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6:15 AM ET, February 13, 2010

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google May Offer Buzz Independently From Gmail  —  Google says it may allow people to participate in Google Buzz without having it integrated within Gmail, in addition to offering a combined Gmail service.  That may be a welcome move from users of both products, especially in light …
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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.
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 separating its brand-new social networking service Buzz from Gmail.
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 …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:   Google Scrambles to Tweak Buzz Privacy Settings
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Too Easy: How a Simple Hack Can Turn Your Numeric Google Profile URL …
Discussion: Social Hacking and Electronista
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Cyber attacks against Australia ‘will continue’  —  An activist group that temporarily blocked access to key Australian government websites plans to continue its cyber attacks, the BBC has learned.  —  The group, known as Anonymous, was protesting against the Australian government's proposals …
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Renai LeMay / Delimiter:   Anonymous: Attacks better than signing a petition
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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Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Windows Mobile 7 Being Announced Monday Feb. 15
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apple's top 10 issues: AT&T, the App Store, and ... computers?  —  John Gruber, author of popular Apple-focused blog Daring Fireball, just finished his presentation at the MacWorld conference in San Francisco, where he walked through what he sees as Apple's top 10 issues.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Fred / A VC:
Thoughts On Buzz  —  Reece asked me in the comments the other day what I thought about Buzz.  I told him I hadn't had the time to turn it on and play with it.  I did that later in the day and have been using Buzz for a couple days.  So here goes Reece.  —  I'll state right up front …
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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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Looking for a Date?  A Site Suggests You Check the Data  —  Looking for love on an online dating service?  —  If you're a man, don't smile in your profile picture, and don't look into the camera.  If you're a woman, skip photos that focus on your physical assets and pick one that shows …
Shelly Banjo / Digits:
Obama Is Hiring a Twitterer  —  Calling all job-seekers: President Barack Obama is looking for an official Twitterer. … The Democratic National Committee's “social networks manager” job description says the position entails maintaining the President's accounts on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Rumoured Microsoft Project Pink phone “Turtle” confirmed at FCC  —  Sharp has revealed pictures of the rumoured Microsoft “Project Pink” device ‘Turtle’ in an FCC filing this week.  —  Sharp manufactured the original Sidekick for Danger, a company Microsoft acquired in February 2008.
Discussion: istartedsomething
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: Epicenter, Bits, CNET News, BoomTown, CNN and Gizmodo
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Google pulls Vancouver luge crash video off YouTube, still up elsewhere  —  The horrific luge crash in Vancouver today won't get much play on YouTube: Google quickly removed uploaded film clips at the request of the International Olympic Committee, activating its copy-protection tools.
Discussion: Techland and Techdirt
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 …
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED 2010: Wired for the iPad to Launch by Summer  —  LONG Beach, California — Wired Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson announced at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference on Friday that the publication would be releasing its content for the iPad by summer.
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Aaron Pickus / Mayor McGinn:
Seattle applies for Google Fiber for Communities
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
France's Le Fig Unveils Paid Features, But ‘News Will Be Free Forever’
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Wi-Fi rides to wireless networks' rescue
BBC:
The price of free  —  We are increasingly giving away personal …
Discussion: Guardian
Lauren Streib / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay On The Hook For $275,000 To Louis Vuitton (EBAY)
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
iPhone + Logo - Now a Registered Trademark of Apple Inc.
Discussion: App Advice and TiPb, Thanks:atul
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Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
EFF, library groups argue against Autodesk appeal
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM Eyes The iPad
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