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6:20 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.
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.”
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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
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: and P2P Blog
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Ubuntu desktop apparently scares Microsoft  —  Ubuntu must be giving Microsoft fits on the desktop.  That's the only reason I can come up with for Microsoft's LinkedIn search for a new director of open-source strategy, with a focus on the desktop: … Given Red Hat's relative inaction on the desktop …
Discussion: Slashdot and
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.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Where data goes when it dies and other musings  —  I've been wanting to write about Ma.gnolia's catastrophic data loss last week ever since it happened, but wasn't quite sure how I wanted to approach it.  Larry (Ma.gnolia founder and the sole person who maintained the site) is a good friend of mine …
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 …
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 …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel is shooting for PlayStation 4, but has it scored?  —  A new rumor suggests that Intel has succeeded in its efforts to place its forthcoming discrete GPU product, codenamed Larrabee, in the next generation of Sony's PlayStation game console.  —  I've known for a while, and even mentioned on Ars …
Discussion: PC World and Slashdot
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.”
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Damaster / LiveSide:
Hotmail update starts rolling out for all users, POP3 coming to the US
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Evan Williams of Twitter Speaks at TED
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
AT&T's 3G MicroCell to patch iPhone dead zones
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and
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