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3:20 PM ET, February 15, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Launches Subscriptions on the App Store  —  Apple® today announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store℠, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc.  This is the same innovative digital subscription billing service …
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Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Is Apple Getting Too Greedy?  Demands 30% Cut of In-App Subscriptions  —  After a lot of confusion earlier this year, Apple today finally clarified its rules for in-app subscriptions for magazines, newspapers, video and music.  The rules are very straightforward: Publishers can continue …
Discussion: paidContent, GigaOM and PadGadget
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
June 30 Deadline for Apple Subscriptions  —  Apple's new subscription plan has a compliance deadline.  June 30, according to a memo sent to publishers earlier this year.  “For existing apps already in the App Store, we are providing a grace period to bring your app into compliance with this guideline,” it reads.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple's new App Store rules affect Amazon's Kindle  —  Amazon must remove link to Web e-bookstore from app, offer in-app purchases so Apple can take its 30% cut  —  Computerworld - Apple today unveiled the details of its App Store subscription plan, and confirmed that it will demand …
Discussion: Technologizer and @dsilverman
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What Apple's new subscription policy means for news: new rules, new incentives, new complaints
Discussion: GigaOM
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Rolls Out Long-Awaited/Feared Subscription Plan
BBC:
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg answers mobile rumours  —  Facebook will help phone manufacturers achieve “deep integration” of its services  —  Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has responded to rumors that the company is planning to launch its own mobile phone.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC Salsa and Chacha bring the dedicated Facebook button to Android (update: eyes-on)  —  Yes folks, the leaks were for real, HTC really is bringing out a pair of new handsets adorned with a dedicated, delicately illustrated Facebook key front and (almost) center.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
HTC's One-Button Facebook Phones Headed to AT&T
Discussion: PC World
DigiTimes:
Apple to expand iPhone screen size to 4-inches  —  Apple reportedly will change the screen size of iPhone to 4-inch for its fifth generation iPhone to compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market, according to upstream component suppliers.
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Nokia Plan B:
An open letter to Nokia shareholders and institutional investors  —  We are a group of nine young Nokia shareholders.  All of us have worked with Nokia in different capacities in the past.  We plan to challenge the company's strategy and partnership with Microsoft in the next Annual General Meeting scheduled for May 3, 2011.
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Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:   Nokia's Elop Only Put Microsoft Plan for Board Vote
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Dissenting Nokia shareholders: Bring us the head of Stephen Elop
Discussion: Internet2Go
Josh / Social Apples:
Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers  —  I just recently updated my iPhone to 4.2.1 thanks to the greenpois0n jailbreak.  Yes, I jailbreak... and I'm proud of it.  There are many benefits to jailbreaking your iPhone like SBSettings, Activator, Infinifolders, etc.  The real reason I jailbreak: because I can.
AppleInsider:
Apple customer survey sparks hope for brawnier MacBook Airs with built-in 3G  —  Apple, a company notorious for relying on its own in-house research rather than the feedback of its customers, began reaching out to select MacBook Air owners this week in a new survey that could help define future versions …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC launches 1.5GHz, 7-inch Android 2.4 Flyer into the tablet wars (update: hands-on video!)  —  Boy oh boy, HTC is entering the tablet arena with quite a bang.  The company has just taken the wraps off its brand new 7-inch Flyer Android tablet, which touts a 1.5GHz single-core CPU …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom rolling out NFC payments with T-Mobile USA, other markets this year; NFC iPhone along for the ride?  —  At its press conference at Mobile World Congress today, Deutsche Telekom — the German parent of T-Mobile subsidiaries around the world — mentioned that it'll start launching …
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Calls for Global Standards for Internet Use  —  WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for common global standards to guide the use of the Internet, while increasing pressure on countries like Iran, Syria and China to allow the free flow of information in their societies.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Atlantic Online
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Web of Frenemies  —  Facebook Inc.'s growing ambitions are redrawing battle lines in Silicon Valley.  —  As the seven-year-old company ramps up its hiring and adds new features to its social network, it is disrupting the businesses of established companies like Yahoo Inc …
Discussion: MediaPost and Search Engine Land
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
AT&T airs new iPhone 3GS for $49 commercial  —  AT&T is airing a new — that's right, new! — commercial for the 2010 iPhone 3GS 8GB highlighting it's recently lowered price of $49.  AT&T also has a new logo treatment at the end, which has also been attached to their previous iPhone 4 “anniversary” commercial.
Discussion: BGR, TUAW and MacRumors iPhone Blog
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot:
Rumor: AMD is up for sale, Dell may be interested  —  As far as the stock market is concerned, Advanced Micro Devices may be up for sale.  AMD's shares were significantly up yesterday, apparently on rumors that Dell is interested in buying the American multinational semiconductor company.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Next version of Android will combine Gingerbread and Honeycomb, arrive on a six-month cycle  —  Eric Schmidt didn't give a ton of details about the future of Android during his MWC 2011 keynote, but he did drop one interesting tidbit: the next version of Android will “start with an I …
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Now The Most Valuable Tech Company By $100 Billion; Google Closing In On Microsoft  —  It's hard to believe that it wasn't even a year ago when I wrote the following post: What Happens When Apple Passes Microsoft In Value?  Yes, When.  It's even harder to believe just how many people thought …
Discussion: Post Tech and MacStories
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
McKinney: webOS to be integrated with Windows on PCs  —  HP made kind of a big point out of their plans for webOS beyond the smartphone and tablet during last week's Think Beyond event, but it was rather unclear to us and everybody else sitting in the audience how exactly HP planned to bring webOS to the desktop (and printers).
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: Spy games: Inside the convoluted plot to bring down WikiLeaks  —  When Aaron Barr was finalizing a recent computer security presentation for the US Transportation Security Administration, a colleague had a bit of good-natured advice for him: “Scare the sh*t out of them!”
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Firewall
 
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