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8:45 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.
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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 …
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Evan Williams of Twitter Speaks at TED  —  Quotes from Evan Williams at TED, did my best Evan spoke fast like tweets.  There is no news in the talk but Evan was very inspiring in the way he said Twitter was a side project in Odeo which was not taking off.  That should remind anybody to always …
Thanks:loic
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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?
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.
 
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Reed Hastings / New York Times:
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Discussion: SiliconBeat and Coop's Corner, Thanks:atul
Vivian Yeo / CNET News:
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft digital ad shop Razorfish lays off 70 in Seattle, Portland, SF and LA
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Venture Capital Dispatch:
Vinod Khosla Moves Beyond Personal Wealth
Thanks:atul
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Plans to Sue IFPI
Discussion: digg.com
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Job Losses: The Silicon Valley Perspective
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StumbleUpon Hits 7 Million Users, Quietly 50% Bigger Than Twitter
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