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1:15 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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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Must-have features for Twitter-killing  —  In October 2009, after 2.5 years of using Twitter every day, I wrote a piece that explained the limits of Twitter that we'll have to look past Twitter to see solved, because Twitter doesn't seem to be trying to solve them.
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 …
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and TmoNews
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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
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 …
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 / 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: AdAge
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.
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.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
As Data Flows In, Families See 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, iLounge and PC Magazine
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Vancouver Olympics online video: The cableization of the Web?  —  (Today's column looks at the online broadcast of the Vancouver Olympics and how it may preview cable TV business practices coming to the Web.  This version also includes some images from my testing.)
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 …
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
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:
AT&T Navigator 1.5i update adds speed limit alerts, shake-to-go, to iPhone  —  Last June I wrote a review of AT&T Navigator for the iPhone and thought it was a very good solution for GPS navigation.  I popped my SIM card in my iPhone 3GS last night and saw there was an update to version 1.5i …
Discussion: AppScout
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 …
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 …
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
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Former Intel exec pleads guilty in Galleon case
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Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
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Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
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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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Android Market Share Doubles - Will Overtake Palm Soon
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Flixster continues rapid growth with new $12.5M
Jeffrey Oldham / The Official Google Blog:
2010 Super Bowl: Some search touchdowns
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Tim Bajarin / PC Magazine:
Apple's iPad: A Blessing and Curse for Publishing
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The iPhone is the new Internet Explorer 6, says mobile developer
Discussion: QuirksBlog