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8:05 AM ET, February 3, 2010

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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nexus One gets a software update, enables multitouch (updated with video!)  —  The iPhone isn't the only handset getting bumped today — Google's just outed a very, very significant update to the Nexus One that includes Google Goggles on board and a re-upped version of Google Maps that includes suggestions and a dedicated night mode.
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Google Nexus One:
New Software Update for Nexus One phones  —  Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive an over-the-air software update on their phones.  This update provides some great new features, and fixes a few problems that some users might have experienced, including:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did Google Just Multi-Punch Apple In The Face?  —  As great as Android phones are getting, there has been one major feature lacking that users have complained about: multi-touch.  Yes, some third-party apps have been free to use it on certain devices, but the best Android apps, those made by Google, have all lacked it.
Twitter Status:
Reason #4132 for Changing Your Password  —  As part of our ongoing efforts to monitor our user base for odd activity, we noticed a sudden surge in followers for a couple accounts in the last five days.  Given the circumstances surrounding this, we felt it was best to push out a password reset …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:   Major textbook pubs partner with ScrollMotion for iPad development
Haiping Zhao / Facebook Developers:
HipHop for PHP: Move Fast  —  One of the key values at Facebook is to move fast.  For the past six years, we have been able to accomplish a lot thanks to rapid pace of development that PHP offers.  As a programming language, PHP is simple.  Simple to learn, simple to write, simple to read, and simple to debug.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Live From Facebook's HipHop Technology Tasting
Discussion: Recess PHP Framework
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
Do the iPad's missing apps point to a multitasking dashboard?  —  Steve's iPad keynote felt just a little off.  We got what we wanted, but it still felt a little like the iPad was a vehicle full of potential rather than a self-contained package of productivity.  This morning I woke up and realized what was missing: The minor apps.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Daring Fireball, Thanks:pinotcanoz
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Cuban Rails Against Google, News Aggregators  —  Outspoken billionaire cum provocateur Mark Cuban charged Google and other content aggregators Tuesday of being freeloaders — or worse.  “The word that comes to mind is vampires,” he said.  “When you think about vampires, they just suck on your blood.”
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
He Calls Google A Vampire, But Mark Cuban's Mahalo Is Doing The Sucking
Discussion: paidContent
Chris Brandrick / PC World:
iPhone OS 3.1.3 Update Brings Jailbreak Woes  —  Apple released version 3.1.3 of the iPhone operating system (OS) on Tuesday, much to jailbreakers dismay.  The update, which is available now via iTunes, fixes a number of known bugs, patches known security issues, and improves various iPhone features.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.1.3: Addresses iPhone 3GS Battery Level …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's iPad May Gain an Intelligent Bezel in the Future  —  Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published two major granted patents of Apple's covering tablets and advanced touch technologies.  The first patent may provide us with a glimpse of a future implementation of an intelligent tablet bezel.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's new in Windows Mobile 6.5.3  —  A few blogs noted on February 2 that Sony Ericsson has a new Windows Mobile phone out that's running the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operating system.  —  What's new in 6.5.3?  This looks like the long-rumored update to Windows Mobile that provides support for capacitive-screen phones.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Oracle Hacker Gets The Last Word  —  David Litchfield exposes one last Oracle security bug before walking away from his database battles.  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — In 2001, Larry Ellison brashly proclaimed in a keynote speech at the computing conference Comdex that his database software was “unbreakable.”
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Photo of Apple's next-generation iPhone in the wild - sources  —  A photograph containing one of Apple's fourth-generation iPhones has been lingering undetected in the public domain for nearly a week now thanks to having been overshadowed — quite literally — by the company's new iPad, AppleInsider has learned.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Internet Explorer 8 Officially Becomes World's Most-Used Browser  —  This week, Net Applications released their January browser market share report.  Their report shows that Internet Explorer 8 is not only the most popular browser on Windows with 27.9% usage share, but that it now has 25.6% …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
We're turning comments off for a bit  —  Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand.  What is normally a charged — but fun — environment for our users …
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Engadget editor: Why I turned off comments
Discussion: Boing Boing
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft investigating Windows 7 battery issue  —  Microsoft says it is looking into a problem that is causing some Windows 7 users to get a warning that there is a problem with their battery when, in fact, there is not.  —  “We are investigating this issue in conjunction with our hardware partners …
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Video ad network BrightRoll turns profit, outreaches Hulu, closes $10M third round  —  BrightRoll co-founder and CEO Tod Sacerdoti — pronounced “satch er DOH tee” if you don't speak Italian — has three reasons to be happy this week.  First, video advertising network BrightRoll is …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Mashable!
Dan / WordPress for Android:
WordPress for Android 1.0 Release  —  We're pleased to announce that WordPress for Android is now available in the Android Market.  The initial release has focused on giving you the ability to manage your blog while on the go.  —  Features include the ability to:  — Configure and manage multiple blogs
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Google Adding Direct Phone Support for Nexus One Customers  —  The initial reviews of the Nexus One device were largely positive but one area where Google certainly faced issues was customer support.  —  Unlike most other companies in the hardware business, Google doesn't offer any phone support for Android / Nexus One.
 
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