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7:05 AM ET, February 4, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
Tracking Friends the Google Way  —  New Mobile-Device Feature Lets Users Share Their Every Move With Each Other  —  For the past week, I've been stalking my sister, my boyfriend and my boss.  They've also been stalking me, and we still like one other.  —  All four of us have been using …
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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
See where your friends are with Google Latitude  —  How often do you find yourself wondering where your friends are and what they're up to?  It's a pretty central question to our daily social lives, and it's precisely the question you can now answer using Google Latitude.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google enters the location-based networking fray with Latitude  —  Google has just launched a new aspect of its Google Maps product called Latitude.  It's a social layer that goes over Google Maps to show your location information in real time.  If you think Google is already creepy …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Facebook's 5th Birthday  —  Tomorrow is Facebook's 5th birthday.  This is a happy occasion for Facebook, but much more significant to the Facebook team is the fact that over 150 million people around the world are using Facebook to connect with the people in their lives.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook celebrates fifth birthday with growth in key sharing features
Discussion: dot.life blog
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Windows 7 line-up: The good, the bad and the ugly  —  If you were one of those individuals holding out hope that Microsoft might go the way of Apple and move to one or two SKUs for Windows 7, your prayers have gone unanswered.  But there still is some good news in what's on tap …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Six Sevens Is 5 Too Many  —  I understand that Seven is based on Windows Vista.
Discussion: Tech Central
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google and Big Ideas  —  I love Om Malik and respect him greatly.  I'm hoping to corner him for lunch sometime to pick his brain on ways that Google could improve.  But today he happened to do a tweet that caught my attention just as my morning caffeine was kicking in.
Discussion: Sample the Web and The Noisy Channel, Thanks:atul
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google & The Big Ideas  —  Sometimes, a tweet is just a tweet.  Occasionally it is just a start of a healthy debate!  —  Earlier today, when I read about Google launching a mobile version of Tasks.  I was amazed by the attention being focused on essentially a to-do list website.
Times of India:
$10-laptop proves to be a damp squib  —  Text:  —  TIRUPATI: The much-touted laptop for the masses said to have been built by students of Vellore Institute of Technology that would cost a mere Rs 500 actually turned out to be only a computing device.  —  Making this clear at the inauguration …
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getclicky.com/blog:
Google's new Ajax-powered search results breaks search keyword tracking for everyone  —  Do you run a web site?  Do you use a service such as Clicky, Statcounter, AWStats, etc, to monitor the traffic to your web site?  Do you find it useful how these services can tell you what search terms are leading visitors to your site?
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Hiroshi Suzuki / Bloomberg:
Panasonic Will Cut About 15,000 Jobs as First Loss in Six Years Looms  —  Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) — Panasonic Corp. the world's largest consumer-electronics maker, will cut about 15,000 jobs and predicted its first loss in six years as the deepening recession hurts demand for televisions and cameras.
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Clout Grows as Tech Initiatives Take Shape  —  When a group of chief executives visited the White House last week to talk about stimulus with President Barack Obama, Google Inc.'s Eric Schmidt wasn't hard to spot, perched in a prime seat on the new president's left side.
Mozilla:
Firefox 3 Release Notes  —  Check out what's new, the known issues and frequently asked questions about the latest version of Firefox.  As always, you're encouraged to tell us what you think, either using this feedback form or by filing a bug in Bugzilla.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive Screenshots Of Bebo 2.0, Launching In February (TWX)  —  Bebo, the social network Time Warner's (TWX) AOL acquired for $850 million last summer, will launch version 2.0 later this month.  —  The biggest addition to Bebo 2.0 will be “Timelines,” which will integrate a user's photos, videos, blog posts into a “life stream.”
Discussion: VentureBeat
Fred von Lohmann / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
YouTube's January Fair Use Massacre  —  Privacy info.  This embed will serve content from youtube.com.  —  This is what it's come to.  Teenagers singing “Winter Wonderland” being censored off YouTube.  —  Fair use has always been at risk on YouTube, thanks to abusive DMCA takedown notices sent …
Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
Cool IE8 Tip: Answer Suggestions  —  Starting today, the default Live search in IE8 is so smart it can answer some of your questions before you finish asking them.  For example, with Live set to default in IE8, try typing “MSFT” in the search box.  No sooner does your finger lift off the T before Live provides a stock chart for you.
Discussion: SEO and Tech Daily
Microsoft:
Windows 7 Wins on Netbook PCs  —  Q&A: Brad Brooks, corporate vice president for Windows Consumer Product Marketing, discusses Microsoft's take on netbook PCs and how Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 7, will support these small computers.  —  Small, mobile and affordable PCs …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Garmin, ASUS form partnership for phones, nuviphone G60 first model  —  We knew the nuvifone was an ASUS-sourced piece, but who knew the partnership was going to run so deep?  Garmin and ASUS have joined hands to create the Garmin-Asus strategic alliance with the goal of designing and producing a whole line of co-branded handsets.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
LinkedIn launches German site to take the fight to Xing  —  LinkedIn is launching a dedicated site for Germany where local - and floated - business network Xing predominates.  LinkedIn had significant growth with sites for Spain and France last year - 200,000 users in two months and France hit 700,000.
Judith Townend / Journalism.co.uk:
‘Democratic legitimation via the web is not enough’, says Clay Shirky  —  Clay Shirky has changed his mind about democratic participation, he tells Journalism.co.uk, ahead of an appearance at a POLIS event at the LSE tonight.  —  “All the rhetoric, including - I'm embarrassed to say …
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Ma.gnolia Using FriendFeed to Restore Users' Data  —  Necessity is the mother of invention, but it helps to have an open API, too.  —  Last Friday, social bookmarking site Ma.gnolia suffered a major server meltdown, losing the bulk of its user data as well as its backup.
Thanks:btaylor
Michael Geist Blog:
Putting Together the ACTA Puzzle: Privacy, P2P Major Targets  —  Negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement resume next month in Morocco, but as the discussions drag on, details on the proposed treaty are beginning to emerge.  Obtaining information through official channels …
Jeff Hamilton / Google Mobile Blog:
Search with your voice on Android  —  Don't want to type a long query, like “U.S. economic stimulus plan”, on your T-Mobile G1?  Just say it.  Or, perhaps you'd like to browse the web without sliding out the keyboard?  Well now you can.  For those of you with a G1 in the US …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Flip gets pictured  —  Well, it's no Curve 8900 and it's certainly no Bold but BlackBerry fans with a need for buttons will be happy to learn that the Pearl 8130 Flip should be landing soon on Verizon shelves near you.  This SureType clam shell is probably among RIM's …
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Netflix's Streaming Service Did Not Drive Increased Earnings  —  After Netflix gave earnings last week, various news sites pointed to Netflix's streaming service as the reason why Netflix earnings beat estimates.  Most seem to attribute this to the comment Netflix's CEO said on the earnings call …
PC Pro:
Torvalds rejects one-size-fits-all Linux  —  Linus Torvalds has rejected the argument that Linux developers should pool their resources behind a single distribution.  —  As we revealed yesterday, Linux is still failing to show any considerable market share growth despite being pre-installed on a wide selection of netbooks.
Richard Jalichandra / The Technorati Weblog:
We're Launching Original Tag Articles and Blurbs on Technorati.com  —  We're very pleased to announce a great new service to allow bloggers and writers to express themselves to millions, gain exposure and promote their expertise - publishing original tag articles and blurbs on technorati.com.
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch, Thanks:davidpiette
 
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Mobile phone sales fall
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