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9:35 PM ET, February 8, 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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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: Download Squad and GigaOM
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Must-have features for Twitter-killing
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Geekword and BerryScoop
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:   Publishers Win a Bout in E-Book Price Fight
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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Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Dotcoms, tech dominate Super Bowl XLIV ads
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Surveying iPhone Developers' Happiness With The App Store  —  Last year, there was no shortage of developers who were complaining about Apple's App Store.  The situation got so heated that no less than Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phil Schiller …
Discussion: App Advice, TiPb and MacNN
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 …
Discussion: comScore, Inc., broadstuff and The Next Web, Thanks:fredericl
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.
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.
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
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Former Intel exec pleads guilty in Galleon case
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
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HP, Intel, Best Buy and Rossignol Hit The Slopes With New FB Game and Contest
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Tim Bajarin / PC Magazine:
Apple's iPad: A Blessing and Curse for Publishing
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google doppelgänger casts riddle over interwebs
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Pwarden / PeteSearch:
How to split up the US
Discussion: Brian Solis, Thanks:atul