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4:20 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.
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.
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: All Facebook and 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.”
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
A One Laptop Per Child update from Nicholas Negroponte  —  This post is part of a series from the TED 2009 conference held in Long Beach, California from February 4-8th.  You can read other posts in the series here, and the TED site will release video from the talk in the coming weeks or months.
Discussion: GigaOM and White African
Morgan / Feeding the Penguins:
OLPC discontinues “Change the World”  —  In a stunning moment of irony, OLPC has discontinued “Change the World”.  —  In an email that leaked out onto the grassroots mailing list, OLPC quietly announced the end of the “Change the World” program previously known as “Give Many” …
Erik Sherman / BNET Technology:
Can Apple's Multi-Touch Patent Withstand Scrutiny — or Challenge?  —  When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 7,479,949 for a “touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics,” eyebrows shot up throughout the industry.
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 …
Discussion: P2P Blog and
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
The Failure of the Open Field  —  It's great that Apple has created a new platform with the iPhone and the App Store.  But it's also a ripping indictment of the personal computer industry—and cellphone industry—thus far.  And not to be too nice to Apple: The beautiful stuff we're seeing …
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.”
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.
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 …
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Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
Bill Gates TED Talk Online — Watch the ‘Swarm’
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple to go back to user-replaceable batteries?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog