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9:00 PM ET, February 5, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Project Titan: A Full Featured Webmail Product  —  Facebook is completely rewriting their messaging product and is preparing to launch a fully featured webmail product in its place, according to a source with knowledge of the product.  Internally it's known as Project Titan.
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Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Gmail Creator says he is not working on new email platform  —  With nearly 400 million users, Facebook is increasingly challenging the traditional Web overlords like Google and Yahoo on all fronts.  —  So the reports on Friday that Facebook was developing its own Web-based email …
Discussion: MediaPost
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Sling: We didn't ‘work’ with AT&T for 3G streaming to iPhone (Updated)  —  AT&T made headlines Thursday by announcing that it had decided to allow SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone to stream video from a Slingbox over its 3G network.  AT&T's CEO claimed in the announcement that Sling Media modified …
Bing / Search Blog:
Enhanced Cooperation with Facebook on Search  —  Facebook has been a close and valued partner of Microsoft for a number of years.  We have worked together on several fronts all designed to create great experiences and services for our users.  As we begin 2010, we are stepping up that collaboration yet again.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
More social, please: Facebook nixes banner ads
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited  —  The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Apple's A4 chip: Engineers correct stupid journalist  —  Updated with several more emails.  —  I have no clue about computer chip design and manufacturing.  So I trolled VentureBeat's readers with a challenge: Explain to me how Apple's switch from third-party chip manufacturers to its own …
Discussion: Electronista, Thanks:paulboutin
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Apology To Our Readers  —  On Monday evening I received a phone call from someone I trust who told me that one of our interns had asked for compensation in exchange for a blog post.  Specifically, this intern had allegedly asked for a Macbook Air in exchange for a post about a startup.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla confirms infected Firefox add-ons slipped through security  —  Malware hidden in two extensions threatens Windows users  —  Computerworld - Mozilla confirmed late Thursday that it failed to detect malware in a pair of Firefox add-ons, which may have infected up to 4,600 users.
Chris Putnam / Facebook Blog:
Faster, Simpler Photo Uploads  —  Facebook is the largest photo-sharing site with over 2.5 billion photos uploaded to Facebook each month.  In order to make sharing photos even easier, today we are announcing a new and improved photo uploader.  —  Recently we've received feedback …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint:
iTablet launches from UK company  —  Like the iPad but with USB ports, Flash, multi-tasking, choice of OS, HDMI...  In its own words “hot on the heels of Apple's latest product launch”, UK company X2 Computing has launched the “iTablet” range of Windows- or Linux-based tablet PCs.
David Drummond / Guardian:
Google: We will bring books back to life  —  We at Google could make that wealth of knowledge available at a click.  And authors would earn too  —  If you love books and care about the knowledge they contain, there is a problem that needs to be solved.  Somewhere in the region of 175m books exist in the world today.
Discussion: epic.org
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Full Details on the New Nook 1.2 Firmware Going Out Now  —  A B&N employee (who'd just updated their store's Nooks) sent us all the details of the new Nook firmware 1.2 update that, according to the date on this memo, should hit later today.  UPDATE  —  • Enhanced in-store seamless connectivity …
Tammy Stern / Google LatLong:
Nearby places you might like...  When you live in New York City, everyone has an opinion on where to eat.  And usually, telling someone a place you love will lead to a long conversation of a string of other places you should try.  For example, one of the more interesting restaurants I've eaten …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Passes 1 Million Check-Ins A Week.  Rate Doubled In The Past Month.  —  Yesterday, we got a nice little breakdown of which clients are used most often for the location-based service Foursquare (hint: still the iPhone).  Today, the company has some new big news to share via a tweet …
Xbox Press:
A Letter From Marc Whitten: Discontinuation Of Xbox Live For Original Xbox Games  —  On April 15 we will discontinue the Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox v1 games playable on Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals.  I want to start by saying this isn't a decision we made lightly …
Mzsanford / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Introducing the Open Source Twitter Text libraries  —  Over time Tweets have acquired a language all their own.  Some of these have been around a long time (like @username at the beginning of a Tweet) and some of these are relatively recent (such as lists) but all of them make the language of Tweets unique.
Thanks:atul
Steve Kelman / fcw.com:
The dark side of crowdsourcing?  —  Earlier this week, at our weekly faculty research lunch seminar at the Kennedy School (one of the few “free lunches” that has survived our budget crunch-driven cost savings), Jonathan Zittrain, the Internet law and policy guru at Harvard Law School …
Gizmodo:
The $9.99 Ebook Is Dead: Third Major Publisher Hachette Dumps on Amazon  —  Amazon's ebook pricing structure has crumbled.  Hachette's the third major publisher to push for the agency model, following MacMillan and HarperCollins: They'll set the ebook prices (higher, natch) and the bookseller takes a cut.
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Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Calls on IPv6  —  The first telephone numbers in the latter part of the 19th century were short and simple, made up of no more than a few digits.  Calls would be routed through operators and these operators would then manually patch these calls into the lines of their intended recipients.
Discussion: eWeek
Dan Fletcher / Time:
Facebook's Doppelganger Week Is Viral Groupthink  —  When I logged in to Facebook this week, I was greeted with updates from such friends as Mariah Carey, Natalie Portman and Ryan Gosling.  Exciting, right?  Except that when I clicked through, it was clear that these posts were from my same …
Scott Morrison / Dow Jones Newswires:
First month Nexus One sales slow, says analytics group  —  Google phone's first nonth sale pale in comparison with iPhone, Flurry Inc claims.  —  Google Inc. sold about 80,000 Nexus One mobile phones in its first month on the market, roughly one-eighth the number of units …
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Four Square Fatigue and the Evolution of Privacy  —  Over the last few weeks I've started to suffer from Four Square fatigue.  After all, Four Square is a lot of work.  To get the benefits of Four Square, you need to proactively check in wherever you go.  And, while each checkin requires …
Thanks:atul
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley companies look to hire  —  From giant tech vendors to tiny solar start-ups, some of Silicon Valley's hottest companies are dusting off their “Help Wanted” signs as they gear up for a return to growth.  —  But the hiring may occur gradually, and some of those jobs will be spread around the world.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
 
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AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Kindle: more than an e-book reader, it's a development platform
Thanks:atul
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Jason Kyle: From Start-Up CEO To Super Bowl Snapper
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
RIM's BIS 3.0 email features apparently leaked, finally does Gmail justice
Discussion: BlackBerry Leaks
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla ends Firefox support for Mac OS Tiger
Discussion: Macworld
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Dell must face suit alleging defective notebooks
Discussion: Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
David / Riding Rails:
Rails 3.0: Beta release
Discussion: eWeek and LinuxWorld.com
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
New York City Names Winners of Apps Contest
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
PayPal Halts Personal Payment Transactions From And To India
Discussion: pluGGd.in
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Siri launches an iPhone personal assistant that actually works
MacNN:
Apple prohibits App Store devs from using location-based ads