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1:10 PM ET, February 7, 2009


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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, VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:biznickman
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Four reasons why public Facebook status updates won't kill Twitter  —  Here's a short post on why I think Facebook allowing you to make your status updates public won't affect Twitter as much as some might think.  (In order to get Facebook statuses, you no longer need to use a session ID to access statuses).
Discussion: CNET News
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.”
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 …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Google Latitude  —  Over and over, I've written about new interfaces to search.  Google's recent introduction of Latitude gets us closer.  A few snippets and thoughts:  —  First, the big type on Google's site says this: “See where your friends are on a map.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
College Music Service 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Ballmer tells congressional Dems how Gates worried about making …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Samir Balwani / Mashable!:
Presenting: 10 of the Smartest Big Brands in Social Media
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
Bill Gates TED Talk Online — Watch the ‘Swarm’
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Attach Files to Google Calendar Events
Discussion: Lifehacker and TechCrunchIT, Thanks:atul
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple to go back to user-replaceable batteries?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Jia Lynn Yang / Fortune:
Online marketing's bright spot: In-text ads
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Seagate: Ex-CEO Watkins Gets $5 Million Severance Deal
Discussion: Web Strategy
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Intel Cuts Notebook SSD Prices By a Third
Discussion: CNET News and SlashGear
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Why Pay When Dating's Free Sites Beckon?
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