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4:40 PM ET, February 25, 2010

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Inside Apple's shareholders meeting  —  The press, as usual, was barred from bringing communication devices into the Apple (AAPL) shareholders meeting that began at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) Thursday.  —  But, as often happens, word is leaking out despite the blackout thanks to iPhones in the hands of shareholders who shall go unnamed.
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Bloomberg:
Apple Chief Jobs Prefers Holding Cash to Dividends  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said he prefers having cash for investments to paying dividends or doing stock buybacks.  —  Apple is holding onto cash to take “big, bold” risks, Jobs said at the company's shareholder meeting today.
Gmail Blog:
Gmail Labs graduation and retirement  —  We launched Gmail Labs over a year and a half ago as a playground where engineers can come up with new features and let your input help decide which are good ideas and which don't quite work out.  Any engineer at Google can come up with a feature …
Harsh / AdMob Metrics:
January 2010 Mobile Metrics Report  —  For this month's feature section, we ran an opt-in survey of consumers on iPhone, iPod touch, Android and webOS devices to learn more about how they are engaging and interacting with applications.  The behavioral and demographic insights taken …
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
iPad purchase plans sluggish, AdMob survey finds  —  Only one in six iPhone owners surveyed by Google-owned mobile ad network AdMob said that they “intend to purchase” an Apple iPad tablet computer.  Among Android phone owners, the ratio dropped to one in seventeen.
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint:
73% of Android owners are male
Discussion: Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's first Windows Phone 7 handset shipping as early as September  —  Our buds over at Engadget Chinese are just reporting back from a sitdown it had with LG Mobile in Hong Kong at a Chinese New Year event.  The most tantalizing bit of truth is confirmation of that September launch date rumor …
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Amit Singhal / European Public Policy Blog:
This stuff is tough  —  Yesterday's news that the European Commission has opened a preliminary inquiry into competition complaints from three companies has generated a lot of questions about how Google's ranking works.  Here, Amit Singhal, a Google Fellow responsible for ranking …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Google defends its search ranking system in face of European antitrust inquiry
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Define ‘monopoly:’ Foundem's argument against Google linking to Google
Thanks:atul
Jason Goldberg / fabulis:
citibank is so not fabulis  —  Hi everyone.  Jason Goldberg here, founder and ceo of fabulis.  —  In a bit of strange and disturbing news, fabulis discovered today that someone(s) at Citibank had decided arbitrarily to block fabulis' bank account due to what was described to us on the phone as “objectionable content” on our blog.
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Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case  —  ROME — Three Google executives were convicted of violating Italian privacy laws on Wednesday, the first case to hold the company's executives criminally responsible for the content posted on its system.  —  The verdict, though subject to appeal …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Report: Teen gets 15 years for Facebook blackmail  —  A Wisconsin teenager convicted of using Facebook to blackmail classmates into sex was sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to an Associated Press report.  —  Anthony Stancl, 19, plead no contest in December to two felonies …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Time to Start Looking for a Buyer, Palm?  —  So much for Palm's big recovery.  This morning, the company lowered its fiscal-year revenue forecast and warned of a grotesque 30 percent shortfall in its current quarter.  —  Palm (PALM) expects third-quarter revenue to be between $285 million …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Palm Says Revenue Will Be Lower Than Expected, Cites Slow Sales
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Removes Explicit Option From iTunes  —  The joy didn't last long.  According to an iPhone developer, the new “Explicit” option available this morning on the App Store submission software is now gone.  He just got off the telephone with Apple, who confirmed the removal.
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Virgin to roll out 100mbps broadband service  —  Next-generation web connection will provide internet access at more than 24 times the current average speed  —  Virgin Media said it would start rolling out the 100 megabits per second broadband service to its 3.8 million cable broadband customers by the end of the year.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
The titanium iPhone is real, really real (video)  —  You came, you saw, some of you were not convinced.  So what's a gadget blog to do when picture evidence isn't enough?  Why get those pictures moving, of course, right up to 30 frames a second.  The stunning titanium iPhone 3GS from this morning is back …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook Glitch Sends Messages to Wrong People  —  Last night, in an embarrassing glitch for Facebook that raises questions about privacy on the site, some users of the social-networking service began getting hundreds of personal messages that weren't intended for them.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
TiVo Premiere, XL DVRs show up in Best Buy systems for $299, $499; due March 27  —  It's not March 2 yet, but we do have another early indication of what TiVo's big announcement will be as a tipster spotted two new DVRs in Best Buy's intranet.  Other than the shocking revelation that the two SKUs …
Discussion: Obsessable, Electronista and Gizmodo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft to Withdraw Copyright Complaint, Cryptome Coming Back Online  —  Great news from web hosting company Network Solutions this morning.  A company representative tells us that Microsoft will withdraw the copyright complaint against long-time watchdog website Cryptome.org and the site will be back online later today.
Jacob Dirr / bizjournals:
Facebook opening 200-person Austin office  —  Facebook Inc. is creating 200 jobs in Austin, thanks to a $1.4 million incentive from the state of Texas.  —  The move will be the first major U.S. expansion outside of Palo Alto, where the company is headquartered, according to officials.
Marc Benioff / TechCrunch:
The Facebook Imperative  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com.  In it, he explains why enterprise software should take its cues from Facebook and become more social.  I quit my job at Oracle in 1999 because I couldn't stop thinking …
Discussion: broadstuff
Alexander B. Howard / Regulatory compliance …:
Congress hears testimony on location-based services and online privacy  —  Digg This!  —  Wednesday's joint House of Representatives hearing on “The Collection and Use of Location Information for Commercial Purposes” produced one clear result: Congress has woken up to the fact that technology …
Thanks:digiphile
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Skype comes to Samsung TVs  —  Follows Panasonic and LG in bringing video calling to the living room  —  Samsung?and Skype?have announced that Skype video calling will be hitting the company's new Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series models due to ship in the next couple of months.
Discussion: Obsessable and Crave, Thanks:stuartmiles
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Dell's Tablet Aims to Stick It to Apple's iPad  —  Say the words “tablet computer” and ten bucks says it's Apple's iPad that springs to mind.  But that doesn't mean other companies aren't busy building their own version of a touch-enabled, multimedia-sporting, slab of portable computing goodness.
Discussion: Shelly Palmer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Cablevision To Roll Out RS-DVR In April  —  Will Stop Buying New DVR Boxes By Year-End  —  Cablevision Systems said it will begin rolling out its controversial Remote Server-Digital Video Recorder in April, and plans to have the service available throughout its 3-million subscriber footprint by year-end.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and paidContent
 
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