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5:00 PM ET, February 16, 2011

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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.
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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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Hayley Tsukayama / Faster Forward:
Google launches subscription service — Google One Pass  —  One day after Apple introduced its controversial subscription service, Google has announced that it will also offer a subscription service for digital content, called Google One Pass.  “With Google One Pass, publishers can customize …
Discussion: mocoNews and GigaOM
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Forget 90/10 Split, Key To Google One Pass Is That Customer Information Is Shared With Publishers  —  In perhaps the most coincidental bit of timing ever, Google has today announced their content subscription and management service for publishers: One Pass.  Okay, let's be honest, it's not coincidental.
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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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
OFFICIAL: Motorola's Xoom Tablet Will Cost $600 For WiFi, $800 For 3G
Discussion: Engadget and Digital Trends
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nokia Plan B was just a hoax all along  —  There's been a lot of chatter about a “Nokia Plan B” over the past 48 hours — the site was put up by “nine young investors” who outlined an audacious plan to rally shareholders, get themselves elected onto Nokia's board, and radically change …
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Borders Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection  —  Borders Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection Wednesday and said it will close about 30% of its stores nationwide in the coming weeks.  —  The struggling operator of the Borders and Waldenbooks chains sought protection from its creditors …
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Whoops!  Did Intel Just Leak the New MacBook Pro Design?  —  We think Apple's on the verge of updating its MacBook Pro line of laptops, but Intel may have let the cat out of the bag early with an image in an ad.  Skinnier?  Check.  Optical drives?  Gone (probably).
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 …
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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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Nokia to delay Windows Phone  —  • Microsoft faces long wait to have its software on any handsets  —  • Mobile company to wait until ‘Mango’ is released in October  —  Nokia is not adopting Microsoft's current Windows Phone 7 platform - which means that there is no chance …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Texas Wants Google to Spill Its Secrets-Here's the List  —  The antitrust investigation Google is facing in Texas is quite a bit broader than originally thought.  A civil investigative demand sent last July by the office of Attorney General Greg Abbott, and first reported by Bloomberg …
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Motorola Droid X 2 leaks, more details emerge  —  We've been hearing rumors of a Motorola Droid X 2 for a few days now from The Mobi Zone, complete with specs and pictures (above).  Supposedly, it's the successor to the Droid X, with a similar appearance, Android 2.2 with MOTOBLUR, and the same 8 megapixel camera.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Warner Brothers Debuts App-Based Movie Purchases  —  Warner Brothers today announced the launch of “App Editions” of its feature films, providing the titles as App Store apps that offer downloadable and streaming versions of the films along with an array of expanded content.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Google's Schmidt Sees Payments as a Big Business  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive, thinks wireless transactions, enabled by the coming wave of Android smartphones outfitted with near-field communication technology, could turn into a serious business for the company.
Discussion: Fast Company and eWeek
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Mapquest Takes On Google Navigation With Free Android App  —  Following the success of its iPhone app, Mapquest has released a free, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation app for Android handsets.  The new app differs in a couple ways from its older iPhone sibling.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Inside Twitter's Sales Machine: A Secret Guide for Advertisers (Video)  —  Twitter hopes to generate something like $100 million from advertising this year, but first it has to teach people how to buy its ads.  Here's how it's doing that: A hand-holding how-to video, which walks through everything …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lookout: Android Market Growing Faster, But App Store Attracting More Developers  —  Lookout, a company that offers security services for a number of smartphones, is releasing a new study today examining the Android Market and Apple's App Store for U.S. users.
 
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Barry Collins / PC Pro:
The true cost of publishing on the Amazon Kindle
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google will launch iTunes music store competitor with upgrade to Android
Discussion: Guardian and Droid Life
Mark Webster / New Zealand Herald:
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Michael Rayfield / NVIDIA:
Tegra Roadmap Revealed: Next Chip to be World's First Quad-Core Mobile Processor
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack
New York Times:
Egypt Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet
Lydia Leavitt / Pocket-lint:
Angry Birds Windows Phone 7 and 3D confirmed