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12:30 PM 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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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 …
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: Edible Apple and TeleRead
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 …
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 …
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 and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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 …
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:
Discussion: The Biz Blog
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: Internet2Go
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: Guardian, IndustryGamers, VG247 and Kotaku
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Hulu Investor Injects $50 Million Into Baidu's Online Video Venture, Qiyi  —  Hulu investor Providence Equity Partners is pumping $50 million into a new online video company set up by Chinese Internet search giant Baidu.  —  The news comes roughly 7 weeks after Baidu confirmed plans …
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.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Pixel Qi developing new panel sizes; “several” new customers onboard  —  It was shortly after Pixel Qi chief Mary Lou Jepsen tipped “specialized tablets with multitouch” back in December 2009 that we got our first glimpse of the Notion Ink Adam, and so forgive us for getting excited …
Discussion: E-Ink-Info and Engadget
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Hot off the Press: Apple Files for ‘Magic TrackPad’ Trademark  —  On February 26, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the all new “Magic TrackPad.”  While Apple's trademark filing only covers International Classification 009 …
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
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
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 …
Allison Mooney / AdAge:
DIY LBS: Create Your Own Foursquare  —  Looking beyond the web, marketers are considering location-based services as a way to extend their reach and engage consumers in the “real world.”  —  Some, including Bravo, HBO and Warner Brothers, are partnering with consumer-facing location-based services (LBS) like Foursquare to do so.
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 …
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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Kathleen E. McLaughlin / GlobalPost:
Silicon Sweatshops: Another black eye for Apple supplier
Discussion: The Register
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Goes Down Hard. Both Remaining Users Pissed.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Erictric
Bloomberg:
TiVo May Offer Box to Combine Web Fare, TV Listings
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Social networks displacing e-cards
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Is Google Stealing Authors' Copyright With Buzz?
Discussion: CloudAve and louisgray.com, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google News Tries Sharing With Facebook, But Where's The Buzz Button?
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Marc Braunstein / Forbes:
How Colorado Defeated The Internet Tax
 Earlier Items: 
Business Week:
And Google Begat...  The search giant's former employees …
Discussion: Creative Capital, Thanks:atul
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Radio Shack Details iPhone Rollout Plans
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette: 71% Boys, 15% Girls, 14% Perverts
Tom Perkins / Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Is Not Wall Street
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Inside Apple's shareholders meeting