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1:15 PM 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
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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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
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
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
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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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?
Discussion: Newsonomics, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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 …
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 …
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.)
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Thanks:andyed
Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
Nintendo scores piracy win: Australian owes $1.3M for leaking ‘Super Mario Brothers Wii’ online  —  Piracy doesn't always pay.  —  Nintendo has settled a federal lawsuit with a 24-year-old Australian who got his hands on the popular Mario game, then shared it with the world.
Discussion: CNET News and Pocket-lint
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
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
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.
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.
Kim Hart / Hillicon Valley:
White House unveils open-government dashboard  —  The White House's tech gurus today launched an Open Government Dashboard to track each agency's progress in opening up its data to share with citizens.  —  Via the White House blog, chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Bubble Motion Launches Twitter-Like Voice Blogging Service For Mobile Phones  —  Sequoia-backed voice messaging company Bubble Motion is getting into the microblogging space today, that is the voice-based microblogging space.  The startup is launching Bubbly, a voice-blogging social network built for mobile phones.
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Electronista:
Seagate reveals 10,000RPM 600GB hard drive
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Amazon Web Services Blog:
New Feature: Amazon S3 now supports Object Versioning
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft denies Windows 7 battery problem