Justice said it still had objections to the lawsuit settlement between Google and a group of authors and publishers, despite changes made to the settlement by the parties.
Discussion: The Seattle Times and paidContent
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.
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 …
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily and Erictric
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AppFund Launches To Seed iPad Apps  —  On the heels of the launch of the much-hyped iPad, investors and developers alike are beginning to cater to the iPad ecosystem.  CNET and E! Online co-founder Kevin Wendle has teamed with MusicNation co-founder Daniel Klaus to form AppFund …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
A pretty chart of top apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry  —  Mplayit, maker of the mobile app catalog that lives inside Facebook, will release a report later today that lists the top games in their collection.  Tetris, The Sims 3, and Wheel of Fortune are among the winners.  So are Tap Tap Revenge and Rock Band.
Laura Scott / Google LatLong:
WWII historical imagery in Google Earth  —  Many of us have heard stories, read books and watched films which show the many impacts of WWII across the world.  Today we're giving you another way to understand this period in time - by exploring a new set of historical aerial images …
Discussion: Wired Science
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Touchscreen Alone on Kindle Isn't Enough to Compete With Future Devices  —  When Amazon got into the hardware business with its original Kindle, some were skeptical that the company could deliver.  What does an e-tailer know about designing hardware, right?
Discussion: TeleRead and Kindle Review
Molly Wood / CNET News:
Can Android survive its forks and fragments?  —  Updated to include Google comment and Symbian news.  —  Rejoice, ye Nexus One owners, for you and only you are the lucky recipients of multitouch.  And I'm wondering: does this software update for this one Android phone spell serious trouble for the whole endeavor?
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Media Boss Bill Wilson Leaving, Replaced By Googler (MEMO) (AOL, GOOG)  —  AOL (AOL) media boss Bill Wilson is leaving the company, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong told employees in a memo today.  —  He'll be replaced by former Googler David Eun.  —  This is a shocking development for AOL watchers.
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
House Passes Cybersecurity Bill  —  The bill, which passed 422-5, requires the Obama administration to conduct an agency-by-agency assessment of cybersecurity workforce skills and establishes a scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate students who agree to work as cybersecurity specialists for the government after graduation.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft warns of IE flaw, turns PC into public file server  —  Microsoft has issued Security Advisory (980088) to address a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer that may allow information disclosure for Windows XP users or for users who have disabled Internet Explorer Protected Mode.
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.
George Packer / Interesting Times:
Neither Luddite nor Biltonite  —  I didn't expect my cri de coeur about drowning in data to bring down the wrath of the wireless world.  Nick Bilton, who is the Times's “lead Bits blogger,” and whose areas of expertise include “futurism,” found my concern about information technology as silly …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel launches new business PC technology, 6-core chips  —  Intel announced that new business computers are shipping today with its latest technology for corporations.  The new Intel Core vPro processors are based on the Nehalem design that debuted in servers last year.
Discussion: internetnews.com and PC World
 
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Tells A Developer To Erase Android Mention From App Description (AAPL, GOOG)
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequential Order Numbers Give Hints On Nexus One Sales
Gopal Shah / Google Enterprise Blog:
Bringing log search to the cloud: Introducing Message Log Search for Postini
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and Location Meme, Thanks:atul
Nielsen Wire:
Do We Watch the Web the Same Way We Watch TV? Not Really
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM to design cloud computing network for Air Force
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Paul Krill / ITworld.com:
Oracle shutting off Sun project-hosting site
MediaShift:
Google News to Publishers: Let's Make Love Not War
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Patent Filings Shed Light On Future Of Internet And Online Advertising
Discussion: Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:atul