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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches A Live Stream Box, Partners With Ustream  —  Today, Facebook is launching a new “Live Stream Box” feature which allows for Facebook Pages to offer their own live video and chat area.  And Ustream will be the first to take advantage of it with Ustream on Facebook …
Discussion: All Facebook, VentureBeat and Beet.TV, Thanks:bobcaswell
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Tom Whitnah / Facebook Developers:
Posting to the Stream in Real Time with the Live Stream Box  —  During the 2009 US Presidential Inauguration, we tested a new feature that let people share Facebook status updates and comments side by side with real-time streaming video on CNN's website.  It was a significant moment for Facebook Platform.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Comcast and Time Warner Talk TV Everywhere, But Don't Say Much
Discussion: BetaNews, Macworld and GigaOM
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Takes Aim at Twitter: New Publisher Makes Public Status Updates Easy  —  Facebook has just announced that it's now testing a new version of the “publisher” that allows users to choose who can see their status updates and posts.  The most interesting part?  The first option is “everyone.”
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Theo Skye / Medialets:
Speed Test: iPhone 3GS Even Faster than Apple Claims  —  Apple has made claims that the iPhone OS 3.0 yields significant performance gains on the 3G model, and that the new 3GS can accomplish the same tasks up to twice as fast as its predecessors.  Anecdotally, the new 3GS definitely “feels” faster under certain conditions.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Changing Of The Guard: Jeff Weiner Takes CEO Spot At LinkedIn  —  LinkedIn had a management shakeup last December - CEO Dan Nye stepped down.  Founding CEO Reid Hoffman stepped in again and former Yahoo exec Jeff Weiner joined the company as President.  —  The hiring of Weiner as President …
David Coursey / PC World:
Wireless Charging Comes to iPhone  —  In less than three weeks, the iPhone has caught up with the Palm Pre in the one area where the Pre held an undisputed lead: wireless charging.  The ability to charge without wires is an idea that's been teasing us for a long time, with Palm the first company (I am aware of) to take it mainstream.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Hero running Android and Sense UI leaks from HTC's own website (updated, official, video)  —  As we prepare for HTC's official launch event today, we're starting to see some details appear on HTC's own website of the much rumored Hero.  Through some URL trickery, we've managed …
Bryan Barletta / Medialets:
Palm Pre App Catalog Reaches 1 Million Downloads  —  Just 18 days after the launch of the Palm Pre, their App Catalog has hit its first major milestone, 1 million downloads.  On launch day, Palm sold 50k devices and their App Catalog experienced 100k downloads - that's an average …
Discussion: TechCrunch and AppScout
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Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
id Software Bought By Bethesda Parent Company, ZeniMax  —  Doom, Fallout, Oblivion, Wolfenstein, Carmack, Howard... all in one company.  —  Two of the most acclaimed game development studios of all time are joining forces.  ZeniMax Media, parent company of Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Mobile AdSense For iPhone and Android Apps Now In Public Beta  —  Google is moving into the mobile ad market with AdSense for mobile apps.  Over the past few months, Google has been testing both text and graphical ads with ten mobile app developers, including Shazam and Urbanspoon.
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
AdMob shuts off ad aggregators
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft, Outlook Is Broken, Says 6,000 Tweets (And Growing).  Fix It.  —  While it is pretty much the standard email client, Microsoft Outlook has long had problems rendering HTML correctly in emails.  And the latest version, Outlook 2010, due sometime in the next several months …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Rapidshare Fined $34 Million and Ordered to Filter Content  —  Collections society GEMA claims to represent more than 60,000 composers, authors and music publishers worldwide, protecting their copyrights.  After a request by the group, The Regional Court in Hamburg has ruled …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Palm has sold 150,000 Pres  —  With Palm's (PALM) quarterly earnings due Thursday — along with Jon Rubinstein's debut performance as CEO — analysts have started to place their bets on what the quarter will show.  —  First out of the box — or at least, first in our inbox …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Traditional media will not bounce back, warns Ballmer  —  Global advertising economy has been permanently ‘reset’ at a lower level, says Microsoft chief executive  —  Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive, said today that the global advertising economy has been permanently “reset” …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Richard Marx (!) attacks RIAA after $1.92M Thomas verdict  —  There was a time in my life during which I left Richard Marx's “Paid Vacation” album in my stereo system for weeks at a time.  This was not because I felt a spiritual craving for the music so strong that only repeated listenings would satisfy.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
The Billion Dollar HTML Tag  —  Can a single HTML tag really make a difference on a corporation's financial results?  It can at Google, according to Marissa Mayer, who says web page loading speed translates directly to the bottom line.  —  “It's clear that latency really does matter to users …
Discussion: SiliconBeat and CNET News
Business Wire:
MetroPCS Is First North American Carrier to Offer Unlimited International Calling for $5 per Month  —  Unlimited Plan Includes over 100 Countries and More Than 1,000 Destinations  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Continuing to provide consumers with the most economical, unlimited …
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
boxee for windows, moving up to the Major Leagues  —  We have a few exciting announcements today (which makes for our longest blog post ever).  —  #1 - Boxee for Windows  —  We are finally releasing a public alpha of boxee for Windows.  We are looking forward to getting feedback from PC users …
Michael Fleming / Variety:
Fincher circles Facebook movie  —  Director in talks for Columbia's pic about website — Columbia Pictures is in advanced talks with David Fincher to direct “The Social Network,” the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film for Columbia Pictures about the formation of Facebook.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Oracle's Ellison Rethinks Clouds as Economy Tumbles  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is rethinking his earlier disdain for software as a service and all things cloud, according to a report today in The Wall Street Journal.  Maybe a dismal economy and a drop in Oracle sales are forcing him to change his position.
Discussion: internetnews.com and SiliconBeat
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
HP Mini 5101: When Did Netbooks Get This Nice?  —  It's safe to say we've hit the third generation of netbooks.  They're nice now.  The HP Mini 5105 strikes at Asus Eee Seashell's fancily contoured plastic with aluminum and magnesium.  Oh yeah, and 95-percent chiclet keyboard that feels fantastic.
Financial Times:
China blocks Google website  —  By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  Google's global website was blocked in China on Wednesday night, marking an escalation in Beijing's unprecedented crackdown on the world's leading search engine company.
Discussion: The Register and TechCrunch
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple updates Time Capsule, AirPort firmware and Final Cut Pro  —  Apple on Wednesday released a pair of updates: one for its Time Capsule and AirPort Base Station Firmware and a minor update for Final Cut Pro.  Both updates are available from Apple's Support Downloads site.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Softpedia News and TUAW
Bloomberg:
Sharp TVs, Monitors Banned From U.S. in Samsung Win  —  Some Sharp Corp. liquid-crystal display televisions and computer monitors should be banned from the U.S. because they infringe a patent owned by Samsung Electronics Co., a U.S. trade agency said today.  —  Samsung, the world's biggest maker …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Adds File Sharing. No Movies, But MP3s Are Fine.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook looks for more international ad revenue
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
U.S. Protests Chinese Computer Censorship Regulations
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Techgeist
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Microsoft Security Essentials Beta Full?
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Adobe:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Read It Later Launches New iPhone App (But if You Don't Like It …
Discussion: Read It Later Blog
David Talbot / Technology Review:
$100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Tiger-Resistant Laptop  —  Don't believe manufacturers' claims.
Discussion: CrunchGear