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11:55 AM 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 …
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.
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") …
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.
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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 …
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.
Retrevo blogs:
Apple iPad Hoopla Fails to Convince Buyers  —  A follow-up Retrevo Pulse study looking at consumer interest in buying the new Apple iPad indicates a failure to convince any new buyers to consider the iPad.  Not only did Apple fail to convince new buyers, it may have lost many potential buyers …
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Hard iPad Sell
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Mobile ad exchange Mobclix teams with Nielsen to sharpen ad targeting for 890,000 households  —  Mobile advertising is one of the hottest fields we report on at VentureBeat.  Gartner analysts expect it to be a $7.4 billion market by the end of 2014.  Not as big as Google's $20 billion-ish ad economy …
Discussion: MediaPost and GigaOM
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
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.
Electronista:
Nook to reach Barnes & Noble shops this Wednesday  —  Barnes & Noble today said that the Nook will at last reach its retail shops.  While it has had demo units in stores since launch in the fall, the bookseller now says it expects most locations to have units directly available to buy on Wednesday the 10th.
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikia Says It's Profitable, Goes On Hiring Spree  —  Wikia, a for-profit group of user generated wiki sites that was founded by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales in 2004, is now a profitable company.  CEO Gil Penchina says the company's revenues grew 4x in 2009 while they kept costs in check.
Discussion: Softpedia News
deal architect:
“Enterprise software is entirely bereft of soul”  —  I was in a session last year with Dave Girouard of Google, when I asked him if he still believed in the statement he made 3 years prior about enterprise software.  Without batting an eyelid, he asked me “Are you from SAP?”  —  Leo Apotheker is gone as CEO of SAP.
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