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6:05 PM ET, February 9, 2010

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Todd Jackson / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Buzz  —  We've blogged before about our thoughts on the social web, steps we've taken to add social features to our products, and efforts like OpenSocial that propose common tools for building social apps.  With more and more communication happening online …
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Gmail Blog:
Google Buzz in Gmail  —  Posted by Edward Ho, Tech Lead, Google Buzz  —  Five years ago, Gmail was just email.  Later we added chat and then video chat, both built right in, so people had choices about how to communicate from a single browser window.  Today, communication on the web …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If Google Wave Is The Future, Google Buzz Is The Present  —  See our live notes from today's Google Buzz event here.  —  Google has a problem.  Despite having their hands in just about everything online, they've never been able to tackle what is a key part of the fabric of the web: social.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo: We've Had Our Own Google Buzz For Over A Year (YHOO, GOOG)  —  Yahoo (YHOO) didn't wait for Google's (GOOG) press conference announc Google Buzz to end before sending us an email on Yahoo Updates — the Yahoo product that does almost exactly the same things, and has been around for over a year.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google Officially Announces Google Buzz - A Google Approach To Sharing  —  Buzz will begin to roll out in the next 9 - 10 minutes.  Full roll out over the next few days.  - We are updating, bear with us.  —  As we expected after yesterday's breaking news, Google has officially announced …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Slams Google Buzz  —  “Busy people don't want another social network, what they want is the convenience of aggregation.  We've done that.  Hotmail customers have benefitted from Microsoft working with Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and 75 other partners since 2008.”  - Microsoft statement on Google Buzz.
Louis Gray:
How Google Buzz Validates but Marginalizes FriendFeed  —  When FriendFeed debuted on the scene in late 2007, it was one of the simplest ways to aggregate all of my updates from the social outposts I have all over the Web, see friends' updates and have a discussion around their shared items.
Discussion: Technologizer, ReadWriteWeb and PSFK
Jessi Hempel / Brainstorm Tech:
Google's poor social score  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the company's New York office in 2008  —  Just after Google (GOOG) co-founder Sergey Brin and his team unveiled Google Buzz, the company's new Gmail feature that brings in Twitter-like social updates, a discerning audience member asked Brin …
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 …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple seen to extend exclusive iPhone deal with AT&T  —  Two new analysts said Tuesday that the iPad-AT&T deal suggests Apple may extend its exclusive iPhone agreement through 2011, leaving the wireless provider as the sole carrier of the handset in the U.S. this year.
Discussion: The Next Web and EverythingiCafe, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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.
Don Reisinger / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook rolls out photo slide show feature, but says goodbye to Lexicon  —  Anyone who has spent time clicking through large photo albums on Facebook knows how tiring the experience can be.  But with the help of a recently launched Facebook prototype called Slideshow, users can cut down on click fatigue.
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Facebook Pulls Lexicon Analytics Tool
Discussion: Mashable! and All Facebook
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?
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Yes, there's a Google Street View Snowmobile now  —  Iterating off the Street View car and the Street View “tricycle”, Google has built another contraption to record the physical world for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  —  They'll be driving a Street View Snowmobile around the Games for maps.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
TI stuffs WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM radios on a single chip, UWB and LTE are like ‘hello?’  —  Heads-up, kids — Mobile World Congress is but days away from liftoff, and it looks like Texas Instruments will be there with a purpose.  The company has today introduced what it's calling the …
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.)
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
RealNetworks, MTVN To Spin Off Rhapsody; Real Gives Up Control  —  The groundwork has already been laid and now it's official: RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) is spinning off music service Rhapsody in the hopes of giving both companies a better chance at success.  Real will reduce its interest …
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.
Electronista:
Seagate reveals 10,000RPM 600GB hard drive  —  Seagate said on Tuesday it is now shipping its Savvio 10K.4 enterprise-grade hard drives.  The series is the first to feature a model with 600GB of capacity and a 10,000RPM speed in a 2.5-inch form factor.  The drives are said to offer twice …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With SMS, Twilio Continues to Shake Up Communications  —  About 25 months ago, when I first met Jeff Lawson, formerly of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the founder and CEO of Twilio, I was skeptical of his chances.  After all, he wanted to marry the world of voice to the world of web applications.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and A VC
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Netgear partners with Ericsson for a 3G-receiving, WiFi-emanating router  —  Had enough of dealing with oligopolistic wired broadband suppliers?  Well, with Netgear's brand spanking new MBRN3300E you can just ride off into the 3G sunset and say goodbye to those pesky wires.
Discussion: Netgear, eWeek, Obsessable and IntoMobile
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Granted a Huge Patent Win for 3D Virtual Apple Store  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 9 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today in addition to two design wins and an interesting Reexamination patent which suggests that some third party was challenging Apple's GUI based patent.
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
No Sense Of Humor, TechCrunch Is Blocked In China  —  Over the past 48 hours, and perhaps longer, it appears that TechCrunch is being blocked inside China.  We've confirmed this with contacts and tipsters inside China who can no longer access our site, as well as through Web tools …
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Microsoft, Google Team With MediaTek in Smartphone Push  —  Microsoft and Google have turned to Taiwanese chipset vendor MediaTek to boost their traction in smartphones aimed at China and other emerging markets.  —  MediaTek has already developed a chipset and other hardware …
Discussion: Engadget, FierceWireless and PMP Today
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 …
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo To Shutter “Yahoo! Tech"* (YHOO)  —  Update: Yahoo confirms that the “largely inactive” blogs will be phased out altogether.  The two active blogs, belonging to Ben Patterson and Chris Null, will be ported over to Yahoo News.  —  Earlier: Yahoo has posted a notice that its tech site …
Discussion: paidContent
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.
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.
 
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Laurie Burkitt / Forbes:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft, Google split over browser bug bounty
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WordPress Builds Posterous Importer
Jon Brodkin / InfoWorld:
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Kevin Korpi / The Next Web:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Bubble Motion Launches Twitter-Like Voice Blogging Service For Mobile Phones
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Offerpal Media lets you pay for games by putting you to work
Discussion: Inside Social Games
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
EBay Asks Its Users for Help Building New Search Tools
Discussion: eBay Inc., Thanks:andyed
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Veteran of Big Music Explains Why Big Music Is Doomed
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Smartphone keys get quantum trick