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9:45 AM ET, February 10, 2009

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Ed Lu / The Official Google Blog:
Power to the people  —  Imagine how hard it would be to stick to a budget in a store with no prices.  Well, that's pretty much how we buy electricity today.  Your utility company sends you a bill at the end of the month with very few details.  Most people don't know how much electricity …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google wants to tap into your electric meter; Enters smart grid fray  —  Google is developing home electricity dashboards for the future smart grid.  —  The effort, which dubbed the Google PowerMeter, is being tested by Google employees.  Google is just the latest player interested in part of the smart grid pie.
Discussion: VentureBeat
New York Times:
Google Taking a Step Into Power Metering  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will announce its entry Tuesday into the small but growing business of “smart grid,” digital technologies that seek to both keep the electrical system on an even keel and reduce electrical energy consumption.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Computerworld Blogs
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: Apple asked Google not to use multi-touch in Android, and Google complied  —  One of the bigger complaints about T-Mobile's G1, the first phone based on Google's Android platform, is that its touch screen doesn't use multi-touch, the technology which allows for a screen to accept multiple points of contact as simultaneous input.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Shhh: Whispersync could be the real news out of Kindle 2  —  Syncing of e-book readers with other mobile handsets may be on the way  —  Computerworld) The introduction of “Whispersync” technology may well be the bigger technology news from Amazon.com Inc., which announced its Kindle 2 e-reader today in New York.
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Geoffrey Fowler / Digits:
Bezos On Amazon's Gadget Ambitions
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla call for EU intervention in browser war is troubling  —  Mozilla has voiced support for Opera's effort to convince the European Commission to impose sanctions on Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer in Windows.  But is this a necessary or even a wise move for the open source developer?
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco's Cash Hoard Swells Along With Acquisition Rumors  —  With $30 billion, Cisco Systems likes to point out it has more cash on hand than any other technology company.  So why did it just sell $4 billion worth of debt on Monday?  —  Cisco has been rather upfront about plans to make acquisitions.
Leah Pearlman / Facebook Blog:
“I like this”  —  There's a lot of content my friends have shared on Facebook that's pretty awesome.  For instance, in the last few days I've seen photos from a friend's wedding, an article about U.S. President Obama's ongoing transition and status updates from a friend traveling in India.
Sony Ericsson:
Take special pictures in style with the Sony Ericsson C903 Cyber-shot™  —  Seeing is believing with the C903 Cyber-shot™.  The slick and stylish mobile phone has a unique sliding lens cover to make great photography as easy as one, two, three.  —  The C903 Cyber-shot&trade …
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Can Microsoft Catch Up in Mobile?  —  Going well beyond its current Windows Mobile software, Microsoft will try to extend its desktop dominance with a “Windows phone.”  Is it too late?  —  Microsoft (MSFT) executives have long spun visions of a world where computer users …
Discussion: Mobility Site
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PC World:   ZTE's Windows Phone for Vodafone to Launch Next Week
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
SEO Fiascoes: The Trouble with Search Engine Optimization  —  Long URLs are bogus!  Tags like “nude” and “naked” are counterfeits!  SEO is a big business, and from what I can tell its proponents are modern snake-oil salesmen.  —  Search engine optimization (SEO) has turned into a big business …
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
As IM Finally Begins To Open Up, Yahoo And Microsoft Cling To The Stone Age  —  Last week Meebo and Facebook teamed to launch the first integration of Facebook Connect + Chat, allowing Meebo users to chat with their Facebook friends from the popular web-based IM service.
Discussion: digg.com
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's redesign continues to be a hit with U.S. users  —  The average U.S. social network user apparently wants to read feeds of photos, links, status updates, videos and comments on Facebook, according to the latest statistics from Compete.  The firm's newly-released study of U.S. web traffic …
Discussion: metarand and Know It All, Thanks:atul
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Trackle Feeds You Personalized RSS  —  Silicon Valley start-up Trackle.com is launching the public beta of its personalized Google Alerts to track pretty much everything in an internet user's life.  Trackle's technology and interface is innovative and disarmingly comprehensive.
Discussion: Webware.com
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Reminder: General Availability for Windows 7 Beta Ending This Week  —  I wanted to quickly remind everyone that this week general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will be ending:  —  February 10th: Starting at 12am Pacific Time, no new downloads will be available.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Red Hat's state of the union  —  As much as I may say the open-source and proprietary software worlds are converging, in terms of business models, Red Hat continues to resist and to stand largely alone in its resolution to deliver value unmitigated by proprietary licensing.
Discussion: Red Hat and OStatic blogs
Business Wire:
Next Generation Acer Aspire One Netbook Now Available for U.S. Customers  —  New 10.1-inch Netbook Offers Mobile Freedom, Productivity and Reliability  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Acer America, part of the world's third largest PC company1, today announced U.S. availability …
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia 5630 XpressMusic unveiled  —  ESPOO, Finland - Nokia has just revealed the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic handset.  In the same vein as it's 5800 XpressMusic sibling the new Nokia 5630 is far from a conventional music phone - a fully fledged member of the Series 60 family …
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
How to become an iPhonedeveloper in eight easy steps  —  You've probably heard all about iShoot.  Written by a programmer at Sun Microsystems in his spare time, this Worms-style artillery shooter blasted to the top of the App Store charts earlier this year and stayed there for weeks earning …
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
IBM And Juniper Networks Hoping To Gain Cloud Computing Market Share  —  IBM will be unveiling a number of new cloud computing technologies at its CIO Leadership Exchange in Shanghai and its Pulse Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday with networking giant and Cisco-rival Juniper Networks by its side.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zumbox creates an all-digital alternative to the U.S. Postal Service  —  The U.S. Postal Service is about to get some competition in the digital world.  Zumbox is launching the public beta test today for its all-digital alternative to the paper postal service.  —  Wait a minute, you're thinking.
Discussion: TechFlash
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile's BlackBerry Curve 8900 looking good for $149.99  —  Are your friends Franklin and Grant burning a Curve-sized hole in your pocket?  Here's an idea: take 'em on down to your local T-Mobile shop and exchange them for an actual 8900 and the next two years of your life.  Deal?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo5 Launches OpenSky, Free Service to Call Skype From Any VoIP Phone  —  Gizmo5, the company behind the SIPphone project is launching a new gateway that allows people using any VoIP service to call Skype users and vice versa.  This free Skype gateway is called OpenSky.
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and Mashable!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell Latitude XT2 multi-touch tablet with 11-hour battery now official (starts at $2,399)  —  The machine translation is pretty weak, but Dell's 12.1-inch (1,280 x 800 pixel) Latitude XT2 looks to have just made its first tentative steps in a global launch.  The video posted after the break …
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
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Aaron / Code: Flickr Developer Blog:
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Discussion: Lifehacker, ReadWriteWeb and All Points Blog, Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Oodle raises round, plans to relaunch Facebook Marketplace soon
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Goodrec Launches Its Mobile-Friendly Online Review Site To The Public
Discussion: Screenwerk and Webware.com
 Earlier Items: 
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Georgia mulls ban on covert GPS trackers
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Forrester to lay off 5 percent of workforce
Discussion: Forrester Research
Mendel Chuang / Social Web Blog:
Introducing Google's new Social Web Blog
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Social Media News, Thanks:nickgon
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
How a Dentist Visit Became a YouTube Hit
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
New Twhirl 0.9 public release is here