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6:15 PM ET, February 22, 2010

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Is Said to Be Buying Vudu Movie Service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Wal-Mart is making a major move into the business of selling movies over the Internet.  —  The retail giant has agreed to buy Vudu, a three-year-old Silicon Valley startup whose online movie service is built …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vudu Convinces Wal-Mart to Pay Up: Why an Also-Ran Web Movie Service Sold For More Than $100 Million  —  As I wrote in January, Wal-Mart was indeed interested in buying Vudu, the online movie service.  I was off about one thing, though — the price.  —  Wal-Mart (WMT) will be paying …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   NYT: Wal-Mart buys Vudu, jumps into streaming movies. (Porn, too?)
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
Measuring Tweets  —  As a member of the Twitter analytics team, part of my job is to measure and understand growth.  The graph above tells a story of how we've grown over the past three years in terms of number of tweets created per day.  Please note that tweets from accounts identified …
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Hits 50 Million Tweets Per Day
Discussion: The Next Web
Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
The next generation of ad serving for online publishers  —  Today, we're announcing the next generation of ad serving technology for online publishers — DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP).  —  For the past few years, we've been investing in a suite of solutions — AdSense …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Google Gives DoubleClick An Upgrade; Increased Focus On Smaller Online Pubs
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones  —  The semiconductor industry has long been a game for titans.  —  The going rate for a state-of-the-art chip factory is about $3 billion.  The plants typically take years to build.  And the microscopic size of chip circuitry requires engineering …
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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Apple bringing iPhoneOS/ARM architecture to new platforms  — IT TOPICS:Desktops & Servers, Hardware, Laptops & Netbooks, Macintosh & Apple, Mobile & Wireless, Personal Technology, Storage Hardware  —  With the launch of Apple's tablet a mere few weeks away, we can already start looking …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
First Look: Apple's Massive iDataCenter  —  How big is Apple's new iDataCenter in Maiden, North Carolina?  It's plenty big, as illustrated by this aerial video posted to YouTube (apparently taken by an area realtor) of the 500,000 square foot facility.  The new $1 billion data center …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Networks Wary of Apple's Push to Cut Show Prices  —  If Apple cut the price of each TV episode in half — to 99 cents, from $1.99 — would sales on iTunes increase enough to offset the price drop?  —  Experiments are under way to find out, and the head of the nation's No. 1 television network …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Google Exec Singh Cassidy Becomes CEO of Fashion Start-up Polyvore  —  Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (pictured here), former president of Google's Asia-Pacific and Latin American operations, has taken the CEO job at an unusual fashion and shopping social network called Polyvore.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Microsoft's Challenge With Windows Phone 7 Is Wooing Developers  —  Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers.  Recruiting a ton of them to create a rich app experience for Windows Phone 7 Series is going to be Microsoft's toughest challenge if it wants to get its groove back in the mobile space.
Damon Kiesow / Mobile Media:
Kindle test at Princeton reduced paper use by 50 percent  —  Students participating in a pilot program using KindleDX e-readers at Princeton University reduced the amount of printed course work they created by 50 percent during the semester-long test.  But, the results of the study indicate …
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:   Princeton gives mixed report card on Amazon's Kindle DX reader
Esther Schindler / IT Expert Voice:
Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out Of Their Cold Dead Hands  —  Among the barriers to Windows 7 deployment is the need to upgrade users (and their applications) from IE 6 to IE 8.  But too many of those users apparently refuse to give up the older Microsoft web browser.  Here's what's holding them back.
Discussion: Download Squad and BetaNews
Charleneli / Altimeter Group:
Google Buzz and Kids - Parental Control Nightmare  —  Like many parents, I try to take steps to keep my kids safe online, making sure that they understand not to share personal information online, or even to use their real names.  They know how to write appropriate emails …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.4 to Arrive Feb 25th?  —  While Sprint may have been ready for webOS 1.4 since the 15th, actual roll-out of the OS hasn't happened yet.  That's not too surprising - we've seen internal dates from Sprint slip in the past.  But Palm promised a February release and time is quickly running out.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Reply.com Files For $60 Million IPO  —  Local cost-per-click marketplace Reply.com wants to raise $60 million in an initial public offering.  The company filed its offering statement with the SEC this morning.  —  Reply.com is a cost-per-click ad network which targets ads for local businesses.
Millward Brown:
New Research by Millward Brown Reveals Amazon is the Most Trusted and Recommended Brand in the U.S.  —  New consumer research released today by Millward Brown reveals that Amazon.com is the top performing brand in the U.S. based on “trust” and “recommendation,” the key ingredients to brand success …
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!:
Seesmic's Web App Now Does Threaded Twitter Conversations  —  Fans of the popular Seesmic Twitter client's web-based interface have some good news today.  A major update to the web interface brings in a brand new contact manager, drag-and-drop full Twitter list management, photo uploads with geotagging …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
FSF Urges Google to Kill Flash  —  Turns out we're not the only ones speculating about what Google might do with ON2 Technologies, the video encoding company it finally acquired late last week after months of negotiations with shareholders.  The Free Software Foundation (FSF) …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Zynga: No, we're not charging for Farmville  —  Social games behemoth Zynga denied Monday a rumor that FarmVille, its wildly popular Facebook-based game, would be switching from a free to a subscription-based model at the end of March.  —  A fan site called FarmVilleFreak.com—yes …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
SanDisk ships 64GB Ultra SDXC card for $350  —  Here's hoping you didn't pull the trigger on of the world's first SDXC cards to ship, 'cause if so, you just paid a painful premium.  Nary two months after Panasonic served up the first 32GB and 64GB SDXC cards to the masses …
Don Reisinger / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony envisions universal controller for game consoles  —  Sony has filed a patent application for a universal game controller that will work with any game console.  —  This certainly isn't something I was expecting.  —  The patent application was filed in August 2008 and was officially …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Open Text Buys Up Content Analysis Startup Nstein Technologies For $34 Million  —  Enterprise content management juggernaut Open Text has bought content analysis startup Nstein Technologies for $34 million.  Nstein's Text Mining Engine helps businesses centralize, understand and manage content through semantic and text analysis.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Textbooks That Professors Can Rewrite Digitally  —  Readers can modify content on the Web, so why not in books?  —  In a kind of Wikipedia of textbooks, Macmillan, one of the five largest publishers of trade books and textbooks, is introducing software called DynamicBooks …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Guinness World Records Acquires Bragster.com  —  London-based Bragster, a site for people to make bets with each other on various “stunts”, has been acquired by Guinness World Records, for an undisclosed sum.  The site allows users to upload videos of their dares and “bragging” feats.
 
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
How smartphones are bogging down some wireless carriers
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
New plugin brings HTML5 video support to Internet Explorer
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Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times Recruits NYU Students For Hyperlocal News Site (NYT)
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Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China's President Skips Twitter, Opens State-tied Microblog
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Coming soon: the disruptive molecular age of information
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Where Batteries Go to Be Tortured
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Yuri Milner: DST Has $1 Billion for Social Media
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Broadband Fans, We Have an Innovation Problem
Discussion: DSLreports
Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
US experts close in on Google hackers