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6:15 AM ET, February 6, 2010

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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 …
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
Panacea or Poison Pill: Who Gets to Decide About $10 E-Books?
Discussion: GalleyCat, TUAW and Between the Lines
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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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Wolfram Alpha Still Trying To Justify That $50 iPhone App With New Virtual Keyboards  —  In October, computational engine Wolfram Alpha launched a slick iPhone app.  The only problem?  They miscalculated what it should cost.  The app is great and all, but it's simply not worth $50 when you can use the website for free.
Discussion: Wolfram, BetaNews and Erictric
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
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 / The Social:
More social, please: Facebook nixes banner ads
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and TechFlash
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
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited  —  WASHINGTON—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.
MacNN:
FCC worries about iPad bandwidth congestion  —  The iPad could potentially cause serious havoc for US data networks, say people writing on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission.  Updating an official blog, Phil Bellaria, director of scenario planning for the Omnibus Broadband Initiative …
Discussion: LiveScience and MacRumors
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 …
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla ends Firefox support for Mac OS Tiger  —  Calls Mac OS X 10.4 ‘hindrance’ to development; Apple's already dumped Tiger  —  Computerworld - Baring any last-minute change of mind, Mozilla will permanently drop support for Mac OS X 10.4 from future editions of Firefox.
Discussion: PC World, MacRumors and Go Rumors
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.
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 …
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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AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Kindle: more than an e-book reader, it's a development platform  —  Last month we announced the forthcoming release of the Kindle Development Kit, a suite of programming interfaces, tools, and documentation that allows you to build active content that you can promote in the Kindle Store.
Discussion: Kindle Review, Thanks:atul
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.
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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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
VivaKi's Pool Crowns ‘Ad Selector’ as Top Web Video Unit
Mzsanford / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Introducing the Open Source Twitter Text libraries
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Jason Kyle: From Start-Up CEO To Super Bowl Snapper
Scott Morrison / Dow Jones Newswires:
First month Nexus One sales slow, says analytics group
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Testers get alpha of next version of Silverlight for Linux
Discussion: InfoWorld and eWeek
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Calls on IPv6
Discussion: eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Four Square Fatigue and the Evolution of Privacy
Thanks:atul
David / Riding Rails:
Rails 3.0: Beta release