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Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Mediagazer is to Media as Techmeme is to Tech  —  Today we're launching our first new news vertical in almost four years: Mediagazer, which will focus on the content production and distribution business, organizing topics as wide as journalism, blogging, video production, e-books, and digital distribution technologies.
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Maya Baratz / All Shook Down:
From Media Writer to Mediagazer: S.F.'s Megan McCarthy Launches Meta Aggregator
Discussion: valleywag
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Mediagazer: Techmeme's Editors Will Help Us Watch The Death Of Print …
The Official Google Blog:
Statistics for a changing world: Google Public Data Explorer in Labs  —  Last year, we released a public data search feature that enables people to quickly find useful statistics in search.  More recently, we expanded this service to include information from the World Bank, such as population data for every region in the world.
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Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:   Google launches tool for searching public data
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Tidbits from the iPad commercial: Book prices, My Documents (and phantom camera?)  —  Also, TUAW noticed a NYTimes Best Seller list button at the bottom.  —  During Apple's iPad commercial last night, we caught a glimpse of iBookstore pricing.  The prices seem to fall below hardcover books …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Airs First iPad Commercial During Oscars, Steve Jobs at Event [Ad Video Posted]  —  Apple just aired their first iPad commercial during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.  A description of the ad by Doju:  —  The commercial was just on, depicted a person using the iPad on their lap …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP Slate makes an appearance to show off Flash, stays for a rock concert  —  It shouldn't be any surprise that the HP Slate supports Flash, since it runs Windows 7, but we've seen so little of the device since Steve Ballmer first waved it around at CES that we're still totally intrigued by this video from Adobe showing it in action.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How Pandora Slipped Past the Junkyard  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Tim Westergren recently sat in a Las Vegas penthouse suite, a glass of red wine in one hand and a truffle-infused Kobe beef burger in the other, courtesy of the investment bankers who were throwing a party to court him.
Electronista:
Verizon: 4G gets 12Mbps average, 50Mbps peak in real world  —  Verizon today expanded on some of the actual results for its expected 4G network.  After testing in the Boston and Seattle areas, the provider estimates that a real connection on a populated network should average between 5Mbps …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Hey, ‘Friend,’ Do You ‘Like’ My Sad Story?  —  I recently “liked” a story about five people dying in an explosion in Connecticut.  —  I didn't actually “like” the fact that five people had died in a terrible accident.  Technically, I didn't even “like” the story — I found the reporting …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Microsoft ‘takes on Goliath’ with Bing ads mocking Google  —  Microsoft's ‘Bing and decide’ campaign, starting on television this week, attacks ‘information overload’ of rival's results  —  Microsoft is to launch a multimillion-pound TV ad campaign for its search engine Bing …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
An Apple App Star Explains Why He Won't Work With Android  —  Smule's Jeff Smith is one of the app revolution's success stories.  His start-up has generated some of the biggest hits at Apple's iTunes app store, from novelty items like Sonic Lighter to more ambitious stuff like Leaf trombone.
Discussion: www.pocketgamer.biz, Thanks:atul
MediaShift:
What Are the Legal Implications of PleaseRobMe?  —  They know where you sleep, and now they know where you get coffee.  —  That was the message driven home by the recently created website PleaseRobMe.com.  The site aggregates Twitter posts sent when a person uses Foursquare to check in at a location …
Discussion: The Next Web and Mark Evans Tech
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Buzz, Latitude May Be Integrated, Google Says  —  Google will try different points of integration between Google Latitude and the new Google Buzz for mobile application.  Because Google Buzz for mobile formed at the intersection of social and mobile, many industry watchers wondered …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Inside the Low-Paying Cheezburger Empire  —  Ben Huh's media startup is focused on LOLcats and other internet animal memes.  Things are less cute behind the scenes, where underpaid and overworked humans lurk, according to several company veterans who answered our recent request for information.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
At GDC, iPhone game development breaks out  —  This year, for the fist time, the Game Developers Conference, which commences Tuesday in San Francisco, will feature a two-day summit dedicated to iPhone games.  —  If you had any doubts that the iPhone must now be considered one of the world's …
Discussion: TiPb, gdconf.com and VentureBeat
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Testing TV Search Service On Android-Enhanced Set-Top Boxes (GOOG, DISH)  —  Google is testing a new TV search service with Dish Network, the no. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider, the WSJ reports.  —  The service lets you search TV shows and Web video, including YouTube videos, the WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro reports.
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Has business press lost touch with the tech industry?  —  A new report by ITDatabase that examines tech coverage over the last six months from eight top business news publications raises some questions, in particular: Does the business press factor companies' revenue and profits into their tech editorial agenda?
Discussion: broadstuff and Internet Evolution
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Lunchwalla: Getting Together for Lunch Just Got Easier  —  Making breakfast, lunch or dinner plans for any group that involves more than two people can quickly become a chore.  Lunchwalla, which launched earlier today, wants to make this task a bit easier by providing you with a web service …
Discussion: Market Wire
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Backflip doesn't allow non-Market apps, proves AT&T doesn't get Android  —  Let's step into the time warp, shall we?  Specifically, we'd like to go back to our interview of AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega at MWC last year when we asked him about the carrier's support for Android (or lack thereof):
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Investors Say “Count Me In” To Plancast  —  When Plancast launched last November, it immediately put other sites like Upcoming, Dopplr, and every single e-vite service on notice.  The “Foursquare for the future” has a simplicity that leads to a lot of social activity as we've seen over the past few months.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
100Mbps broadband may be closer than you think  —  If you're looking forward to a future of streaming movies, gargantuan Internet file exchanges, and other high-bandwidth activities, cheer up.  —  Broadband service providers in most of the major markets around the country will soon be able …
Discussion: Between the Lines and CrunchGear
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Panasonic and Best Buy to bring 3D TVs to the US this Wednesday  —  As everybody knows, 3D TVs are all the rage at the moment, with Panasonic being one of the most active electronics companies in that area.  But until today, details on how and when those devices will be sold outside Japan were relatively scarce.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why Google keeps your data forever, tracks you with ads  —  Not many companies could get away with defending controversial data retention practices by saying that the data is needed to “learn from good guys, fight off bad guys, [and] invent the future.”  But that's how Google sees itself …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPhone Apps on the iPad  —  Brian X. Chen at Wired, on the default iPhone apps that aren't present on the iPad: … Actually, it's sort of the opposite problem.  It's not that Apple couldn't just create bigger versions of these apps and having them run on the iPad.
Discussion: TUAW
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
White House tweeting spreads president's message  —  WASHINGTON — (pound sign)wanttospinWHreporters?  —  If you're PressSec — White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' username on Twitter — you join the powerful social media platform and push your message across the Internet, 140 characters at a time.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Android coders get high-speed graphics ability  —  Want better games on your Android phone?  They may be coming sooner now, at least for Android 2.0 models.  —  Google has let programmers tap directly into mobile phone graphics power by releasing a third version of its Android Native Developer Kit (NDK) on Monday.
Carmi Levy / BetaNews:
Suddenly Apple hates Wi-Fi  —  Because removing porn from the App Store wasn't enough, now Apple's taking aim at software that helps iPhone, iPod touch and, soon, iPad users find Wi-Fi hotspots.  Forgive me for cynically choosing to disbelieve the company's excuse — that all of these apps use undocumented …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Microsoft warns users off 64-bit Office 2010  —  Microsoft is advising its customers to install the 32-bit, rather than the 64-bit, version of Office 2010.  —  The advice is tucked away in an FAQ about the Office 2010 Tech Guarantee programme, which will ensure that buyers of Office 2007 …
Discussion: PC World and Hardware 2.0
PC World:
Intel Investigating Sale of Fake Core I7 Chip  —  Intel acknowledged Monday that at least one counterfeit version of its Core i7-920 processor made its may into the U.S. market, and said it's trying to determine how many more are out there.  —  On Friday, hardware site HardOCP reported …
Discussion: eWeek, Engadget, The Toybox and Neowin.net
 
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Mary Pilon / Real Time Economics:
Complaints Abound With TV, Cellphones, Banks Leading Pack
Discussion: Digits
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
comScore: Online Video Views Down Across The Board In January
Dan Hope / LiveScience:
iPhone Addictive, Survey Reveals
Discussion: Macworld, App Advice and The Awl
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The future of content navigation
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Real Reason AOL Can't Spend More Than $100 Million On An Acquisition (AOL)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mochi Media Launches $10 Million Investment Fund, Rolls Out Social Gaming Platform
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Counting patents: Apple, Google, HTC
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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The Huffington Post:
Amazon Reacts To Colorado Internet Sales Tax Measure By Firing …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and TechFlash
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Appcelerator revs up its Titanium platform for app development
Discussion: The Register and ReadWriteWeb
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Blockbuster Won't Survive: CEO Says “Conservative Approach” Required For Digital
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports, Thanks:danrayburn
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
The First Ever Gloriously Big, Gloriously Detailed Shots of an iPad Game
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
The New York Times is hiring 12 techies and a social media whiz