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6:20 PM ET, February 18, 2010

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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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Peter Chapman / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Yahoo Deal Wins European Union Antitrust Approval
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AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs calls Flash a ‘CPU hog’ in meeting with WSJ - rumor
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
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 …
Business Wire:
PayPal is Now a Way to Pay for Facebook Ads and Facebook Credits  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. & SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Facebook and PayPal today announced a strategic relationship to offer PayPal in key parts of Facebook's advertising and developer systems.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Increasing Focus on Credits Prompts Developer Speculation
Discussion: The Register and Erictric
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson CEO: Google asked us to build the Nexus One, we refused  —  Aw, why don't these CEOs say stuff like this in press conferences?  Sony Ericsson's head Bert Nordberg has shared with Swedish publication Sydsvenskan the rather salacious news that his company was asked to build …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Microsoft, Asus Team on Phone: Exclusive  —  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 with computer hardware manufacturer Asustek to build its own phone.
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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.
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 …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Broad New Hacking Attack Detected  —  Global Offensive Snagged Corporate, Personal Data at nearly 2,500 Companies; Operation Is Still Running  —  Hackers in Europe and China successfully broke into computers at nearly 2,500 companies and government agencies over the last 18 months …
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Zee / The Next Web:
Wordpress.com is down, taking over 9.2 million blogs with it.  —  This is a rarity but Wordpress.com, the Internet's largest blogging platform is down taking over 9.2 Million blogs with it.  —  The good news is that the team are aware and hard at work attempting to get things back up and running.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:martinsfp
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Launches A Series Of Videos To Explain Its “Awesomeness,” Gibberish  —  Google Voice is a great service, one of the best things Google has released in a long time.  Unfortunately, most casual web users have no idea what it is.  Or more specifically, what it's purpose is.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple conceals iPad freight records - report  —  Moves to hide ocean shipping data from competitors and prying reporters, according to trade privacy group  —  In preparation for the scheduled March delivery of Apple's (AAPL) new iPad tablet computer, the company has blocked its bills of lading …
Discussion: PRWeb, MacNN and MacDailyNews
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 …
Fred / A VC:
How Unique Is A Unique Visitor?  —  I access the web each day from at least seven browsers;  —  Chrome on my windows desktop in the office,  —  The Android browser on my google phone,  —  The blackberry browser on my Blackberry 9700  —  I know that I am not your typical web user.
Discussion: Scout Analytics™
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures Using Over 1,000 Shell Companies To Hide Patent Shakedown  —  It's no secret that we think Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures is a dangerous, innovation harming monstrosity.  The company used a bait and switch scheme to get a bunch of big tech companies …
tdgresearch.com:
Half of Netflix ‘Watch Instantly’ Users Are Streaming to the TV  —  New TDG Report Reveals Significant Progress  —  in Netflix Over-the-Top Efforts, Profiles Early OTT Adopters  —  According to a newly published study from TDG - the nation's leading new media research consultancy …
Discussion: DSLreports and Crave
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Most Popular YouTube Videos and the Bloggers Who Embed Them  —  YouTube is, by far, the most popular online video service, but we actually know very little about how bloggers use the service to embed videos on their own sites.  Sysomos, the Toronto-based social media analytics and monitoring firm …
Discussion: Sysomos
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
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 …
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...
Discussion: BBC, Tech Eye and www.pocketgamer.biz
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell earnings: Enterprise spending rebounds  —  Dell reported a better-than-expected fourth quarter as enterprise sales rebounded.  The company said that it was “cautiously optimistic” that commercial IT spending will improve throughout the year ahead amid “ongoing signs of stabilization.”
 
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Ellen McGirt / Fast Company:
#1 Facebook  —  It was quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and crew …
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Names New Head of Display Advertising
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Michael Steen / Financial Times:
TomTom unfazed by free navigation apps
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Verizon launches FiOS Mobile Remote app for Droid and Imagio
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Moonshoot Raises $6.6 Million To Teach English Through Online Gaming
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Value of social game company Zynga? Perhaps more than $3 billion
Discussion: VentureBeat
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Next-Gen Mifi Firmware Includes GPS and Apps. Demo Video.
Discussion: SlashGear and Obsessable
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
BlackBerry users get Amazon Kindle app