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1:15 PM ET, February 18, 2011

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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
The photo we were all waiting for...Steve Jobs at dinner with Obama  —  Earlier we brought you a photo of President Obama talking with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, posted to the official White House Flickr account.  —  A new photo has been uploaded showing all of Obama's guests at the dinner …
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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 …
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 …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Not Planning to Launch a Smaller iPhone
Discussion: RazorianFly, I4U News and Phones Review
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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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Medialets and Electronista
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Wants to Tax Your Stock Options- All of Them.  —  Few people are aware the San Francisco has had a tax provision in its municipal code since 2004 that requires companies to pay a payroll tax on gains from employee stock options.  No one pays it, and San Francisco hasn't enforced it to date …
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.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
BilltoMobile Quietly Emerges As Mobile Payment Powerhouse  —  A year ago, few people in the U.S. had ever heard of BilltoMobile, a direct carrier billing company with roots in Korea.  But the San Jose, Calif. company is fast emerging as a leader in the mobile payments space …
Discussion: eMoney and VentureBeat
Tantek / Microformats:
Facebook Adds hCalendar and hCard Microformats to Millions of Events  —  As of today, Facebook has marked up all events with the hCalendar microformat including marking up their venues with hCard as well.  According to a simple Google search, that's millions of public events now with microformats …
Discussion: All Facebook and ReadWriteWeb
Matthew Mengerink / The PayPal Blog:
eBay and PayPal Developer Communities Come together  —  The developer community has told us eBay and PayPal offer really powerful ecommerce and payments technology but, they are even more powerful when managed together.  And, the market is evolving really fast.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Phil Hornshaw / Appolicious Advisor:
Apple adds copyright infringement to reasons for rejecting apps  —  The iTunes App Store is a big place, and in such a large and crowded digital space, there are bound to be a few unseemly characters.  One such character is intellectual property theft — the plagiarism of another person's creation …
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.
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Digital Age Is Slow to Arrive in Rural America  —  COFFEEVILLE, Ala. — After a couple of days in this part of rural Alabama, it is hard to complain about a dropped iPhone call or a Cee Lo video that takes a few seconds too long to load.  —  The county administrator cannot get broadband at her house.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Internet Use in Bahrain Restricted, Data Shows  —  As protests have erupted in Bahrain over the last several days, the government has severely restricted the access of its citizens to the Internet, new data from an organization that monitors Internet traffic strongly suggests.
Discussion: Mashable! and Switched
Don Clark / Digits:
Intel's Otellini Named to Obama Jobs Council  —  Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini is not one of the liberal tech leaders who helped President Barack Obama get elected.  But he is nevertheless heeding the administration's call.  —  The White House is announcing that Otellini will be named …
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.
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
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Stephen Lawson / PC World:
House Passes Defunding of Net Neutrality Rules
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Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Microsoft planning IE9 announcement on March 14, launch imminent?
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Skype: Expect Video Calling for AT&T
Discussion: Techland and Electronista
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple looking to increase battery life with dense lithium cells
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