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12:15 PM ET, February 18, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pollice Verso: Google Buys Awesome iPhone Email App; Kills It  —  As you might have heard earlier today, Google made another acquisition — the email search startup reMail.  While its topical description may make it seem like an obvious buy, there's another layer that makes this really interesting. reMail …
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Gabor Cselle / Gabor hits Send:
reMail Acquired by Google  —  I'm thrilled to announce that Google has acquired reMail!  I will be joining Google in Mountain View as a Product Manager on the Gmail team.  —  Gmail is where my obsession with email started as an engineering intern back in 2004, and I'm thrilled to be coming …
Clint Boulton / Google Watch:
How Google Is Becoming a Startup Incubator  —  Name a Web company that can have its employees leave, create new products, and then the company buys them out when they realize those employees were on to something.  —  Google, that's who!  Just look at Google's last two acquisitions of Aardvark and AppJet …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6.5 to be redubbed Windows Phone Classic?  —  What, you didn't think Microsoft would really keep up with the non-parallel syntax of “Windows Phone 7 Series” and “Windows Mobile 6.x,” did you?  We knew Windows Mobile 6.5.3 would continue its admittedly less chic existence …
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WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Phone 7 development docs leaked  —  Click for larger versions.  —  We can always count on XDA-Developers to bring us the news early.  In this case it is some snippets of the developer documentation for Windows Phone 7.  The above bit confirms the OS is multi-tasking capable, but then we knew this already.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Microsoft, Asus Team on Phone: Exclusive  —  Stock quotes in this article: MSFT , AAPL , GOOG , PALM , RIMM , MOT  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple (AAPL Quote) did it.  Google (GOOG Quote) did it.  Now it's Microsoft's (MSFT Quote) turn.  —  The Redmond, Wash., software giant is working …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Apple's Prices for E-Books May Be Lower Than Expected  —  Maybe e-book prices won't be rising so much after all.  —  Since Apple announced plans to sell digital books on its forthcoming iPad, it has been cast as something of a savior of the publishing industry for allowing e-book prices …
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James Temple / SFGate:
Local class action complaint filed over Google Buzz  —  A class action complaint filed in San Jose federal court alleges that Google Inc. broke the law when its controversial Google Buzz service shared personal data without the consent of users.  —  The case was filed on Wednesday on behalf of Eva Hibnick …
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
News about our Search Alliance with Microsoft  —  Today we issued a press release announcing that we've received clearance from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission for our search agreement with Microsoft.  Now that we're full steam ahead, I'd like to share what we at Yahoo! …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
BlackBerry users get Amazon Kindle app  —  Continuing its effort to expand its e-book business beyond its own hardware, Amazon on Thursday released a Kindle application for those with BlackBerry phones.  —  Amazon got its start as an online book seller, expanded to electronics and other retail categories …
Wall Street Journal:
PC Makers Ready iPad Rivals  —  Computer makers are developing strategies and devices to challenge Apple Inc.'s iPad, hoping to capitalize on new interest in a category of gadgets that was moribund until recently.  —  In the next few weeks, executives from Hewlett-Packard Co. will meet …
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
UK Newspapers Want BBC Mobile Apps Blocked For ‘Undermining’ Them, BBC Disagrees  —  I wondered how long it would be before print media pointed at the BBC's new smartphone apps plan as another example of expansion in to their commercial territory.  The answer: just 24 hours...
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
magicJack: Cheap, Way Overhyped, But Really Works  —  When I see a high-tech product that's advertised mainly via frequent hard-sell TV ads, as if it were a diet pill, I tend to assume it can't be very good, especially if its price is absurdly low.  So, I haven't paid much attention …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Android-powered Motorola Backflip headed to AT&T on March 7 for $100 on contract  —  AT&T just got its first Android-powered smartphone (four more coming this year) in the HSPA 7.2-capable Motorola Backflip.  The Motoblur device with reverse flip design and 3.1-inch touchscreen packs GPS …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
A Sneak Peek At Google Calendar's Upcoming Facelift  —  Google Calendar may not be the sexiest product Google offers, but, as with Gmail, there are plenty of people who use it to manage their business and personal lives (and wind up staring at it for hours each week as a result).
Discussion: Softpedia News, Erictric and PC World
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Is Google preparing to challenge iTunes in the cloud?  —  As the four biggest record companies wait to hear more about a proposed iTunes cloud music service, word comes now that Google has kicked the tires on a start-up specializing in cloud media.  —  Google has showed interest …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Apple Pushes The App Over 3G Download Limit To 20MB, Prepares For The iPad?  —  Most likely in preparation for the iPad launch, Apple has just raised the maximum size of apps that can be download over 3G to 20MB.  —  Until now, the iPhone required a Wi-Fi connection to download apps bigger than 10mb …
Discussion: Macworld and 9 to 5 Mac
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Clicker Raises Another $11 Million To Become The TV Guide Of Online Video  —  Clicker, a comprehensive search engine for TV content on the web, has closed an $11 million Series B funding round led by JAFCO Ventures, with existing investors Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures also participating.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home  —  According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mountain View Mulls A Googletopia  —  If you've ever been to Google's Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, also known as the Googleplex, you may have noticed that the area is essentially a collection of low-rise office buildings off of Highway 101.  There isn't a large amount of housing …
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Apple disses our DRM for iPad, Adobe says  —  Adobe says Flash-enabled e-books still possible on iPad, however  —  Computerworld - Apple Inc. will not use Adobe Systems Inc.'s e-book digital rights management (DRM) technology, an Adobe executive said on Wednesday.
Discussion: TUAW and Macworld
 
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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge says no quick ruling on Google book plans
Discussion: Reuters
tdgresearch.com:
Half of Netflix ‘Watch Instantly’ Users Are Streaming to the TV
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Move over, Australia: France taking 'Net censorship lead
Marc Flores / MobileCrunch:
Android has been graced with a new eBay application
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Mobile operators embrace app store mania
Discussion: eWeek and Mobile Messaging 2.0
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Wikipedia wins the Google lottery - but why?
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Classmates.com plans to digitize yearbooks, charge to view online
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 Earlier Items: 
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple granted patent on capacitive multitouch displays
Discussion: Erictric and iLounge
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Lifehacker Gina Trapani to Aid White House in Goal Setting
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