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6:25 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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Jared A. Favole / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Talked R&D With Jobs, Zuckerberg  —  Research spending and technology exports were some of the menu items Thursday evening when President Barack Obama sat down for dinner with corporate chieftains from Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.  —  At the home of venture capitalist John Doerr …
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
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple gearing up for major product launch as early as next week - sources  —  With inventory of its existing MacBook Pro notebooks becoming increasingly constrained with each passing day, Apple may be evaluating the possibility of launching revised models before month's end, AppleInsider has learned.
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.
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.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Google Pushes To Keep Reams Of Documents Secret In Major Trademark Case  —  Rosetta Stone v. Google, one of the most important trademark cases of the digital age, is pending in a Virginia federal appeals court, and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is fighting a remarkable battle to keep thousands of pages of documents secret.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Jim Dovey / Alan Quatermain:
Why Are Vendors Annoyed by this IAP Thing?  —  I was asked in a comment to another post to explain why my reaction to IAP isn't just indicative of greed on the part of publishers, who use to get something for nothing, and don't want to start paying for it now.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
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 …
Loretta Chao / China Real Time Report:
New Shanghai Apple Store Will Be Biggest in China … Size over speed appears to be Apple's new strategy for tackling the China market.  —  The company is planning to open a new store-it's biggest in China-on Shanghai's famous Nanjing Road, an Apple spokeswoman has confirmed to China Real …
Agence France Presse:
Facebook access cut in Libya: reports  —  TRIPOLI (AFP) - Access to social networking site Facebook was cut in the Libyan capital on Friday and access to the Internet was intermittent amid deadly anti-regime protests, computer users reported.  —  From early evening it was impossible to access …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
FTC, DoJ in “preliminary” investigation of Apple subscriptions  —  The US Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have begun looking into Apple's new iOS subscription plan, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal.  The investigation is said to be in the early stages and may not go anywhere.
Discussion: Macworld, Edible Apple, TUAW and Post Tech
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Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Eye Apple Anew
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Yahoo to open-source cloud-serving engine  —  Yahoo is developing an internal cloud-serving engine to boost its own productivity, and intends to release the code as an open source this year.  —  “We're committed to open-sourcing all of our cloud infrastructure, for the simple reason …
Discussion: InfoWorld
 
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Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Apple Contemplating Reduction in 15-Minute App Purchase Window
Discussion: www.pocketgamer.biz and SlashGear