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5:35 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.
Zengestrom:
The Buzz is out  —  This morning Google switched on real time conversations on Gmail, mobile, and Google Profiles.  The product got the name Google Buzz.  —  As the former product manager and someone who made the decision to sell a startup and move his family halfway around the world to build said product …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch, Thanks:chrismessina
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Quicktake: What Google Buzz Means  —  Google launches status update features  —  Google launches Buzz, which many will find similar to Friendfeed now part of the Facebook family.  Google Buzz will enable content to be aggregated, and then prioritized based upon the people you already email with …
Brad Fitzpatrick:   Want to connect your blog or some other feed to Google Buzz?  This is a guide.
Louis Gray:
How Google Buzz Validates but Marginalizes FriendFeed
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  —  Here's a guaranteed way to drum up support for an upcoming press event: claim the impossible.  Opera just announced a press and partner preview of its Opera Mini browser for the iPhone at Mobile World Congress.
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.
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 …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google makes biggest gain in smartphone market share
Discussion: eWeek
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
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Integrates Facebook Chat Into AIM
Discussion: AOL Mail Blog
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ubergizmo:
Hook Your Motorola Droid To USB Printers In The Future?  —  How would you like to be able to hook up a USB printer, or USB flash drive to your Motorola Droid?  That's not possible just yet, but thanks to a couple of folks who were fiddling with the Motorola Droid, it might be possible in the future.
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
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
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.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Neil Vidyarthi / All Facebook:
Farmville Players Send 220 Million Valentine's Day Virtual Gifts In 18 Hours  —  Whenever I discuss virtual goods and the Facebook revenue model with people outside the industry, the first thing they ask me is: do people actually care for virtual goods?  My answer is always the same …
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
 
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
ID Theft: Don't Take It Personally
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Meebo Eyes A New Market For Its Chat Bar: Online Retailers
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN Plays Up the Web
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
T-Mo's HSPA+ Upgrade to Hit the Coasts First
Discussion: Android and Me, TmoNews and Gizmodo
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo Prelude
Associated Press:
Micron to buy Numonyx in $1.3 billion stock deal
Discussion: VentureBeat and MarketWatch
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why former employees say Microsoft can't innovate
Agence France Presse:
Baidu profit surges nearly 50 percent in fourth quarter
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Don Reisinger / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook rolls out photo slide show feature, but says goodbye to Lexicon
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Sco / Gowalla:
Announcing the Gowalla API
Discussion: TechCrunch
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
RealNetworks, MTVN To Spin Off Rhapsody; Real Gives Up Control
Discussion: MediaMemo and PR Newswire
Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
Microsoft Seals Ad Deal With Interpublic
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft, Google split over browser bug bounty
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