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7:30 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?  How's 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.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Why Facebook Isn't Poised to Steal Twitter's Thunder  —  Last night, Facebook announced a set of changes to its platform that make it easier for third-party applications to exchange data about users' status messages, notes, shared links, and videos.  —  The more open Facebook's platform gets …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Breaking down the walled garden: Some thoughts on Facebook embracing OpenID and opening up status update APIs  —  Facebook made two interesting announcements this week in the area of making their platform more open.  The first announcement was made by Mike Shroepfer in the developer blog post Next Steps in Openness where he writes
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Four reasons why public Facebook status updates won't kill Twitter
Discussion: All Facebook and CNET 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: Crave, GigaOM and White African
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
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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Demand Webcast of Trial  —  On February 16th 2009, one of the biggest trials in P2P history begins.  The case of the largest BitTorrent tracker, The Pirate Bay, will be followed by millions around the world.  —  The Pirate Bay team have been preparing for the media battle …
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
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 …
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel is shooting for PlayStation 4, but has it scored?
Discussion: PC World and Slashdot
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Google Latitude  —  Over and over, I've written about new interfaces to search.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Aviary Encroaches On Adobe Illustrator With Raven, The First …
Damaster / LiveSide:
Hotmail update starts rolling out for all users, POP3 coming to the US
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Evan Williams of Twitter Speaks at TED
 Earlier Items: 
Seeking Alpha:
Canaccord: Three New iPhones Expected in 2009
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
AT&T's 3G MicroCell to patch iPhone dead zones
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple to go back to user-replaceable batteries?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog