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8:25 PM ET, February 16, 2010

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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Google Went Into “Code Red” And Saved Google Buzz (GOOG)  —  Here's the story of how panicking just enough may have saved Google's answer to Facebook and Twitter.  —  A week ago, Google launched an add-on to Gmail called Google Buzz.  Almost immediately, the world howled with complaints …
Discussion: CNET News and USA Today
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Google admits Buzz testing flaws  —  Google has admitted to BBC News that testing of its controversial social network Buzz was insufficient.  —  The firm has had to make a series of changes to the service after a ferocious backlash from users concerned about intrusions of privacy.
Jyri / Zengestrom:
Top 10 things to fix in Google Buzz  —  Let's face it: less than a week into the game, the shortcomings of Google Buzz are crippling its use.  Even proponents are critical of the platform.  As Robert Scoble put it, “They made some horrid mistakes.”  —  Nonetheless people (even Robert!) want it to succeed.
Peter Nowak / CBC News:   Privacy commissioner probing Google Buzz
Peter Parkes / About Skype:
Verizon Wireless and Skype join forces to create a global mobile calling community  —  New Skype Mobile product for Verizon Wireless smartphones brings more value to US mobile consumers  —  BARCELONA, Spain; BASKING RIDGE, NJ, United States; and LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg, 16 January 2010 …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to allow unlimited Skype calling over 3G starting next month  —  We may be way off base here, but we're pretty sure the game just got upended.  Days after AT&T appeased the masses by finally enabling 3G streaming over the iPhone's SlingPlayer app, Verizon Wireless has one-upped that gesture in a [big] gargantuan way.
Chris Anderson / Epicenter:
The Wired Tablet App: A Video Demonstration  —  Last week Jeremy Clark from Adobe and I unveiled the first glimpse of the Wired Reader at TED.  Above, you'll see a video, narrated by Jeremy and Wired Creative Director Scott Dadich, who led our tablet team, that shows more.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Zero, A Text-Only Mobile Site For Carriers  —  At the Mobile World Congress 2010, Facebook's Chamath Palihapitiya just finished a 20-minute keynote, outlining the social networking juggernaut's mobile strategy.  We'll have a video of the full presentation up soon.
Bloomberg:
RIM Unveils WebKit Internet Browser to Compete With IPhone  —  Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry phone, unveiled an overhauled Internet browser for its devices today to attract more non-business customers.  —  “Today we are announcing an exciting …
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Electronista:
FCC calls for 100Mbps across most of US  —  FCC chairman Julius Genachowski at a conference today launched (PDF) an effort to boost the speed of Internet access in the US to 100Mbps and higher.  Dubbed 100 Squared, it would provide at least 100Mbps access to 100 million homes in the US.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Desire: your Nexus One with Sense and Flash has arrived (video)  —  The one thing you'll never see on a stock Nexus One is a skinned interface like Sense or TouchWiz — they're just not Google enough for a phone commissioned and sold directly by Mountain View.
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Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
iPad deals with publishers face hurdles  —  Newspaper and magazine publishers are stumbling over key issues, such as sharing subscription revenues, as they consider deals to offer digital versions of their products on Apple's iPad digital media device.  —  These talks are in early stages …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Android Who Cried Wolf  —  Currently, Google has one of the more interesting problems I've ever seen.  While I'd never tell anyone to slow down their pace of innovation, with Android, I can't help but wonder if Google might have to do just that — because it's seriously starting to trip over itself.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Steve Jobs' 6 Sneakiest Statements  —  Steve Jobs was reportedly wearing a top hat when he visited New York publishers last week.  It's a fitting lid for the Apple CEO, who can be as tricky as a magician.  —  Jobs has a knack for throwing off Apple watchers with his masterful misdirections.
Discussion: Macworld, The Apple Core and 9 to 5 Mac
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Redbox Cuts Deal With Warner; Agrees To 28-Day Window  —  Coinstar (CSTR) unit Redbox this afternoon said it signed a new multi-year distribution deal with the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment unit of Time Warner (TWX) that will allow Redbox to rent new Warner DVD and Blu-Ray titles after a 28-day window.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
New Facebook Statistics Show Big Increase in Content Sharing, Local Business Pages  —  How much traffic does Facebook now send to other web sites?  Analytics firm Compete tells the San Francisco Chronicle 13 percent of US traffic to big web portals — Yahoo, MSN, AOL — came from it in December, the most out of any traffic source.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony Dash given ability to stream TVs and movies from Netflix, new lease on life  —  We were filled with excitement the moment Sony took the wraps off of its Dash personal internet viewer back at CES, but after learning that this was less of a tablet and more a sophisticated widget machine for in-home use …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
HBO Prepares Site That Will Offer Shows and Movies  —  HBO looks to be on the verge of unveiling its Internet streaming service in a wider way.  —  A Web site called HBO GO, subtitled “It's HBO on your computer,” appeared online weeks ago, promising access to scores of TV episodes and films.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
In Apps World, Divide and Conquer Carries Risks  —  BARCELONA — In the world of mobile phone applications, Apple, Google, Nokia and their competitors seem to have only their differences in common.  —  The players in the field who are attending the Mobile World Congress here this week …
Royal Pingdom:
Study: Ages of social network users  —  How old is the average Twitter or Facebook user?  What about all the other social network sites out there, like MySpace, LinkedIn, and so on?  How is age distributed across the millions and millions of social network users out there?
Discussion: Screenwerk and ResourceShelf, Thanks:atul
Nielsen Wire:
Facebook Users Average 7 hrs a Month in January as Digital Universe Expands  —  In a monthly view of U.S. Internet activity for top parent companies and web brands, The Nielsen Company found that the average time users spend using Facebook per month grew nearly 10%, topping seven hours.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
What Kevin Smith means for the future of PR  —  On Saturday, the crew of a Southwest Airlines flight between the California cities of Oakland and Burbank asked a passenger to leave the plane before takeoff because they deemed him too overweight to fly.  Unfortunately, that passenger happened …
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Download Squad
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Loves Open Source And Launches A Directory To Prove It  —  In recent months, there seems to be a mad rush of companies trying to one-up each other with how open-source they are.  Twitter is the latest, as they have launched a directory of all the open source projects they're currently working on and/or contributing to.
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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89% of Journalists Source Stories From Social Media, Yet Only 15% …
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Will Google Goggles Get Lost In Translation?
Discussion: eWeek and Erictric
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ad.ly Launches Self Serve Platform For Advertisers To Push Sponsored Tweets
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SocialTimes.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Peek at Path.io: Stealth Startup From Facebook's Dave Morin …
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