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1:30 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.
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: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
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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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.
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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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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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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
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.
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
T-Mobile's webConnect Rocket Is a Mobile Broadband Missile
Discussion: DSLreports
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
RIM Introduces BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express  —  Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry smartphones, announces a version of its Enterprise Server aimed at cost-conscious businesses.  —  Wireless solutions specialist and BlackBerry creator Research In Motion introduced BlackBerry …
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Vodafone CEO takes jab at Google's dominance
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony Dash given ability to stream TVs and movies from Netflix, new lease on life
Discussion: PR Newswire
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Google: Android now shipping on 60,000 handsets per day
Jenn Abelson / Boston Globe:
Staples launches new tech division
Discussion: mocoNews and Between the Lines
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Nuance Acquires MacSpeech, Beefs Up Plans for Dragon Speech Recognition for Mac
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Hires eBay Veteran for New Commerce Position
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Hulu UK launch further delayed by advertising dispute
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Color e-reader that sips less power than E Ink? Qualcomm says, Yes!
Discussion: Softpedia News and CrunchGear
TechCrunch:
Oh, The Humanity: My Chatroulette Experience
Discussion: WebProNews and TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:percival
Michael Johnston / iPhone Alley:
Square: App Will Be $1, Available This Summer, Dongle Included [Video]
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and App Advice