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9:35 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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Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Subscription Rules Raise Possible Antitrust Issues  —  Apple Inc.'s new subscription service could draw antitrust scrutiny, according to law professors.  —  Apple will allow magazines, newspapers and other publishers to sell subscriptions of varying lengths to users of Apple's popular iPad, iTouch and iPhone products.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy?  —  We all knew it was coming, but the details of the App Store subscription model, which Apple outlined today, are fascinating on a number of levels.  Simply put: this is one of the boldest bets Apple has ever made.  And it could backfire.
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Rhapsody won't bow to Apple's subscription policy, issues statement  —  In case you weren't aware, Apple's newly launched App Store subscriptions aren't sitting so well with everybody.  While the functionality could of course be a boon to services that have struggled getting paying customers …
Discussion: Technologizer, @alexia and TUAW
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
June 30 Deadline for Apple Subscriptions
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What Apple's new subscription policy means for news: new rules, new incentives, new complaints
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia's Elop Only Put Microsoft Plan for Board Vote  —  Nokia Oyj executives put only the Microsoft Corp. option for vote at a board meeting on Feb. 10 after having studied three plans, Executive Vice President Mary McDowell said in an interview.  —  “We had presented three scenarios …
Discussion: broadstuff and Nokia Plan B
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop talks Microsoft, Symbian, MeeGo, and Windows Phone  —  We had a chance to sit down for a few minutes with the man who's arguably stolen the show here at Mobile World Congress this year — Nokia CEO Stephen Elop — to talk about everything …
Charles Wu / Facebook Blog:
A Better Mobile Experience  —  Every day, hundreds of millions of people access Facebook from their mobile devices to share and connect with the people they care about, whenever and wherever they want.  As this number continues to grow, we want to make sure that everyone has a great experience regardless …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VatorNews and WebProNews
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BBC:
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg answers mobile rumours
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook SIMs, HTC/INQ Phones — Facebook's Phone Project Lingers, But It's None Of Those
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC Salsa and Chacha bring the dedicated Facebook button to Android (update: eyes-on)
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Grabs Microsoft Global Ad Head Carolyn Everson  —  Apparently, it's not only in Google's pond where Facebook fishes for talent-the social networking giant has recruited Microsoft's global advertising head Carolyn Everson as one of its top sales execs.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Is Microsoft Zune about to be Kinned?  —  Over the past few days, more and more Microsoft watchers are noticing that Microsoft execs seem to be making a deliberate effort to avoid using the Z (Zune) word.  That avoidance has set off a wave of speculation.  —  Some pundits claiming …
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SuperSite for Windows:
Questions Remain In Wake Of Microsoft/Nokia Partnership
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Clinton Pledges $25 Million for Net Freedom Fighters  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed on Tuesday to invest $25 million for developers to build tools that will let online dissidents get around “thugs, hackers and censors.”  It's her attempt at giving teeth to the so-called …
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Hillary Clinton's speech: Shades of hypocrisy on internet freedom
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Josh / Social Apples:
Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers - Updated  —  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.
Stewart Mitchell / PC Pro:
“Two-way” radio breakthrough doubles Wi-Fi performance  —  Wi-Fi and mobile phone radio network speeds could double after scientists showed radio is able to send and receive over the same frequency at the same time.  —  The technology would overcome the problem best exemplified by pilots having to say …
Discussion: p2pnet
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook's Stranglehold On Mobile Time  —  Time spent on Facebook is pretty big on the desktop, but it's downright obscene for mobile, according to data from comScore looking at UK users.  —  ComScore reports Facebook's 7.5 million unique mobile users spent 2.5 billion minutes on its site in December.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
PayPal Founder: Facebook Could Become One of the More Valuable Companies in the World  —  Max Levchin — Google VP of engineering and founder of PayPal and Slide — argues that Facebook will become a serious contender to become one of the more valuable companies in the world if it can “successfully replace core messaging.”
Discussion: Friending Facebook Blog and SAI
Lydia Leavitt / Pocket-lint:
Angry Birds coming to Windows Phone 7 and 3D  —  EXCLUSIVE: Rovio Mobile spills the beans to Pocket-lint  —  In an exclusive chat with Pocket-lint, Rovio Mobile has revealed its plans to bring Angry Birds to Windows Phone 7.  In addition, the developer has confirmed that it's working …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Near-Field Communication: Beyond Mobile Transactions  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Among the many buzz words — Androids, tablets, LTE — being tossed around the showroom floor here at the Mobile World Congress, there's one that I still haven't quite been able to wrap my head around.
Discussion: NewsGrange
Thomas Crampton:
Three Kingdoms of China's Internet  —  While China's Internet is already dominated by power players in a way that the US Internet is not, investment bank CLSA sees further consolidation through lose alliances.  —  A recent report by the investment bank describes the evolution of China's Internet …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Having A Bad Day: Bizarre “Blank Page” Is The New “Fail Whale”  —  Notice that everything's seemed kind of unusually quiet in the blogosphere all day ?  From lagging tweets to the emergence of the new “@anywhere boosh” blank screen ("Fail Whale without the Whale") error …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and BlogPost
 
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Next version of Android will combine Gingerbread and Honeycomb, arrive on a six-month cycle
Discussion: VentureBeat
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
AT&T airs new iPhone 3GS for $49 commercial
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom rolling out NFC payments with T-Mobile USA, other markets this year; NFC iPhone along for the ride?
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC launches 1.5GHz, 7-inch Android 2.4 Flyer into the tablet wars (update: hands-on video!)