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11:40 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
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Must-have features for Twitter-killing
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.
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Allison Mooney / AdAge:
Beyond the Badge: Big Media Brands Strike Foursquare Deals  —  ‘Checking In’ Becomes Branded, Carries Incentives for Users  —  Brands seem to be tripping over themselves to align with hot mobile startup Foursquare.  —  After Pepsi, Tasti D-Lite and Metro News dipped their toes …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Reports December 2009 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share  —  Nearly Two-Thirds of America's 234 Million Mobile Subscribers used Text Messaging in December 2009  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Market Share Doubles - Will Overtake Palm Soon
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Releases Aperture 3 - Retail Price Is $199, Upgrade Costs $99  —  It's been almost 2 years to the day when Apple released Aperture 2.0, and this morning the company announced that the third iteration of the photo editing and management software is available.
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Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple's Aperture 3 adds face recognition, GPS
Discussion: Softpedia News and Appletell
John Tierney / New York Times:
Will You Be E-Mailing This Column?  It's Awesome  —  Sociologists have developed elaborate theories of who spreads gossip and news — who tells whom, who matters most in social networks — but they've had less success measuring what kind of information travels fastest.  Do people prefer to spread good news or bad news?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Man Who Looked Into Facebook's Soul  —  Youth social networking researcher danah boyd has observed that many people presume the way they use social networks is the way everyone uses them.  “I interviewed gay men who thought Friendster was a gay dating site because all they saw were other gay men,” she says.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Book Publishers Beware!  At iTunes, Expensive Music Equals Slower Sales.  —  After years of complaints, last year the music labels finally got what they wanted from Apple-the ability to raise prices on their songs.  Last April, iTunes introduced a “variable pricing” scheme …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Veteran of Big Music Explains Why Big Music Is Doomed
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 …
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco: The Mobilpocalypse Is Coming!!!!!  —  Cisco forecasts that by 2014 we will be using 3.6 exabytes a month on mobile networks worldwide, according to its Visual Networking Index figures released today.  (For those pondering an exabyte, it's equal to 1 billion gigabytes or half a trillion MP3 files.)
Discussion: CNET News and SiliconANGLE
Jason Palmer / BBC:
How a quantum physics trick may make smartphones even smarter  —  Hand-held devices could soon have pressure-sensitive touch-screens and keys, thanks to a UK firm's material that exploits a quantum physics trick.  —  The technology allows, for example, scrolling down a long list or webpage faster as more pressure is applied.
Telegraph:
Microsoft launches ‘child-friendly’ Internet Explorer  —  The ‘Click Clever, Click Safe’ browser will enable young users to report cyber bullying and inappropriate content to the authorities  —  The web browser, an enhanced version of Internet Explorer 8, gives youngsters and families …
Discussion: Softpedia News and thinq.co.uk
The Steve Rubel Lifestream:
Facebook Pulls Lexicon Analytics Tool  —  Facebook has taken its promising Lexicon tool down from the site.  Perhaps this happened when they pushed their new redesign.  Lexicon, like Google Trends, provided limited yet interesting data on site-wide trends.  You can read more about it here.
Discussion: All Facebook
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Shared content on Facebook surges fivefold from seven months ago  —  Facebook users are sharing five billion pieces of content a week, or five times as much as they were in July, according to new statistics the company released this month.  —  The big burst in sharing comes as Facebook …
Discussion: All Facebook
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
An SD memory card adapter for your iPhone  —  I don't normally blog about gadget hardware, but zoomMediaPlus' new zoomIt SD card adapter for iPhone and iPod Touch fills a gaping hole of utility.  Not only does it let Apple handset owners look at photos, play music, and read documents off an SD card …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
WorldMate helps you find LinkedIn connections while traveling  —  Mobile travel application WorldMate just announced new integration that should help users tap into their connections on business networking site LinkedIn while they're on-the-road.  —  Palo Alto, Calif.-based WorldMate …
Dan Moren / Macworld:
MobileNavigator 1.5.0 adds personalized routes, social networking integration  —  If you demand more from your GPS turn-by-turn directions app than simply finding the way to your destination, Navigon is here to oblige with the latest update to its MobileNavigator iPhone app (which …
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. and Softpedia News
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.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Watching the birth of Flickr co-founder's gaming start-up  —  Tiny Speck, a company started by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield and three partners, is unveiling its new game, Glitch, on Tuesday.  The company has been under the radar since it was founded last March, and no one has known what was being developed.
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
BlueKiwi lets companies build a community for free
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
More Authors Signing Exclusive Kindle Deals
Discussion: Business Wire, Thanks:mathewi
Chris Meadows / TeleRead:
Coming soon to the Kindle: Color, wi-fi, more applications?
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The Value Of Online Buzz For The Top 20 Brands
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Pranksters Attach GPS Device To Google Street View Car
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Publishers Win a Bout in E-Book Price Fight
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft denies Windows 7 battery problem
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The iPad Tweet That Enraged Steve Jobs?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, GigaOM, TUAW and NBC Bay Area