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6:10 PM ET, February 2, 2010

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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nexus One gets a software update, enables multitouch (updated with video!)  —  The iPhone isn't the only handset getting bumped today — Google's just outed a very, very significant update to the Nexus One that includes Google Goggles on board and a re-upped version of Google Maps that includes suggestions and a dedicated night mode.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did Google Just Multi-Punch Apple In The Face?  —  As great as Android phones are getting, there has been one major feature lacking that users have complained about: multi-touch.  Yes, some third-party apps have been free to use it on certain devices, but the best Android apps, those made by Google, have all lacked it.
Discussion: Liliputing
Google Nexus One:
New Software Update for Nexus One phones  —  Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive an over-the-air software update on their phones.  This update provides some great new features, and fixes a few problems that some users might have experienced, including:
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Photo of Apple's next-generation iPhone in the wild - sources  —  A photograph containing one of Apple's fourth-generation iPhones has been lingering undetected in the public domain for nearly a week now thanks to having been overshadowed — quite literally — by the company's new iPad, AppleInsider has learned.
Haiping Zhao / Facebook Developers:
HipHop for PHP: Move Fast  —  One of the key values at Facebook is to move fast.  For the past six years, we have been able to accomplish a lot thanks to rapid pace of development that PHP offers.  As a programming language, PHP is simple.  Simple to learn, simple to write, simple to read, and simple to debug.
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
CONFIRMED: Facebook Gets Faster, Debuts Homegrown PHP Compiler [Update]
Discussion: eWeek, GigaOM, WebProNews and Open Source
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
We're turning comments off for a bit  —  Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand.  What is normally a charged — but fun — environment for our users …
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Engadget editor: Why I turned off comments  —  Gearhead megasite Engadget, which attracts millions of readers every month, and sometimes in a single day, disabled comments on its posts this morning in response to a barrage of what the editor calls “trollish” comments in the wake of the site's extensive iPad-related coverage last week.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Demands Removal Of USB Sharing Feature In Stanza iPhone App  —  Like many people, I have the Stanza app installed on my iPhone.  Made by Lexycle (acquired by Amazon last year), Stanza is a free app for iPhone and iPod Touch that serves as a gateway to a library of more than 100,000 ebooks for easy reading on the go.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft investigating Windows 7 battery issue  —  Microsoft says it is looking into a problem that is causing some Windows 7 users to get a warning that there is a problem with their battery when, in fact, there is not.  —  “We are investigating this issue in conjunction with our hardware partners …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Engadget
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 market share tops 10 percent
Discussion: eWeek, The Next Web and Tech Eye
Dan / WordPress for Android:
WordPress for Android 1.0 Release  —  We're pleased to announce that WordPress for Android is now available in the Android Market.  The initial release has focused on giving you the ability to manage your blog while on the go.  —  Features include the ability to:  — Configure and manage multiple blogs
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
A First Taste Of What The Google Tablet's Interface Will Look Like (Pics)  —  Last week, the world saw Apple's long anticipated tablet device, the iPad, for the first time.  In the aftermath since that announcement, a few things have become clear: it will be great for some people …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Rosensweig to Leave Guitar Hero; Takes Over as CEO of Online Textbook Rental Start-Up Chegg  —  Longtime Silicon Valley exec Dan Rosensweig (pictured here) is stepping down as CEO and president of the Guitar Hero division of Activision Blizzard to take a new job as president and CEO of Chegg, the top online textbook rental start-up.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
YouTube's Take From Movie Rentals: $10,709.16  —  By the measures of the movie rental market, YouTube's first foray into the business of charging users to stream full length feature films was hardly a runaway success.  —  YouTube said last month that it would dip its toes …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TheFunded Ranks The Most Loved VCs Of 2009  —  Some VCs are getting an early Valentine's Day gift fromTheFunded, the site where CEOs rate venture capitalists and their firms.  Below you will find the top-ranked individual VCs, as determined by their ratings in 2009.
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John Cook / TechFlash:   Where's Seattle in TheFunded's list of top venture capitalists?
New York Times:
A Little Chip Designed by Apple Itself  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sure, the screen is nice.  But the iPad's most important component, at least for Apple's future, may be the A4, the fingernail-size chip at the tablet's heart.  —  With the A4, Apple has taken another step toward challenging the norms of the mobile device industry.
Dion / techno.blog:
Google isn't Evil.  Flash isn't Dead; Thank god the Open Web doesn't have a single vendor  —  Steve Jobs didn't hold back when talking about Google and Adobe.  That is great.  Life is so much more fun when people speak their mind.  I remember hearing a story when Sir Steve was asked why mac keyboards where the way they were.
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Kevin Lynch / Adobe Featured Blogs:
Open Access to Content and Applications
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Ryanarter / Mission:
iPad Camera rumor becoming a reality?  We think so.  —  Hello all-  —  We received our first shipment of iPad parts today.  Here's one of the metal internal frames:  —  Upon opening them up and getting our hands on some of these rare items, we immediately noticed what appears to be a “spot” for a camera within the iPad frame.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Glam Raises $50 Million Mezzanine Round at $750 Million Valuation  —  Glam Media, the online women and lifestyle media and ad-network company, has raised another big round, this time a mezannine round before its logical next move of an IPO in the next year or so.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Report Ranks Facebook As Greatest Corporate Security Risk  —  According to a new report published by Sophos today, Facebook now poses the greatest security risk to companies among the leading social networks.  Of the 500 firms which were polled, 60 percent “felt that Facebook was the biggest danger”.
Gmail Blog:
Improved Google Search in Labs  —  Hello again.  I've been taking advantage of my 20% time to make some improvements in the Google Search lab I told you about last April.  For starters, I've hooked up a bunch of Google's most popular search features, including:
Discussion: WebProNews, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson Aspen: first with Windows Mobile 6.5.3  —  It's finally here: Windows Mobile 6.5.3, the iterative finger-friendly Windows Mobile release that should have been wrapped into 6.5.0.  The latest mobile wares from Microsoft come wrapped inside the Sony Ericsson Aspen (aka, Faith); …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
New Facebook craze can violate terms of service  —  If you're one of Facebook's 350-million-plus members, you've probably noticed a handful of people on your friends list changing their profile photos to pictures of celebrities, cartoon characters, Muppets, and other notable figures recently.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.1.3: Addresses iPhone 3GS Battery Level Accuracy, App Launching Issues  —  Apple today released iPhone OS 3.1.3 for all iPhone and iPod touch models, addressing several specific bugs as well as offering fixes for a handful of security issues.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Internet Explorer 8 Officially Becomes World's Most-Used Browser  —  This week, Net Applications released their January browser market share report.  Their report shows that Internet Explorer 8 is not only the most popular browser on Windows with 27.9% usage share, but that it now has 25.6% …
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
The biggest ripoff: text message beats movie popcorn  —  Everyone knows that movie popcorn is one of the biggest ripoffs, right?  I mean, really, how much does it cost to pop enough popcorn to fill that $6 tub?  It turns out that movie popcorn carries a 600 percent markup.  —  Ouch.
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Grandma endures wrongful ISP piracy suspension  —  All Cathi “Cat” Paradiso knew for sure, as she learned that her Web access was being shut off, was that she was losing her struggle to stay calm.  —  To Paradiso, the customer-service representative from Qwest Communications on the phone …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Murdoch: Tablets, e-readers and smartphones are “lifeless” without content  —  All the buzz these days may be about new tablet PCs, the growing list of e-readers and the constant change coming to smartphones.  —  On a conference call to discuss second quarter earnings today …
Discussion: paidContent
 
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Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Google Adding Direct Phone Support for Nexus One Customers
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Twitter: We Reset Some Passwords as Security Measure
Discussion: Computerworld and TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Meet the Super Bowl's official Twitter hashtag
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Mac Slocum / Nieman Journalism Lab:
CNET and Gizmodo are sharing content, and they don't seem worried …
Aaron Bronzan / The LinkedIn Blog:
Reorder the Sections on Your LinkedIn Profile: Now You're in Control
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