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12:25 AM ET, February 10, 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 …
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.
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.
Louis Gray:
How Google Buzz Validates but Marginalizes FriendFeed
Zengestrom:
The Buzz is out  —  This morning Google switched on real …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:chrismessina
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple seen extending 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.
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.
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and paidContent
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.
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Yahoo Launches SQL Interface to Twitter  —  Every time I switch to jQuery, Yahoo's YUI libraries seem to keep luring me back.  Just yesterday, Yahoo added one more tool to its arsenal of YQL libraries that actually makes the Twitter API intuitive, giving me another reason yet to switch back to yui …
Thanks:jesse
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.
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
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 …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN Plays Up the Web  —  Sports Network Adding Features to Expand Distribution, Viewers  —  In a high-profile push to make money from online video, sports broadcaster ESPN is putting new muscle into a Web site that shows live events for paying subscribers.
Discussion: paidContent
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Disney's Iger Takes Big Swig Of iPad Kool-Aid  —  Bob Iger wasn't on stage for the iPad launch last month, but the Disney CEO just gave a demo spiel Steve Jobs, the company's largest shareholder, would applaud about a “really compelling” device that could be a game changer.
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Facebook, AOL enter partnership  —  On a day that Google augmented Gmail with a social networking feature, Facebook and AOL announced a partnership that will allow millions of their users to add friends and chat across the Web environments.  —  Tuesday's dueling announcements underscore …
Discussion: TechCrunch and AOL Mail Blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
T-Mo's HSPA+ Upgrade to Hit the Coasts First  —  T-Mobile may end up having one of the fastest mobile broadband networks in the country — at least for a short time, as it rolls out HSPA+ upgrades across its network this year, which will offer theoretical speeds of 21 Mbps down.
Discussion: TmoNews
Asdf / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
The Anatomy of a Whale  —  By Ed Ceaser (@asdf) and Nick Kallen (@nk)  —  Sometimes it's really hard to figure out what's causing problems in a web site like Twitter.  But over time we have learned some techniques that help us to solve the variety of problems that occur in our complex web site.
Thanks:atul
Nick Bilton / Bits:
An Annual Report on One Man's Life  —  At the end of 2005, Nicholas Felton decided to publish a report that would chronicle his life over the previous year.  He looked through his music archives to see how many songs he had listened to.  He checked his airline ticket stubs to see how many miles he had flown.
Thanks:atul
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Legend makes an encore appearance, this time with specs  —  The race is on to see how many angles of HTC's upcoming Legend can be snapped before the phone's official debut, so here's our next submission.  As you can see, the hard-edged aluminum theme continues to wrap its way around …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo Prelude  —  Macworld Expo 2010 kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco.  Is it going to fly without Apple?  I don't know.  I don't think anyone does yet.  Apple's traditional presence at Macworld was so large, both figuratively (with the attention paid to their keynote address) …
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: Geekword and The Next Web
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
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 …
 
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