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2:05 PM ET, February 8, 2010

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Chris Gourlay / Times of London:
Google leaps language barrier with translator phone  —  GOOGLE is developing software for the first phone capable of translating foreign languages almost instantly — like the Babel Fish in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  —  By building on existing technologies in voice recognition …
Matt Phillips / MarketBeat:
Apple Management: iPad Prices Could Change … Apple intends to stay “nimble” on pricing of the iPad, possibly lowering prices if the newly unveiled tablet device fails to gain traction among consumers.  —  That was just one of the items in a note out Sunday night from Credit Suisse recounting meetings with Apple executives.
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Eric Schmidt / The Official Google Blog:
Love and the Super Bowl  —  If you watched the Super Bowl this evening you'll have seen a video from Google called “Parisian Love”.  In fact you might have watched it before, because it's been on YouTube for over three months.  We didn't set out to do a Super Bowl ad, or even a TV ad for search.
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Verizon Blocks 4chan  —  According to 4chan's Twitter account and status update blog, they have been “explicitly blocked” by the Verizon wireless network.  —  If you're unfamiliar with 4chan and why an ISP/wireless company would block it, read more about it on Wikipedia.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The iPhone is the new Internet Explorer 6, says mobile developer  —  On the flip side of the debate about whether Flash is ill, in rude health, or simply untroubled by Apple's wilful refusal to countenance it on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, we have an analysis from Peter-Paul Koch, a …
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Ppk / QuirksBlog:
The iPhone obsession  —  Since my attempts at capturing web …
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
IBM Unveils Power7 Systems, Ramps Up Competition Against HP, Sun  —  IBM is rolling out the first of its Power7 systems as it looks to grab more market share in the $14 billion Unix server space from HP and Sun.  The move comes as HP and Intel prepare to release the next-generation Itanium processor …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's monster of a chip: an Itanium microprocessor with 2 billion transistors
Discussion: Intel and Between the Lines
Pwarden / PeteSearch:
How to split up the US  —  As I've been digging deeper into the data I've gathered on 210 million public Facebook profiles, I've been fascinated by some of the patterns that have emerged.  My latest visualization shows the information by location, with connections drawn between places that share friends.
Discussion: Brian Solis and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Droid's next update to be Android 2.1, includes multitouch browser  —  We've just gotten the inside line on the next Droid update that's making the rounds through Verizon's testing department from one of our trusted sources, and overall, it looks like this should take users 95 percent …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google doppelgänger casts riddle over interwebs  —  Why is Google routing the world through ‘Googol’?  —  Sometime in the middle of October, Google silently launched a new net domain - a barely-disguised doppelgänger to the familiar google.com - and according to the latest stats …
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Exclusive HTC Incredible Photos (Update: Video)  —  We were just handed some leaked photos of the upcoming Verizon HTC Incredible.  The device is running on Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, and as our tipster confirms, it's running with a Snapdragon CPU (and is described as “fast, really fast") …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tapulous launches new iPhone game, Riddim Ribbon  —  Tapulous has managed to maintain a strong business on the iPhone with its Tap Tap Revenge music games, despite the entry of RockBand from the big guys, MTV Networks and Electronic Arts.  Now Tapulous wants to hit another home run with a new music app for the iPhone.
Wu Yiyao / CHINAdaily:
Biggest hacker training site shut down  —  What is believed to be the country's biggest hacker training site has been shut down by police in Central China's Hubei province.  —  Three people were also arrested, local media reported yesterday.  —  The three, who ran Black Hawk Safety Net …
PC World:
Nokia Targeted in US Class Action Suit  —  A class action complaint against Nokia alleges the company committed securities fraud when describing its operations in 2008.  —  The class action complaint was filed on Friday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Discussion: mocoNews and eWeek
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Nokia retools factory, cuts jobs to focus on smartphones
Discussion: InformationWeek
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Hackers ship Pwnage Tool for 3.1.3 for iPhone  —  The iPhone Dev-Team has introduced PwnageTool 3.1.5 for Mac OS X which now supports Apple's recently-released iPhone OS 3.1.3.  —  “Phone 3GS users (regardless of unlock) should stay away from this and all 3.1.3 jailbreak tools unless you know you have your …
Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
British Library to offer 19th Century first editions for free download on Amazon Kindle  —  The British Library is to make more than 65,000 rare first editions of 19th Century fiction available for the public to download for free from the spring.  —  Owners of the Amazon Kindle e-book device …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Job Postings Hint at Amazon's Plans for the Kindle  —  It looks like color screens and Wi-Fi might be the next additions to Amazon's Kindle.  —  Last week, Brad Stone and I reported that Amazon had acquired the New York based multi-touch screen company Touchco to integrate into Lab126, the Kindle hardware division.
Discussion: New York Times and Gizmodo
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Loopt Launches Local Advertising  —  Competition is heating up in the social location space, with companies like Yelp, Gowalla and Foursquare recently raising fresh capital and adding new features and partners.  And then there's Google, entering the fray with tools like Near Me Now and Latitude.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Bids Are In for AOL's Sale of ICQ-It's Down to a “U.N.” of Four Buyers  —  AOL has taken another step closer to selling off its ICQ instant messaging service, culling seven bids to four “serious” ones, said sources close to the situation.  —  The price for the service is hovering …
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
TweetDeck Brings YouTube and Flickr Inside the Client  —  All right Tweetdeck fans, rev up your engines and prepare to update to Tweetdeck 0.33, which adds a slew of new features, better API management and more in-Tweetdeck media previews.  —  We could list all the new features in Tweetdeck 0.33 …
RealNetworks.com:
RealPlayer for the Mac Makes It Easy to Move Video Onto Mobile Phones, iPods and Other Devices  —  RealPlayer SP Beta for the Mac available for free beginning today  —  RealNetworks® (Nasdaq: RNWK) released RealPlayer® SP Beta for Mac today at www.real.com, a free software download …
Discussion: Macworld, VentureBeat and Appletell
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Netflix warns loophole, Comcast-NBC merger could hurt open Internet  —  Netflix's main business — DVDs delivered by mail — couldn't be more 1990s.  But increasingly, the company's streaming online video service has emerged as a threat to cable and satellite television providers.
 
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Tim Bajarin / PC Magazine:
Apple's iPad: A Blessing and Curse for Publishing
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Samsung Super AMOLED screen to show up on mobile phone at MWC
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Social Music Player TuneWiki Raises Funding From Motorola Ventures, Others
Discussion: mocoNews and PR Newswire
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In Secret, Nations Work Toward Crackdown on Piracy
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