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7:20 AM ET, February 16, 2011

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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.
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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 …
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
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Is Apple Getting Too Greedy? Demands 30% Cut of In-App Subscriptions
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
June 30 Deadline for Apple Subscriptions
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 …
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Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia's Elop Only Put Microsoft Plan for Board Vote
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SuperSite for Windows:
Questions Remain In Wake Of Microsoft/Nokia Partnership
Arik Hesseldahl / All Things Digital:
IBM “Jeopardy” Challenge Day 2: Very Different From Day One  —  When we last left our human heroes, one of them had drawn even while another was far behind the supercomputer Watson in a match of the uniquely human game of “Jeopardy!”  The computer was winning raves for holding its own against the game's best human players.
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Steve Hamm / A Smarter Planet Blog:
Watson on Jeopardy!  Day Two: The Confusion over an Airport Clue  —  Well, Watson beat the human champions in the first game of the Jeopardy! face off between man and machine, with a score of $35,734 to $10,400 for Brad Rutter and $4,800 for Ken Jennings.  But Watson's developers were puzzled …
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.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack  —  It has been an embarrassing week for security firm HBGary and its HBGary Federal offshoot.  HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr thought he had unmasked the hacker hordes of Anonymous and was preparing to name and shame those responsible …
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Microsoft says Zune services are not being killed  —  Earlier today it was reported that Microsoft was going to be killing off the Zune branding.  This information detailed out that Microsoft was going to blend the Zune branding into other services and eventually kill off Zune.
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Lydia Leavitt / Pocket-lint:
Angry Birds Windows Phone 7 and 3D confirmed  —  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 …
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Texas Attorney General Seeks Google Ad Rate Formula  —  Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott's office has requested an array of information from Google Inc., including the firm's formula for setting advertising rates, according to a demand for documents by state antitrust officials.
Discussion: Fortune, The Register, PC Pro, Bits and CNET News
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:   Texas AG Discloses Details of Google Antitrust Review
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: WebProNews, ReadWriteWeb and VatorNews
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Paperless Billing Service Doxo Raises $10 Million In Series B Funding  —  Paperless billing is one of those things that is slower to take hold than it should, but it just seems inevitable that is how we all will be receiving our bills sooner or later.  One startup trying to speed along …
Discussion: VatorNews, eMoney and Mashable!
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple: Cheaper iPhone Could Expand Addressable Market By 6x  —  For many months now, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi has been making the case that Apple (AAPL) basically has two options for taking more market share in smart phones.  One option would be to expand distribution to more carriers.
Discussion: Tech Cores and TechSpot
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
If Sprint Bails on WiMAX, What Happens to Clearwire?  —  A Sprint executive was quoted Tuesday saying that the nation's No. 3 carrier is evaluating a switch to a Long Term Evolution network in the coming months, perhaps transitioning from WiMAX as its fourth-generation wireless technology.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Yahoo Marketing VP Shane Steele Joins Twitter  —  Shane Steele, previously VP of global marketing for Yahoo, started at Twitter today as director of sales marketing.  She'll be reporting to Adam Bain, the company's president of global revenue, who joined last year from Fox Interactive Media.
New York Times:
Egypt Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet  —  Epitaphs for the Mubarak government all note that the mobilizing power of the Internet was one of the Egyptian opposition's most potent weapons.  But quickly lost in the swirl of revolution was the government's ferocious counterattack …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Google Praises Executive's Role in Egypt Revolt  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, said Tuesday that the company was “very proud” of Wael Ghonim, a Google executive who helped plan the protests that culminated in the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.
 
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Mapquest Takes On Google Navigation With Free Android App
Hollywood Reporter:
Hulu Chief Jason Kilar Approached About Joining Groupon (Report)
Discussion: SAI, Bloomberg and PE Hub Blog
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
VCs Pay Up for Second(ary) Chance to Invest in Web Winners
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA announces quad-core Kal-El SOC, promises it in tablets by August (video)
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Google Chases Computer Criminals to Search-Engine Competitors
Discussion: Digital Trends
Stewart Mitchell / PC Pro:
“Two-way” radio breakthrough doubles Wi-Fi performance
Discussion: p2pnet and Slashdot
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Microsoft Adopts Google-Style Trademark Policy for Keyword Advertising
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Having A Bad Day: Bizarre “Blank Page” Is The New “Fail Whale”
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and BlogPost
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
AT&T CTO Says Voice Over LTE Coming In 2013
Discussion: PhoneArena and Engadget
Josh / Social Apples:
Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers - Updated