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11:40 PM ET, February 26, 2010

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Dave Heiner / Microsoft On The Issues:
Competition Authorities and Search  —  Vice President and Deputy General Counsel  —  Government competition agencies are increasingly focused on Google's growing power in search and online advertising.  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft To Google: Grow Up And Deal With The EC
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
Apple Stacks The Deck Against Amazon's Kindle App (AAPL, AMZN)  —  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.  —  That is, the iBookstore will let you seamlessly buy books …
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 …
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.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Google's Nexus One coming to Verizon on March 23  —  Verizon will release Google's Nexus One Android device on March 23 according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  The Nexus One, originally released on T-Mobile in January, has passed FCC inspection for use on Verizon's CDMA network …
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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 …
Discussion: The Next Web, Digg Blog and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
Discussion: Maximum PC, FierceCIO News and PC World
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Kelly Winters / Facebook Developers:
Continuing to Simplify Facebook: Removing Application Notifications
Discussion: Mashable! and All Facebook
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Yet More on the Unfolding Future-of-Flash-and-the-Web Saga  —  I love this whole unfolding future-of-Flash saga because it's a wonderful mix of politics and technology.  It's complex and multivariate, but not too complex to get a handle on the basic gist.  It occurred to me this week …
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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 …
Jeremy / Yelp Official Blog:
Lady Justice Needs a Lawsuit Filter....  In light of recent news, I wanted to share some thoughts about the lawsuit that was filed against Yelp this week.  —  There has been a long history of people accusing Yelp of monkeying around with reviews in exchange for money.
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 …
James Dao / At War:
Military Announces New Social Media Policy  —  Many months behind schedule, the Department of Defense on Friday issued a new policy that, on the surface, seems likely to expand access to popular social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter by troops using military computers.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to introduce faster Atom chip Monday  —  Intel plans to release a faster version of its “Pine Trail” Atom processor for Netbooks on Monday, bringing a little extra performance to this popular segment of the laptop market.  —  Major PC makers are expected to announce new products …
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:
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google search goes local with new ‘Nearby’ option  —  Google is making further strides into local search today with the launch of a ‘Nearby’ search option.  —  The new feature is added to the ‘Search Options’ bar on the left side of the Google search layout.
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.
Christopher Caldwell / Financial Times:
Is Google now a monopoly?  —  Google is to the 21st century what certain railroads were to the late 19th.  It creates conditions for economic activity unthinkable before its advent.  There had been no market in Paris for North Dakotan wheat until suddenly there was.
Mike Dano / FierceWireless:
Checking out Symbian^4: Nokia's response to the iPhone  —  During last week's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, I had a very interesting discussion with the folks at the Symbian Foundation.  Long story short, I got a very brief look at what appears to be Nokia's answer to the iPhone.
Brian Burke / TechFlash:
Guest Post: Is the iPad worth the time for mobile app developers?  —  Brian Burke, Smashing Ideas: Having developed software for multiple mobile devices, and realizing all the challenges (and costs) of each, our company treats each new device with cautious optimism, thinking about its potential to help our business.
Google LatLong:
Navigate your way through user photos in Street View  —  With Street View in Google Maps, you can explore millions of images taken in places across the world.  But the photographs you see are based on what the cameras on top of our cars, driving on public roads, can capture (or, in a few cases …
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Verizon to launch 4G in up to 60 markets by mid-2012
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Targeted Audio Ads: Coming to a Cellphone Near You
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AT&T rolling out MicroCell to five more markets
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Ron Conway Raising $10 Million Angel Fund To Expand SV Angel