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6:20 AM ET, February 11, 2010

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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.  —  Just sent a note to my private email list.... you can signup at  —  http://www.bit.ly/jasonslist for future updates.  —  Forwarded message —  From: Jason Calacanis
Daniel Lyons / Techtonic Shifts:
Google Buzz?  More Like Buzz Kill  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the unveiling of Google Buzz  —  God bless those hard-working techies in Silicon Valley for inventing this constant stream of things that serve mostly to make me feel guilty because I don't want to use them even though everyone else …
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google's Little Fiber Experiment Could Cost Over $1 Billion
Discussion: GigaOM
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google Doesn't Want to Be an ISP — It Wants to Be a Rabble-rouser
Discussion: PC World and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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Ivan Watson / CNN:
Iran obstructing links to outside world, opposition members say
Discussion: CNET News
Ryan Flinn / Bloomberg:   Google Confirms ‘Sharp Drop’ in Iran's Gmail Traffic
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace, R.I.P  —  It is not good to talk ill of the dead.  It is okay, however to speak the truth, however harsh it might seem, about the living dead.  —  Rupert Murdoch's $580 million MySpace purchase has outlived not only its utility, but has also finally hit its expiration date.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace CEO Van Natta Was Fired by News Corp. Digital Head Miller in Late Afternoon Meeting  —  The long-running telenovela that has been MySpace over the years took yet another dramatic turn late today when News Corp. Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller fired MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta …
Discussion: Gawker and paidContent
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
TOLDJA: Owen Van Natta Out As MySpace CEO (NWS)  —  Owen Van Natta is out as CEO of News Corp (NWS) social network MySpace.  He will be replaced by newly-elevated co-Presidents Mike Jones and Jason Hirschhorn.  —  We heard this was coming last week.  —  Then, a source close to News Corp senior management told us:
Brent Schlender / Perspective:
Bill Gates Joins the iPad's Army of Critics.  Steve Jobs Couldn't Care Less.  —  With the sudden ridicule of Steve Jobs' new do-everything media player, Apple has abruptly become a ripe target for those who would like to take it down a notch.  The tsunami of criticism is probably excessive …
Stephen Chapman / MSFTKitchen:
Windows 8 to be “Completely Different” and “Mind-Blowing”  —  Over the course of the past week and a half, a couple of individuals from Microsoft have commented about Windows 8 in a rather excited manner.  First, there was a blog entry on January 31, 2010 (which has since then been deleted) …
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Martin Veitch / Business Technology Leadership:
Microsoft's Mangelaars on Win 8, Apple & Google's Chrome ads blitz
Discussion: The Open Road
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.
Wall Street Journal:
IPad Magnifies Apple's Flash Feud  —  Apple Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. used to be cozy partners, but they have become increasingly estranged since the computer maker unveiled its iPad tablet late last month.  —  While Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs announced that the iPad will revolutionize Web surfing …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola has an oopsie, Android 2.1 update for the DROID not rolling out this week?  —  Potentially bad news for DROID owners as word out of Motorola's support forums suggest that the Motorola DROID will not see the rumored 2.1 update drop this week.  According to Matt, forums manager over at Motorola …
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.
The Age:
Google baulks at Conroy's call to censor YouTube  —  Google says it will not “voluntarily” comply with the government's request that it censor YouTube videos in accordance with broad “refused classification” (RC) content rules.  —  Communications Minister Stephen Conroy referred …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Boing Boing
Michelle Megna / Enterprise Mobile Today:
BlackBerry OS: New BlackBerry Apps, MS Buying RIM?  —  Two new BlackBerry applications out today are aimed at helping mobile IT with wireless security and mobile device management issues relating to the BlackBerry OS.  —  But that's not the only news pertaining to Waterloo that's grabbing headlines …
Discussion: Go Rumors and fiercemobileit.com
Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Weighs Plan to Break Up  —  Signage for Motorola is displayed outside their office building in Tempe, Ariz.  —  Motorola Inc. is close to rolling out a new plan that it hopes will revive a long-suffering effort to separate the company's main business units, according to people familiar with the matter.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
WSJ Op-Ed Piece by Holman W. Jenkins Jr. Argues Apple Is Getting All Microsofty  —  Holman W. Jenkins Jr. on the iPad: … So his argument is that no matter how bad Flash is technically and experience-wise, Apple should add it to the iPad so people can watch Hulu.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Microsofting of Apple?  —  Apple is in danger of becoming …
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
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: Network World and VentureBeat
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
ASUS planning a ‘killer product’ for June, Eee Pad noise grows louder  —  ASUS CEO Jonney Shih has been speaking on the subject of the now finalized Pegatron spin-off and delivered a couple of teasing tidbits of info about the company's future direction.  Naturally, most interest will be piqued by the …
Discussion: DigiTimes, SlashGear, TUAW and Go Rumors
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
IBM's Jeopardy-playing machine can now beat human contestants  —  ‘Watson’ may face Jeopardy public challenge within a year  —  IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer is now capable of beating human Jeopardy contestants on a regular basis, but has a ways to go before it takes on the likes of 74-time champion Ken Jennings.
Discussion: insideHPC
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Scribd Looks To Apps And E-Readers To Lift Its Profile
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
The Cost of an E-Book Will Be Going Up
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Congress wants an e-book reader for low-income kids
Discussion: Kindle Review
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Online Advertising Revenues Ramp Up 10.2 Percent In Fourth Quarter
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Your Privacy Online: The Internet's Greatest Bait and Switch
LeeAnn Prescott / VentureBeat:
54% of US Internet users on Facebook, 27% on MySpace
Discussion: ResourceShelf and Research-Write
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Roku Adds Channels, Third-Party Remote Apps
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Hit With More Privacy Lawsuits In The Wake Of Changing Users' Settings
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vudu Lives (Outside the Box)
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Twitter Taps Pixar Exec. as CFO
Discussion: paidContent, Pulse2, Mashable! and USA Today, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Subscriptions Off The Table For Now, Apple To Test $1 TV Shows
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
Super Data  —  My name is @kevinweil and I'm on the analytics team at Twitter.
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Warner quits free music streaming