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10:50 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.
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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
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Twitter is now worth like half as much as it was last week  —  Fred Wilson has a revisionist outlook on Facebook opening up their feeds, mainly to protect his investment in Twitter.  I agree that AIM started all this, but it should be noted that Twitter just finished negotiating to be purchased by Facebook …
Discussion: All Facebook and Scripting 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 …
Jonathan Skillings / Crave:
OLPC to laptop makers: Use our design  —  The One Laptop per Child initiative seems to have found that imitation isn't simply a form of flattery, it's grounds for a new business model.  —  Speaking at the TED 2009 conference, OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte said that the future of the initiative …
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Gmail Within Striking Distance Of Hotmail  —  Between September 2007 and September 2008, Gmail's visitor total grew 39%, from 18.8 million to 26 million.  —  The growth of Google's Gmail service is accelerating and, if current trends continue, it could surpass Windows Live Hotmail by the end of this year.
Discussion: Googling Google
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 …
Discussion: digg.com
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 digg.com
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 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, Coolfer and P2P Blog
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
2008 Cyberlaw Year-in-Review  —  It's a sign of my schedule that I'm just now getting to this, and this post will be more pithy than I initially conceived.  This post recaps some of the Cyberlaw highlights from last year.  Frankly, the two biggest stories of 2008 were the financial markets meltdown …
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel is shooting for PlayStation 4, but has it scored?
Discussion: PC World and Slashdot
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Where data goes when it dies and other musings
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
The Failure of the Open Field
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 …
Discussion: AppScout
 Earlier Items: 
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
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Samir Balwani / Mashable!:
Presenting: 10 of the Smartest Big Brands in Social Media
Discussion: SnowBlog and digg.com
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 digg.com