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2:00 AM ET, February 23, 2010

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Wal-Mart 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 said Monday that it had 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 …
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone Game House ngmoco Raises $25 Million Series C, Buys Freeverse  —  Neil Young, the CEO of iPhone game startup ngmoco, wants to “amass enough scale” to accelerate “away from the pack.”  He just raised a $25 million series C round and acquired Freeverse, another top iPhone game developer, to help ngmoco keep moving forward.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft, Amazon strike patent deal covering Kindle and Linux  —  Microsoft and Amazon.com say they've reached a wide-ranging agreement in which each company has granted the other a license to its patent portfolio.  Microsoft says the agreement covers technologies in products including Amazon's Kindle …
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Truth about Mobile Application Stores  —  At the recent Mobile World Congress 2010, Dutch app store analytics firm Distimo presented their findings on the six largest mobile application stores in existence today: the iTunes App Store, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Exclusive: How Google's Algorithm Rules the Web  —  Want to know how Google is about to change your life?  Stop by the Ouagadougou conference room on a Thursday morning.  It is here, at the Mountain View, California, headquarters of the world's most powerful Internet company …
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 …
Stryde Hax:
The Spy at Harriton High  —  This investigation into the remote spying allegedly being conducted against students at Lower Merion represents an attempt to find proof of spying and a look into the toolchain used to accomplish spying.  Taking a look at the LMSD Staff List, Mike Perbix is listed as a Network Tech at LMSD.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
New plugin brings HTML5 video support to Internet Explorer  —  I strongly suspect that the vast majority of web users out there who are currently interested in (or using) sites with HTML5-powered goodies tend to run browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
How Random Is Microsoft's Random Browser Choice Screen In Europe?  —  After a lengthy legal face-off, Microsoft and European antitrust officials recently agreed on the implementation of a so-called ballot screen that will give European Windows users a chance to download rivals' browsers …
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 …
Emily Steel / Digits:
Red Bull, Verizon Tweets Run Afoul of Olympics Rules  —  Neither Red Bull or Verizon Communications is an Olympic sponsor, but both have posted items about the Vancouver Games on Twitter and Facebook. … That is a violation of Olympics rules, which say advertisers that don't pay the tens …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Exec Phil Schiller Speaks On The App Store's Sex Ban  —  It took them four days, but Apple is finally explaining its surprise decision to remove nearly all “sexy” content from the App Store.  Once again, the morsels of information come from Apple SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google-China Talks to Resume  —  Google Inc. representatives are scheduled to resume discussions in coming days with Chinese officials about the fate of Google's China business, said people briefed on the matter.  —  The schedule and the status of the talks, which are being picked …
Discussion: TheStreet.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
How smartphones are bogging down some wireless carriers  —  It's no secret that the iPhone has taxed AT&T's network in densely populated areas, especially New York and San Francisco.  Reports of problems using iPhones at major tech conferences, like SXSWi, Macworld Expo, CES, and NAMM are not unusual.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google Buzz Hijacks Your Google Profile  —  Google Profiles existed long before the launch of Google Buzz earlier this month.  But since that time, Google Buzz has hijacked Google Profiles in a way unmatched by any other Google product.  That's bad news for those who want to fully opt-out of Google Buzz.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft starts big push for enterprise adoption of Windows 7, Office 2010  —  Microsoft on Monday released a slew of updated virtualization tools that should help businesses more easily migrate from their old systems to Windows 7 and Office 2010.  —  Now available are Microsoft Application …
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Can Twitter Make Money?  —  Twitter plans to become the leader in instant news—and make itself into a sustainable business in the process.  —  At the microblogging company Twitter's San Francisco headquarters, in the sixth-floor conference room, founder Evan Williams was declining to tell …
Thanks:atul
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Nearly 20% of U.S. is “Digitally Uncomfortable” or “Digitally Distant,” FCC Says  —  Less than a month before the Federal Communications Commission is set to release its voluminous plan for bringing high-speed Internet to all Americans, the agency is out with a new report profiling which Americans …
Jeremy Hsu / Popular Science:
MIT's Sketch-Interpreting Software Turns Tablet Computers into Smart Whiteboards  —  Unleash your inner geek artiste  —  Sketch-Recognition Can you see me now?  MIT  —  MIT chemists cover the whiteboards and even windows of their with graphical diagrams of molecular bonds, but they need not rely upon dry-erase markers much longer.
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Al Gore Joins Richard Branson in Backing GreenRoad  —  What do a trucker, an Israeli entrepreneur, Al Gore and Richard Branson all have in common?  Proof that the real goldmines are old, neglected industries.  —  The name of that proof is GreenRoad.  While so many entrepreneurs bang …
Discussion: VentureBeat, VC Cafe, Earth2Tech and Pulse2
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Apple ranks third in BusinessWeek customer service survey  —  Apple has nailed down the number three spot on BusinessWeek's fourth annual customer service awards, falling in right behind LL Bean and insurance company USAA, and way above companies like Amazon and Dell.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
FTC warns 100 organizations about leaked data via P2P  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has notified nearly 100 organizations that data from their networks has been found on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, the agency said on Monday.  —  The FTC notices went to private and public entities …
 
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