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6:20 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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:   Apple Planning to Open 25 Retail Stores in China [Updated]
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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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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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 …
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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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Define ‘monopoly:’ Foundem's argument against Google linking to Google
Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Location Data Sensitive Like Medical Information, Says Congressional Witness  —  “The writing is on the wall that there will be baseline privacy legislation introduced,” said John Morris, general counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology at a Congressional hearing on location data and privacy yesterday.
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Alexander B. Howard / Regulatory compliance …:
Congress hears testimony on location-based services and online privacy
Discussion: Center for Democracy …, Thanks:digiphile
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pandora spurs music sales; Spotify not so much  —  NEW YORK—Free on-demand music sites haven't fared very well when it comes to driving song sales.  —  Russ Crupnick, an analyst with market researcher NPD Group, told a crowd of music and tech executives here Wednesday that free streaming-music sites …
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Billboard.Biz:
NPD Group: U.S. Record Industry Lost 24 Million Customers Over Two Years
Discussion: CNET News, Music Ally and ZeroPaid.com
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette: 71% Boys, 15% Girls, 14% Perverts  —  Chatroulette has become all the rage among folks in the online video and social media scene, prompting coverage in the NY Times, CNN and other major national news outlets.  Well if you've ever wanted to learn more about Chatroulette …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Time for Apple to get serious about video  —  Netflix is cruising.  The cable guys are catching on.  Wal-Mart just rumbled in.  —  The Web's video-on-demand sector is filling up fast with some serious heavyweights.  If Apple wants to make a mark in digital video that even vaguely resembles …
Tom Perkins / Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Is Not Wall Street  —  Too often, there is confusion between investment banking and venture capital.  This isn't helped by investment bankers' occasional assertions that they too do venture capital.  They don't.  In light of the attention both of these activities …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
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.
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.
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Opera 10.50 for Mac brings HTML5 video support, Multitouch gestures, crazy speed  —  Update: Whoa!  Opera just beat stock Safari in its own Webkit Javascript benchmarking tests.  —  Frankly, we mostly use Opera for its in-line (legal!)  Torrent downloading ability, but it is always …
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Discloses How Much Money It Makes From Facebook Credits  —  Over the past several months, Facebook has been testing and rolling out new features for Facebook Credits - a virtual currency that collected and exchanged users' real-world money for on-site credits that could be used …
Discussion: Facebook Developers
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
More developments coming to Twitter ‘geo API’  —  Pretty soon, you'll be able to learn a bit more about where your Twitter contacts' tweets are coming from.  —  CNET has learned that select third-party developers were informed earlier this week about some forthcoming modifications to Twitter's …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Boxee returns to Apple TV
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Jeremy Hsu / Popular Science:
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Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Skype comes to Samsung TVs
Discussion: Obsessable and Crave, Thanks:stuartmiles
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Dell's Tablet Aims to Stick It to Apple's iPad
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Marc Benioff / TechCrunch:
The Facebook Imperative  —  Editor's note: This guest post …
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