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6:25 PM ET, February 12, 2010

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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google: We May Remove Buzz From Gmail  —  In light of the substantial privacy concerns voiced this week about Google Buzz, the company says it may separate Buzz from Gmail.  —  Danny Sullivan has spoken with Bradley Horowitz, Google's VP of Product Marketing, about some of the Buzz issues at the TED Conference.
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Harriet Jacobs / Fugitivus:
F**k you, Google  —  I use my private Gmail account to email my boyfriend and my mother.  —  There's a BIG drop-off between them and my other “most frequent” contacts.  —  You know who my third most frequent contact is?  —  My abusive ex-husband.  —  Which is why it's SO EXCITING …
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Responds To Blogger's Outrage With Product Tweaks (GOOG)  —  Google (GOOG) is rolling out two more privacy tweaks for Google Buzz in response to a post by an outraged blogger who claimed that Google Buzz had given her abusive ex-husband and his friends access to personal information.
Discussion: CNET News
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google says VP's comments misconstrued, not taking Buzz out of Gmail  —  In an update to an earlier post, Google says vice president of product marketing Bradley Horowitz' comments were misconstrued by SearchEngineLand.  He had told the blog that Google was considering taking its brand-new social networking service Buzz out of Gmail.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Too Easy: How a Simple Hack Can Turn Your Numeric Google Profile URL Back into a Gmail Address  —  Over the last few days, there has been a lot of buzz about how much private information your public Google profile contains if you don't choose the right settings.
Discussion: Social Hacking and Computerworld
Gmail Blog:
Millions of Buzz users, and improvements based on your feedback
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.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Bets on Software Upgrade to Fight IPhone  —  Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Six years ago, Microsoft Corp.'s software ran about a quarter of all smartphones and was gaining ground.  Then Apple Inc.'s iPhone and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. left the software giant in the dust.
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The Official Google Blog:
Google acquires Aardvark  —  When you need an answer to a very specific question, sometimes the information just isn't online in one simple place.  For example, let's say you want to know if there's snow on Skyline Boulevard on a given day or the best time of year to plant beans in the Bay Area.
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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:
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Google Maps Get Labs With 9 Cool New Features
Discussion: All Points Blog and GMSV
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Wi-Fi Turns Rowdy Bus Into Rolling Study Hall  —  VAIL, Ariz. — Students endure hundreds of hours on yellow buses each year getting to and from school in this desert exurb of Tucson, and stir-crazy teenagers break the monotony by teasing, texting, flirting, shouting, climbing (over seats) and sometimes punching (seats or seatmates).
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Sergey Brin Talking China At TED  —  At the TED conference in Southern California, host Chris Anderson held an impromptu Q&A with Google cofounder Sergey Brin on Google's decision to leave China.  —  Anderson started out asking Brin to recount what happened.
Discussion: Bits, CNET News, CNN and BoomTown
Peter Burrows / BusinessWeek:
Another Sign of An Apple-Bing Deal On iPhone  —  Since we broke the story that Apple and Microsoft were in talks to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone, I've been waiting for more evidence from other sources.  It came this morning, from Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Picture of Google News New Home Page Test  —  A week ago today, we reported Google News was testing a new home page design.  Since then, I have been begging those who have seen the test to post a picture so the rest of us can see what they see.  Finally, yesterday, someone posted an image in the Google News Help forum.
Discussion: The Next Web, Erictric and Neowin.net
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 new applications being written for each type of device, Google's (GOOG) …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Skype Planning VoIP Over Verizon Wireless?  —  This just in: Skype tells mocoNews.net it will be hosting a joint news conference with Verizon Wireless at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.  No word on what this announcement is about, but it will be the first time that a major mobile operator has stood up with Skype.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
App Store Now Has 150,000 Apps.  Great News For The iPad: Paid Books Rule.  —  During Apple's iPad event in January, CEO Steve Jobs announced that Apple now had over 140,000 apps in the App Store (along with over 3 billion downloads).  If the numbers by app analytics company Distimo are correct, that number is now past 150,000.
Discussion: VentureBeat, App Advice and TeleRead
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Do E-Readers Cause Eye Strain?  —  The admonition offered by legions of mothers — “Don't sit so close to the TV” — isn't really an option when it comes to e-reading devices.  You have to get close to the screen to use it.  —  The act of reading is going through a number of radical transitions …
Discussion: Kindle Review, MacDailyNews and Gizmodo
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iPhone + Logo - Now a Registered Trademark of Apple Inc.  —  After years of jostling and wrangling in the press that Cisco and Canadian firm Comwave owned the iPhone trademark and therefore Apple would never prevail, the word from the USPTO is official: iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. - officially as of Feb 09, 2010.
Discussion: App Advice and TiPb, Thanks:atul
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon May Have to Share Lines Under FCC Plan  —  Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. would be forced to lease fast Internet lines to rivals providing Web services to small businesses under a proposal being weighed by U.S. regulators.
 
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Shelly Banjo / Digits:
Obama Is Hiring a Twitterer
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM Eyes The iPad
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Nancy Sudheer / business24-7.ae:
LG's e-reader to take on rivals iPad, Kindle
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Motally Cooks Up Flexible APIs To Allow Publishers To Import And Export Analytics
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New York Times:
China Alarmed by Security Threat From Internet
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft And Partners Are About To Add A Big Fat Social Layer To Outlook
Discussion: Between the Lines
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Microsoft Reorganizes Marketing Team, Appoints Chief Creative Officer
Discussion: The Register and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
9 to 5 Mac:
Wanna hear what the cops are saying? There's an App for that....
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
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Extreme Scale Computing
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Announcing Google Chart Tools
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