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9:15 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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If Google Wave Is The Future, Google Buzz Is The Present
Brad Fitzpatrick:
Want to connect your blog or some other feed to Google Buzz?  This is a guide.
Discussion: Geekword
Opera Press Room:
Opera Mini for iPhone sneak peek  —  Exclusive press and partner preview at MWC 2010  —  Opera Software, maker of the world's most popular mobile Web browser, plans to reveal Opera Mini for iPhone in an exclusive press and partner preview during the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC).
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Opera Mini for iPhone to be revealed next week, available never
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 …
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, Gadgetell and Electronista
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google makes biggest gain in smartphone market share  —  US mobile users are increasingly getting into text messaging, Internet browsing, and social networks as they continue to shift to more capable devices.  Additionally, Apple's and Google's share of the smartphone market is inching …
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Simon Walker / AndroidSPIN:
HTC Scorpion Leaked.  Maybe 1.5Ghz Processor.  Android 2.2.  Is it real?  —  Is the HTC / Google Nexus one the king of the crop anymore?  —  Not if the following rumor has any validity.  —  More and more rumors appear everyday about new devices coming from HTC and this latest leaked build file looks …
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.
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Dave Caolo / TUAW:
iPad pre-orders overwhelm Norwegian stores  —  Who's got low expectations for the iPad?  Not the Norwegians, as one local store can't keep up with pre-orders.  —  Late last week, retailer Eplehuset (Apple House) suspended pre-orders all together when they sold out.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Integrates Facebook Chat Into AIM  —  AOL Instant Messenger is integrating Facebook Connect to allow AIM users to chat with their Facebook friends.  The image to the right shows how the initial sign up will look.  —  We expect AOL and Facebook to make an announcement on the product on Wednesday …
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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.
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo: We've Had Our Own Google Buzz For Over A Year (YHOO, GOOG)
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.
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.
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Debuts XHP: More PHP Enhancement  —  Last week, we were chasing our tails in giddiness over HipHop, a newly open-sourced PHP runtime developed in house at Facebook.  —  Today, amid the rabid excitement over Google Buzz, Facebook quietly pumped some more code into the world.
AT&T:
AT&T Selects LTE Equipment Suppliers  —  Agreements with Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson Extend Existing 3G Relationships to Cover Planned Deployment of Next-Generation LTE Mobile Broadband Network
Jamie Davidson / The Official Google Blog:
Safety Mode: giving you more control on YouTube  —  Diversity of content is one of the great things about YouTube.  But we know that some of you want a more controlled experience.  That's why we're announcing Safety Mode, an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Stephanie Pappas / LiveScience:
3-D Movies are Harder to Pirate, for Now  —  James Cameron's 3-D epic Avatar wowed audiences with its immersive special effects, but Hollywood is hoping the technology can do something more: Give film studios breathing room in the fight against movie piracy.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sprint earnings: More progress in fourth quarter, but still dropping subscribers  —  Sprint Nextel's fourth quarter revealed a company that is making progress, but not enough to give AT&T and Verizon much of a fight.  The wireless carrier slowed customer defections, but is still losing subscribers …
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.
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Jeff Kunins / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Messenger - a short history
Discussion: LiveSide.net and Geek In Disguise
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
What Do We Want? Our Data. When Do We Want It? Now!
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Reports: SQL injection attacks and malware led to most data breaches
Blog of Rights:
Cybersecurity is Not Your Gig, NSA!
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Court dismisses long-running WGA ‘spyware’ suit vs. Microsoft
Discussion: Computerworld and Ars Technica
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Meebo Eyes A New Market For Its Chat Bar: Online Retailers
Neil Vidyarthi / All Facebook:
Farmville Players Send 220 Million Valentine's Day Virtual Gifts In 18 Hours
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Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Yahoo Launches SQL Interface to Twitter
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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN Plays Up the Web
Discussion: Digits and paidContent
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
T-Mo's HSPA+ Upgrade to Hit the Coasts First
Discussion: Android and Me and TmoNews
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo Prelude
Discussion: Macsimum News
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why former employees say Microsoft can't innovate
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
YouTube Will Kill Flat-rate Mobile Broadband Pricing Forever
Discussion: P2P Blog, Thanks:atul
 

 
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