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Gmail Blog:
Millions of Buzz users, and improvements based on your feedback  —  Posted by Todd Jackson, Product Manager, Gmail and Google Buzz  —  It's been just two days since we first launched Google Buzz.  Since then, tens of millions of people have checked Buzz out, creating over 9 million posts and comments.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
5 Reasons Why Gmail Buzz Privacy Isn't All That Bad  —  Google released Buzz for Gmail and there are issues if you're not careful with your settings as well as possibly unwanted group overlaps (I wouldn't be too surprised if in the future, a less tech savvy family member posts a meant …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New: Google Maps Labs  —  When Google wants to test new features, they call them Lab experiments, and make them opt-in.  Now, following many other services, Google Maps received a Lab icon.  Click the green flask at the top of Google Maps and you get a chance to enable features like the following:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Wants To Give A Free Kindle To All Amazon Prime Subscribers  —  In January Amazon offered select customers a free Kindle of sorts - they had to pay for it, but if they didn't like it they could get a full refund and keep the device.  It turns out that was just a test run for a much more ambitious program.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Demos StreetSide With Flickr Photos, Live Video & “Bing Sky”  —  Today at the TED conference in Southern California, Microsoft demonstrated its enhanced, Silverlight version of Bing Maps, with StreetSide imagery, Photosynth and Map Apps, which allow third party data and content to be placed within the map.
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Bing / Search Blog:
Spatial Search: The Next Frontier  —  Have you ever thought about all the content and media out there on the Web?  Information that we use daily to help make decisions, like reviews of the best restaurant for chicken parmesan or the t-shirt shop perfect for a vintage G&R t-shirt?
Dmitry Shapiro / Chief Disruptor:
Veoh Letter  —  Veoh launched in September of 2005 with a bold goal: To make it possible for anyone with a video camera and a computer to broadcast video to the world.  While others were working on helping people share short video clips, Veoh created technologies that made it possible …
Discussion: Macworld and AppScout, Thanks:atul
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Veoh Finally Calls It Quits: Layoffs Yesterday, Bankruptcy Filing Soon  —  Veoh, one of several well-funded start-ups that have tried and failed to cash in on the Web video boom, is finally calling it quits.  The company let go of the remainder of its workforce yesterday …
Google Code Blog:
Announcing Google Chart Tools  —  A good chart can tell a story, such as depicting when you get home on Saturday night by plotting your tweet patterns along the week.  —  A good chart can take an elusive concept and clarify it in a visually appealing manner.
Thanks:atul
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The iPad that launched a thousand apps  —  Data gathered in January show a rush of new projects on the iPhone operating system  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Flurry Analytics  —  Measured by the number of applications available for each type of device, Google's (GOOG) …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista
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Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
Flurry Smartphone Industry Pulse, January 2010
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft halts Windows Update distribution of security fix after blue-screen reports  —  Microsoft has removed one group of patches it released as part of this week's Patch Tuesday — MS10-015 (KB977165) - from its Windows Update service until it can investigate reports by some users that it is causing havoc with their PCs.
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Dell Mini 5: we have it (update: new pics and video!)  —  That's right!  After all those quick and dirty appearances, we've finally got our own Dell Mini 5 (aka “Streak” or “M01M") prototype for a more in-depth look.  Got a question about this mysterious beast?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Meet the guys behind Pocket God  —  Their pygmy-killing iPhone game is the unlikely winner of this year's “Best App Ever” award  —  Dave Castelnuovo and Allan Dye.  Photo: Spencer Brown  —  It started as a week-long “sprint project” — a bit of bare-bones entertainment for Apple's (AAPL) …
Discussion: TUAW
9 to 5 Mac:
Wanna hear what the cops are saying?  There's an App for that....  Imagine the fun.  Juicy Development has introduced a police scanner app for the iPhone and iPod touch, Police Scanner 2.  —  This ingenious little app lets users alert others about emergency broadcast streams as they happen using text messages.
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Acquiring RIM May Be Bad Idea, Says Analyst  —  Microsoft is reportedly interested in purchasing BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, but such an acquisition could have negative consequences for Microsoft, an analyst says.  Both Microsoft and RIM saw their share …
Discussion: Business Week
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Paying Apple More Than $100 Million Annually For iPhone Search Deal (AAPL, GOOG)  —  The rumor that Apple is building its own search engine “isn't credible,” according to a source familiar with Apple's operations.  —  Our source tells us “there's too many options” for search on the market …
T3.com News:
Microsoft hints at Office for iPad  —  Microsoft has revealed to T3 that it may be ready to unleash a version of Office for Mac for the Apple iPad.  —  The Seattle-based company let slip the possibility of a suite for the new tablet during a demonstration of the brand new Office for Mac 2011 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Aviary Now Free As A Bird  —  Aviary is easily one of the best online image editors out there — maybe the best.  But to take full advantage of all it offers, you had to pay for its full suite, which cost you $24.99 a year.  Well, that is until now.  Starting today, the full service is now available for free to all users.
Discussion: Aviary Blog and Lifehacker
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payment Service Square Simplified On Video  —  Remember that awesome video that was made for the Twitter iPhone app Birdhouse last year (if not, watch it)?  Well, that guy, Adam Lisagor (aka LonelySandwich) is back at it again, this time for the mobile payment startup Square.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Engadget and Erictric
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Chip-and-PIN is broken  —  Noted security researcher Ross Anderson and colleagues have published a paper showing how “Chip-and-PIN” (the European system for verifying credit- and debit-card transactions) has been thoroughly broken and cannot be considered secure any longer.
Roman Loyola / Macworld:
Macworld Expo 2010 Best of Show winners  —  When it comes to Macworld Expo, there's one question that Macworld editors are asked without fail: What are the most interesting products at the show?  And that's the idea behind the Macworld Expo Best of Show awards—to highlight the products that stand out at the show.
IWB / Irving Wladawsky-Berger:
Extreme Scale Computing  —  Supercomputing has been a major part of my education and career, from the late 1960s when I was doing atomic and molecular calculations as a physics doctorate student at the University of Chicago, to the early 1990s when I was general manager of IBM's SP family of parallel supercomputers.
Discussion: insideHPC and Tom Foremski: IMHO
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Microsoft Reorganizes Marketing Team, Appoints Chief Creative Officer  —  Taps Gayle Troberman for Post; Several Execs Also Gain New Roles  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Microsoft has reorganized its central marketing group and among the changes is the naming of a chief creative officer.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Opera Press Room:
Opera Mini reaches important milestone — Crosses 50 million active users
Discussion: Mashable! and Web Browsers
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Marvell launches the next 1 GHz smartphone processor
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
4chan's moot takes pro-anonymity to TED 2010
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Google Fights Back Against Book Settlement Critics
Discussion: cyberlaw.stanford.edu, Reuters and CNET News, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Preview: Meebo's Simple, Quick, And Slick iPhone App
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Now 60 Million Strong
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Yahoo Founders To Sell Shares
Dharmesh Shah / HubSpot Company Product News Blog:
One Lesson From The Twitter Grader Screw-up: OAuth Rocks
Discussion: CounterMeasures, ITworld.com and Guardian, Thanks:atul
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Email as Identity: Google Turns on WebFinger
Discussion: Softpedia News and Google
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Aardvark For $50 million
 

 
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