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4:30 PM ET, February 9, 2010

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Todd Jackson / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Buzz  —  We've blogged before about our thoughts on the social web, steps we've taken to add social features to our products, and efforts like OpenSocial that propose common tools for building social apps.  With more and more communication happening online …
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Gmail Blog:
Google Buzz in Gmail  —  Posted by Edward Ho, Tech Lead, Google Buzz  —  Five years ago, Gmail was just email.  Later we added chat and then video chat, both built right in, so people had choices about how to communicate from a single browser window.  Today, communication on the web …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If Google Wave Is The Future, Google Buzz Is The Present  —  See our live notes from today's Google Buzz event here.  —  Google has a problem.  Despite having their hands in just about everything online, they've never been able to tackle what is a key part of the fabric of the web: social.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo: We've Had Our Own Google Buzz For Over A Year (YHOO, GOOG)  —  Yahoo (YHOO) didn't wait for Google's (GOOG) press conference announc Google Buzz to end before sending us an email on Yahoo Updates — the Yahoo product that does almost exactly the same things, and has been around for over a year.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MobileCrunch
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google Officially Announces Google Buzz - A Google Approach To Sharing  —  Buzz will begin to roll out in the next 9 - 10 minutes.  Full roll out over the next few days.  - We are updating, bear with us.  —  As we expected after yesterday's breaking news, Google has officially announced …
Louis Gray:
How Google Buzz Validates but Marginalizes FriendFeed  —  When FriendFeed debuted on the scene in late 2007, it was one of the simplest ways to aggregate all of my updates from the social outposts I have all over the Web, see friends' updates and have a discussion around their shared items.
Discussion: PSFK
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Slams Google Buzz
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Book Publishers Beware!  At iTunes, Expensive Music Equals Slower Sales.  —  After years of complaints, last year the music labels finally got what they wanted from Apple-the ability to raise prices on their songs.  Last April, iTunes introduced a “variable pricing” scheme …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   A Veteran of Big Music Explains Why Big Music Is Doomed
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Reports December 2009 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share  —  Nearly Two-Thirds of America's 234 Million Mobile Subscribers used Text Messaging in December 2009  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Foursquare Signs a Deal With Zagat  —  Foursquare, the location-based mobile application that is capturing the fancy of hip urbanites, is a fun bar game that lets users compete for points and badges when they go out at night.  But recently the service has been branching out beyond its bar-hopping origins.
John Tierney / New York Times:
Will You Be E-Mailing This Column?  It's Awesome  —  Sociologists have developed elaborate theories of who spreads gossip and news — who tells whom, who matters most in social networks — but they've had less success measuring what kind of information travels fastest.  Do people prefer to spread good news or bad news?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Man Who Looked Into Facebook's Soul  —  Youth social networking researcher danah boyd has observed that many people presume the way they use social networks is the way everyone uses them.  “I interviewed gay men who thought Friendster was a gay dating site because all they saw were other gay men,” she says.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco: The Mobilpocalypse Is Coming!!!!!  —  Cisco forecasts that by 2014 we will be using 3.6 exabytes a month on mobile networks worldwide, according to its Visual Networking Index figures released today.  (For those pondering an exabyte, it's equal to 1 billion gigabytes or half a trillion MP3 files.)
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
No Sense Of Humor, TechCrunch Is Blocked In China  —  Over the past 48 hours, and perhaps longer, it appears that TechCrunch is being blocked inside China.  We've confirmed this with contacts and tipsters inside China who can no longer access our site, as well as through Web tools …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Releases Aperture 3 - Retail Price Is $199, Upgrade Costs $99  —  It's been almost 2 years to the day when Apple released Aperture 2.0, and this morning the company announced that the third iteration of the photo editing and management software is available.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Granted a Huge Patent Win for 3D Virtual Apple Store  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 9 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today in addition to two design wins and an interesting Reexamination patent which suggests that some third party was challenging Apple's GUI based patent.
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Smartphone keys get quantum trick  —  Hand-held devices could soon have pressure-sensitive touch-screens and keys, thanks to a UK firm's material that exploits a quantum physics trick.  —  The technology allows, for example, scrolling down a long list or webpage faster as more pressure is applied.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With SMS, Twilio Continues to Shake Up Communications  —  About 25 months ago, when I first met Jeff Lawson, formerly of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the founder and CEO of Twilio, I was skeptical of his chances.  After all, he wanted to marry the world of voice to the world of web applications.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and A VC
Telegraph:
Microsoft launches ‘child-friendly’ Internet Explorer  —  The ‘Click Clever, Click Safe’ browser will enable young users to report cyber bullying and inappropriate content to the authorities  —  The web browser, an enhanced version of Internet Explorer 8, gives youngsters and families …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Watching the birth of Flickr co-founder's gaming start-up  —  Tiny Speck, a company started by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield and three partners, is unveiling its new game, Glitch, on Tuesday.  The company has been under the radar since it was founded last March, and no one has known what was being developed.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WordPress Builds Posterous Importer  —  For Edelman VP Steve Rubel, Posterous is the hottest thing out there today.  Last summer Rubel talked about how Posterous changed how he looks at blogging.  —  Posterous is a simple way to create a blog by using email to create online content and store it for easy viewing and sharing.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Netgear partners with Ericsson for a 3G-receiving, WiFi-emanating router  —  Had enough of dealing with oligopolistic wired broadband suppliers?  Well, with Netgear's brand spanking new MBRN3300E you can just ride off into the 3G sunset and say goodbye to those pesky wires.
Discussion: eWeek, Netgear, Obsessable and IntoMobile
Electronista:
Seagate reveals 10,000RPM 600GB hard drive  —  Seagate said on Tuesday it is now shipping its Savvio 10K.4 enterprise-grade hard drives.  The series is the first to feature a model with 600GB of capacity and a 10,000RPM speed in a 2.5-inch form factor.  The drives are said to offer twice …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
TI stuffs WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM radios on a single chip, UWB and LTE are like ‘hello?’  —  Heads-up, kids — Mobile World Congress is but days away from liftoff, and it looks like Texas Instruments will be there with a purpose.  The company has today introduced what it's calling the …
Jon Brodkin / InfoWorld:
Startup links VMware with Amazon to create secure cloud storage  —  Nasuni's virtual NAS file server runs on VMware and connects to cloud platforms, adding encryption and several features to improve performance  —  A storage startup called Nasuni is unveiling a virtual NAS file server …
Discussion: The Register
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple seen to extend exclusive iPhone deal with AT&T  —  Two new analysts said Tuesday that the iPad-AT&T deal suggests Apple may extend its exclusive iPhone agreement through 2011, leaving the wireless provider as the sole carrier of the handset in the U.S. this year.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo To Shutter “Yahoo! Tech"* (YHOO)  —  Update: Yahoo confirms that the “largely inactive” blogs will be phased out altogether.  The two active blogs, belonging to Ben Patterson and Chris Null, will be ported over to Yahoo News.  —  Earlier: Yahoo has posted a notice that its tech site …
Discussion: paidContent
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Microsoft, Google Team With MediaTek in Smartphone Push  —  Microsoft and Google have turned to Taiwanese chipset vendor MediaTek to boost their traction in smartphones aimed at China and other emerging markets.  —  MediaTek has already developed a chipset and other hardware …
Discussion: Engadget, FierceWireless and PMP Today
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Shared content on Facebook surges fivefold from seven months ago  —  Facebook users are sharing five billion pieces of content a week, or five times as much as they were in July, according to new statistics the company released this month.  —  The big burst in sharing comes as Facebook …
Discussion: Softpedia News and All Facebook
 
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Nintendo scores piracy win: Australian owes $1.3M for leaking …
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