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6:45 AM ET, February 16, 2010

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Jobs Is Said to Assist With Book on His Life  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A handful of presumptive biographers have, over the years, tried to tell the remarkable story of Steven P. Jobs: the youthful visionary who, after being ousted from Apple, the company he helped to found, triumphantly returned to lead a new era of high-tech innovation.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Windows Phone 7 Series: The good, the bad and the ugly  —  Earlier today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  The new operating system is a bold move for Microsoft, which is looking to reinvigorate its mobile strategy.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Will all Xbox games work on Windows Phone 7 devices?  —  I got a couple of answers (and many “Wait until Mix 2010″ non-answers) from Casey McGee, Microsoft Senior Marketing Manager, to my long list of questions about Microsoft's just-unveiled Windows Phone 7 platform.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and ZuneBoards
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows Phone 7 Series: Everything Is Different Now
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:   Windows Phone 7 Is Impressive, But 3 Challenges Remain for Microsoft
Charles Golvin / The Forrester Blog …:
Microsoft's Path To Success In The Consumer Mobile Market
Discussion: eWeek, Digits and Seeking Alpha
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Desire: your Nexus One with Sense and Flash has arrived  —  The one thing you'll never see on a stock Nexus One is a skinned interface like Sense or TouchWiz — they're just not Google enough for a phone commissioned and sold directly by Mountain View.  Thing is, Sense on Android has plenty of fans …
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
HTC Legend Is Official, and Officially The Nicest Android Phone Money Can Buy
Discussion: eWeek and IntoMobile
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HTC Desire first hands-on (updated with video)
Discussion: Tech Eye
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Why can't Nokia sell phones to Americans?  —  Nokia is the world's biggest mobile gadget maker, period.  More people around the world pack a Nokia phone than the company's next three competitors combined.  Nokia's brand is rated as one of the top names in the world, not far behind Google and Coke.
Discussion: All About Symbian
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple to wrap digital books in FairPlay copy protection [Clarified]  —  When Apple launches its iBook store to sell titles for its new iPad device in March, many of its titles are expected to come with a set of handsome digital locks designed to deter piracy.
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to sell Apple iPad 3G in stores?  —  One of our AT&T connects down south just hit us up with some pretty interesting info... According to them, AT&T stores will be selling the 3G version of the Apple iPad, complete with built-in display.  We're told that the general plan is to convert …
Bits:
You, Too, Can Soon Be Like Tom Cruise in ‘Minority Report’  —  Hollywood imitates life.  And sometimes life imitates Hollywood.  —  John Underkoffler, who led the team that came up with the interface that Tom Cruise's character used in the 2002 movie “Minority Report,” co-founded a company …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile launching 21Mbps webConnect Rocket, HTC HD2 next month  —  During Deutsche Telekom's press conference this morning at MWC, Cole Brodman — T-Mobile USA's CTO — went on record with the news that it'll be launching its first 21Mbps HSPA+ USB modem next month across the country, the webConnect Rocket.
VentureBeat:
Android tablets resurface at the Mobile World Congress  —  Apple is getting all the attention right now for its shiny new tablet device the iPad, but Google and its partners may be about to steal the spotlight.  At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, VentureBeat's Matthaus Krzykowski …
Jim Bumgardner / KrazyDad:
Mayor of the North Pole  —  I've been blatantly cheating at foursquare for the past week.  I didn't mean to start the week this way.  Most of my friends know me as a responsible father who occasionally plays piano at local open mics, and makes puzzles.  —  Last Sunday, while checking …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Techcraver.com
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM to Debut New BlackBerry Web Browser to Compete With IPhone  —  Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry phone, will unveil an overhauled Internet browser for its devices today to attract more non-business customers.  —  Mike Lazaridis, co-chief executive officer …
Discussion: eWeek
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Blurs The Line Between Paid & Unpaid Results Again  —  Google has a new program that allows local businesses to get paid listings that appear within what's known as the 7-pack of local listings.  But are those in violation of the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines about proper disclosure of paid search ads.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
RIM's Lazaridis warn's iPhone is prophet of data network doom  —  BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has launched a call for economy in smartphone application design.  —  With Apple's thousands of developers clearly in the company's sights, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis warned that the iPhone …
Discussion: Times of India
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo educates us on the history of the tablet, has ‘exciting products to announce this month’  —  Okay, Lenovo totally knows how to use Twitter.  The company's press account has punched out a teasing little note, inviting us to keep a close eye on the near horizon with the expectation of exciting new products to come.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Buzz is planning more changes to please — and appease — users  —  Even more changes are coming to Google Buzz.  That's the upshot from my conversation with Google product manager Todd Jackson.  —  His team has assembled a “war room” in its Mountain View, Calif. …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and ChannelWeb
Levi Buchanan / IGN:
Street Fighter IV for iPhone Revealed  —  Think the unthinkable: Capcom's Street Fighter IV is coming to the iPhone in March.  —  LATEST IMAGES  —  Street Fighter IV... on the iPhone?  Capcom is going for it this March, bringing the acclaimed fighter to Apple's handhelds.
Facebook:
Facebook Data Team: Relationships and Happiness  —  Relationships and Happiness  —  It's Valentine's Day, and for Data Scientists and others alike, it's the perfect time to ask the question: Does having that someone special really make us happy?  —  We already have methodology for measuring …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Wholesale Applications Community Sounds Like A Disaster In The Making  —  This morning, twenty four of the world's largest telecom companies announced their plans to create the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), a unified open platform that lets developers build an application once …
 
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Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Hands on Motorola Motoroi (the next flagship phone for T-Mobile)
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Arena
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Subscriber Information and Revenue Sharing Seen as Hurdles …
Michael Johnston / iPhone Alley:
Square: App Will Be $1, Available This Summer, Dongle Included [Video]
Discussion: App Advice
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Rise of Russians: Rambler Bidding For ICQ; Quintura in Sale Talks …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
TagMan Raises $1.3 Million For Online Ad Campaign Tracking
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Raj Dash / All Facebook:
Facebook Posts Phenomenal Growth In Search
Discussion: InformationWeek
 Earlier Items: 
John Cook / TechFlash:
Swype raises more cash, names prominent board members
Discussion: mocoNews and All About Symbian
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google News Tests Trending Topics