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4:45 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.
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Google Adding Direct Phone Support for Nexus One Customers
Discussion: Gizmodo and Computerworld
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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Twitter: We Reset Some Passwords as Security Measure
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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  —  I'm here at the Facebook Technology Tasting, where the social network is showcasing their newly open sourced PHP technology, HipHop.  The new technology effectively transforms PHP into C++, resulting in a significant savings of CPU cycles on web servers.
Discussion: Recess PHP Framework
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad  —  Major textbook publishers have struck deals with software company ScrollMotion Inc. to adapt their textbooks for the electronic page, as the industry embraces a hope that digital devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPad will transform the classroom.
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Ross Miller / Engadget:   Major textbook pubs partner with ScrollMotion for iPad development
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Dev-Team Blog
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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: Daring Fireball, Thanks:pinotcanoz
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
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.”
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.”
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
Kim-Mai Cutler / DigitalBeat:
Facebook co-founder's Asana gives a peek at Lunascript  —  Asana, the workplace productivity startup from Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, just released a sneak peek at the new programming system underlying its product, called Lunascript.  —  It's an in-house programming language …
Discussion: Ajaxian, Thanks:atul
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% …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Rosensweig to Leave Guitar Hero; Takes Over as CEO of Online Textbook Rental Start-Up Chegg  —  Longtime Silicon Valley exec Dan Rosensweig (pictured here) is stepping down as CEO and president of the Guitar Hero division of Activision Blizzard to take a new job as president and CEO of Chegg, the top online textbook rental start-up.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
3Crowd Comes Out Of Stealth, Reveals Its Plan To Disrupt The CDN Market  —  3Crowd, the new startup from BitGravity co-founder Barrett Lyon, is ready for its close-up.  Until now little was known about the company, other than that its backers include Jay Adelson, Kevin Rose, Storm Ventures, and Greenwich Technology Associates.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Granted Patent for Next Generation Apple TV Technology
Discussion: TUAW and Macsimum News
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Free video site Hulu hits 1 billion videos; will people pay?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP rolls out 20-foot datacenter pod
Discussion: eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
The biggest ripoff: text message beats movie popcorn
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance
Gmail Blog:
Improved Google Search in Labs
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb