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11:35 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 and Erictric
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
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 …
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 …
Bits:
Macmillan Books Return to Amazon After Dispute  —  Electronic and paper books from the publisher Macmillan were returning to Amazon.com Friday evening, ending a week-long public conflict as the parties negotiated over the future price of e-books.  —  Details of the resolution have not been made public …
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
Panacea or Poison Pill: Who Gets to Decide About $10 E-Books?
Discussion: TUAW, PC World and GalleyCat
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.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Recommends The Competition On Your Business “Place” Page  —  I'm scratching my head over this one: Google has added a new content block on place pages that, quite often, gives free advertising to a local business's competition.  It's called “Nearby places you might like” …
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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 and Maximum PC, Thanks:paulboutin
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.
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 and ResourceShelf
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Techland and Hitwise Intelligence
Lauren Hatch / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBC Airing Emmys Live For The First Time, Thanks To Twitter (GE)  —  NBC is considering scrapping the time delay when it airs the Emmys on Aug. 29, according to Broadcasting & Cable.  —  The TV show typically airs live on stations on the East and in Central time zones, with a delay for the West coast.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
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
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
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Patent office to review VoIP patent  —  IDG News Service - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to review a controversial patent issued in 2001 that is claimed to cover much of the technology underlying VoIP.  —  The patent, held by a small company called C2 Communications Technologies …
Handset Operating System / Mobile Advertising:
Android moves ahead of iPhone in new Smaato Mobile Advertising Metrics - Symbian still on top  —  Google Nexus One and Motorola Droid effect?  Smaato Metrics for January suggest that new Android devices are revolutionizing mobile advertising performance measured by CTR (click-through-rate).
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
RIM's BIS 3.0 email features apparently leaked, finally does Gmail justice  —  For a platform billing itself as the business user's best friend, BlackBerry's list of unsupported protocols that have achieved ubiquity is actually astonishing: you can't do two-way read status sync with an IMAP email account …
 
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AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Kindle: more than an e-book reader, it's a development platform
Discussion: Kindle Review, Thanks:atul
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Jason Kyle: From Start-Up CEO To Super Bowl Snapper
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla ends Firefox support for Mac OS Tiger
Discussion: MacRumors and Macworld
 Earlier Items: 
David / Riding Rails:
Rails 3.0: Beta release
Discussion: eWeek and LinuxWorld.com
Maisie Ramsay / Wireless Week:
CTIA, Verizon, U.S. Cellular File Against Signal Boosters
Discussion: Unwired View
Xbox Press:
A Letter From Marc Whitten: Discontinuation Of Xbox Live For Original Xbox Games