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8:10 AM ET, February 26, 2010

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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Patents The News Feed (Updated)  —  On Tuesday, Facebook was awarded a major patent for “Dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network”.  This is a huge deal for a number of reasons, most significantly that it grants Facebook the opportunity to pursue …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Granted Patent on the News Feed - This Could Be Very Big  —  Facebook has been granted a patent on the Newsfeed, “displaying a news feed in a social network environment.”  Nick O'Neill at AllFacebook found the patent first and says it could be “one of the most significant social web patents” in a decade.
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Palm CEO's Letter to Employees  —  Palm said on Thursday that its phones aren't selling as well as it had hoped and that revenues for its fiscal year would be “well below” its forecasts.  In an internal company-wide email, Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein elaborated further about the reasons behind …
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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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Tits and Apps  —  So with this whole thing where Apple has removed and banned like 5,000 “sexy apps” from the App Store, I think I've figured out the reason why, including why they're granting exceptions to established names like Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and Victoria's Secret.  It's about branding.
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
IPad Apps Could Put Apple in Charge of the News
Discussion: TeleRead
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Goes Down Hard.  Both Remaining Users Pissed.  —  FriendFeed is down right now.  It has been down for the past 30 minutes or so.  Sadly, that's not news anymore.  Not because, like Twitter of old, it's down all the time, but rather, because it seems like no one really uses it anymore.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Erictric
Bloomberg:
Nokia CEO Stinging From IPhone Aims to Out-Jobs Apple With Apps and Maps  —  Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Sitting in a meeting room that looks out on a frozen Baltic bay, Nokia Oyj Chief Executive Officer Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo mentions a biography he's reading.  It's about Mauno Koivisto …
Business Week:
And Google Begat...  The search giant's former employees are seeding tech startups—and shaping another wave of innovation  —  During the holidays last year, Aydin Senkut and Elad Gil gathered 50 of their friends at a health-food restaurant in Palo Alto.  Over turkey burgers and tofu wraps …
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
School administrator boasts to PBS about his laptop spying … This is pretty amazing footage — especially (as Scott notes) the absence of any questions about student privacy from the interviewer.  I keep trying to imagine what my education would have been like if all my conversations …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Twitter phishing hack hits BBC, PCC ... and Guardian  —  An invitation to find out about better sex is spreading virally around Twitter - but only leads to identity theft and malware (updated)  —  Thousands of Twitter users have seen their accounts hijacked after a viral phishing attack …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Online Music Service Mog Raises About $10 Million; UK Expansion Planned  —  Berkeley, CA-based music service Mog.com, which recently launched its subscription music service with good review, is taking a new VC round to finance an entry to the UK market, promising to undercut the much-hyped Spotify …
Kathleen E. McLaughlin / GlobalPost:
Silicon Sweatshops: Another black eye for Apple supplier  —  Wintek admits 62 workers fall ill from chemical exposure.  —  BEIJING, China — A Taiwanese manufacturer that makes LCD screens and components for tech giants like Apple confirmed Thursday that more of its workers in China …
Discussion: The Register
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Is Google Stealing Authors' Copyright With Buzz?  —  2 years ago I shared about a blogger and follower/friend of mine, Ali Akbar, who purchased the domain, googleappsengine.com (he still owns it) in order to create an AppEngine-related blog (since Google apparently forgot to purchase the domain).
Discussion: louisgray.com and CloudAve, Thanks:atul
Zhang Lei / Global Times:
Publish and be deleted  —  He couldn't take it anymore.  —  When Hong Kong writer and poet Liao Weitang found his online photo album had been deleted by douban.com, he quit, leaving behind the 3,000 friends he had made over two years.  —  “I had a great time here,” he wrote in his leaving statement …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sprint confirms Pre and Pixi webOS 1.4 update coming tomorrow (update: full changelog!)  —  Just hours after we wrapped our mitts around what looked to be Palm's official webOS 1.4 changelog, along comes this: confirmation from none other than Sprint itself.
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 …
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Social networks displacing e-cards  —  We're often thinking about what people are doing on social networks and one of the most common uses is keeping in touch with friends and family, especially for birthday greetings and holiday messages.  Once the domain of e-greetings …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Street View Images May Break European Union Law, Privacy Group Says  —  Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s Street View may break European Union privacy laws, according to data-protection regulators who say the mapping service stores images for too long.
Discussion: Softpedia News and TECH.BLORGE.com
Kevin Ohannessian / Fast Company:
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO on Motion Controls and the Year of the PlayStation 3  —  Jack Tretton, the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, discusses how Sony is reorganizing, the motion-control competition with Microsoft, and how Sony ignored naysayers and found gaming success.
Discussion: VG247 and Kotaku
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 …
 
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Citibank to startup: Your blog is OK and we're not homophobic
Discussion: Digits, fabulis and Social Business
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Define ‘monopoly:’ Foundem's argument against Google linking to Google
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft to Withdraw Copyright Complaint, Cryptome Coming Back Online
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Guy Who Makes Simple Caller ID App For Android Forced To Shut …