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8:25 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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Slams Google Buzz  —  “Busy people don't want another social network, what they want is the convenience of aggregation.  We've done that.  Hotmail customers have benefitted from Microsoft working with Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and 75 other partners since 2008.”  - Microsoft statement on Google Buzz.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Macsimum News and The Next Web, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
YouTube Will Kill Flat-rate Mobile Broadband Pricing Forever  —  Video is driving the projected increase in both mobile and wired broadband — but it's not the proliferation of video that's the problem for mobile operators so much as the relative ease with which consumers can now access it.
Discussion: P2P Blog, Thanks:atul
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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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
January Search Results In!  Bing Keeps Gaining Share, Everyone Else Loses (GOOG, YHOO, MSFT)  —  The January search share numbers are in.  —  The big story is that Microsoft's Bing continues to gain share, jumping another half-point to 11.3%.  We think Bing is buying these share gains …
Don Reisinger / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook rolls out photo slide show feature, but says goodbye to Lexicon  —  Anyone who has spent time clicking through large photo albums on Facebook knows how tiring the experience can be.  But with the help of a recently launched Facebook prototype called Slideshow, users can cut down on click fatigue.
Discussion: The Next Web
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The Steve Rubel Lifestream:
Facebook Pulls Lexicon Analytics Tool
Discussion: Mashable! and All Facebook
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Microsoft on iTunes in 2003: ‘We were smoked’  —  There has been a lot of commentary following last week's New York Times op-ed by Dick Brass, a former Microsoft executive who claims that the company is bogged down by process and infighting, and has hence lost its ability to innovate.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Yes, there's a Google Street View Snowmobile now  —  Iterating off the Street View car and the Street View “tricycle”, Google has built another contraption to record the physical world for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  —  They'll be driving a Street View Snowmobile around the Games for maps.
Russell Adams / Digits:
AP Stories Reappear on Google News  —  New articles from the Associated Press have quietly started rolling out on Google's news site in the past hour, ending a nearly seven-week absence stemming from contentious negotiations between the two parties. … The AP and Google have been negotiating …
Discussion: paidContent, Mashable! and The Wire
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Micron to buy Numonyx in $1.3 billion stock deal  —  Buzz up!  —  BOISE, Idaho - Micron Technology says it plans to buy fellow memory chip maker Numonyx in an all-stock transaction the companies value at $1.27 billion.  —  Micron plans to issue 140 million shares to Numonyx shareholders …
Discussion: MarketWatch and Reuters
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?
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: Netgear, eWeek, Obsessable and IntoMobile
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
RealNetworks, MTVN To Spin Off Rhapsody; Real Gives Up Control  —  The groundwork has already been laid and now it's official: RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) is spinning off music service Rhapsody in the hopes of giving both companies a better chance at success.  Real will reduce its interest …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why former employees say Microsoft can't innovate  —  By many measures, Microsoft is simply too big.  The bigness is in the gut, like a middle-aged man who drinks too much beer and eats too many classic potato chips.  In computing years, Microsoft most certainly is a middle-aged company.
Sco / Gowalla:
Announcing the Gowalla API  —  Today we are excited to release the first public version of the Gowalla API.  Starting now, developers can build applications that use Gowalla data in fun and interesting ways.  All of the technical details can be found by browsing the API Explorer …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jotham Sederstrom / New York Times:
New Jersey, Home of the Servers  —  The boxy three-story building at 5851 Westside Avenue in North Bergen, N.J., attracts as much attention from passing motorists as a cornfield by the side of an interstate in Iowa.  —  No signs proclaim its occupant, and its generic off-white facade …
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: TechCrunch, A VC and VentureBeat
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.
 
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Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
Microsoft Seals Ad Deal With Interpublic
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft, Google split over browser bug bounty
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Jon Brodkin / InfoWorld:
Startup links VMware with Amazon to create secure cloud storage
Discussion: The Register
Kevin Korpi / The Next Web:
What will be seen in Google Goggles future? People Recognition.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Jason Palmer / BBC:
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