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4:00 PM ET, February 18, 2011

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Obama's Silicon Valley “Tech Supper” - Who Sat Where?  Why Was He There?  —  Why was he there?  Who wasn't invited and why?  What did they talk about?  Why was he really there?  —  These are the questions being debated this morning about Obama's visit last night to the home (dare I say …
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama dines with tech stars of Silicon Valley  —  President Obama - on his first official trip to the Bay Area that didn't involve political fundraising - held a dinner meeting Thursday to talk job creation and education with a star-studded team of Silicon Valley executives and leaders …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
The photo we were all waiting for...Steve Jobs at dinner with Obama
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Suspends UberMedia Clients For Privacy And Monetization Violations, Trademark Infringement  —  We'll this is interesting.  According to this post, Twitter has suspended UberTwitter and twidroyd for violating its policies.  It's unclear how the clients violated Twitter's policies …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
WAR: Twitter Just Blocked Bill Gross's UberMedia  —  Twitter just shut down UberTwitter, twidroyd, and UberCurrent, saying the apps “have been suspended due to policy violations.”  —  All three of those apps belong to Bill Gross's startup, UberMedia.  —  UberMedia is also in the process of buying popular Twitter app TweetDeck.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
UberMedia CEO Bill Gross: Twitter Turn-Off “Took Us By Surprise,” But “We Will Change”
Discussion: @bill_gross
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nokia giving developers free E7 and free WP7 device  —  Nokia's decision to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone 7 might not have been met with glee from many developers, but the company looks to be addressing its coding community in a decent way.  SlashGear has been passed details …
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Terhi Kinnunen / Reuters:
Nokia sees Windows phone prices dropping fast  —  (Reuters) - Prices of smartphones using Microsoft's Windows Phone software platform will fall fast, Nokia's chief executive Stephen Elop said on Friday.  —  Last week Nokia, the world's largest phone maker by volume, said it would adopt …
Michael Kan / PC World:
Lenovo to Launch LePad Tablet Worldwide in June  —  Chinese PC maker Lenovo plans on selling its LePad tablet worldwide in June, but will first launch the device in China at the end of March, a company spokesman said on Friday.  —  The LePad, Lenovo's first tablet computer …
New York Times:
Apple Is Weighing a Cheaper iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has been exploring ways to broaden the appeal of the iPhone by making the popular device less expensive and allowing users to control it with voice commands.  —  But contrary to published reports, Apple is not currently developing …
Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Eye Apple Anew  —  Enforcers Interested in Whether Digital-Subscription Rules Stifle Competition  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple Inc. set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its popular iPad and other devices …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
FTC, DoJ in “preliminary” investigation of Apple subscriptions
Discussion: Edible Apple, Post Tech and TUAW
John Fu / Google Chrome Blog:
Faster than a speeding rabbit: speed, sync, and settings  —  In the spirit of the lunar new year, we're excited to kick off the Year of the Rabbit with a slew of enhancements in the Chrome beta channel.  Today's new beta includes a dramatic improvement in JavaScript speed, new password sync features …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
AT&T iPhone Beats Verizon in Nationwide 3G Speed Tests  —  The Verizon iPhone and AT&T iPhone have gone head-to-head in thousands of broadband tests, and the numbers tell the story you'd expect: AT&T's network is much faster.  —  More Verizon iPhone coverage on Wired.com:  — Review: Verizon iPhone
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gawker's Gulp Moment: Big Redesign Is Driving People Away  —  About ten days ago, gossip blog Gawker and its sister sites Gizmodo, Lifehacker and others switched over to a drastic redesign which was met with plenty of jeers.  People always complain about design changes …
Anil Sabharwal / Docs Blog:
12 new file formats in the Google Docs Viewer  —  The Google Docs Viewer is used by millions of people every day to quickly view PDFs, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations online.  Not only is viewing files in your browser far more secure than downloading and opening them locally …
Discussion: MacStories and The Next Web
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple television in the works, Apple job listing hints  —  Not the Apple TV, but an Apple television.  Apple has posted a new job position looking for people to work on next-generation power supply technology.  Apple needs people to to “work on the forefront of new power management designs …
Discussion: MacRumors, SAI and CrunchGear
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
H-P CEO Apotheker on a Post-Hurd Hewlett  —  New Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Leo Apotheker inherited a company in tumult.  —  His predecessor, Mark Hurd, resigned in August following an investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment, which Mr. Hurd denied.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft mulls changing Windows Phone Marketplace terms to add more open-source licenses  —  As headlines rolled by over the past couple of days claiming Microsoft was banning free and open-source applications from its Windows Phone Marketplace, I sat back and waited.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Bird's-Eye View Of iOS And Android As Seen By One Premium Ad Platform  —  Comparing the iOS and Android platforms is often tricky because the perspective is usually one-sided.  But mobile ad platforms tend to have a pretty well-rounded look at the state of things because they're agnostic …
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Google Unveils Delicious Bookmark Importer  —  Google has just rolled out a convenient new tool for importing your Delicious bookmarks to Google Bookmarks.  —  The simple importer takes your Delicious login credentials (or lets you use a one-click OAuth button) and imports all your bookmarks, preserving labels or tags.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zynga Raising $500 Million at $10 Billion Valuation  —  The fast-growing social gaming company Zynga is close to completing a funding round of $500 million, valuing the company at $10 billion, said multiple sources.  —  The round includes big institutional investors Morgan Stanley …
David Pierson / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Father of China's Great Firewall discusses being persona non grata, admits to skirting the censorship he built  —  The man known as the father of China's so-called Great Firewall is defending his invention, which blocks out hundreds of thousands of foreign websites, and admits to owning software to evade the censorship he helped create.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Missing Native/Web App Link: Google Says Native Client Almost Ready To Go  —  We've written a number of things about the contrast between native apps and web apps.  The common consensus these days is that the two will eventually converge — but that has been happening more slowly …
Discussion: Chromium Blog and CNET News
 
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Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Google Pushes To Keep Reams Of Documents Secret In Major Trademark Case
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
AMD CEO Denies Smartphone Plans, Slates Tablet Attack for 2012
Discussion: eWeek and Softpedia News
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Mobile phone e-wallets get closer to reality
James Glanz / New York Times:
Internet Use in Bahrain Restricted, Data Shows
Discussion: Mashable! and Switched
Matthew Mengerink / The PayPal Blog:
eBay and PayPal Developer Communities Come together
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
BilltoMobile Quietly Emerges As Mobile Payment Powerhouse
Discussion: eMoney and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Don Clark / Digits:
Intel's Otellini Named to Obama Jobs Council
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechEye, VentureBeat and GMSV
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Wants to Tax Your Stock Options- All of Them.
Tantek / Microformats:
Facebook Adds hCalendar and hCard Microformats to Millions of Events
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Analysis: Google Social Search Is All About Blocking Facebook/Twitter Search
Phil Hornshaw / Appolicious Advisor:
Apple adds copyright infringement to reasons for rejecting apps
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Apple Contemplating Reduction in 15-Minute App Purchase Window
Brodie Beta / The Next Web:
Netflix may get slapped with fees to broadcast in Canada
Discussion: CrunchGear and Hollywood Reporter