Check out Mini-Techmeme for simple mobiles or Techmeme Mobile for modern smartphones.
4:45 AM ET, February 5, 2010

Techmeme

 Top Items: 
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Begins Rolling Out New Home Page Design  —  Facebook is now fully launching the long-planned redesign, with 80 million users getting it tonight — that's 80 million of the now-400 million people using the site, the company says.  The new design is basically what we've been examining …
RELATED:
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Six Years of Making Connections  —  Today we're celebrating our sixth birthday, and this week there will be 400 million people on Facebook.  Just one year ago we served less than half as many people, and thanks to you we've made great progress over the last year towards making the world more open and connected.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Rolling Out Latest Redesign (Pics)  —  Facebook has just started rolling out a new homepage design to a small number of users, and will be deploying it on a wide scale in the near future.  The design takes the navigational elements that have previously been tucked under the …
Frank X.Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Measuring Our Work by Its Broad Impact  —  Former Microsoft employee Dick Brass has an op-ed in the NYT arguing that our better days are behind us, ("clumsy, uncompetitive innovator" . . . ouch!) and using examples from his tenure to make the point that the company can no longer compete or innovate.
RELATED:
Dick Brass / New York Times:
Microsoft's Creative Destruction  —  AS they marvel at Apple's new iPad tablet computer, the technorati seem to be focusing on where this leaves Amazon's popular e-book business.  But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America's most famous and prosperous technology company …
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.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Thanks:bobcaswell
RELATED:
Daniel Brusilovsky / Weblog of Daniel Brusilovsky:   The Line Was Crossed  —  In the nine months that I've worked …
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee responds to NBC's Jeff Zucker  —  Congress held a hearing today examining the proposed acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast.  Speaking before the committee were Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast and Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC.  —  During the hearing the Chairman …
RELATED:
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: Comcast-NBCU Hearings: Zucker Confronted About Hulu's Boxee Block
Discussion: CNET News, BetaNews and Electronista
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Macmillan NYT Ad: “Available at booksellers everywhere except Amazon”  —  In that full-page New York Times advertisement today, Macmillan took a more aggressive stance in the ongoing debate with Amazon over eBook pricing.  —  The advertisement for Atul Gawande's new book, “The Checklist Manifesto …
Discussion: Mashable!
RELATED:
MacNN:
Apple prohibits App Store devs from using location-based ads  —  Apple has notified App Store developers that they will be prohibited from using location-based information for mobile advertising.  The company claims the GPS data can only be used to provide “beneficial information.”
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Siri launches an iPhone personal assistant that actually works  —  The “personal assistant” label gets attached to a lot of websites and applications, but it's always an exaggeration.  Usually the service in question can only tackle a small slice of what a human assistant would do, such as organizing your emails.
RELATED:
Robert Scoble / building43:
A new personal assistant on your mobile phone  —  The ultimate personal assistant allows you to find task-oriented information on the go, by connecting to the best services around the Internet, Siri is not a search engine; it is a do-engine.  The app works by pairing your spoken request …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps To Add “Google Store Views”  —  I received a tip from a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, that Google came to their store to take pictures for a new Google Maps product named “Google Store Views.”  I was told that they took pictures of the inside of the store, every 6 feet, in all directions.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Department of Justice objects to revised Google Books settlement  —  In a brief filed late Thursday, the Department of Justice said it still had objections to the lawsuit settlement between Google and a group of authors and publishers, despite changes made to the settlement by the parties.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Seesmic's Latest Android Build Is Dare I Say, iPhone-Like  —  Perhaps the main problem I have with Android is that the apps (aside from the excellent Google-built ones) are simply not as good as the apps on the iPhone.  Nowhere is this more apparent then with Twitter apps, since there are so many for both platforms.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Apple Paying Out 15% On Broken 27-Inch iMacs  —  Still think that widespread iMac problems don't exist?  After we reported Apple giving UK customers 15% refund bonuses with 27-inch iMac returns, we've heard from quite a few readers that Apple is doing the same thing in the US.  UPDATE  —  15%.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Location Based Social Networking & Video Calling Coming to iPhone  —  There's an old adage concerning the finding of a location for your brick and mortar retail business: Location, location, location.  While that may still hold water today, that saying is going to be hijacked by the next wave …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM hits graphene transistor breakthrough  —  IBM Research on Friday will announce that it has demonstrated a radio-frequency graphene transistor with the highest frequency (100 GigaHertz) so far.  —  Graphene is a special form of graphite, consisting of a layer of carbon atoms packed in honeycomb lattice.
Discussion: Technology Review
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
A pretty chart of top apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry  —  Mplayit, maker of the mobile app catalog that lives inside Facebook, will release a report later today that lists the top games in their collection.  Tetris, The Sims 3, and Wheel of Fortune are among the winners.  So are Tap Tap Revenge and Rock Band.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Buy Office 2007, get 2010 free?  Microsoft posts, pulls deal  —  Microsoft has accidentally posted details about a promotion it will be running for those who buy Office 2007 a few months before and after the release of Office 2010 in June 2010.  It is called the “Microsoft Office 2010 …
Discussion: Softpedia News, TechFlash and Gizmodo
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Tells A Developer To Erase Android Mention From App Description (AAPL, GOOG)  —  Apple has improved its app approval process, but that doesn't mean it's entirely cured of quirks.  —  Apple sent an email to Tim Novikoff, founder of flash card app, Flash of Genius, asking him to delete …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft warns of IE flaw, turns PC into public file server  —  Microsoft has issued Security Advisory (980088) to address a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer that may allow information disclosure for Windows XP users or for users who have disabled Internet Explorer Protected Mode.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Samsung E61 e-book reader outed, brings physical QWERTY keyboard to lineup  —  The pair of Samsung-borne e-book readers we espied at CES just became a trio.  E6 and E101, please give a round of applause your new on-screen brother, the E61 (pictured next to Kindle).
Discussion: Maximum PC, CrunchGear and TeleRead
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Locking Music to ISPs Could Earn ISPs Hundreds of Millions: Study  —  Consumers call it “choice,” but service providers have a different term for when a customer leaves one and joins another: “churn.”  —  Internet service providers lose an average of 1.4 percent of their customers each month …
Discussion: Billboard.Biz and Music Ally
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Betty Goes Boop: Cc: Betty To Be Reborn As Threadbox  —  As a product, Cc: Betty was a good idea.  Fundamentally, the goal was organize group email threads in a way that makes them more manageable.  From an execution perspective, it left a bit to be desired.  And from a naming perspective, it left a lot more.
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Techmeme at 4:45 AM ET, February 5, 2010.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 Techmeme Sponsor Posts: 
Smartsheet:
Free Smartsheet templates for planning your COVID-19 response  —  Use these free templates to build your organization's coronavirus preparedness portal, rich with CDC documentation and other resources, free of charge and without obligation.
Mattermost:
Remote work when SaaS is not an option  —  A free, self-hosted messaging platform for security-conscious teams to collaborate remotely.  Download Free.
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Zoho:
Your foolproof plan to master team collaboration in 2020  —  Team collaboration is the foundation of an engaged workforce, as it brings individuals together to achieve shared goals.
Sponsor Techmeme
 
 See Also: 
Techmeme: site main
Techmeme River: reverse chronological Techmeme
Techmeme Mobile: for phones
Techmeme Leaderboard: Techmeme's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
Techmeme RSS feed
Techmeme on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SuccessFactors makes first acquisition; Buys Inform for $40.5 million
Discussion: PR Newswire
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
NSF, Microsoft offer researchers free access to Windows Azure
Discussion: New York Times and nsf.gov
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequential Order Numbers Give Hints On Nexus One Sales
George Packer / Interesting Times:
Neither Luddite nor Biltonite
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Location is Hot: Foursquare Traffic up 3X in 2 Months
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Nielsen Wire:
Do We Watch the Web the Same Way We Watch TV? Not Really
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Touchscreen Alone on Kindle Isn't Enough to Compete With Future Devices
Discussion: Kindle Review
 Earlier Items: 
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
House Passes Cybersecurity Bill
Discussion: ITworld.com and The Register, Thanks:atul
Laura Scott / Google LatLong:
WWII historical imagery in Google Earth
Discussion: Wired Science and Gizmodo
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Commenting on Engadget: a human's guide
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily and Erictric
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T Gives Green Light to Sling TV Over 3G