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10:25 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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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
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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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Planning to Open 25 Retail Stores in China [Updated]
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 x2, with video)  —  Thousands of Twitter users have seen their accounts hijacked after a viral phishing attack …
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 …
Christopher Dawson / Between the Lines:
Uncovering Microsoft Office Labs  —  Earlier this year, I covered a new tool out of the somewhat mysterious Microsoft Office Labs called Ribbon Hero.  Developed with input from Microsoft's XBox group, the Facebook-based social learning game represented a really novel approach to the otherwise dry topic of application training.
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: Gizmodo and Neowin.net
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
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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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Cool New Finger Swiping Camera Controls coming to iPhone & iPad  —  On Feb 25, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's iPhone.  Today's patent reveals yet another innovative concept that is designed …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Creative Capital, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway Raising $10 Million Angel Fund To Expand SV Angel  —  Super-angel Ron Conway, who is one of the most prolific and successful investors in Silicon Valley, is expanding his SV Angel fund to include outside investors (recently he has invested only his own capital in startups).
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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: CloudAve and louisgray.com, Thanks:atul
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Adobe kills Flash Player 10.1 for Windows Mobile 6.5, smitten with Windows Phone 7 Series  —  There are a couple certainties when it comes to Adobe's Flash Player 10.1 and the prospects for integrated Flash support on smartphones - Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) won't ever allow native Flash on the iPhone …
Erik Sherman / industry.bnet.com:
Google Patent Auto-Converts Print Publications to E-Articles  —  A patent application by Google (GOOG), filed in August 2008 and only made public last week, shows that the company is working on an automated way to split printed magazines and newspapers into individual articles that it could then deliver separately.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk, SlashGear and TeleRead, 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 …
 
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Kevin Ohannessian / Fast Company:
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Bloomberg:
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Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Social networks displacing e-cards
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google News Tries Sharing With Facebook, But Where's The Buzz Button?
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Tom Perkins / Wall Street Journal:
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