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4:15 PM ET, February 16, 2010

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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Desire: your Nexus One with Sense and Flash has arrived (video)  —  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.
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
HTC Legend Is Official, and Officially The Nicest Android Phone Money Can Buy  —  Not only is HTC's Legend their best-looking Android phone to date, I'm going to throw my hat in the ring and say it's the best-looking Android phone period.  Created from a single piece of aluminum, it's more than MacBook-esque.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google admits Buzz testing flaws  —  Google has admitted to BBC News that testing of its controversial social network Buzz was insufficient.  —  The firm has had to make a series of changes to the service after a ferocious backlash from users concerned about intrusions of privacy.
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Peter Parkes / About Skype:
Verizon Wireless and Skype join forces to create a global mobile calling community  —  New Skype Mobile product for Verizon Wireless smartphones brings more value to US mobile consumers  —  BARCELONA, Spain; BASKING RIDGE, NJ, United States; and LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg, 16 January 2010 …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to allow unlimited Skype calling over 3G starting next month  —  We may be way off base here, but we're pretty sure the game just got upended.  Days after AT&T appeased the masses by finally enabling 3G streaming over the iPhone's SlingPlayer app, Verizon Wireless has one-upped that gesture in a [big] gargantuan way.
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.
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Steve Jobs' 6 Sneakiest Statements  —  Steve Jobs was reportedly wearing a top hat when he visited New York publishers last week.  It's a fitting lid for the Apple CEO, who can be as tricky as a magician.  —  Jobs has a knack for throwing off Apple watchers with his masterful misdirections.
Discussion: The Apple Core and 9 to 5 Mac
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Google: Android now shipping on 60,000 handsets per day  —  We're in Barcelona keeping an eye on Eric Schmidt's Mobile World Congress keynote, where the Google CEO just disclosed an interesting fact: Google and their hardware partners are now shipping 60,000 Android handsets each day.
Bloomberg:
RIM Unveils WebKit Internet Browser to Compete With IPhone  —  Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry phone, unveiled an overhauled Internet browser for its devices today to attract more non-business customers.  —  “Today we are announcing an exciting …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Zero, A Text-Only Mobile Site For Carriers  —  At the Mobile World Congress 2010, Facebook's Chamath Palihapitiya just finished a 20-minute keynote, outlining the social networking juggernaut's mobile strategy.  We'll have a video of the full presentation up soon.
Electronista:
FCC calls for 100Mbps across most of US  —  FCC chairman Julius Genachowski at a conference today launched (PDF) an effort to boost the speed of Internet access in the US to 100Mbps and higher.  Dubbed 100 Squared, it would provide at least 100Mbps access to 100 million homes in the US.
Chris Anderson / Epicenter:
The Wired Tablet App: A Video Demonstration  —  Last week Jeremy Clark from Adobe and I unveiled the first glimpse of the Wired Reader at TED.  Above, you'll see a video, narrated by Jeremy and Wired Creative Director Scott Dadich, who led our tablet team, that shows more.
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
iPad deals with publishers face hurdles  —  Newspaper and magazine publishers are stumbling over key issues, such as sharing subscription revenues, as they consider deals to offer digital versions of their products on Apple's iPad digital media device.  —  These talks are in early stages …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Peek at Path.io: Stealth Startup From Facebook's Dave Morin & Sean Fanning of Napster  —  Three weeks ago Facebook Platform Manager Dave Morin announced he was leaving the company to start a stealthy new startup with Napster founder Sean Fanning.  —  The new company is called Path …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Hires eBay Veteran for New Commerce Position  —  Google said Tuesday that Stephanie Tilenius was joining the company as vice president of commerce, a new position.  —  Google said little about the role of Ms. Tilenius, a veteran eBay executive who announced in late September that she would leave that company.
AppleInsider:
Apple's January Mac sales grow 36%, on pace for 2.8M in quarter  —  The latest NPD sales data shows Mac sales increased 36 percent year-over-year in the month of January, which could mean a strong 2.8 million sales for Apple in the first quarter of calendar 2010.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Loves Open Source And Launches A Directory To Prove It  —  In recent months, there seems to be a mad rush of companies trying to one-up each other with how open-source they are.  Twitter is the latest, as they have launched a directory of all the open source projects they're currently working on and/or contributing to.
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Matt Phillips / MarketBeat:
Amazon e-Book share to fall from 90% to 35%, Analyst Says … Apple's iPad and the expected entry of others such as Google into the e-book space will cut Amazon's share of e-book sales from 90% to 35% over the next five years, writes Credit Suisse analyst Spencer Wang in a research report Tuesday:
Discussion: PC World and TechFlash
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony Dash given ability to stream TVs and movies from Netflix, new lease on life  —  We were filled with excitement the moment Sony took the wraps off of its Dash personal internet viewer back at CES, but after learning that this was less of a tablet and more a sophisticated widget machine for in-home use …
Discussion: PR Newswire, Gizmodo and Electronista
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.
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 …
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 …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
RIM's Lazaridis warns 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 …
 
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Jenn Abelson / Boston Globe:
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