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6:25 AM ET, February 9, 2010

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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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Google won't give Twitter or Facebook a buzz cut tomorrow  —  OK, I've given you the reasons why Google will be successful this time, but why won't what they announce tomorrow give Twitter or Facebook a buzz cut?  Funny aside, I found this photo of Matt Mullenweg (the entrepreneur behind Wordpress) …
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Standards are the links of the Social Web
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google Could Unveil Gmail's Social Features Tomorrow
Discussion: Geekword and GigaOM
Brian / iResQ:
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
Discussion: Electronista
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Foursquare Signs a Deal With Zagat  —  Foursquare, the location-based mobile application that is capturing the fancy of hip urbanites, is a fun bar game that lets users compete for points and badges when they go out at night.  But recently the service has been branching out beyond its bar-hopping origins.
Discussion: VentureBeat and mocoNews
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Phone Support For The Nexus One, Lowers ETF By $200  —  Since the launch of the Nexus One, early adopters have likely had one question lurking in the back of their minds: who to take the phone to if it broke.  You see, when the phone was first launched, Google was directing people …
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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 …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Droid's next update to be Android 2.1, includes multitouch browser
Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
1080p streaming not coming to Netflix this year  —  Editors' note, 4:30 p.m. PST: Netflix now claims that it incorrectly acknowledged 1080p streaming in the company's 2010 development road map.  A Netflix representative has clarified that the company plans to bring 5.1 surround and closed captioning …
Chris Meadows / TeleRead:
Coming soon to the Kindle: Color, wi-fi, more applications?  —  Last week, Amazon bought a touchscreen start-up whose technology would work with color LCD screens.  Today, the New York Times's “Bits” blog has some interesting new glimpses at possible changes to the next model of Kindle.
Discussion: Engadget
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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:
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Ten Biggest Advertising Publishers On The Web  —  Last year, Yahoo still dominated display advertising on the Web in terms of sheer number of ad impressions on its properties, but social networking sites MySpace and Facebook came on strong.  Some new data from comScore …
Discussion: comScore, Inc.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Legend spotted just hanging out, playing it cool  —  Look familiar?  Yep, this is precisely what we expected HTC's rumored Legend to look like based on the renders we'd seen so far.  We don't have any information here other than the pictures themselves, but from what we can gather …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
The E-Book Marketplace: Does Anybody Really Know What Price It Is?  —  Someone at Macmillan has a sense of humor.  When I landed on the site Saturday night to check on e-book pricing and availability following Amazon's one-week banishment, the book being promoted at the top of the front page was Priceless …
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Publishers Win a Bout in E-Book Price Fight
Discussion: Gizmodo
Reverend Dan Catt / geobloggers:
Flickr Photos now in Street View ...  Google have just updated their Street View to include Flickr Photos ...  ... you can see this in action here.  —  Flickr joins Panaramio and Picasa as a source of photos.  Flickr has always had plenty of good quality geotagged photos …
Discussion: Softpedia News and O'Reilly Radar
Charles / Channel 9:
Jason Zander: Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate Released  —  The Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate is here!  Your Beta 2 feedback has been incredibly helpful to the engineering team.  A big Thank You from Visual Studio!  —  Here, Visual Studio General Manager Jason Zander sits …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Job Posting Suggests Video Recording Coming to Future iPad Models  —  A new job posting on Apple's site suggests that the company is preparing to add still and video camera capabilities to its iPad tablet device in the future.  The position is for a quality assurance engineer …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and CrunchGear
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 …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
As Data Flows In, the Dollars Flow Out  —  John Anderson and Sharon Rapoport estimate they spend $400 a month, or close to $5,000 a year, keeping their family of four entertained at home.  —  There are the $30-a-month data plans on their BlackBerry Tour cellphones.
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 vehicles 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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Market Share Doubles - Will Overtake Palm Soon  —  RIM's BlackBerry platform is still the most popular mobile smartphone platform in the US, but Google's Android was the big winner in the last quarter of 2009.  According to comScore, Android's share of the US mobile market more than doubled …
 
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
More Authors Signing Exclusive Kindle Deals
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Watching the birth of Flickr co-founder's gaming start-up
Discussion: TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Value Of Online Buzz For The Top 20 Brands
Amazon Web Services Blog:
New Feature: Amazon S3 now supports Object Versioning
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:
AT&T Navigator 1.5i update adds speed limit alerts, shake-to-go, to iPhone
Discussion: PC Magazine
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Former Intel exec pleads guilty in Galleon case
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Microsoft denies Windows 7 battery problem
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