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10:05 PM ET, February 13, 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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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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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tom Has Finally Reached His MySpace Friend Limit  —  MySpace cofounder Tom Anderson supposedly begged to keep his job when the rest of the founding team was shown the door nine months ago.  They kept him on, almost as a mascot.  He was, after all, the first friend everyone had when signing up to MySpace.
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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.
Daily Mobile:
Pictures: Samsung S8500 “Wave” - Leaked Photos  —  Here are some high quality pictures of the Samsung S8500 aka Wave, the first phone with the Bada operative system from Samsung.  —  Samsung Wave specs:  — 3.3"amoled screen  — 5mpix autofocus, flash  — 720p video  — 2gb internal memory
Boy Genius Report:
RIM making “big” announcement Tuesday, BESX, unlimited and free?  Cloud syncing?  —  We've been able to independently confirm the following details, though we don't believe we have all of the information surrounding this announcement yet.  —  With that said, according to multiple RIM employees …
Bloomberg:
Verizon Said to Be Planning to Put Skype on Its Mobile Phones  —  Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, will include Skype Technologies SA's Internet- calling software on phones to stave off competition from AT&T Inc., according to two people familiar with the matter.
Frédéric Filloux / Washington Post:
Apple's iPad could be game-changer in digital-media censorship  —  I live in a country (France) where censorship is a big deal.  It comes mostly from greedy celebrities; they use a legal system that largely favors them.  Often, they find a compassionate judge to rule on the issue …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
A Guide To Following The 2010 Winter Olympics Online  —  The 2010 Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver tonight, and for those of you who can't be tied to your TV every night to watch the opening and closing ceremonies and competitions, here's a compilation of sites where you can not only …
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Google pulls Vancouver luge crash video off YouTube, still up elsewhere
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PC World:
Apple Offers $10K in Music for 10 Billionth iTunes Download  —  Brennon Slattery, PC World  —  Time to start loading up on music: Apple has announced it will give one lucky customer a $10k iTunes gift card once it reaches .  Apple calls the event a “huge milestone for music” and …
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 …
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
 
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