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11:35 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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Fred / A VC:
Hasn't It Always Been About Status?  —  What's the day?  What you doing?  —  How's your mood in that song?  —  when it passes right by me  —  It's behind me, now it's gone.  —  Fireworks, Animal Collective  —  Facebook's announcement that they are opening up API access to user's status updates (and more) is big news.
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
Discussion: The Real McCrea, eWeek and Marc's Voice
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.”
Damaster / LiveSide:
Hotmail update starts rolling out for all users, POP3 coming to the US  —  Today the Hotmail team has finally announced the start of the roll out process for all users worldwide to the latest Wave 3 update of Hotmail and People. … If you've been keeping track of the latest at LiveSide …
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 …
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.
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
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Aviary Encroaches On Adobe Illustrator With Raven, The First Vector Graphics Editor For The Web  —  Aviary is a small New York startup with the ambitious goal of recreating (and expanding upon) Adobe's most popular design tools in the browser.  —  Since we first covered the company about a year …
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.
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
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
College Music Service Ruckus.com Shuts Down  —  Ruckus, an online music service geared towards universities that allows students to stream an unlimited amount of music, has apparently just closed its doors.  The service was designed to appeal to college students, offering a legal alternative …
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Discussion: Lifehacker and TechCrunchIT, Thanks:atul
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple to go back to user-replaceable batteries?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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Online marketing's bright spot: In-text ads
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Intel Cuts Notebook SSD Prices By a Third
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
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Reed Hastings / New York Times:
Please Raise My Taxes
Discussion: Coop's Corner and SiliconBeat, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Announcing Kindle iPhone App Monday? (AMZN, AAPL)
Discussion: Macworld, Epicenter, AppleInsider and Crave