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10:35 AM ET, February 14, 2010

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Gmail Blog:
A new Buzz start-up experience based on your feedback  —  Posted by Todd Jackson, Product Manager, Gmail and Google Buzz  —  We've heard your feedback loud and clear, and since we launched Google Buzz four days ago, we've been working around the clock to address the concerns you've raised.
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Buzz Drops Auto-Following, Won't Automatically Connect to Google Services, Adds Better Disable  —  After a week's worth of complaints and confusion, Google is updating Buzz to address many of the privacy concerns and annoyances raised by the new social networking service.  The update brings three major changes.
Discussion: The Next Web
Brad Stone / Bits:
Chatroulette's Creator, 17, Introduces Himself  —  This week my colleagues Jenna Wortham, Nick Bilton and I have been utterly fascinated with, and sometimes repulsed by, a suddenly popular new Web site called Chatroulette.  —  The site, which gets about 20,000 users on a typical night …
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Fred / A VC:
Some Interesting Facts About Chatroulette  —  We had a very interesting discussion about Chatroulette here last week.  Since then, reporters at the NY Times got the founder to talk and they posted the email exchange here.  —  Here are some interesting facts from the NY Times piece:
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Macworld iPad panelists defy Steve Jobs' snub of the show  —  This year's annual Macworld conference is missing a key component: Apple.  The company — very likely Steve Jobs himself — decided last year that they weren't getting enough out of Macworld.  —  This year, Macworld bravely carried …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 Series: that's the name  —  So we were just casually strolling through Plaça d'Espanya today in front of Fira de Barcelona — better known as the site of MWC 2010 this coming week — and we couldn't help but notice that Microsoft's digs at the Hotel Catalonia across …
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Miguel Helf / New York Times:
These Battle Lines Are Drawn in Yellow  —  JASON COWIE, the owner of Kingpinz Skateboard and Snowboard Shop in Houston, has done a pretty good job of getting his business noticed on the Web.  Just type “skateboards in Houston” on a search engine, and his store will be among the first listed.
David Richards / Channel News:
Samsung Confirms Chrome Based Netbook  —  Samsung Australia has confirmed that it is set to launch a new netbook running the new Chrome operating system.  —  At a launch yesterday for several new Intel based Samsung notebooks, the head of Samsung IT, Phil Newton, said that Samsung Australia …
Fuad Abazovic / Fudzilla:
Calpella to get replaced by Huron River in 2011  —  Intel is all about platforms  —  It's no secret that Intel likes its platforms as it gives it a chance to take more than one chip, comfortably wrap it around the term “Platform” and sell it to you.  Naturally, this method works like a charm and is a great way to earn more money.
Discussion: Engadget, TechSpot and SlashGear
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
HP Opens First Ever Wind-cooled Data Center  —  From the outside, Hewlett-Packard's newest data center looks like a massive, well-secured loading dock, devoid of logos and surrounded by a robust barbed-wired fence in a nondescript industrial park.  —  The low-profile approach is intentional …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Average iPhone Consumer Data Usage Pegged at Five Times That of BlackBerry  —  Consumer Reports announced this week the results of a study it commissioned assessing the monthly data usage for customers of Apple's iPhone and other smartphones.  The data, obtained from over 1,000 consumer accounts linked …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Johannes Ullrich / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Twitpic, EXIF and GPS: I Know Where You Did it Last Summer  —  Modern cell phones frequently include a camera and a GPS.  Even if a GPS is not included, cell phone towers can be used to establish the location of the phone.  Image formats include special headers that can be used to store this information, so called EXIF tags.
 
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Justice Dept. defends warrantless cell phone tracking
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