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4:20 PM ET, February 26, 2010

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple predicted to introduce lower cost iPhone models in June  —  Apple's next update to the blockbuster iPhone handset is expected by one prominent analyst to have a lower total cost of ownership, and to also include new gesture-based functionality.  —  Katy Huberty with Morgan Stanley maintains …
Jay Yarow / Velocity:
Apple Stacks The Deck Against Amazon's Kindle App  —  Read Apple Stacks The Deck Against Amazon's Kindle App  —  When Apple's iPad goes on sale in a few weeks, its iBookstore will have a distinct user-experience advantage over e-book competitors like Amazon's Kindle App.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
When It Comes to Content, Amazon's Kindle Won't Be Undersold  —  On Jan. 27, Steven P. Jobs was still standing on a stage in San Francisco, presenting Apple's new iPad, when the phones started ringing.  Senior managers from Amazon.com were calling newspaper, magazine and book publishers trying …
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
Carrie-Ann Skinner / Computerworld:
EU orders Google to ditch Street View images after 6 months  —  PC Advisor - The European Union has ordered Google to delete images captured for its Street View service after six months.  —  Street View, which was made available in the UK last year, is an add-on to Google Maps and Google Earth …
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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter's Ad Plan: Copy Google  —  What will Twitter's long-awaited ad platform look like?  Something like Google's.  —  That's the general description of Twitter's plan, according to people who have been briefed by the company.  —  Here are the very broad strokes:
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Finally: Facebook Silences App Notification Spam  —  Facebook is about to become a quieter, less annoying place for users.  The company just announced that it has deprecated “application notifications” and will require apps to use other, less intrusive methods of sending news to users.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Android vs. Apple: The flyover states  —  Google phones may outsell iPhones in eight U.S. states.  Can you guess which ones?  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Myxer  —  Here's a bit of geographical trivia that may have business consequences.  —  According to a Myxer BoomBox Report released …
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 …
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 …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The Conclusion to the Faulty iMac Saga: The Beginning of the Fix  —  The latest iMac was released 16 weeks ago.  Since then, it's been plagued with problems, most notably flickering and/or yellow screens.  Today, the saga comes to an end because Apple has acknowledged the issues and offered their support.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW and MacNN
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Pentagon issues new policy on social networking  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says everyone from troops in the field to the highest brass and civilian leaders will be allowed to Twitter, blog and use Facebook and other social networking sites on the military's non-classified computer network.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Twitter phishing hack hits BBC, PCC, Miliband ... 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 …
Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone:
iTunes Prize Winner to Steve Jobs: “Yeah Right, Who Is This Really?”  —  When Steve Jobs personally called Woodstock, Georgia native Louie Sulcer to tell him he'd won Apple's iTunes Store 10 Billion Song Sold contest, Sulcer first thought was that he was being pranked.
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).
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
New YouTube Design Makes Everything A Playlist, Keeps You Watching Forever (GOOG)  —  YouTube's new design will make the playlist feature part of the standard YouTube experience, the Google (GOOG) video-sharing site announced today.  —  YouTube already has playlists, in which one video automatically begins when the last one ends.
Discussion: YouTube Blog, 901am and ReadWriteWeb
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
How Digg Found a Way to Make Money  —  Social networking behavior — endless repetitive page views, unvetted content — isn't a great fit for traditional forms of online advertising.  Early attempts to bring search or brand ads onto sites like MySpace and Facebook had pathetic results compared …
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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.
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Associated Press Developing Apple iPad App, Announces New ‘AP Gateway’ Unit  —  The Associated Press is developing an Apple iPad app.  According to AP sources, it will be a news app that wrangles in content from the AP and their more than 1,000 member newspapers and broadcasters.
Discussion: Associated Press, mocoNews and ap.org
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Wireless: Industry Growth Drops Below 3%, And Still Sinking  —  Given the market's intense focus on the smart phone market, you'd think the wireless carriers would be growing like weeds.  —  But weirdly enough, that's not the case.  As Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett pointed …
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 …
Discussion: Fast Company and Internet2Go
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint confirms that webOS 1.4 will hit today with Flash 10 on board  —  Sprint posted an update to its website stating that webOS 1.4 will hit the Palm Pre and Pixi handsets starting today.  The update has a lengthy list of changes but most noteworthy is the inclusion of Flash 10 capability for the Pre.
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Verizon-bound CDMA Google Nexus One apparently passes the FCC  —  The FCC has just approved a CDMA HTC-made smartphone with the model name PB99300.  —  Since the GSM/HSPA Google Nexus One is the PB99100, the PB99300 is likely the CDMA version of the Nexus One, which should be launched via Verizon soon …
Discussion: SlashGear and Phone Arena
 
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Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Glamour Readies iPad Edition
Discussion: The Wire
Steven Sande / TUAW:
AT&T rolling out MicroCell to five more markets
Discussion: WMExperts and TiPb
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Hot off the Press: Apple Files for ‘Magic TrackPad’ Trademark
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Pixel Qi developing new panel sizes; “several” new customers onboard
Discussion: E-Ink-Info and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Dawson / Between the Lines:
Uncovering Microsoft Office Labs
Kathleen E. McLaughlin / GlobalPost:
Silicon Sweatshops: Another black eye for Apple supplier
Discussion: The Register
Zhang Lei / Global Times:
Publish and be deleted