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Mat Balez / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Latitude.  Now for iPhone.  —  I'm a big fan of the iPhone.  I'm also a big fan of the web.  So, naturally, I'm excited that today we're finally releasing Google Latitude for iPhone and iPod touch as a web application running in Safari.  —  Our Latitude web app provides …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Why Is Google Latitude A Web App And Not A Native App?  Because Apple Said So.  —  We briefly pointed this out in our longer post on Google Latitude launching on the iPhone, but it's worth pointing this out separately.  In its post today, Google made an unusual admission about its service …
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Microsoft Changes ‘Laptop Hunters’ Ad After Apple Complains  —  New Version Reflects Lowered Price on Mac Notebook  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Following a complaint from Apple, Microsoft has quietly tweaked at least one of the ads in its “Laptop Hunters” campaign to reflect its rival's lower pricing on its Mac notebooks.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Twitter to Debut a New Main Homepage Next Week  —  Twitter will unveil a new main homepage next week at Twitter.com, said co-founder Biz Stone, in order “to better show who we are.”  —  In an interview with BoomTown this afternoon, Stone said the current page is essentially confusing …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Talks Twitter At Fortune Brainstorm
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Hacker Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Is ‘Useless’ for Businesses  —  Apple claims that hundreds of thousands of iPhones are being used by corporations and government agencies.  What it won't tell you is that the supposedly enterprise-friendly encryption included with the iPhone 3GS is so weak …
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds  —  It is the hot new thing on Wall Street, a way for a handful of traders to master the stock market, peek at investors' orders and, critics say, even subtly manipulate share prices.  —  It is called high-frequency trading …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HTC Hero review  —  The HTC Hero has been an object of lust for some time now for gadget enthusiasts.  Even from the earliest days of leaked hardware shots and blurry demo videos of its UI, smartphone fans seemed to agree that the company had finally achieved what has been missing in the world of Android.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Palm fires back at Apple, fixes Pre sync with iTunes  —  Just a week after Apple killed the Pre's ability to sync with desktop music management client iTunes, Palm has responded with webOS 1.1 — a software update that again enables Palm's phone to access media from the current version of iTunes.
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Richard Perez-Pena / New York Times:
A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web  —  Taking a new hard line that news articles should not turn up on search engines and Web sites without permission, The Associated Press said Thursday that it would add software to each article that shows what limits apply to the rights to use it …
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   The AP Puts A Gun To Its Head. And A Grenade. And A Rocket Launcher.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Are there more layoffs in Microsoft's future?  —  One of the questions that no analyst asked directly during Microsoft's post-FY09 Q4 earnings call this week was one very much on Microsoft employees' minds: Will Microsoft cut more jobs as a way to improve its numbers for the next calendar quarter or two?
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Fourth-Quarter Results
Twitter Status:
Correcting follower and following counts  —  For some time, the follower and following counts we display have been incorrect for some folks.  We're soon to push a change that will address this issue.  This means that the count you see in your sidebar should match what you see on your follower and following pages.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches “Twitter 101″, Step One Of The Business Plan  —  The first step of Twitter's business plan is something called “Twitter 101,” which the company plans to launch either tonight or tomorrow, co-founder Biz Stone revealed at the Fortune Brainstorm Conference in Pasadena this evening.
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Bill Gates / Gizmodo:
Bill Gates: My 1979 Memories  —  Our Gizmodo '79 celebration may have ended last week, but there's room for a final post, written by famed retiree and mosquito wrangler Bill Gates.  It's no joke: Gates read the series then sent this in:  —  I read those 1979 stories all last week …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Technologizer, Thanks:mgcreed
Tim Johns / BBC:
Plug pulled on suspected pirates  —  Breakfast producer, BBC Radio Humberside  —  Web users suspected of file-sharing are being cut off without warning by internet service provider (ISP) Karoo, based in Hull.  —  Karoo, the only ISP in the area, makes customers sign a document promising …
Discussion: TorrentFreak, Music Ally and Techgeist
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire cellity  —  Espoo, Finland - Hamburg, Germany - Nokia and cellity today announced an agreement for Nokia to acquire certain assets of cellity. cellity is a privately owned mobile software company which employs 14 people in Hamburg, Germany.  —  Nokia will acquire the cellity team …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Never Lets Me Down, Even When They Let Me Down.  They Raise $4 Million More  —  Human powered search startup ChaCha has been good for so many chuckles over the last few years.  One of their investors called them as disruptive as Google, for example.
Discussion: paidContent and VatorNews
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft admits it can't stop Office file format hacks  —  Plans to build ‘sandbox’ around questionable docs in Office 2010 as defense  —  Computerworld - Microsoft's plan to “sandbox” Office documents in the next version of its application suite is an admission that the company …
Discussion: Security Watch and The Register
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Linus: “Microsoft Hatred Is a Disease”  —  So, Microsoft submits 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, all licensed under the GPL.  Microsoft, who considers Linux a great threat, and once called the GPL a “cancer”.  Opinions on this one are flying all around us, but what does Linus Torvalds …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
New technology supercharges debate on public domain  —  When TechCrunch website posted Twitter material leaked by a hacker, the computer-using public had plenty to say about it.  But was it trafficking in stolen property or just practicing good journalism?  —  Even a new-age reading …
Jeff Schewe / PhotoshopNews:
He's Back.  Mark Hamburg Returns to Adobe  —  After over a year spent working at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington offices, Mark Hamburg has resigned from Microsoft to rejoin Adobe Systems, Inc. where he will again be working in the Digital Imaging department.
Discussion: CNET News and Daring Fireball
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Gates Faults U.S. on Data Privacy and Immigration  —  NEW DELHI, India — In a far-ranging speech Friday, Bill Gates criticized the American government's policy on immigration and data privacy, predicted giant leaps in technology in the near future and explained why he had to shut down his Facebook page.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Go Sightseeing Without Leaving Yahoo Image Search  —  Even though Google gets more than three times the amount of traffic, Yahoo Search continues to add some pretty innovative features that its main competitor doesn't have.  In the past year and a half, Yahoo introduced Search Assist …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
eMarketer:
New Technology Increases Productivity  —  Working all the time a good thing?  —  Workplace technology may be a boon for work and family life.  —  According to staffing firm Kelly Services' “Global Workforce Index,” 78% of workers in the US and Canada believed that gadgets such as laptop computers …
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechCrunch
Anil Dash:
The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real  —  Pushbutton is a name for what I believe will be an upgrade for the web, where any site or application can deliver realtime messages to a web-scale audience, using free and open technologies at low cost and without relying on any single company like Twitter or Facebook.
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Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
AOL Legends Steve Case, Ted Leonsis Join Tim Armstrong For 100 …
Discussion: Bits, paidContent and Gawker
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
EFF's new lawsuit, and how the NSA is into social networking
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Vodafone signals interest in supplying Apple's iPhone for UK
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and mocoNews
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Thanks to the iPhone, ‘app fever’ is spreading
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:electricwaffles
Eric Ditzian / MTV:
Kevin Spacey Says Facebook Movie Might Shoot This Year
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
News Corp sees MySpace as place for videogames
Discussion: Mashable! and Pocket-lint.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can the U.S. Government Help Cloud Computing Reach a Tipping Point?
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google, Microsoft E-mail Synchronizer Cemaphore Acquired
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
YP.com Begins Self Reinvention
Discussion: Local Onliner and Beta Labs
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gmail Tries To Make It Easier To Unsubscribe From Spam Newsletters, But Fails
Discussion: Gmail Blog, Softpedia News and TechSpot
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
Why You Should Thank AT&T (Yes, It's True)
Thanks:geekychic
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Ronny Conway Joins Andreessen Horowitz