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1:20 AM ET, February 17, 2011

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Lee Shirani / The Official Google Blog:
A simple way for publishers to manage access to digital content  —  At Humboldt University in Berlin today, Eric Schmidt announced Google One Pass, a service that lets publishers set their own prices and terms for their digital content.  With Google One Pass, publishers can maintain direct relationships …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Google's One Pass Could Be a Ticket to Nowhere
Discussion: AppleInsider and GMSV
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Forget 90/10 Split, Key To Google One Pass Is That Customer Information Is Shared With Publishers
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Motorola's Xoom tablet priced at $799  —  (Reuters) - Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc's Xoom tablet will sell for an unsubsidized $799 at Verizon Wireless, with WiFi-only version priced at around $600 price, chief executive Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday.  —  “Competing with Apple …
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Ben Rooney / Tech Europe:
Motorola Executive Defends Tablet Price Tag … Motorola mobility chief Sanjay Jha confirmed that the company's new Xoom tablet will go on sale in the U.S. at $800, a higher price tag than current market leader Apple's iPad.  —  And in what has been described as the worst kept secret in the tech world …
Discussion: Engadget, PadGadget and MacDailyNews
Dieter Bohn / WPCentral.com:
Dell Wrigley revealed in Dell 2011 Roadmap!  [Exclusive]  —  A reliable tipster has just sent us Dell's roadmap for 2011 on both the tablet and smartphone fronts.  While naturally Windows Phone doesn't make an appearance on the slate side of things (check out sister-site Android Central for that scoop) …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg to Meet With President Obama Thursday in San Francisco  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who recently took a medical leave of absence from his company, and Google chief executive Eric Schmidt will be among the attendees of President Obama's event …
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
More Detail On Apple's Plans For MobileMe: Think FaceBook, Foursquare & uStream [Exclusive]  —  Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is working on a “major revamp” of MobileMe, including a “locker” that will stream movies and TV shows to iPhones and iPads.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM's Watson victorious in Jeopardy; Our new computer overlord?  —  IBM's Watson computer ultimately proved to be too much for the humans in Jeopardy.  —  Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two of the most successful players in Jeopardy, put up a spirited fight, but ultimately couldn't hang.
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Sam Gustin / Epicenter:   IBM Watson Scientist: Speed Matters, But So Do Accuracy, Intuition
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony ‘S1’ PlayStation tablet (updated)  —  Think for a second, what major consumer electronics company doesn't have a tablet to show?  Right, Sony.  In fact, the rumor womb has been conspicuously barren of salacious Sony tablet tattle ever since Apple's iPad was announced back in 2010.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’  —  As part of “Operation Save Our Children” ICE's Cyber Crimes Center has again seized several domain names, but not without making a huge error.  Last Friday, thousands of site owners were surprised by a rather worrying banner that was placed on their domain.
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Barry Collins / PC Pro:
The true cost of publishing on the Amazon Kindle  —  Ever wondered why newspapers and magazines published on the Amazon Kindle rarely contain photos?  I've downloaded several copies of The Times and The Telegraph on my Kindle, and you're lucky if you get more than one photo in the entire newspaper.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google will launch iTunes music store competitor with upgrade to Android  —  ‘Google Music’ service will form part of new version of Android operating system designed specifically for tablet devices  —  Google is to launch a music service to compete with Apple's iTunes music store as part …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Verizon iPhone sales fail to meet expectations  —  One of our Apple sources has shared some very sensitive information on first-week Verizon iPhone launch sales with us.  It's quite interesting — we're being told sales are performing a little under what Apple and Verizon anticipated, and we have the data to show it.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 4 wins Best Mobile Device award at Mobile World Congress  —  Apple didn't attend Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but it took the event's top award for a mobile device.  —  The event, a major confab of the mobile industry, has been virtually ignored by Apple in much the same …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Why Are You People Defending Apple?  —  As you've doubtless heard by now, yesterday Apple revealed its new fee structure for premium content: all apps that offer premium content outside of the App Store have to also offer it via Apple's official in-app purchases (this includes Amazon's Kindle) …
Greg Weston / CBC News:
Foreign hackers attack Canadian government  —  An unprecedented cyberattack on the Canadian government from China has given foreign hackers access to highly classified federal information, and forced at least two key departments off the internet, CBC News has learned.
Discussion: SecurityWeek and The Next Web
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Groupon Spars with Tencent; Joint Venture Isn't Inspiring Local Confidence  —  There's trouble in Tencent and Groupon's China group buying joint venture, Gaopeng.com, according to press reports from China.  Apparently the site went up for a day, Tencent balked and pulled it back down.
DigiTimes:
Apple secures 60% of global touch panel capacity, causing tight supply  —  In order to achieve its internal goal of shipping 40 million iPad products in 2011, Apple has occupied close to 60% of the global touch panel capacity causing tight supply among Apple's competitors, according to sources from upstream component makers.
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Microsoft, Mozilla Battle Over What Makes a ‘Modern’ Web Browser  —  HTML5test.com scores for IE9 and Firefox  —  Microsoft and Mozilla are trading barbs over the coming Internet Explorer 9.  Microsoft has been touting its HTML5 support in IE9, claiming that it renders HTML5 better than Firefox (and Chrome, Safari and Opera).
TED Blog:
Announcing TED Conversations!  —  We're thrilled to announce today the launch of TED Conversations, a new social platform on TED.com that connects people for conversation, collaboration and debate.  TED Conversations was designed and built from the ground up to foster meaningful conversation among …
Discussion: Mashable! and New York Observer
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac OS goes gold, hits the Mac App Store  —  It's been available since October in beta form, but Microsoft has just turned its Windows Phone 7 Connector product to a shiny shade of gold, giving Mac owners a solid (if not Zune-free) option for hooking up their Windows Phones without firing up Boot Camp.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
+1 Incoming?  Google's New Toolbar Is Rolling Out  —  For months, we've been getting tips about a new toolbar that Google has been testing on google.com.  In fact, we first posted about it back in November and the tips have been steadily coming in since then.
Discussion: @alanhogan, LaptopMemo and SAI
 
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