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1:10 PM ET, February 22, 2011

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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon launches Prime Instant Video, unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers  —  We heard it was coming and now here it is.  Amazon has flipped the switch on its “free” video streaming for Prime members, the service we've been hearing about for the past month or so.
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Amazon Prime Members Now Get Unlimited, Commercial-free, Instant Streaming of More Than 5,000 Movies and TV Shows at No Additional Cost  —  Amazon Adds Instant Videos to Amazon Prime  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the launch of a new benefit for Amazon Prime members …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon Prime Instant Video hands-on
Discussion: Technologizer and VentureBeat
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Email Suggests In-App Subscriptions Don't Apply to ‘Software As a Service’?  —  Apple's announcement last week introducing App Store Subscriptions has generated a lot of controversy across the web.  At issue is Apple's policy requiring publishers to also offer all subscriptions through Apple's …
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Subscriptions and the new In-App Purchase requirement  —  Apple's new subscription-billing requirement has generated a lot of bad press and debate.  The new rule, from the App Store Review Guidelines (developer account required):  —  In practice, this means that any app that requires content …
Mark Milian / CNN:
Apple in talks to improve sound quality of music downloads  —  San Francisco (CNN) — Apple and other digital music retailers are in discussions with record labels to improve the quality of the song files they sell, executives involved in the talks say.  —  As a result, online music stores …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple schedules secret retail employee meeting this weekend [u]  —  Apple has asked its retail employees to sign non-disclosure agreements ahead of an all-hands meeting likely to be held later this week, AppleInsider has been told [updated with new details].
Reuters:
Apple falls on iPad launch delay speculation  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc shares fell 2.4 percent after a brokerage firm said the next version of its iPad tablet computer will be delayed as maker Hon Hai faces production bottlenecks due to the device's new design.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Rumors of iPad 2, iPhone 5 delays are not true  —  The Internet is buzzing this morning with separate rumors that Apple's iPad 2 and iPhone 5 will be delayed.  The fact is, neither rumor is true.  —  From what I've heard this morning both products are on schedule and will ship when they are supposed to.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Apple iPad 2 Event Set for March 2  —  To those who intensely cares about this kind of stuff-which would be pretty much everyone in the tech ecosystem-Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad.
Discussion: The Next Web
DigiTimes:
HP to start selling WebOS 3.0-based TouchPad in April  —  First-tier notebook brand vendor Hewlett-Packard (HP) is set to start selling its WebOS 3.0-based tablet PC, TouchPad in April with shipments to start delivery by the end of March, according to sources from HP's upstream component partners.
Matt Rozen / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Update for Flash Player 10.2 Support on Tablets  —  Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 pre-installed on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows 8 roadmap: A picture is worth a thousand build numbers  —  Given the very few (and occasionally confusing) leaks around Windows 8, an update as to how things are progressing is always welcome.  —  In early 2011, a source of mine passed on to me what he claimed was a snapshot of the internal Windows 8 roadmap.
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest: report  —  (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's deputy blamed Google Inc in an interview published on Tuesday for stirring up trouble in the revolution that ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.  —  “Look what they have done in Egypt …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G now on sale, $149.99 at Amazon or RadioShack (update: $129.99 at Walmart)  —  The hotly reviewed and already rooted Atrix 4G is now on sale at AT&T. As expected, the privilege of buying direct from the carrier will set you back $199.99 with a two-year contract in the range …
Jeremy Page / Wall Street Journal:
China Co-Opts Social Media to Head Off Unrest  —  Government allows networking sites—if they block or remove controversial material  —  BEIJING—China's domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, added his voice to calls for tighter Internet controls as censors ratcheted up temporary online restrictions …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon Wireless to launch Motorola XOOM on February 24th; $599.99 on contract  —  Verizon Wireless on Tuesday confirmed its plans to launch Motorola's highly anticipated Honeycomb tablet on Thursday, February 24th.  The carrier also confirmed pricing for the device, which will cost $599.99 …
Royston Chan / Reuters:
Chinese workers appeal to Apple over health worries  —  (Reuters) - Chinese workers at a factory making touch screens on contract for Apple (AAPL.O) have urged the U.S. company to help address their grievances over a chemical poisoning they said could still harm their health.
Nathan / The eBook Reader Blog:
The Alex Reader is Being Phased Out  —  If you haven't been following the ebook reader industry carefully, you've probably never heard of little-known ereader called the Alex Reader from Spring Design.  —  The Alex Reader was supposed to be the first ebook reader with two screens, one E Ink and the other LCD.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Exclusive: Spotify Sells Stake To Silicon Valley Firm  —  Spotify, one of the world's hottest technology companies, is selling a stake to the legendary Silicon Valley investor Kleiner Perkins as part of a deal valuing the online music streaming service at more than $1bn, I can reveal.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Despite 861.5 Percent Growth, Android Market Revenues Remain Puny  —  You read the headline “Android Market grows a staggering 861.5 per cent”, and you think, “Wow, Android is really on a tear.”  But then you look at the fine print, and you realize that Android Market revenues are still barely registering …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The PayPal Mafia Puts $525K In CapLinked, A LinkedIn-Meets-Salesforce For Private Investing  —  There a few platforms that aim to connect investors and startups on the web, including AngelList, but for the most part investment transactions and venture funding is done face-to-face, many times with a hand shake involved.
Discussion: alarm:clock, GigaOM and VentureBeat
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel lists new Sandy Bridge mobile chips  —  Intel has updated its price list with new dual-core Sandy Bridge chips—some likely bound for Apple MacBooks and just about every PC vendor on the planet.  —  On top of the bevy of Core i5 and Core i7 Sandy Bridge chips already listed in Intel's database …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
China launches new state-run search engine  —  China has unveiled a new government-run search engine that will square off against market leader Baidu.  —  Launched today and operated by telecom company China Mobile and state-run news agency Xinhua, Panguso will let people search for news …
Electronista:
Lenovo intros Sandy Bridge ThinkPads, 30-hour battery option  —  Confirming a recent leak, Lenovo has officially unveiled six new ThinkPad notebooks based on Intel's Sandy Bridge series of Core and Core vPro processors.  The T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 models are all geared for business users …
Wall Street Journal:
Searching for Details Online, Lawyers Facebook the Jury  —  Attorneys Seek Cues on Potential Jurors in Networking Sites  —  Facebook is increasingly being used in courts to decide who is—and who isn't—suitable to serve on a jury, the latest way in which the social-networking site is altering the U.S. court system.
DigiTimes:
Wintek to be the sole touch panel supplier for white iPhone 5, says report  —  Wintek reportedly to be the sole touch panel supply for white iPhone 5s and may replace TPK Touch Solutions to become the leading touch panel maker worldwide in 2011 as Apple plans to focus on white models for the iPhone 5 …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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