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8:00 PM ET, February 28, 2011

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Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple Plots Move To Expand iPhone's Market Share  —  Apple (AAPL) continues to plot new moves in its campaign to conquer the world.  —  In a research note this morning, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi reports on a meeting he had last week with Apple COO Tim Cook, CFO Peter Oppenheimer and VP of Internet Services Eddy Cue.
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple COO Hints At Cheaper iPhone, Saying, We Don't Want To Be For “Just The Rich”  —  Apple COO Tim Cook strongly suggested we will see a cheaper iPhone in the near future in an interview with Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi.  —  Cook says Apple is doing “clever things” to attack the prepaid market …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet:
Verizon iPhone Clears 1 Million-Sold Mark  —  NEW YORK, (TheStreet) — Verizon's(VZ) Apple(AAPL) iPhone sales, while deceptively slow, still managed to fly past the 1 million-sold milepost.  —  Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless chief, told media outlets this weekend that 60% of the company's iPhone sales were preorders.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Gmail outage passes 24 hours for some (updated)  —  A small percentage of people have been without their Gmail accounts since Sunday.  —  Gmail's downtime in 2010 compared to competitors  —  Imagine if you lost your entire email inbox, sent box, folders -everything.
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Andrew Kovacs / @akovacs:
re Gmail issue: affected 0.02% of users not 0.08%, restored access for 1/3, remaining 0.013% being restored on ongoing basis,all w/in 12 hrs
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad channel inventory dries up  —  It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, but Apple has stopped production of the original iPads and cut of supplies to the channel.  We are getting reports that global retailers are no longer able to get their hands on iPads.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Motorola's Sanjay Jha hints at a 7-inch tablet before the end of the year, foresees tablet prices dropping  —  Motorola's CEO Sanjay Jha had hinted once before that there would be a family of Motorola tablets, but speaking at Morgan Stanley's Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today …
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Lauren Dugan / mediabistro.com:
Texas Governor Rick Perry Blocks Media from his Twitter Account, Twitter Reacts  —  In a move that runs counter to the open nature of Twitter, Texas Governor Rick Perry has blocked several members of the Texas media from accessing his Twitter account.  —  Twitter has been a difficult beast for many politicians to tackle.
Discussion: @dannysullivan
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
European customs ordered to seize PlayStation shipments in legal dispute  —  Confiscations ordered after Asian electronics giant LG wins preliminary injunction against Sony in acrimonious patent battle  —  European customs officers have been ordered to seize shipments of Playstation 3s …
Matthew Rathbone / Foursquare Engineering Blog:
How we found the rudest cities in the world - Analytics @ foursquare  —  With over 400 million check-ins in the last year, it's safe to say that our servers log a lot of data.  We use that data to do a lot of interesting analysis, from finding the most popular local bars in any city …
Jason Paur / Autopia:
FAA OKs iPad for Pilots' Charts  —  From the earliest days of aviation, pilots have relied upon paper maps to help find their way.  Even in an era of GPS and advanced avionics, you still see pilots lugging around 20 pounds or more of charts.  But those days are numbered, because maps are giving way to iPads.
Discussion: TeleRead
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Facebook plans to resume address, phone sharing  —  Despite congressional criticism, Facebook is planning to resume the aborted rollout of a feature that allowed the optional sharing of addresses and mobile phone numbers.  —  Facebook said in a letter (PDF) released today …
Peter / The Mac Security Blog:
Black Hole RAT is Really No Big Deal  —  iThreats published information about a new remote administration tool recently, and other sites are presenting this as a serious new threat to the Mac.  Actually, this is hardly a threat at all.  This tool, BlackHole, is something that needs to be installed on a Mac …
Jaron Schaeffer / Docs Blog:
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in 34 languages  —  Last June, we introduced the ability to upload documents into Google Docs using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).  OCR analyzes images and PDF files, typically produced by a scanner (or the camera of a mobile phone) …
Leon Erlanger / InfoWorld:
Motorola's big plans to fix Android's security woes  —  Execs confirm plans to develop APIs for the missing capabilities, letting Android devices match the security level of BlackBerrys and iPhones  —  It's official: Motorola Mobility execs have confirmed to InfoWorld that the smartphone maker …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Official DirecTV App for iPad now available, brings touch controls to your satellite box  —  Apparently that “coming soon” teaser page meant only a few days, as the aptly named DirecTV App for iPad popped up on the iTunes store this morning.  The features were pretty well detailed on the website preview …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Oscars, On Twitter: Over 1.2 Million Tweets, 388K Users Tweeting  —  Twitter has changed the way we watch television.  Say what you will about the 83rd Annual Oscars (and thus far the consensus is “meh"), you've probably already said it on Twitter.  Mass Relevance and TweetReach …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel Closes $7.68 Billion McAfee Acquisition  —  Intel has officially completed its acquisition of security giant McAfee, according to a release issued today.  Intel announced the $7.68 billion, all-cash deal last August.  —  According to the release, McAfee will continue developing …
Discussion: PC World, VatorNews, Business Wire and SAI
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Chris Sacca And J.P. Morgan Acquired 10% Of Twitter Via Huge Secret Secondary Fund  —  Lots and lots of buzz today in all the major newspapers about how J.P. Morgan is trying to buy 10% or so of Twitter for $450 million.  —  As far as I can tell, all of the stories are wrong.
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
ICE chief defends website seizures  —  The director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is pushing back against complaints about government seizures of web sites, saying his aim is to protect U.S. industry and not regulate the Internet.  —  “Often we get the criticism …
Discussion: Techdirt and DSLreports
BBC:
London Stock Exchange site shows malicious adverts  —  The infection kicked off warnings from a fake security program  —  Booby-trapped adverts that hit visitors with fake security software have been discovered on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) website.  —  Analysis of the LSE site suggests …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Hearst's Manilla Aims to Handle Household Bills  —  There are many to manage your finances online, but many of them handle only the paying of run-of-the-mill bills.  A site starting in beta-test mode on Monday, called Manilla, is aiming for something broader.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors Page 2:
New ‘iPad 2’ Image Almost Certainly Fake  —  Earlier today, BGR posted an image it had received from a source claiming that it was a rear view of the second-generation iPad.  The image has of course received a fair bit of traction on Apple-focused sites this morning, but it is almost certainly fake.
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr Steps Down  —  Embattled CEO Aaron Barr says he is stepping down from his post at HBGary Federal to allow the company to move on after an embarassing data breach.  —  The announcement comes three weeks after Barr became the target of a coordinated attack …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple targets SMBs with JointVenture  —  Apple laid the first stages of JointVenture out to Apple Retail staff today and as West Coast employees exit the meetings we are getting our first information on the new small business program.  JointVenture will be launched on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Mobile App Revenue to Reach $38 Billion by 2015, Report Predicts  —  It may be hard to remember, but when the Apple iPhone had its debut in early 2007 there were only a few apps available for the device — no Angry Birds, Doodle Jump or Netflix.  —  Today it's a different story.
Wall Street Journal:
Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy  —  As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product: privacy.  —  Companies including Microsoft Corp., McAfee Inc.—and even some online-tracking companies themselves …
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
U.S. Army iPhone App Lets Soldiers Blog From Anywhere  —  The Army, desperate to acquire more recruits, has launched a new iPhone app that embraces both the hot-to-trot social media trend and booming smartphone sales.  —  According to Army press notes, the new app is a …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: VatorNews
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Yahoo Blocked Delicious Founder Joshua Schachter From Investing In Twitter
Dan Frommer / SAI:
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Facebook Investor Peter Thiel: Palantir Is The Next Facebook Or Google
Discussion: SAI, TechEye and Zootool
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
How Kinect and its offspring are shaping the future of Microsoft
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