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7:15 PM ET, February 8, 2010

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Chris Gourlay / Times of London:
Google leaps language barrier with translator phone  —  GOOGLE is developing software for the first phone capable of translating foreign languages almost instantly — like the Babel Fish in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  —  By building on existing technologies in voice recognition …
Matt Phillips / MarketBeat:
Apple Management: iPad Prices Could Change … Apple intends to stay “nimble” on pricing of the iPad, possibly lowering prices if the newly unveiled tablet device fails to gain traction among consumers.  —  That was just one of the items in a note out Sunday night from Credit Suisse recounting meetings with Apple executives.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Launching Twitter-Killer For Gmail!  (GOOG)  —  Google could launch a Twitter-killer as soon as this week, the Wall Street Journal reports.  —  Google already allows Gmail users to update their status.  The prompt reads, “let people know what you're up to, or share links to photos, videos, and Web pages.”
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google Could Unveil Gmail's Social Features Tomorrow  —  We learned earlier today that Google is launching a social status update feature in Gmail.  While details are sparse, The Wall Street Journal reports that it is a new Gmail module that could integrate status updates as well as content from YouTube …
Discussion: GigaOM
Brian / iPod Repair, iPhone Repair, Apple Repair:
iPhone 4G Parts are Here...  And they have a couple of interesting features.  —  1) The LCD appears to be factory glued to the digitizer which is more similar to the first generation iPhones than the iPhone 3G and 3GS.  The digitizer can be separated from the LCD on the 3G and 3GS models …
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AppleInsider:
Purported 4th gen Apple iPhone parts show largely unchanged design  —  New pictures claimed to be parts for a prototype fourth-generation iPhone show a front panel slightly taller than the current model, along with some other minor internal design tweaks.  —  iPhone repair Web site iResQ posted photos …
Discussion: Electronista
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Droid's next update to be Android 2.1, includes multitouch browser  —  We've just gotten the inside line on the next Droid update that's making the rounds through Verizon's testing department from one of our trusted sources, and overall, it looks like this should take users 95 percent …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola: Droid update to Android 2.1 ‘will start to roll out this week’  —  We knew Android 2.1 was coming for the Droid, but we'll confess — we didn't expect it to come this soon.  Motorola is now reporting via its official Facebook page that it's “happy to relay the 2.1 upgrade to Droid …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The iPhone is the new Internet Explorer 6, says mobile developer  —  On the flip side of the debate about whether Flash is ill, in rude health, or simply untroubled by Apple's wilful refusal to countenance it on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, we have an analysis from Peter-Paul Koch, a …
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Ppk / QuirksBlog:
The iPhone obsession  —  Since my attempts at capturing web …
Thanks:arjo
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The iPad Tweet That Enraged Steve Jobs?  —  There was inevitably some cultural friction when Apple's secretive CEO took his new iPad around to New York's professionally indiscreet media.  Exhibit A is a single tweet from a Wall Street Journal editor, which purportedly made Steve Jobs go ballistic:
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Job Postings Hint at Amazon's Plans for the Kindle  —  It looks like color screens and Wi-Fi might be the next additions to Amazon's Kindle.  —  Last week, Brad Stone and I reported that Amazon had acquired the New York based multi-touch screen company Touchco to integrate into Lab126, the Kindle hardware division.
Electronista:
Nook to reach Barnes & Noble shops this Wednesday  —  Barnes & Noble today said that the Nook will at last reach its retail shops.  While it has had demo units in stores since launch in the fall, the bookseller now says it expects most locations to have units directly available to buy on Wednesday the 10th.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Barnes & Noble's Nook Finally Limps Into Stores. Too Late?
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Netflix to get 1080p streaming later this year  —  Netflix subscribers with HDTVs and streaming boxes have something big to look forward to in the coming months.  CNET has learned that the company plans to roll out 1080p streaming with 5.1 surround sound later this year.
Jeffrey Oldham / The Official Google Blog:
2010 Super Bowl: Some search touchdowns  —  While 106 American football players sought yardage in the 2010 Super Bowl, millions of people sought information related to the big game from Google search.  We looked at some game-day search trends and data* to see what football fans were searching for this year.
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All Facebook:
My Three And A Half Month Facebook Job Interview  —  Against the tide of Silicon Valley's job layoffs, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted late August 2009 — in a number of media outlets that referred to a Bloomberg report — as planning to hire as many as 500 new staff members in 2009.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Carr / New York Times:
Plentiful Content, So Cheap  —  Last Wednesday, I met with an executive from Demand Media, a company that generates content based on popular Web searches and other data.  Since then, I've spent about 20 hours reading past articles, calling people for background, doing interviews …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's monster of a chip: an Itanium microprocessor with 2 billion transistors  —  Intel announced its Itanium 9300 series microprocessor today, a high-end supercomputing chip with 2 billion transistors on a single chip.  —  The number of transistors, or basic on-off switches that control …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple To Upgrade MacBook Pros Tuesday Ahead Of Macworld Conference?  (AAPL)  —  Apple may finally announce a new MacBook Pro lineup tomorrow, perhaps including new, faster Intel chips, as the Macworld conference gets underway in San Francisco.  —  “An anonymous source who works for Apple …
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Flixster continues rapid growth with new $12.5M  —  A little over a month after it gobbled up primary competitor Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, a social-networking site for movie enthusiasts, has landed $12.5 million in a new round of equity and common stock, according to a filing with the SEC …
Discussion: TechCrunch and silicontap.com
Pwarden / PeteSearch:
How to split up the US  —  As I've been digging deeper into the data I've gathered on 210 million public Facebook profiles, I've been fascinated by some of the patterns that have emerged.  My latest visualization shows the information by location, with connections drawn between places that share friends.
Discussion: Brian Solis, Thanks:atul
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Google Lowers Nexus One ETF to $150  —  Google recently indicated via its support forums that it has lowered the early termination fee for its Nexus One smartphone from $350 to $150.  Google had originally instituted its own “equipment recovery fee” of $350 for those who cancel their T-Mobile contracts within the first 120 days.
Tim Bajarin / PC Magazine:
Apple's iPad: A Blessing and Curse for Publishing  —  Apple's new tablet may revolutionize the publishing industry, much to the benefit and detriment of big houses.  —  The publishing industry was drooling over the Apple iPad long before the product was actually announced.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Netflix warns loophole, Comcast-NBC merger could hurt open Internet  —  Netflix's main business — DVDs delivered by mail — couldn't be more 1990s.  But increasingly, the company's streaming online video service has emerged as a threat to cable and satellite television providers.
Brian Caulfield / Velocity:
Pranksters Attach GPS Device To Google Street View Car  —  Pranksters are using Google Maps to help Berliners track one of the camera-equipped vehicle Google has sent out to photograph Berlin's streets, after they attached a GPS device the car.  So whose privacy is being violated?  —  We're not sure.
Discussion: Mashable! and Guardian
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Verizon Blocks 4chan  —  According to 4chan's Twitter account and status update blog, they have been “explicitly blocked” by the Verizon wireless network.  —  If you're unfamiliar with 4chan and why an ISP/wireless company would block it, read more about it on Wikipedia.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft denies Windows 7 battery problem  —  Although some users have been grumbling about a variety of battery issues related to Windows 7, Microsoft says that its testing shows that nothing is amiss.  —  The software maker initially thought that there might be a problem with the firmware …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google doppelgänger casts riddle over interwebs  —  Why is Google routing the world through ‘Googol’?  —  Sometime in the middle of October, Google silently launched a new net domain - a barely-disguised doppelgänger to the familiar google.com - and according to the latest stats …
Discussion: p2pnet
 
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Report: Streaming video drove 72% global increase in mobile data consumption
Neil Vidyarthi / All Facebook:
HP, Intel, Best Buy and Rossignol Hit The Slopes With New FB Game and Contest
Discussion: Inside Facebook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Surveying iPhone Developers' Happiness With The App Store
Discussion: App Advice and TiPb
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Publishers Win a Bout in E-Book Price Fight
Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:
Toyota's low-risk dialogue on Digg
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Market Share Doubles - Will Overtake Palm Soon
Discussion: comScore, Inc. and The Microsoft Blog, Thanks:fredericl
Associated Press:
Spain's Telefonica considers charging Google
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Sprint May Buy MetroPCS, Collins Stewart Analyst Says
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
In Secret, Nations Work Toward Crackdown on Piracy
Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
British Library to offer 19th Century first editions for free download …
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Times of London
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Hackers ship Pwnage Tool for 3.1.3 for iPhone