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11:25 AM ET, February 6, 2010

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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: TUAW, GalleyCat and Gadgetell
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 …
SageCircle Blog:
Forrester tells analysts no more personally-branded research blogs with interesting implications for analyst relations  —  Credible reports are coming into SageCircle that Forrester management has set a new policy that analysts with personally-branded research blogs must take the blog …
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to phase out its enterprise search offerings for Linux and Unix  —  Microsoft is going to be phasing out support for Unix and Linux platforms for its FAST enterprise search products as of their next release (some time after 2010).  —  Microsoft shared that information …
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, Erictric and BetaNews
David / TmoNews:
HTC HD2 Coming March 24th, Zeppelin Called Cliq XT?  —  While we have no reason to doubt the authenticity of such images, this one comes the way of PPCGeeks.com and a user on their forums.  A few notables here are the launch date of the HTC HD2 on 3/24, Moto Cliq XT (aka Zeppelin) on 3/10 as expected and the Nokia Nuron, on 3/17.
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
TechCrunch Removes Reader Comments From All Older Blog Posts  —  It is not uncommon to find hundreds of reader comments on any TechCrunch story - some of these comments are genuine, some are trolls while some comments are made just for the purpose of getting eyeballs.
Discussion: BetaNews
ZDNet:
Symbian tablets ‘very likely’, says Foundation chief  —  On Thursday, the Symbian Foundation announced that it had completed the open-sourcing of its mobile operating system — the largest such migration in software history.  —  ZDNet UK spoke to Lee Williams, chief executive of the Symbian Foundation …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
VivaKi's Pool Crowns ‘Ad Selector’ as Top Web Video Unit  —  Credit Hulu with possibly establishing the creative template for the entire online video ad industry.  —  Publicis' VivaKi has released the long-awaited results from the first phase of The Pool, the agency group's highly ambitious media research project.
 
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Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley companies look to hire
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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
Mzsanford / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Introducing the Open Source Twitter Text libraries
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Testers get alpha of next version of Silverlight for Linux
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and eWeek
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Calls on IPv6
Discussion: Softpedia News and eWeek
HardMac.com:
Apple and Adobe: The Roots and Reasons Behind Today's Situation
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Four Square Fatigue and the Evolution of Privacy
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:atul
David / Riding Rails:
Rails 3.0: Beta release