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2:10 PM ET, February 9, 2010

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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google Officially Announces Google Buzz - A Google Approach To Sharing  —  We are updating, bear with us.  —  As we expected after yesterday's breaking news, Google has officially announced a new product called Google Buzz, a real time filtering feature .  —  Google has been discussing sharing …
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Live-Blogging Google's Gmail Announcement  —  Google is sharing more details on forthcoming changes to its Gmail service in a Tuesday webcast. … The changes, which will add status updates to Gmail, could step up the search giant's competition with social hubs Facebook and Twitter.
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 …
Gmail Blog:
Google Buzz in Gmail
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   If Google Wave Is The Future, Google Buzz Is The Present
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
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 …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Veteran of Big Music Explains Why Big Music Is Doomed
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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.)
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.
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 …
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 and Mashable!
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Smartphone keys get quantum trick  —  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 …
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
PR Newswire:
Yelp to Open Office in Scottsdale  —  San Francisco-Based Technology Company Plans To Hire More Than 200 Locally This Year  —  Yelp (http://www.yelp.com), the community-led local search site, today announced it is opening an office in Scottsdale, Arizona, as it increases hiring to support …
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 and Softpedia News
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
EBay Asks Its Users for Help Building New Search Tools  —  When eBay makes changes big or small, a very vocal group of buyers and sellers react.  Now, eBay is trying to involve its users earlier in the process by getting their input before new features are introduced.
Discussion: eBay Inc., Thanks:andyed
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 …
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 …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
AMD reveals Fusion CPU+GPU, to challege Intel in laptops  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The “Llano” processor that AMD described today in an ISSCC session is not a CPU, and it's not a GPU—instead, it's a hybrid design that the chipmaker is calling an “application processor unit,” or APU.
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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
Nintendo scores piracy win: Australian owes $1.3M for leaking …
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Turning the Tables: Carol Bartz Grills BoomTown in the Yahoo Cafeteria …
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