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7:30 AM ET, February 7, 2009

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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Opens Status API, Say Goodbye to Twitter  —  Tonight Facebook has made a number of updates to the Facebook platform one of which is the opening of status updates.  In order to get Facebook statuses, you no longer need to use a session ID to access statuses.
Discussion: A VC, TheNextWeb.com and ReadWriteWeb
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Chris Putnam / Facebook Developers:
Opening Up Facebook Status, Notes, Links, and Video to Facebook Platform  —  We're launching several new APIs for Facebook Platform today.  These new interfaces open up access to the content and methods for sharing through several Facebook Applications — including Facebook Status, Notes …
Discussion: All Facebook, ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat, Thanks:biznickman
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Facebook's “next steps in openness” raises questions
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Official-looking Kindle 2 pictures and pricing leak out  —  We're not going to call it official yet, but a bunch of very real-looking Kindle 2 press images just hit the tubes, and we've got to say we're pretty convinced.  Although the device itself looks basically the same …
Microsoft On The Issues:
Steve Ballmer's Comments at Democratic Caucus Retreat  —  U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Caucus Retreat  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer  —  STEVE BALLMER: Well, I want to thank Jay, I want to thank the speaker and all of you for the opportunity to be here today and chat with you.
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Ballmer tells congressional Dems how Gates worried about making payroll in the early days; gives view of economy, “culture of spending”; calls stimulus package “vital”  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave his take on the economy during the U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Caucus Retreat in Williamsburg, Va., today.
dailymobile.se:
Pictures: Samsung M7600 - With Bang & Olufsen Powered Audio  —  As promised, Here are some pictures of the Samsung M7600 that haven't yet been announced.  —  Samsung M7600 Specifications: GSP, HDSPA, 3mpix camera, 2,8″ amoled screen, Bang olufsen amp, Divx, Full touch screen.
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Google Accused Of Invisibly Deleting Blog Posts On The RIAA's Say-So  —  from the how-not-to-promote-yourself dept  —  The fight between music bloggers and record labels reached its most visible point when a guy who uploaded a leaked copy of the latest Guns N' Roses album to his site got arrested by the FBI.
Discussion: Neowin.net and One By One Media
Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
Not Everyone Is Cheering as Wi-Fi Takes to the Air  —  For all the annoyance of being crammed into an aluminum tube at 35,000 feet with a bunch of strangers, air travel has offered one benefit: the ability to tell bosses and colleagues, “I'll be on a flight, so you won't be able to reach me.”
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Announcing Kindle iPhone App Monday?  (AMZN, AAPL)  —  Amazon (AMZN) will likely announce the new Kindle e-book reader Monday at a news conference in New York.  We'll cover it live; join us at 10 a.m. ET for the latest.  —  But will Amazon also announce Kindle stores for other devices?
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Fast Company:
Are Google Books a Threat to the Kindle?
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
AT&T's 3G MicroCell to patch iPhone dead zones  —  iPhone 3G users stuck in an AT&T dead zone at home or at work will soon be able to plug in a device that provides a strong local signal for up to 10 phones and four simultaneous voice or data connections via a connection to broadband Internet.
The Official Google Blog:
Eye-tracking studies: more than meets the eye  —  Imagine that you need a refresher on how to tie a tie.  So, you decide to type [how to tie a tie] into the Google search box.  Which of these results would you choose?  —  Where did your eyes go first when you saw the results page?
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
Bill Gates TED Talk Online — Watch the ‘Swarm’  —  News that Bill Gates unleashed a “swarm” of mosquitoes on the participants of TED has “swarmed” the internet and airwaves from FOX TV to NPR.  Now you can see his talk for yourself.  You can jump to 5:10 to see him release the insects.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Attach Files to Google Calendar Events  —  Brandon Kraft spotted a new feature in the Google Apps version of Google Calendar: attaching files from Google Docs and photos from Picasa Web Albums to an event.  Sometimes you can provide all the details of an event in the description box …
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, Thanks:atul
Samir Balwani / Mashable!:
Presenting: 10 of the Smartest Big Brands in Social Media  —  Samir Balwani is a social media marketer who helps businesses create effective web strategies.  You can follow him on Twitter and get his newsletter.  —  As we battle a global recession, corporations are looking for new ways …
Discussion: digg.com
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Windows Mobile phones to become just Windows phones, say sources  —  Microsoft, which is planning to unveil its Windows Mobile 6.5 platform at the Mobile World Congress soon, has decided that, going forward, Windows Mobile-based handsets will be promoted simply as Windows phones without specifying …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple to go back to user-replaceable batteries?  —  A patent application uncovered by The Register seem to indicate that Apple is interested in making batteries user-replaceable. … It's far too soon to read too much into this patent filing and could be little more than blue-sky thinking.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Seeking Alpha:
Canaccord: Three New iPhones Expected in 2009  —  Three new iPhones could be coming in 2009.  The first is a 32G iPhone in multiple colours that is likely to arrive during the next six months.  Next up is a lower-cost handset based on the 2.5G iPhone, which is targeted for China and India.
Discussion: The Register and I4U News
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Report: Pioneer Exiting TV Business, Spinning Off DVD  —  Tags:  —  HDTV, Pioneer  —  A report in the Nikkei Japanese business journal Friday claims that “Pioneer Corp. will pull the plug on its loss-ridden television business and shift its DVD player operations to a new venture with Sharp Corp …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Trouble at Salesforce.com?  —  Resource Library:  —  Steve Cakebread, president and chief strategy officer at Salesforce.com, has resigned, and reports say two top vice presidents have also left the company.  —  Is there trouble in the house that Benioff built?
Jia Lynn Yang / Fortune:
Online marketing's bright spot: In-text ads  —  A funky hybrid of display and search advertising grows despite downturn.  —  (Fortune) — It's been a bad couple of months for the online advertising business.  Those banner advertisements that run on the top and sides of websites?  Down, by many measures.
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft digital ad shop Razorfish lays off 70 in Seattle, Portland, SF and LA  —  Razorfish, the digital advertising agency that Microsoft gained when it acquired aQuantive in 2007, is going through another round of layoffs.  A spokeswoman confirmed that the company laid off about 70 people …
Discussion: AdAge
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Intel Cuts Notebook SSD Prices By a Third  —  Intel issued price reductions for its line of solid-state discs (SSDs) on Thursday, cutting the price of the low-end 80-Gbyte model for notebook PCs by 34 percent, to a more affordable $390.  —  Intel manufactures solid-state discs in both 1.8-inch …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StumbleUpon Hits 7 Million Users, Quietly 50% Bigger Than Twitter  —  What's got a button to push, knows how to make money while changing the world and is read all over?  StumbleUpon!  The social discovery network, like Pandora for webpages and videos, just passed 7 million users according to the site.
Discussion: Pulse2 and digg.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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