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The Official Google Blog:
Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network  —  Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York.  Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Your new ISP?  Google launches 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home trial  —  People have wondered for years what Google might be up to with all that dark fiber it had bought up around the country.  Now, we may have an answer: delivery of open-access, fiber-to-the-home Internet service at speeds of 1Gbps.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google Doesn't Want to Be an ISP — It Wants to Be a Rabble-rouser
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Google's Little Fiber Experiment Could Cost Over $1 Billion
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Google dabbling in broadband service, Seattle intrigued
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Fox News:
Iran Shuts Down Gmail, Announces National E-Mail Service  —  Iran's telecommunications agency announced what it described as a permanent suspension of Google's e-mail services, saying that a national e-mail service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out.
Discussion: NEWS.com.au and Telegraph
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Ivan Watson / CNN:
Iran obstructing links to outside world, opposition members say  —  (CNN) — Iranian authorities have imposed a virtual information blockade after opposition leaders issued a call for supporters to take to the streets during an important government anniversary on Thursday, people inside the country are saying.
Discussion: CNET News
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Authorities Brace for Protests  —  BEIRUT—Iranian authorities deployed in force across Tehran Wednesday to conduct last-minute security sweeps and warn residents to refrain from joining antigovernment protests planned for Thursday.  —  The government typically orchestrates large …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
WARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw (GOOG)  —  There is a huge privacy flaw in Google's new Twitter/Facebook competitor, Google Buzz.  —  When you first go into Google Buzz, it automatically sets you up with followers and people to follow.  —  A Google spokesperson tells us …
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
BREAKING: Google Buzz is brilliant, Facebook just lost half its value.
Thanks:atul
David Reiss / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Chat Now Available Everywhere  —  We believe you should be able to connect with your Facebook friends everywhere.  We're happy to announce that now you can with Facebook Chat.  Starting today, the more than two billion chat messages sent on the site every day can be sent from your favorite desktop instant messaging client.
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Serkan Piantino / Facebook Developers:
Integrating Facebook Chat Everywhere  —  Every day people send more than two billion chat messages to each other on Facebook.  Today we're making it easier for people to extend those conversations with their Facebook friends to instant messaging clients beyond Facebook.com.
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).
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Warner quits free music streaming  —  Record label Warner Music has said it will stop licensing its songs to free music streaming services.  —  Companies like Spotify, We7 and Last.fm give free, legal and instant access to millions of songs, funded by adverts.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hulu Could Still Launch On The iPad  —  When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad last month, one notable potential partner absent from the stage was Hulu, now the second-largest video site on the Web.  The launch event focussed more on the iPad as an eBook reader to rival the Kindle, but watching videos on it will be just as important.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Live From Yahoo SearchSpeak 2010  —  We're here at Yahoo's Sunnyvale, CA headquarters for an event the company is holding called “SearchSpeak” to talk about, you guessed it: their search product.  —  Speaking here are:  — Shashi Seth, Senior Vice President of Search Products, Yahoo!
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Yahoo Says Don't Count Us Out on Search
Discussion: Reuters
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
U.S. To Be Hit By Massive Cyber Attack On Feb. 16.  Asterisk.  —  On February 16, at about 10:00 am ET, the U.S. will be hit by a massive, crippling cyber attack from an unknown entity.  Key players will convene in the White House situation room and plan the response, from mitigation to (possibly) retaliation.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
Super Data  —  My name is @kevinweil and I'm on the analytics team at Twitter.  The convergence of sports, brands, and culture around the Super Bowl makes for a particularly fascinating set of tweets to follow.  Fans of the @NFL watch the Super Bowl for the football and others enjoy the spectacle for the commercials.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
iPad Costs Leave Room for Price Cuts  —  Apple may pay as little as $219.35 for the new tablet's parts, says iSuppli.  That leaves room to cut the price of a device that analysts say may be too expensive  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPad tablet computer, introduced Jan. 27, may have component costs …
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 …
Chamath Palihapitiya / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Mobile: 100 Million and Growing  —  We want as many people as possible to be able to access Facebook all the time, regardless of where they live or what device they carry.  Today, we hit another milestone toward that goal, with more than 100 million people actively using Facebook from their mobile devices every month.
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 …
Jeff Kunins / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Messenger - a short history  —  Hi, my name is Jeff Kunins, and I am the Group Program Manager (GPM) for social networking across Windows Live.  In other words, I'm totally focused on partnering with and connecting to social networks and other web services that you already love …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hacker ‘Mudge’ gets DARPA job  —  Peiter Zatko—a respected hacker known as “Mudge”—has been tapped to be a program manager at DARPA, where he will be in charge of funding research designed to help give the U.S. government tools needed to protect against cyberattacks, CNET has learned.
Royal Pingdom:
Twitter: Now more than 1 billion tweets per month  —  Over the past few months there has been plenty of speculation around the Web that Twitter's growth has stalled, but if we look at activity on Twitter in terms of the number of tweets, this is far from the truth.
Eric Schmidt / Washington Post:
Erasing our innovation deficit  —  We can see it reflected in our search trends at Google: Too many people are out of work, and the fear of unemployment is changing the behavior of millions more.  In the fall, searches related to back-to-school shopping and holiday travel bookings peaked weeks later …
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
Paul Boutin / New York Times:
Taming Twitter's Streams With Automated Web Sites  —  Unlike Facebook, whose builders strive to make it an ever more organized social network, Twitter seems to thrive on being a jumble.  It is an egalitarian sort of mess: Twitter does not sort its users into categories, does not tag some as celebrities …
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Subscriptions Off The Table For Now, Apple To Test $1 TV Shows  —  Leading up to its January event, rumors were swirling that Apple was talking to the TV networks about offering possible subscriptions to their shows through iTunes.  Of course, that never happened.
 
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Hit With More Privacy Lawsuits In The Wake Of Changing Users' Settings
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vudu Drops Box for Improved Movie Service
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Twitter Taps Pixar Exec. as CFO
Discussion: USA Today, Thanks:atul
Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Weighs Plan to Break Up
Discussion: Engadget
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
PUMA to announce a sports-centric, solar powered cell phone next week
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Unwired View, Thanks:gregkumparak
Weldon Dodd / TheAppleBlog:
Macworld 2010: Life Without Apple
Discussion: Macworld and Reuters
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Report Warns Silicon Valley Could Lose Its Edge
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:rachelannyes
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies Office Communicator 2010 beta for March debut
Discussion: Neowin.net
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
BBC tells news staff to back social media
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Who Is The New York Times Hiring To Build Its Paywall? (NYT)
Discussion: MediaMemo
USA Today:
Some ditch social networks to reclaim time, privacy
Discussion: BloggingStocks
 

 
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